I wrote this for the THL News Blog.
While I was preparing last week’s post, I saw some tweets about National Women’s Health Week this week. I thought that was quite appropriate considering the week started with Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day itself was full of trials and triumphs as noted in these tweets:
— Ayla Stein (@TheStacksCat) May 16, 2013
— UniversityofMichigan (@umich) May 13, 2013
From there, I looked to #NationalWomensHealthWeek and #NWHW to find the most interesting tweets about Women’s Health.
— The White House (@whitehouse) May 15, 2013
— womenshealth.gov (@womenshealth) May 16, 2013
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) May 14, 2013
— CDCChronic (@CDCChronic) May 16, 2013
— Allenby Dermatology (@AllenbyDerm) May 16, 2013
— Ovuline (@ovuline) May 16, 2013
— APTA Women’s Health (@womens_PT) May 13, 2013
— PlannedParenthoodSNE (@PPSNE) May 15, 2013
I don’t know if Angelina Jolie decided to hold her press conference because it was National Women’s Health Week, or because she just felt is was the right time, but the revelation of her prophylactic double mastectomy certainly had people talking about women’s health issues. It started with an outpouring of support and well wishes for Jolie and evolved to include conversations surrounding Supreme Court cases, economic and healthcare realities, and patent law. You can follow these conversations on #brca and #breastcancer.
Angelina Jolie: “I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.” nyti.ms/10wszSl
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 14, 2013
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) May 15, 2013
Some doctors worried that Angelina Jolie’s disclosure could be misinterpreted by other women nyti.ms/10oViww
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 15, 2013
— Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ) May 15, 2013
— POV (@povdocs) May 16, 2013
— Glyn Moody (@glynmoody) May 15, 2013
Two of my relatives (maternal grandmother & aunt) have had breast cancer. So my DNA might be violating Myriad’s patent as we speak. #BRCA
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) May 14, 2013
Finally, I came across a reference to #WD2013 which is the annual Women Deliver conference. This global conference is being held in Kuala Lumpur May 28-30, 2013. While you may not be able to attend in person, they will have online streaming content. The conference focuses on the “health and empowerment of girls and women” through political and economic engagement, particularly as it relates to maternal and newborn health and wellness.
— Jhpiego (@Jhpiego) May 16, 2013
— GirlsGlobe (@GirlsGlobe) May 16, 2013