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Can she read it : readability and literacy in health education

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English
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Mary Breen
Janis Wood Catano
Edition: 
Vol 8, No.3
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1987
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses how to make health information readable. Lists easy-to-read resources. Offers information on how to write for people with low literacy skills. 

The new Sjogren's syndrome handbook

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English
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Paper
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Daniel J Wallace (ed.)
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press, Inc.
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Provides information on Sjogren's syndrome, including clinical aspects, practical tips and advice, and resources available for patients.

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ISBN 0195172280
WOMN.S54 2005
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: A very basic, and very inaccurate, definition of Sjorgren’s syndrome is that of a disorder that causes dry eyes and a dry mouth. But as most sufferers will tell you, it’s much more than that. Sjorgren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that can lead to complications such as profound fatigue, depression and lymphoma, and while it affects both women and men alike, perimenopausal women represent the highest-risk group. It is often misdiagnosed, and many health providers are not aware of all of its potential somatic effects. This book, complete with information on diagnosis, clinical aspects, tips and advice, acts as a resource for both patients with Sjorgren’s and the doctors who care for them.

Lose weight... or be yourself?

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English
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Paper
Online
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Association pour la santé publique du Québec
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

Provides information on weight-loss products, services and methods, and explores the motivations behind the use of these products.

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WEIP.L67 2004
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, January 2005: " Lose weight while you sleep " "Lose weight and keep it off for good " "New scientific breakthrough...a medical miracle!" We've all seen or read these advertisements for quick weight loss. The weight-loss industry offers a multitude of choices for women (and men): diets, meal replacements, weight-loss programs, natural products, and other devices that promise to give us a flat stomach, slender legs and a model-thin figure. But, most of these weight-loss products, services and methods (WLPSM), do not live up to their promises. The Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ) asks, "Should we continue to encourage an industry with such poor performance, an industry that fails to fulfill it's promises"? A study of more than 200 of the some 350 WLPSM available in Quebec revealed some startling facts: * Several WLPSM promote the misleading assumption that rapid weight loss can be safe. However, rapid weight loss includes not only fat, which is desirable, but also water and muscle tissue, which is not desirable. * Fewer than 5% of WLPSM provide for a structured, supervised environment and, if they do, in most cases it is not monitored by qualified personnel such as physicians or dietitians. * Fewer than 35% of WLPSM encourage physical activity; most ignore this factor completely. This educational guide provides an excellent overview of popular weight-loss methods and the health risks associated with them. The weight-loss industry is unregulated in Canada, and it is clear that the industry cares more about filling it's pockets than fullfilling its promises.

Criminalizing women: gender and (in)justice in neoliberal times

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English
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Paper
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Gillian Balfour (ed.)
Elizabeth Comack (ed.)
Publisher: 
Fernwood Publishing
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Black Point, NS

Provides space for criminalized women's narratives and looks to the future with a toolbox full of feminist strategies to be used to address the issues revealed by these narratives.

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ISBN 1552661873
WOMI.B35 2006
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, June 2006: This recently released edited collection is an exploration of the issues feminist thought brings to the field of criminology. Women and women's relationships to the criminal justice system are often overlooked within the context of the criminology canon. This book demonstrates the broad range of work in this area being done by feminists that considers the conditions of women's lives and analysis of systemic oppression. Criminalizing Women is a book that both provides space for criminalized women's narratives and, with a section on making change, it looks to the future with a toolbox full of feminist strategies to be used to address the issues revealed by these narratives.

Making lesbians visible in the substance use field

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English
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Paper
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Elizabeth Ettorre (ed.)
Publisher: 
Harrington Park Press
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Binghamton, NY

Presents information on the complex relationships between sexual orientation and substance use. Argues for better addiction services for lesbian and bisexual women.

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ISBN13 9781560236177
LEBH.M35 2005
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Co-published simultaneously as Journal of lesbian studies, volume 9, number 3, 2005. --- Review, April 2006: Lesbians and bisexual women are more likely than heterosexual women to report alcohol and substance abuse, yet existing alcohol and drug services are inadequate to meet the needs of this community. Substance use for these women is often enmeshed in issues relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or making connections with queer people and communities. Lesbian substance users aren't able to bring forward the whole of their experiences when they are in environments that are non-supportive and where they experience homophobia. They become invisible. This book is a step in helping to create environments in which the hurt of invisibility can begin to be healed. The various papers captured here highlight how a lesbian sensitive perspective on lesbian health and substance use can shed new light on this neglected research area, as well as illuminate important areas of concern for treaters and researchers alike.

