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New Compounds Tested for Post-Menopausal Women

Early tests of new synthetic compounds show that they could protect women from heart disease and osteoporosis in the same way estrogen does. Taking estrogen hormone supplements after menopause helps reduce the risk of heart disease in women and bone-thinning osteoporosis. Some women don’t take estrogen, however, because of its possible side-effects — increased risk […]

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Supreme Court Hears Gay Rights Case

The Supreme heard arguments yesterday in Romer vs. Evans, an appeal from the Colorado Supreme Court. That court ruled last year that a state, voter-approved constitutional amendment that banned laws which protected homosexuals against discrimin ation denied them equal protection. Both sides received help and tough questioning from the justices, with only Justice Thomas failing […]

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Flight Attendants Win Raise from American

A three-member arbitration panel created to solve a labor dispute between flight attendants and American Airlines awarded the flight attendants a 17 percent pay increase over the next six years. The panel rejected American’s plans to cut vacation pay by 25% and reduce pay for layovers and periods between flights. The panel also established wage […]

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Athletic Shoe Companies to Target Women

Title IX has spurred a dramatic growth in women’s participation in sports since its passage in 1972. In 1971, one in twenty-seven girls played school sports, but the Women’s Sports Foundation found that that number soared to one in three girls playin g school sports in 1994. This past year, women spent more on athletic […]

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Athletic Shoe Companies to Target Women

Title IX has spurred a dramatic growth in women’s participation in sports since its passage in 1972. In 1971, one in twenty-seven girls played school sports, but the Women’s Sports Foundation found that that number soared to one in three girls playin g school sports in 1994. This past year, women spent more on athletic […]

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Gingrinch and AMA Strike Deal

The American Medical Association announced Tuesday night its support for the G.O.P Medicare plan. This announcement comes after an agreement between House Speaker Gingrich and AMA leaders whereby the redesign of Medicare would not cut fees paid to doc tors. The agreement would also limit payment of damages to victims of medical malpractice and exempt […]

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Governors Oppose Ban on Some Welfare Aid

A group of U.S. governors has sent a bipartisan letter to Congress urging them not to place bans on aid to teenage mothers with children or mothers who have additional children while on welfare. Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson (R) and Nevada Governor Robert Miller (D) urged Congress to give states maximum flexibility in setting their […]

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Number of Female Executives Increasing

In 1977 forty-six women served on the boards of Fortune 500 Companies. Today 600 women serve on the boards, with more than 40% of them rising to those positions from the corporate ranks. That’s up from 22% in 1983 who got to the boards from go vernment or university positions. Their history with the companies […]

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Law to Keep Repeat Sex Offenders off the Streets

Recently passed and signed legislation in California keeps repeat sex offenders off the streets if they have mental disorders. The legislation requires inmates to receive in-patient treatment for mental disorders before they are released back into soc iety. The legislation aims to keep repeat sex offenders from committing more crimes once released from prison. The […]

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Abortion Foes Gearing Up for Congressional Battles

National Right to Life members flooded fax machines and e-mail boxes with a clear and simple message, “defeat the $243 billion defense bill” — the bill contained a single clause relating to abortion. The House, torn between increasing Pentagon spendi ng or voting down an abortion provision, chose the latter, thus setting the stage for […]

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Judge Approves Breast Implant Settlement

U.S. District Judge Sam Pointer approved yesterday the new settlement arrangement agreed to by three breast implant companies and women in a class-action lawsuit. Women who can prove that they had implants from one of three companies — Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Baxter International Inc., and 3M Co., may now receive from $10,000 to $750,000 each, […]

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CALIFORNIA STUDENTS TO PROTEST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Students in the nine-campus University of California system will protest, on Thursday, the Board of Regents’ summer decision to end affirmative action for the university system. Student protesters hope to involve administrators, faculty and also some regents in their day long protest across campuses and march at the Sacramento Capitol. Student leaders expect over 10,000 […]

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MEDICARE CUTS TO SERIOUSLY AFFECT ELDERLY WOMEN

Currently, Medicaid covers nearly half (48%) of all nursing home costs. Proposed cuts in the Medicare and Medicaid system will seriously disadvantage those who now benefit from the programs, especially elderly women who comprise 75% of nursing home residents. Congress’ proposal would nullify guaranteed health care insurance for elderly, poor and disabled Americans and turn […]

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BUDGET BILL WOULD ALSO REPEAL FEDERAL NURSING HOME CARE STANDARDS

In an attempt to decentralize power, the budget bills drafted by both houses of Congress would repeal tough federal standards on nursing home care. The industry has not formally asked for a repeal of the standards enacted in 1987 after a study by the National Academy of Science found that “shockingly deficient care” in some […]

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1% of Ashkenazi Jews in the United States Carry Breast Cancer Gene Defect

A study published today in the journal Nature Genetics found that one percent of American Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent carry a mutation of the gene, BRCA1, associated with breast cancer. The discovery has great promise of allowing scientis ts to gain a better understanding of the incidence of breast cancer. Women with a family […]

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Committee Makes Changes to Medicare, Medicaid Without Ensuring Coverage

Last night, the Senate Finance Committee declined attempts to ensure that poor, elderly and disabled persons receive coverage from Medicare and Medicaid programs. Committee Chairman, William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del.) has proposed that the federal government grant states the right to determine eligibility and benefits. The committee voted down an amendment which would have restored […]

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University Costs Rise by 6%, Congress Considers Cutting Back Student Loan Programs

An annual survey released on Thursday by the College Board indicates that College tuition and fees rose by six percent this school year. The increases in college costs is rising faster than inflation and comes at a time when Congress plans to reduce b oth student loan and grant programs. The increases in costs and […]

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Wal-mart Pulls “Someday A Woman Will Be President” T-Shirt

Citing its offensiveness to some shoppers, a Wal-mart store close to Miami stopped selling a t-shirt which proclaimed, “Someday A Woman Will Be President.” The store had sold roughly two-thirds of its stock of 204 shirts, but decided to stop selling them when the store received a complaint from one customer. A buyer of women’s […]

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Clinton Backs Lawsuit Against Bosnian Leader

The Clinton Administration has filed a brief supporting a lawsuit against Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb Leader. Two women, victims of the Balkan war, have filed the lawsuit in an attempt to hold him liable for Bosnian Serb war crimes. One woman says she was raped and mutilated by Serbian soldiers, the other says she […]

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Country Opposes G.O.P. Medicare Plan, Expresses Dissatisfaction with Republican Leadership

A CNN/USA Today poll of 1,011 Americans conducted Sept. 22-24 found that fifty-one percent oppose Republicans’ plan to reform Medicare while only thirty-two percent favor it. Fifty-three percent felt that the elderly would be worse off if the reforms came into effect. Furthermore, forty-four percent indicated that the Republican leadership in Congress was moving the […]