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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
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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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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.)
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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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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.

Hungry for more: a keeping-it-real guide for Black women on weight and body image

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English
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Paper
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Robyn McGee
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Seal Press
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Emeryville, CA

Details the author's account of her sister's death from gastric bypass surgery. Advocates for a slow and steady approach to weight loss under a doctor's supervision.

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ISBN 1580051499
WEIP.M33 2005
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, January 2006: Straight-talking and sympathetic, Robyn McGee's Hungry for More is not a book about dieting. It is about the obesity epidemic in the African American community and, about the daily challenges Black women face economically, culturally, and socially that contribute to disordered eating and body image. It is about the real dangers of gastric bypass surgery. Finally, it is about her own sister's lifelong struggle with obesity and depression, which led to her untimely death. Hungry for More takes a holistic approach to weight and and its health, social, and cultural implications. Full of informative medical facts, personal stories and frank examinations of how racism, abuse and depression contribute to poor body image, McGee conveys the importance of honouring yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices, starting slow and being patient, seeking help when you need it, and remembering that you are much more than a number on a scale. With the memory of her sister firmly in mind, McGee's message is that unless we change what's in our hearts and minds, no amount of surgery will make us feel whole.

Canadian Medical Association complete home medical guide

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English
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Catherine Younger-Lewis (ed.)
Publisher: 
Dorling Kindersley
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents a physician-reviewed Canadian home medical reference book.

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ISBN 1553630548
MEDR.C36 2005 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes index. --- Review, Network Spring 2006: This guide is the type of book that makes my librarian senses tingle. The Canadian Medical Association has designed a book that uses text and illustrations to explain how the body works, provide tools for interpreting symptoms, describe how and why diseases occur, and outlines the details of diagnostic tests and treatments. The layout and organization of the guide is clever and intuitive, and allows you to know what to expect if disease develops, to ask the right questions, and to actively take part in managing your health. A book for every household.

The gathering tree

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English
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Larry Loyie
Constance Brissenden
Heather D Holmlund (ill.)
Publisher: 
Theytus Books Ltd
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Penticton, BC

Presents an illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS from a First Nations perspective. Addresses aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health.

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AIDS.L68 2005
ISBN 1894778286
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Review, Network Spring 2006: The current HIV epidemic is increasingly affecting Aboriginal people and women. While research continues to improve treatment, prevention is still the best way to keep the number of new cases from growing. Education is important, and children need to learn how to stay healthy as they grow older. This is the story of a rural First Nations family and community facing HIV. Of particular note is the way the authors have included insights into the influence of elders in the community and of traditional gatherings.

The tiniest warrior of all

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English
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Nicola JD Maher
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OBLIO Press
Publication Date: 
2005

Presents a children's picture book that explores the twilight world of a baby born too soon.

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ISBN 0973655410
PREG.M34 2005
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Review, Network Spring 2006: According to recent statistics, one in every eight babies in the developed world is born prematurely. In 2003, Nicola Maher gave birth to her daughter Imogen, who weighed only 1 lb 8 oz at birth, and who spent nearly four months in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ms Maher transformed her own personal experiences with Imogen and has presented us with a modern day fairy tale. The Tiniest Warrior of All explores the world of a baby born too soon, who battles the obstacles she meets along the way.
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