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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

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

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

Warning Of Health And Environmental Risks, UN Experts Call For Immediate Phase-Out Of Hazardous Pesticides

Two independent United Nations human rights experts on Monday called for an immediate worldwide phase-out of the use of highly hazardous pesticides that are inflicting significant damage on human health and the environment. “Workers, children and others at risk continue to suffer severe impacts from hazardous pesticides,” Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on human … Continue reading

How Stress Can Raise Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s

Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of a number of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. The means by which stress contributes to the development of these conditions, however, aren’t as clear. But now, researchers from the University of Florida may have an answer to the question of how … Continue reading

For The First Time Ever, Daily Aspirin Is Being Recommended To Fight Cancer

Taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent both cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in some groups of adults, top U.S. experts in preventive medicine have determined. In a draft report published Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) — an independent advisory panel of medical experts — concluded that there is now … Continue reading

Doctors Warn That Thousands Of Lives Are At Risk From Snake Bites As Global Supplies Of Antivenom Run Out

Doctors Without Borders is warning that global stocks of a critical snakebite treatment are poised to run out next year—a troubling development that could put tens of thousands of lives at risk. The organization said that French drugmaker Sanofi stopped making the product — called Fav-Afrique, which it said is the only treatment proven safe and … Continue reading

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