The Dark Side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bioethics, Cancer, Woman's Health
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the brilliant (and omnipresent) pink-ribbon campaign is once again raising huge amounts of money in the "race for the cure." But despite the billions of dollars dedicated walkers have brought in during recent decades, the breast cancer rate continues to soar … while the rates for all other major cancers decline. Ever wonder why? (more…)
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How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 6 – Pain Control

Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. Today we’ll look at the fourth “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — pain control. “Controlling the pain of labor without harm to (the) … labor process remains a major focus for maternity care.”(61) This focus has resulted in the escalation of epidural use, despite the fact that epidurals continue to be controversial. Even so, meta-analysis and critical reviews are available. “Epidural, when properly administered, provides excellent analgesia, although it is associated with prolonged labor, results…
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The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 5 – Germany

Bioethics, Medical Economics
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the German system. (more…)
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