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As U.S. Confirms First Zika-Related Death, Congressional Republicans Still Won’t Approve Emergency Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, raising new concerns about the severity of the mosquito-borne disease and prompting renewed calls for Congress to approve the Obama administration’s two-month-old request for emergency funding to fight the ongoing outbreak. According to a report released Thursday by the CDC, health officials … Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

Another, More Common Species Of Mosquito May Be Able To Spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus could potentially be transmitted by an even more common species of mosquitoes, Brazilian scientists announced this week, raising concerns that the outbreak in Central and Latin America could become harder to contain. Until now, Zika virus transmission was thought to be limited to certain species of mosquitoes in the Aedes genus, most … Continue reading

‘Moderate’ John Kasich Is About To Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the so-called “moderate” in the Republican presidential primary race, confirmed on Wednesday that he will sign into law an extreme new piece of legislation that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics statewide by denying state and federal grants to “organizations that provide or advocate for abortion care, are affiliated with organizations that … Continue reading

The Latest News On Zika Virus: 5 Things To Know

With concerns about Zika virus mounting, President Obama requested $1.8 billion in emergency funds Monday to help combat the disease, which has now spread to more than two-dozen countries, mainly in the Americas and Caribbean islands. The emergency funding request comes just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that their command center … Continue reading

Good News For Obamacare: 2016 Enrollment Numbers Exceed Hopes

The Department of Health and Human Services just released the 2016 enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act, and the results are good news for supporters of the President’s signature health care law: the third enrollment season brought in nearly 13 million sign-ups for Obamacare, exceeding the government’s goals for enrollment and beating last year’s … Continue reading

STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

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