Health Care News Roundup
By Carrie Winans

Happy Wednesday everyone!   A lot happened in health care this past week while you were busy working (or perhaps because you were!). Here are some of the health headlines that have caught our attention at home and abroad this week:

National Health

Wondering how the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate?  The Los Angeles Times gives its opinion.  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20120207,0,1359954.column

In case you didn’t have enough reasons to support women’s health care, this story from the President of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network will give you a new one for today, per HuffPo.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tanya-abreu/the-biggest-health-risk-o_b_1242259.html

Can you conceive the idea of a compromise on contraception?  The White House may have to with Americans so divided on the issue, CBS News reports.   http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57373108/compromise-on-white-house-contraception-rule/

How does the Komen controversy affect African American women?  Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative, discusses the controversy and future steps.  http://newsone.com/nation/washington-watch/rolandsmartin/eleanor-hinton-hoytt-on-the-komen-controversy-black-women%E2%80%99s-health/

Ever used the expression “eyes up here”?  In the battle to better women’s health, it is unsurprising that the media chooses to focus on breasts rather than the women attached to them, asserts this CNN opinion piece.  http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-03/opinion/opinion_christakis-breast-women_1_breast-komen-foundation-mammography-referrals?_s=PM:OPINION

Overseas

At least it’s comforting to know we’re not alone – the UK also faces a rocky future when it comes to health reform. As the Telegraph reports, the House of Lords may try to stop Prime Minister Cameron’s health reform bill before it can be put into action.  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100135835/david-camerons-health-reforms-are-an-affront-to-democracy/

The call to end female genital mutilation is louder than ever. But not all of the voices you would expect are joining in the chorus; instead, some health care providers are attempting to find ways to make the practice more “medical”, per VOA News.  http://www.voanews.com/english/news/health/Health-Rights-Groups-Demand-Anti-FGM-Laws-138782694.html

Check back each week for the latest health care news!

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