Former president of the American Association for Dental Research, Dr. Robert Genco, calls periodontal disease -- an advanced form of gum disease that affects half of Americans -- a public health concern. "[It] is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population."
A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.
Conservative Catholics have a right to their opinions, but many of us in liberal Protestant churches would dispute their contention that we have abandoned key elements of Christian belief and practice.
While isn't important to remember reproductive health is often synonymous with women's health, here's what is missing in that equation: Such statements can unwittingly perpetuate the myth that reproduction belongs more squarely in women's wheelhouse. Men who get involved? Oh, they're just allies.
There is a sordid history to entrapment being used against advocates of reproductive freedom. One hundred years ago, opponents of legal birth control had succeeded in passing laws outlawing all methods to prevent conception, as well as any speech advocating the legalization thereof.
Two weeks ago a variety of experts and patients met to testify to a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel about concerns that the female sterilization device Essure is causing more problems than the FDA or Bayer, the manufacturer of the device, are admitting to.
When will we, as a country, accept that a woman's body is her own? When will we stop policing women's bodies, and start accepting that she is capable of making the decisions for herself?
A few weeks back, I wrote about how conservative author and Grove City College professor Paul Kengor ignored historical context about Margaret Sanger's talk in 1926 to a Ku Klux Klan women's group, as well as cherry-picking the account of the speech in Sanger's autobiography.
The building no longer exists. No plaque marks the site. But from Sanger's activism, the movement that today is represented by Planned Parenthood emerged. And as everyone (and especially women) know, a century later the fight for free reproductive choice that Margaret Sanger launched still grinds on.
For the last 47 years, while virtually every other Christian denomination has approved of birth control and the majority of Catholics use birth control regularly the Catholic Church has fiercely maintained its position that the sperm has a God-given right to try to get to the egg.
I believe it is so critically important for people of faith to speak out AS people of faith when access to health care for women is turned into a bargaining chip in a game of political brinkmanship.
Fear of talking about sex can translate into shame at any age, but particularly during the formative years, when young people are just starting to learn about themselves and their bodies.
Kengor may be a professor, but his research skills seem to be a level of a lazy, dishonest undergrad who cares more about pushing an agenda than telling the full truth.
In a homophobic political stunt poorly veiled in "religious beliefs," Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis denied marriage licenses to LGBT couples despite a federal court order instructing her that the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, and she must comply.
I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...
As the blood continued to flow out of Megyn Kelly's "wherever," Donald Trump was still sitting comfortably on top of the GOP primary polls. While Trump's supporter base likely represents a relatively small part of the GOP base, this incident is only adding to the GOP's alienation of women.