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Lawmakers Taking Strides To Address Menstruation Care As Basic Health Need

Getting rid of a tax on menstrual products is one of several ideas around menstruation care that's gaining speed across the country. In other women's health news: weight gain, postpartum depression and mothers of kids with cancer.

The Washington Post: The Once-Whispered Topic Of Women’s Menstruation Now Has Political Cachet
A topic that for so long was rarely discussed above a whisper has recently been taken up by growing numbers of lawmakers. Spurred by grass-roots activism aimed at lifting the stigma surrounding menstruation, the lawmakers are proposing measures to provide broad access to menstrual products for women. Their efforts include exempting tampons and pads from state and local taxes, compelling prisons to stop charging inmates for the supplies and making them available for free at public schools and workplaces. (Chandler, 8/7)

The New York Times: Researchers Track An Unlikely Culprit In Weight Gain
For middle-aged women struggling with their weight, a recent spate of scientific findings sounds too good to be true. And they may be, researchers caution. Studies in mice indicate that a single hormone whose levels rise at menopause could be responsible for a characteristic redistribution of weight in middle age to the abdomen, turning many women from “pears” to “apples.” At the same time, the hormone may spur the loss of bone. (Kolata, 8/7)

And Planned Parenthood receives a large donation —

Pioneer Press: Planned Parenthood Eyes New Minneapolis Uptown Clinic With $6.5M Gift
A $6.5 million gift will help Planned Parenthood update and expand its clinics. A local couple who asked to remain anonymous donated the money. It will go toward Planned Parenthood’s three-year facilities expansion initiative. Highlights of the initiative include building a new health care facility in Minneapolis, on the site of its existing clinic in Uptown. The effort also will go toward making sure the 18 other clinics in the region “reflect the most modern standards in health care,” the St. Paul-based nonprofit said in a statement. (8/7)

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