Category Archives: Healthcare

Sen. Frerichs and Rep. Jakobsson Vote to Send Medical Cannabis Users to Jail

MY FRIEND JULIE FALCO lives in Chicago and is an alum of Illinois State University, where she graduated in Communications and played in a band called New Position. She was singing live on stage in Bloomington-Normal when she suddenly found … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer Survivor

In the year 2003, I am 35 working, raising a child, trying to get by. I go to the women’s clinic for my yearly probe. It becomes more than a matter of routine when the nurse says, “Hey you’re 35 … Continue reading

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Illinois Covered = Health Security – Health Care Reform For ALL

As the General Assembly is now in overtime, health care reform and education funding continue to be two of the major issues yet to be decided. Will members (primarily the Democrats) of the General Assembly have the “Profiles of Courage” … Continue reading

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Access to Abortion and EC for Teens in Illinois

Obtaining proper reproductive healthcare and education about sexuality and sexual health is essential to keeping teens in our area healthy. In Illinois, teens are lucky to have some access to contraceptives, abortion services and other reproductive care. However, activist groups … Continue reading

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Guard Your Girls From Gardasil: What every woman and parent should know before considering the HPV vaccine.

Recently, the media has been saturated with ads promoting Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine created by Merck. The overwhelming tone of this campaign is that cervical cancer is a growing epidemic and that the best preventative measure is to inoculate … Continue reading

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Colonized Wombs? Reproduction Rights and Puerto Rican Women

Following World War II, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Third World emerged as a problem for U.S. philanthropists, foreign policy makers, and social scientists to solve. A major concern of the times was that Third World populations were … Continue reading

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Homeopathy–The Choice of More Women

  uses extremely small doses of substances prepared in a special way to re-vitalize a person’s health. The choice of the medicine, referred to as a “remedy,” is individualized for each patient according to the symptoms and characteristics of … Continue reading

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Reducing Post-Partum Depression the Village Way

   the country was shocked to learn how Andrea Yates killed her children during an episode of post partum psychosis. The “eye for an eye” folks wanted her electrocuted. The “spare the rod, spoil the child” folks wanted … Continue reading

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You Were Told What!? A short history on the refusal of insurance plans and pharmacists to fill prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception

  , women have been at the mercy of insurance carriers and employers who have refused to include contraceptive options as part of their health plans. Women who have been prescribed birth control for medicinal purposes other than contraception … Continue reading

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HPV: Prevention of Cervical Cancer Through Vaccination

   has been hailed by gynecologists as the most significant breakthrough in Women’s Health of the century. The first HPV Vaccine has been approved by the FDA. HPV is a DNA virus that infects skin and mucosal tissues … Continue reading

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