Women's Health

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Wed June 5, 2013

8:57am

Wed June 5, 2013
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Komen Foundation Scales Back Fundraising Walks

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:36 pm

The Susan Komen for the Cure Foundation is pulling back from some high-profile fundraising walks.
LM Otero AP

Fallout from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's controversial and short-lived decision to halt funding for Planned Parenthood projects appears to still be piling up.

The group is pulling the plug on three-day events featuring fundraising walks in Washington, D.C., and six other cities in 2014. The Washington Post reported on the change Tuesday.

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2:54pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Young women can get health insurance through a parent, but it doesn't always include maternity care.
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Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act that bars discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender.

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12:15pm

Fri May 31, 2013
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Young Women With Breast Cancer Opting For Mastectomy

Toborcia Bedgood performs a mammogram to screen for breast cancer at the Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles in 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer when they're 40 or younger are choosing mastectomy rather than more limited and breast-conserving lumpectomy plus radiation, a study of women in Massachusetts finds.

Moreover, most of those choosing mastectomy elect to have the other, noncancerous breast removed, too.

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12:57pm

Thu May 30, 2013
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Joblessness Shortens Life Expectancy For White Women

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 2:39 pm

Unemployment can be a health hazard.
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At a time when many people live longer, it's been a mystery why white women without a high school diploma have been dying increasingly earlier those with more education.

A study in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior tries to understand this growing mortality gap, and finds two key factors: smoking — already well known as detrimental to life expectancy — and, more surprising, unemployment.

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