Kristine Shields, Author
Pregnancy and the Pharmaceutical Industry
The book explores the medical, ethical, scientific, and legal rationales behind the movement towards the inclusion of pregnant women in drug studies.
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How I Got Started
When I was maybe 5 or 6, I followed my two big sisters along the back of the attic and up three rough wooden steps. They unhooked the latch on the oddly shaped door and we crawled onto the small piece of plywood that was laid on the rafters.
Rows and rows of prickly pink insulation surrounded the three of us. If I stepped there, I would fall through the ceiling of the room below and my sisters would never let me in the attic with them again. They took out their pens and I took out my pencil and we began to write our books.
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Root Cause Analysis Abortion is a contentious issue. While 77% of Americans are in favor of keeping abortion legal in most circumstances, few people would say they’d like to have one. Both those in favor of keeping it legal and those who would prefer that it was illegal can be quite vociferous and uncompromising. When […]
Trichomoniasis is the most common non-viral STI in the U.S. An estimated 4 to 8 million people already have it and over 1 million new infections are diagnosed every year. Eighty-five per cent of women found to have trichomoniasis report no symptoms. When I was in college, I had a boyfriend I’ll call Buzz. Fun […]
I’m writing a book about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The goal of the book is to decrease the stigma that our culture conveys to people with STIs. I was fearful of adding to this stigma by pointing out that STI rates are significantly higher among minorities than among whites – but it is difficult to […]
Screwy sperm My house sits up on a bluff across the creek from a popular “put in” spot for kayakers. A picture with my house incidentally in the background once graced the cover of Kayaking Magazine! From my vantage point, I can watch the boaters as they navigate the rocks and the bridge pylons where […]
Women and Weed: Findings from Formerly Forbidden Research – Part 2. Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Insomnia
Pregnancy The use of cannabis is most frequent in women between the ages of 20 and 30. This corresponds to the peak childbearing years. Since the potency of cannabis has increased and, with legalization, so has consumption of cannabis, there is increased cause for concern about the safety of using marijuana during pregnancy. One of […]
Part 1. Differences in Men and Women and Weed Current legal status U.S. First banned for use in the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis remains under the regulation of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 (with amendments through 2017). Drugs under Schedule I, by definition have […]
Do you have coronavirus fatigue? Are you tired of talking about the coronavirus pandemic? Yeah? Let’s talk about the other pandemic instead. What other pandemic, you say? The STI pandemic. What STI pandemic, you say? The STI pandemic that no one’s talking about. What’s going on with STIs? Over 100 million Americans have an […]
STD: sexually transmitted disease — a term used since the mid-1970s for an infectious disease that is usually transmitted during oral sex, anal sex or other intimate contacts with the genitals. It is generally thought that the change from venereal disease (VD) to STD was intended to decrease the stigma associated with the antiquated term VD. […]
Three politically-driven policies have not only gagged women’s health care providers but have caused an increase in what they sought to prevent. The most recent, and most egregious, is Trump’s gag rule (I’m sure he thinks it is the biggest and the best). And all for naught. The Helms Amendment (1973) Passed in wake of […]