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In The News
Washington Post. May 23, 2013. Public health and consumer advocacy groups are attacking Senate legislation designed to tighten oversight of specialized pharmacies such as the one at the center of this past fall’s deadly meningitis outbreak, saying it does not adequately address health risks. Read More
Huffington Post. 16 May 2013. Dr. Diana Zuckerman writes, “Let’s use Angelina Jolie’s announcement to have a frank discussion of the treatment choices for breast cancer and to encourage women to make decisions based on their own situations not on the choice of a celebrity, however admirable she is.” Read More
What You Need To Know
It was fun and inspiriting at our 2013 Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes Awards luncheon at the elegant Cosmos Clubs. Find more here.
Twenty-five major medical groups made recommendations about the kinds of screening and tests you DON’T need. Why pay for tests that won’t help and might even hurt? To learn what they say about certain popular tests, check out this article.
FDA asks if an antidepressant and and an epilsepsy drug reduce hot flashes? We say no.
YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to have an increased risk of serious blood clots. However, the FDA has not taken the pills off the market or demanded a black box warning. To learn the full story, read our article. For more information about all birth control methods, check out this overview.