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Report: hundreds of US hospitals follow Catholic rules on reproductive care

US hospitals follow Catholic rulesWhen she was 22 weeks pregnant, Mindy Swank began to bleed. She had known for nearly two weeks that she was miscarrying – and in such a way that she was at risk for infection.

But the Catholic hospital near her home had refused to induce labor, apparently believing that doing so would violate its ban on abortion. And on this morning, the bleeding made no difference. The hospital sent her home – and then again and again, for five more weeks until she began severely hemorrhaging at week 27. Then, they induced her labor.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Kansas Over Plan To Cut Medicaid Funding

Planned parenthoodPlanned Parenthood, a U.S. women’s healthcare and abortion provider, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas over a plan to strip it of government healthcare funding, court records showed.

Planned Parenthood says at least 24 states have cut its clinics of funding since mid-2015, when anti-abortion activists released videos purporting to show group officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue.

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Kansas Moves To Terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid Contract

Kansas Governor BrownbackCutting off Planned Parenthood’s contracts to provide Medicaid services probably violates federal law, but Kansas has done it anyway.

Gov. Sam Brownback (R), one of the nation’s most virulently anti-abortion elected officials, promised in January that he would defund Planned Parenthood, and his state government followed through with the threat Tuesday.

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CDC: Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease

Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious diseaseDespite hepatitis C being preventable and curable, the number of people who died after contracting it hit an all-time high in 2014, baffling researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC researchers found nearly half of the 3.5 million people with hepatitis C are unaware of their infection, and the numbers are rising among people at high risk because of a lack of awareness.

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Study: One in Three Antibiotic Prescriptions 'Unnecessary'

1-3 Anti biotics unnecessaryNearly one in three antibiotic prescriptions doled out in the United States is "inappropriate," said a study Tuesday that called for improved stewardship of this important medicine. Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections — affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The study found that in the United States in 2011, 262 million outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed — almost one for each of the nation's 300 million people.

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How a tiny city in New York became a beacon for transgender healthcare

Oneanta, NY health care for transgender patientsFour times a year, Jill Williams, 62, climbs into the cab of her 2010 Toyota pickup and heads from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to a doctor’s office two-and-a-half hours away.

Williams, who is transgender, has grown used to the drive. With the majority of medical professionals knowing little about how to provide care to transgender people, countless trans individuals across the country face incredibly restricted health care options. Williams is one of thousands of people willing to go far – usually to a major city – to see a doctor who has experience in transgender health care, or at least is not openly hostile.

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talcum powder cancer case

Johnson and Johnson to pay $55mJohnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer after using baby powder -- the second such verdict in less than three months.

Gloria Ristesund, 62, said she used the talcum powder for decades and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.

The company knew about the possible health risks linked to the product and failed to warn consumers, her lawyers argued.

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