Women’s health

  • nutrition
    March 10, 2014  

    Pregnant women who skip meals or don’t eat nutritious foods may be at greater risk for health problems. Under the Affordable Care Act, home visiting projects have received more funding for preventative care work like teaching new moms and mothers-to-be about eating well. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how health professionals in Arkansas are working to prevent the domino effect of malnutrition. Continue reading

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    February 12, 2014  

    A Canadian study conducted across more than two decades raises doubt that annual mammogram screenings reduce the risk of death among women between the ages of 40 and 59. What do the latest findings mean for women and their health? Judy Woodruff gets different viewpoints from Dr. Carol Lee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute. Continue reading

    October 13, 2013  

    A doula — ancient Greek for ‘a woman who serves’ — isn’t a doctor or midwife, but gives support to expectant mothers before, during and after childbirth. In New York, By My Side Birth Support provides free doula services to women in low-income, largely African-American neighborhoods where maternal mortality rates are high. Continue reading

  • April 5, 2013  

    A federal judge in New York struck down age limits for the contraceptive Plan B. The new ruling allows women of all ages to purchase the "morning-after pill" without a prescription. For more on the age restriction, the court decision and the debate, Jeffrey Brown talks to The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff. Continue reading

  • January 22, 2013  

    Forty years ago, in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decided that abortion should be legal in the United States. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life and Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America join Gwen Ifill to debate the state of abortion rights and activism today. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2011  

    Guatemala has become an epicenter of violence in Central America, and violence against women in particular has hit record levels. Ray Suarez and the NewsHour’s Global Health Unit have the first of two reports from Guatemala with a look at programs aimed at stopping a long history of domestic violence. Continue reading

  • November 17, 2009  

    The vice chair of a government health panel that released controversial new recommendations for mammograms says the study’s findings have been “misinterpreted” and apologized for a “lack of clarity.” Continue reading

  • June 13, 2007  

    Cancer experts Wednesday released a list of symptoms they say are early warning signs of ovarian cancer. Catching ovarian cancer early increases five-year survival odds from 35 percent to 90 percent. An oncologist outlines the guidelines. Continue reading

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