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How a Billionaire-Backed IUD Is Fighting the GOP War on Women's Bodies

LilettaIf you’re looking for empirical evidence that the GOP and its “pro-life” boosters are less anti-abortion than they are anti-sex, look no further than the case of Liletta.

The new intrauterine device became available in April, and family planning clinics around the country began stocking it, often in bulk, this summer.

Liletta is everything a contraceptive should be: affordable, safe, effective, and for now—thanks to the backing of a well-known billionaire—widely accessible. Studies prove the IUD reduces rates of unplanned pregnancies, and it’s been shown to decrease the number of teen abortions.


WHO study: Processed meat causes cancer

Processed meat causes cancerBacon, hot dogs, corned beef and other types of processed red meat significantly increase the risk for developing cancer, and all types of red meat "probably" increase the risk as well, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, or IARC, report is based on decades of research, though its conclusions were far from unanimous among members of the panel. The report also is expected to be controversial in Western countries, especially the United States, where red meat is a staple of most people's basic diet.


Toxins remain in clothes long after manufacturingxins remain in clothes long after manufacturing

toxins remain in clothingWhen researchers in Sweden tested dozens of garments from popular clothing lines, they found thousands of chemicals leftover from the manufacturing process.

Hundreds of the chemicals weren't listed by manufacturers. Scientists say these chemicals may be manufacturing byproducts or residues picked up during transport.


Lasers may ease pain for 'napalm girl' in AP photograph

Napalm girl in AP photoIn the photograph that made Kim Phuc a living symbol of the Vietnam War, her burns aren't visible — only her agony as she runs wailing toward the camera, her arms flung away from her body, naked because she has ripped off her burning clothes.

More than 40 years later she can hide the scars beneath long sleeves, but a single tear down her otherwise radiant face betrays the pain she has endured since that errant napalm strike in 1972.


Large trial to test aspirin's ability to prevent cancer relapse

Aspirin trial for cancer recurrenceStudies in the last few years have shown that aspirin may help to prevent cancer or its recurrence. Researchers have now announced a large, long-term study to investigate whether the painkiller's anti-cancer effects are real.

Cancer Research UK and the British National Institute for Health Research are launching the Add-Aspirin Phase III trial with plans to recruit 11,000 patients who have been treated or are being treated for bowel, breast, esophageal, prostate or stomach cancer.


Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown

medical marijuana dispensariesMedical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.

In his ruling, Senior District Judge Charles R. Breyer lifted an injunction against a California dispensary, the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, and its founder, Lynette Shaw, ruling that a budget amendment Congress approved last year requires the federal government to respect state marijuana laws. The DOJ is thus precluded from criminally prosecuting organizations like MAMM that comply with state regulations.


Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

Texas defunds Planned ParenthoodTexas announced Monday it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos that featured discussions about fetal tissue, potentially triggering a court fight like one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana.

Texas health officials sent a letter to Planned Parenthood affiliates saying the clinics were potentially "liable, directly or by affiliation, for a series of serious Medicaid program violations" highlighted in the videos.


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