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Woman sues over Catholic hospital’s denial of tubal ligation

Woman sues Catholic hospitalA physicians group and a woman who was denied a tubal ligation at a Catholic hospital in Northern California on religious grounds filed suit Monday, saying the rejection was sex discrimination and an illegal refusal of medical care.

The suit against Mercy Medical Center of Redding and its parent company, Dignity Health of San Francisco — the state’s largest owner of private hospitals — could test the dividing line between the right to reproductive care and a provider’s religious objections.

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'It's been devastating': former NFL players count the cost of concussion

Concussion reportGeorge Visger sat in his truck, a prized possession since everything else was gone, but struggled to remember the model and year. “It’s, uh, a Chevy. Yeah. A Trailblazer, I think. 2003. No, wait, 2009. Probably around then.”

The former professional footballer paused, annoyed with himself for fluffing a banal question about the vehicle. He could not help it: fog drifts through his memory, shrouding information registered moments – or years – earlier.

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Burden of lung cancer pushes Kentucky's cancer rates to nation's highest

Kentucky cancer ratesThe 52-year-old Louisville man was one of about 10,000 Kentuckians a year taken by cancer in a state where the disease consistently kills at the highest rate in the nation. Experts say the biggest culprit is lung cancer, which strikes and kills Kentuckians at rates 50% higher than the national average. But Kentucky’s death rates also rank in the Top 10 nationally for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers.

“It’s really been driven by three major things: obesity, smoking and lack of screening,” said Louisville gastroenterologist Dr. Whitney Jones. “Our state is completely inundated with risk factors.”

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Alabama showcases the perils of abstinence-only sex education

Abstinence only disasterLacey Kennedy, who graduated from a high school in northern Alabama in 2010, remembered students being told to sign an abstinence pledge and to fold the pledge down to the size of a condom wrapper and keep it in their wallet.

“The idea was when you open your wallet to reach for a condom, instead you find this conveniently condom-wrapper-size abstinence pledge,” she said, “and that was supposed to be useful to us.”

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The U.S. Pays a Lot More for Top Drugs Than Other Countries

prescription drugsPrices for brand-name drugs are typically higher in the U.S. than other developed countries. The drug industry has argued it's misleading to focus on U.S. list prices that exclude discounts struck behind closed doors with insurers.

A Bloomberg News analysis finds that even after these discounts, prices are higher in the U.S. than abroad. Seven of eight top-selling drugs examined still cost more in the U.S. than most other countries.

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More than 1,000 people, including 350 infants, exposed to tuberculosis at California hospital

TB ecposire at CA hospitalOfficials at a San Jose, Calif., hospital said more than 1,000 people, including 350 infants, may have been exposed to tuberculosis after a nurse was diagnosed with the disease.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center officials identified 350 infants, 308 employees and 368 patients who may have been exposed after an active case of tuberculosis was diagnosed in a nurse employed "in the area of the newborn nursery," a hospital statement said. Dr. Stephen Harris, the hospital's chairman of pediatrics, said in a teleconference Friday that "while the risk of infection is low, the consequences of a tuberculosis infection in infants can be severe."

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Pesticide In Milk May Be Linked To Parkinson's Disease

Milk pesticides linked to ParkinsonsA pesticide that was present in milk in the early 1980s may be linked to signs of Parkinson's disease that are showing up in people today, according to a new study.

The researchers looked at Japanese-American men in Hawaii, where the pesticide was frequently used, and found that those who drank more than two cups of milk daily at the start of the study had 40 percent fewer brain cells in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra 30 years later, on average, compared with similar men who drank less than two cups of milk per day.

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