Planned Parenthood sues again over Texas health program
October 26th, 2012
Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood family planning providers in Texas filed a new lawsuit on Friday over a rule that bars its clinics from a state health program for low-income women because the organization performs abortions. The suit was filed in state court, after a federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling allowing Texas to withhold funding for women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood clinics. The new lawsuit tries a different legal tactic, filing in state rather than federal court, and arguing that the way the Texas rule is written violates state law
Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut
October 26th, 2012
By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas | Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:19pm EDT AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A federal appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a ruling that would allow Texas to withhold funding for women’s healthcare from Planned Parenthood’s clinics because the organization also performs abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry said after the order by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans that the state would immediately stop paying program participants that are affiliates of abortion providers.
Medicine rarely a slam dunk, despite splashy studies
October 23rd, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:31pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Next time a research finding leaves you slack-jawed, thinking it’s too good to be true, you might just be right, according to a massive new analysis tracking the fate of splashy medical studies. It turns out that 90 percent of the “very large” effects described in initial reports on medical treatments begin to shrink or vanish as more studies are done.
London sanitation show aims to make "poo" hot topic
October 18th, 2012
By Julie Mollins LONDON | Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:47pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) – Human defecation remains a taboo subject, despite the fact that 2.5 billion people lack toilets, causing a global health crisis that kills more than a million children each year. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) hopes a new exhibition opening on Thursday will make sanitation easier to discuss
Cholesterol levels declining in U.S
October 16th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:47pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The cholesterol levels of U.S. adults have been dropping since the late 1980′s, a new study suggests – and not just because of the increased popularity of lipid-lowering drugs
Yosemite workers will be studied for disease clues
October 16th, 2012
By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO | Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:08pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Public health officials plan to interview and collect blood samples from up to 2,500 Yosemite National Park workers as they hunt for clues in the biggest outbreak of the deadly hantavirus in nearly two decades, a state health official said on Monday.
Outbreak of dengue fever hits island of Madeira
October 12th, 2012
By Kate Kelland LONDON | Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:42am EDT LONDON (Reuters) – Eighteen people are confirmed to be suffering from dengue fever in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira and another 191 probably have the mosquito-borne disease which is also called “breakbone fever” because of the severe pain it can cause. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) which monitors disease in the European Union, said the outbreak was “significant but not entirely unexpected” given that the most efficient carriers of the disease, mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti, have an established presence in Madeira. “Portuguese public health authorities are implementing control measures to reduce the risk of sustained transmission locally, the export of infected vectors from the island, and to minimize the impact on the affected population,” it said
With lung cancer, quitters do better than smokers
October 11th, 2012
A man smokes a cigarette in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. Californians will vote next week on Proposition 29, which would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.00 .
More Canadians fall sick in huge E. coli beef recall
October 6th, 2012
Ground Alberta beef in seen in coolers at Bon Ton Meat Market in Calgary, Alberta, October 3, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Todd Korol By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Sat Oct 6, 2012 7:48pm EDT WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Ten people have now fallen sick from contaminated beef products from a Canadian plant that sent its meat across Canada and the United States, more than twice the number earlier reported, health officials said on Saturday
Medication tied to rare meningitis outbreak reached 23 states
October 4th, 2012
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee | Thu Oct 4, 2012 7:28pm EDT NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread