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PHOTO: Efforts to get more mothers to breastfeed their babies are paying off as 79 percent of moms in the U.S. begin nursing, and the health benefits for them and their babies are many. Photo credit: Mothering Touch/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday’s arrival of August on the calendar also marks the start of National Breastfeeding Month, and that has supporters touting the benefits of mother's milk, often called nature's perfect baby food. Marian Tompson, one of the founders of the La Leche League, says m ...Read More

PHOTO: A study by UW cancer researcher William Fahl has found a promising way to prevent hair loss for chemotherapy patients, which is headed for clinical trials. Photo courtesy UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. – A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study offers great hope for saving the hair follicles of patients undergoing chemotherapy. A new kind of vasoconstrictor – a drug that narrows blood vessels – could be the key. Hair loss, or alopecia, is one of the most drea ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation to prohibit employers from excluding birth control from women's health insurance coverage. Photo credit: Bryan Calabro/wikimedia commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees' health-related decisions. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the "Not My Boss' Business Act" is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allo ...Read More

YANKTON, S.D. – More women in South Dakota are becoming active in owning or managing farmland, and rural advocates say some basic information can help them find success and improve their land. The Center for Rural Affairs recently held a workshop to provide some tips. Traci Bruckner, a sen ...Read More

PHOTO: State police say the number of female troopers is not a good reflection of the communities they serve and protect, and they want more women to consider a career in law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to fighting crime and keeping Michigan streets safe, Michigan State Police (MSP) want women to know law enforcement isn't just a man's job. Trooper Marjorie Richardson has been with the state police for over 25 years, and while many believe police work is purely physi ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico supports new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reverse the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to not include certain types of contraception in their employees' insurance coverage. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is among those supporting proposed legislation that could be voted on as early as today that aims to counteract a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The so-called Hobby Lobby decision allows companies to not pay for insurance coverage for ...Read More

PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, an Iowa woman offers her story in the hopes of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mass migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate, and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks, but one Iowa woman hopes her experience can shed some light upon why this is happening, and what can be done to help. Kenia Calderon made the jou ...Read More

PHOTO: Jane Hawley Stevens, an herb-growing sustainable agriculture entrepreneur, hosts a July 25 workshop in North Freedom, Wis., for women in agriculture. Photo courtesy Four Elements Herbals.

BROWNTOWN, Wis. – While the number of farms in Wisconsin has been declining for years, the number owned and operated by women has been steadily rising. Lisa Kivirist is coordinator of the Rural Women's Project, which is sponsoring an on-farm workshop on July 25 at Four Elements Organic Herba ...Read More

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