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May 24, 2019
The Planned Parenthood healthcare provider and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit against the legislation Alabama after the governor signed a law banning abortion in all cases except for when the mother or child is at risk. The law has been met with divided reactions from pro-choice and pro-life supporters with many civil rights groups coming out and speak about it. The ACLU has called the law as 'manmade' with poor disregard towards women, and their bodies as almost all who signed the proposal were men. Other states like Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri have signed similar laws where abortion is legal until a heartbeat is detected. The lawsuit will be taken to the Supreme Court.
May 24, 2019
A report using data from the California Healthy Kids Survey showed kids who are bullied throughout school years could have repercussion on both mental and physical health. Kids and teens who took the survey reported to be bullied because of religious or ethnic reasons; even kids who are American but are perceived as a minority were bullied as well. The study also showed bullied people turned to cigarettes and drinking as early as the age of 12. This could cause anxiety and depression as well as disruption in their sleep and gastrointestinal problems. Affected people could also consider suicide later in adulthood.
May 24, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to change the expiration labels on products to a standard one that would read 'Best if used by.' The agency hopes this avoids confusion among consumers who are not sure what the existing labels mean. Food manufacturers need to place the label on a date where the nutrients contained in the food will no longer be present, making the food no longer nutritionally valuable. The agency also recommends consumers to throw away food if the consistency or smell is off, even if the expiration date isn't due. The FDA hopes to save at least $161 billion worth of wasted food.
May 24, 2019
The Human Genome Project has released the results of a study showing that the differences in our genetic code influence the way diet affects us. According to the study, specialists shouldn't focus on tackling a single health issue such as diabetes or high blood pressure; instead, diet plans should revolve around an individual's DNA. The HGP referred to this area of study as nutrigenetics, adding that, although most people could see benefits in low-carb diets, others could have life-threatening consequences by following this plan. The study also found weight loss has a significant relationship to a person's DNA. Obesity is caused by different factors such as metabolism which can be affected positively or negatively by a generic diet.
May 24, 2019
The UK institution Public Health England has reported 795 Mumps cases in the first three months of the year, marking an increase from the registered cases of last year which reached a total of 1,031. The outbreak first originated in the Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham which could be caused by the influx of unvaccinated teenagers who were born during the time it was believed vaccines could cause children to develop autism. Mumps can be prevented with the MMR vaccine (Mumps, Measles, and Rubeola). A measles outbreak is also present in the region with the disease easily spreading due to low-income districts who don't have access to the vaccine. Health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated.
May 24, 2019
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been consulted by multiple Health Departments in the country about the possibility of banning measles-infected people from flying to stop the disease from spreading. Eight individuals in five states are under investigation as they are considered at risk or to have already contracted the disease. They would be added to a 'Do Not Board' list that all airlines would have; the agency would contact the airline and make arrangements for any changes in the trip schedule. The act is on its early stages and hasn't been approved by the CDCP.
May 24, 2019
The British Society for Surgery of the Hand has reported an increase in cases where people who walk their dogs result in losing skin or a finger from their hand due to winding the dog's leash around the fingers or hand. A dog can get distracted or suddenly run creating a sudden pull on the leash or collar; if the person has the leash wrapped around their fingers or are holding the collar, injuries can lead to the partial amputation of the fingers. The "degloving" syndrome happens when the tissues are ripped from the bone causing the piece of bone to be exposed; dislocations can also happen due to extreme force on the finger.
May 24, 2019
The Royal Society for Public Health has released a report where thousands of participants gave feedback regarding the current situation of public toilets in the country. Over 2,000 people were interviewed on their opinion on public toilets and information on how often they went to one. It was found that in order to cover all of the population, there needs to be twice as many toilets for women as there is for men. The ratio 2:1 is highly used in the US and Canada but the UK has not changed its infrastructure in years. The RSPH cites differences among the groups like clothing, anatomical differences and menstruation; unisex facilities are also needed as well as facilities to accommodate transgender people.
May 24, 2019
The National Health Service of the UK has had to increase the prices on Prochlorperazine, a medication used in chemotherapy patients to reduce dizziness. The Competition and Markets Authority has stated prices on medication have gone up from 6.49 pounds to 51.68 a pack, representing an increase of almost 5 million pounds in the overall market. The increase was due to four pharmaceutical companies allegedly paying each other to eliminate the competition over the drug, eliminating the production of the medicine altogether. The four companies are denying the allegations by stating they weren't involved in any of the distribution and pricing of the packs. Health experts say the NHS should count with all means to keep benefiting those in need.
May 24, 2019
The governor of Colorado Jared Polis has signed a bill that will make insurance companies co-pay the expenses of insulin drugs up to a minimum of $100. The bill was previously passed by state senator who had personal experience with the difficulties of purchasing medicine for diabetes since his brother suffered from it before passing in August 2016. The American Diabetes Association supports the law, explaining the prices of insulin have tripled in the last few years and patients have had to turn to cut down on the use of the medicine or skip it altogether. Colorado is the first state to have this type of law regarding insulin drugs in the country.
May 23, 2019
St Andrew's Healthcare, a mental health institution in the UK, reports having over 50 patients admitted for periods of up to five years, three and a half times more than the 18 months recommended. An investigation from the National Health Service started after footage from the facility camera showed a patient in seclusion touching their parent through a door hatch; it was later found out that the teen had been staying there for an extended amount of time. The practices of the institution are said to be efficient; the medical staff says patients have individual care, and it is uncertain how long each of them needs to stay. Over 90% of referrals come from the National Health Service.
May 23, 2019
A recent study by the Tufts University in Boston suggested that people who have a poor diet have the same chances of getting cancer as those of a person who regularly drink alcohol. Researchers took a sample of cancer cases in 2015 and saw that over 5% were caused by having an unhealthy diet. Seven dietary factors were taken into consideration such consumption of vegetables, fruits, and processed meats. By using a comparative model from previous studies, it was seen that the most common type of cancer caused by poor consumption of nutrients is colorectal cancer. Specific ethnicities like black men or latino men are most gravely affected.
May 23, 2019
A study done in Berlin by the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business shows that productivity in female office workers can be affected by the room's temperature; more so than in men. The team made 531 students take tests in math, verbal, and cognitive tests and checked their outcome in different temperatures. It was seen that by increasing temperature by one degree Celsius, women had 1.76% more correct answers on math tests while men had 0.63%; men were not significantly affected by the temperatures in any of the tests. Performance in the workplace might depend on how hot or cold the office is.
May 23, 2019
Following the ongoing lawsuits against pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, Vermont's attorney general has filed a suit against eight members of the Slacker family who owns of the company. Purdue Pharma has been sued by over 600 cities in the US due to the opioids crisis and the thousands of deaths around the country in the last year. Vermont's Attorney General claims the company uses deceptive marketing of the drug OxyContin, an opioid that can make people addicted and feel chronic pain if they stop using it. The company states that all allegations are unfunded and all records are available for the FDA to revise. Purdue Pharma could face fines of millions of dollars if found guilty.
May 23, 2019
The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced the recall of over 62,000 pounds of beef after a random sampling showed presences of the E. Coli bacteria. The product was packed in the Aurora Packing Company in Illinois for distribution to all of the country. Consumers need to look out for the establishing mark of 'EST 788.' Cuts of steak, ribs, and ribeyes are included in the tainted products. The USDA recommends people who bought the product to throw it away or return it to where they purchased it as well as throwing away any meat that had been frozen alongside the contaminated beef. No cases of E. Coli have been reported yet.
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