Women's Health

8:31am

Wed May 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy Decision And Weighing Cancer Risks

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:31 pm

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has sparked a discussion about breast cancer risk and how to manage it.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

On Wednesday's Morning Edition, David Greene talks with writer and breast cancer survivor Peggy Orenstein about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

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8:19am

Tue May 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Angelina Jolie And The Rise Of Preventive Mastectomies

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:03 am

In sharing her decision to have a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has given voice to a dilemma more women are facing.
Carlo Allegri AP

Angelina Jolie just became part of a medical trend: More women are deciding to have their breasts removed to reduce the risk of cancer.

Over the past decade, doctors have noticed a big increase in the number of women choosing prophylactic, or preventive, mastectomies.

Some, like Jolie, have a genetic mutation that makes it much more likely that they will have breast cancer. Her mother died of the disease at age 56. Jolie is 37. She wrote about her decision in The New York Times.

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6:55am

Tue May 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Even After Overhaul, Gaps In Coverage For Young, Pregnant Women

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:29 am

The baby's going to be fine, but what about your pocketbook?
iStockphoto.com

The federal health care overhaul makes some notable improvements in insurance coverage for young adults.

They can now stay on their parents' health plans until they turn 26. Next year they can also look for subsidized coverage on the state-based insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges. And they may qualify for Medicaid, if their income are less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,856 in 2013).

So far, so good.

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4:43am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Actress Angelina Jolie Shares Story Of Her Double Mastectomy

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:48 am

Actress Angelina Jolie at a news conference with Secretary of State John Kerry (in background) and other foreign ministers in London last month. They held a forum on how to reduce sexual violence against women in conflict zones — an issue she has often spoken about.
Alastair Grant PA Photos /Landov

Saying she is "writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience," actress Angelina Jolie reveals on the op-ed pages of The New York Times that she had a double mastectomy earlier this year to substantially reduce the chances she will develop breast cancer.

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1:44pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Doctor Found Guilty Of Murder In Late-Term Abortions

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:42 pm

Dr. Kermit Gosnell in an undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.
Associated Press

A jury in Philadelphia has found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in three illegally performed late-term abortions.

The jury also found Gosnell, 72, guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who was overdosed on anesthesia while undergoing a second-trimester abortion. He was found not guilty of one other murder charge in the death of an infant. Three other similar counts were thrown out by the judge last month.

The first-degree murder convictions carry a possible death sentence.

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