State women’s health profiles

State statistics on women’s health are available in State Profiles on Women’s Health from the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, based in Washington, DC. The Institute is an independent nonprofit organization. Each state section features four pages of charts that allow comparisons with national data on health status, insurance coverage, risk factors for illness, and health policy issues. Cost: $30, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. For details, contact the Institute at 409 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024-2188. Phone: (202) 863-4990. Fax: (202) 488-4229. Web: http://www.jiwh.org.

Ortho launches Web sites

Two new World Wide Web sites by contraceptive manufacturer Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical of Raritan, NJ, provide information for family planners and their patients.

Http://www.ortho-mcneil.com carries prescribing information for all products made and marketed by the company. Http://www.womenintheknow.com offers information on birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal and urinary tract infections, reproductive health, an analysis of family planning options, and questions patients can ask providers. Selected questions are answered by a panel of women’s health care experts.