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Healthcare reform may mean free birth control

by nickj on November 2, 2010

Women in the U.S. may be entitled to receive free birth control if a panel decides to include it into President Obama's recently passed healthcare bill. The discussion is likely to incite a clash over moral values and health law as experts decide whether or not birth control should be considered part of preventative care. […]

Scientists in the United Kingdom are claiming that alcohol is more dangerous to society than even the most pervasive drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. The Daily Mail reports that researchers for the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs used a new scale to weigh the respective dangers of drugs. The goal of the study was […]

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TSA to implement more invasive pat-down procedure

by Jorge Hernandez on October 29, 2010

Beginning on Monday, travelers at airports will have to submit to a new pat down procedure that some say goes a little too far. The Associated Press reports that the Transportation Safety Administration has changed the traditional pat down to a hand-sliding motion. Although the new method raises some concerns, officials stress that the more […]

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Haiti cholera death toll rises

by Kelly MacNeil on October 25, 2010

After more than 3,000 people were reported to be infected with cholera in Haiti, officials claimed the disease's infection rate had stabilized. However, the nation's death toll is still on the rise and the disease remains a serious threat to over a million Haitians displaced by an earthquake that hit the nation in January. The […]

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Research shows aspirin reduces risk of colon cancer

by Kelly MacNeil on October 22, 2010

Taking regular low-doses of aspirin can reduce the number of colon cancer by a quarter and cut colon related cancer deaths by a third, according to research published yesterday in the medical journal The Lancet. Professor Peter Rothwell, of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, studied the cases of 14,000 people who were treated with aspirin […]

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HRT found to increase risk of breast cancer

by Kelly MacNeil on October 20, 2010

Recent findings were published Tuesday revealing a strong link between hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women and increased risks of breast cancer, reports ABC News. In this week’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who use post-menopausal HRT have twice the risk of contracting and dying from aggressive breast cancer than […]

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AHA announces new hands-only CPR

by Kelly MacNeil on October 18, 2010

The American Heart Association has announced that the traditional method of CPR will be replaced by a new version that focuses primarily on chest compressions, in an attempt to decrease the number of people who die due to cardiac arrest. Called Continuous Chest Compression, the new procedure will abandon traditional mouth-to-mouth contact and go straight […]

Stem cell research embarks on first human test

by Kelly MacNeil on October 14, 2010

Geron Corporations, a biotech company in California, announced it has begun testing an embryonic stem-cell treatment for a patient with a severely injured spinal cord. The research is the first of its kind on a human subject and is in its preliminary stages. At the moment the trial is meant to test the safety of […]

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor David Paterson have requested the USDA add sugary drinks to the prohibited list of goods bought with food stamps. The proposal is part of an effort to combat increasing obesity and type 2 diabetes rates, which are higher among NYC’s poorest households and would affect […]