A tribute to grassroots organizing for women's health: cases from around the world

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English
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Paper
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Author: 
Sara Torres (ed.)
Prabha Khosla (ed.)
Publisher: 
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON and Toronto, ON

Documents the struggles of resistance being waged by activists who attended the 9th International Women's Health Meeting and who continue to work at the local and regional levels.

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ISBN 1894876075
WOMI.T75 2004
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Review, Network Spring 2006: The 9th International Women’s Health Meeting was held in Toronto, from August 12th to 16th, 2002. The Meeting’s themes included sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women (state and non-state) and environmental health. Working in English, French and Spanish, over 450 women from 62 countries attended. The essays included in this publication give voice to the work being done by women’s health activists who attended the Meeting.

What to expect: eating well when you're expecting

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English
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Paper
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Heidi Murkoff
Sharon Mazel
Publisher: 
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Presents information on how to navigate healthily and tastily from conception through delivery and beyond.

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ISBN 0761133267
PREG.M87 2005
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Includes index. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: A departure from its predecessor, What to Eat When You’re Expecting, this book loses the whole-wheatier-than-thou attitude, and provides moms to-be with a realistic approach to healthy nutrition throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again. The authors also offer 150 healthy recipes that feed mom and baby well, take little time to prepare, and are gentle on queasy stomachs.

Dragonslippers: this is what an abusive relationship looks like

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Rosalind Penfold
Publisher: 
Penguin Books Canada
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents the warning signs of abuse and offers an examination of the psychology of both abusers and victimes.

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ISBN 0143050206
VIOL.P46 2005
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Review, February 2006: When Rosalind met Brian, she thought she was living a fairytale romance. And she did, briefly, until things began to change. It didn't take long for her to find herself in a nightmare of verbal, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Eventually, she found the strength to move on and move out, but not without great loss. The author shares her experiences with us through her diaries from that time, drawings that detail the warning signs of abuse and the psychology of abusers and victims. She's given us a graphic novel (or un-fairytale) that nevertheless has a happy ending.

Invisible girls: the truth about sexual abuse

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English
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Author: 
Patti Feuereisen
Publisher: 
Seal Press
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Emeryville, CA

Presents personal stories of sexual abuse, as well as guidance to help girls and young women heal.

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CHSA.F48 2005
ISBN 1580051359
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Review, Network Spring 2006: Girls and young women who experience sexual abuse cannot be stereotyped. No one can tell from the outside whether or not you’ve been a victim. In 2002, children and youth accounted for 61% of reported sexual assault cases. Girls represented 79% of those cases. Furthermore, 54% of girls under the age of 16 have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention. 24% of these have experienced sexual assault, and 17% have experienced incest. And many of these girls never share their stories—they remain hidden and voiceless. Until now. In this work, the author offers us a glimpse into the worlds of teenaged girls and young women who are abuse survivors. These young women tell their stories of incest, date rape, acquaintance rape, and mentor abuse. The stories deserve to be heard. The truth hurts, but it also heals.

Sky woman: indigenous women who have shaped, moved or inspired us

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English
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Sandra Laronde (ed.)
Publisher: 
Theytus Books Ltd
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Penticton, BC

Presents a collection of poetry, short stories and visual art that honours the legacy of Sky Woman.

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ABGN.S52 2005
ISBN 1894778197
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Review, March 2006: Earth and creation, as we know it, was born when Sky Woman fell from the stars through a hole in the sky. Since then, Indigenous women have inherited her legacy-resourcefulness, resilience and the will to keep falling and moving forward. They fall to better ground because of the many women who have gone before them. This book gathers memoirs, poetry, fiction and visual arts from nearly 40 writers and artists from 22 Indigenous nations from across Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and Japan. These women, all from different generations, speak from the heart about the many Indigenous women who have shaped, moved or inspired them.
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