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Health Literacy 101: Action Steps

Jo Kline - DSM Register

You’re in the emergency room and someone asks you what medications you take or the name of your health care proxy or whether you’ve recently had surgery. You can’t remember. Or you can remember but you can’t speak.

I’ve mentioned the “Good-To-Meet-You-and-In-Case-of-Emergency Profile” before, and here it is to have available whenever you meet a new provider or in an emergency. It includes:

Supreme Court Mulls California law on Anti-abortion Facilities

Andrew Chung - Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday tackled a dispute over whether a California law requiring Christian-based facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech.

The nine justices began hearing a scheduled hour of arguments in an appeal by a group of non-profit facilities called crisis pregnancy centers of a lower court ruling upholding the Democratic-backed 2015 law.

New Study Shows - Chlamydia Doubled Ovarian Cancer Risk

Maggie Fox - NBC News

The most common sexually transmitted disease can double a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, according to new research released Thursday.

Women who had chronic chlamydia infections had twice the risk of ovarian cancer compared to women with no evidence of ever having been infected, researchers are expected to report at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in April.

New Survey: Women’s Health Coverage at All Time High; Affordability & Access Challenges Remain

Kaiser Family Foundation

A new nationally-representative survey of women from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that coverage rates for women are at all-time highs and use of preventive services is on the rise, but many women still face a wide range of affordability and other access challenges. Conducted in the summer and fall of 2017, the survey provides a national overview of women’s health care coverage, access, affordability, and experiences among nonelderly women (ages 18 to 64) in the U.S.