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Anti-Cancer Susan G. Komen Foundation Accused of 'Pinkwashing' The Fracking Industry

Susan G. Komen pinkwashing cancer reearchHelping find a cure for cancer or “pinkwashing” carcinogenic pollution? That is the question being raised upon the news that one of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

According to the website of energy services firm Baker Hughes, “the company will paint and distribute a total of 1,000 pink drill bits worldwide” as a “reminder of the importance of supporting research, treatment, screening and education to help find the cures” for breast cancer. The firm, which is involved in hydraulic fracturing, is also donating $100,000 to the Komen Foundation in what it calls a “yearlong partnership.”

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Texas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

eric duncanThomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died Wednesday morning, the Dallas hospital where he was being treated said.

Duncan, 42, was given the experimental Ebola drug brincidofovir, but his family said he was doing poorly and the hospital had downgraded his condition from serious to critical. When the family visited Tuesday with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, they declined to view him via video link because the last time had been too upsetting.

"What we saw was very painful. It didn't look good," said Duncan's nephew Josephus Weeks.

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Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

gmo's in most natural foodsA majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.

Consumers are being misled by the "natural" label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability.

Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether labeling claims for GMO presence were accurate.

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Texas will not be able to cope with abortion needs, pro-choice groups say

Texas closes abortion clinicsCalling the Texas laws “medically unnecessary and overly burdensome,” Lisa Brown, senior policy director at the National Abortion Federation, said it could “severely limit the ability of Texas women to access that [high-quality abortion] care.”

Nash explained that the new ruling would require abortion centers to operate as ambulatory service centers, resembling a “mini hospital.” Those requirements include ventilation systems that are hospital grade, certain size rooms for operation, specific width for hallways and parking lot space.

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HHS adds four new substances to carcinogens list

CigarettesFour new substances have been added to the official federal list of carcinogens, which is updated each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Carcinogens are substances -- chemical, biological, and physical agents -- implicated in the direct causation of cancer, either by damaging the body's genome or altering cellular metabolism.

Of the four new substances, only one is classified as a "known human carcinogen." The other three were given the qualified classification of "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens."

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First Baby Born From Womb Transplant

womb transplant babyThe parents of the first baby to be born from a transplanted womb have told of their delight.

The boy’s birth took place in Sweden after surgeons at the University of Gothenburg performed the pioneering transplant procedure.

The baby was delivered by caesarean section in the 31st week of pregnancy. He weighed 3.9 pounds — normal for that stage of pregnancy - and both mother and child are now at home doing well.

The identity of the parents, a Swedish couple, has not been released, but the baby's father said: "It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby.

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Up to 100 people being monitored in Dallas for Ebola

Ebola in USUp to 100 people in Texas are now being screened for potential exposure to Ebola, with four relatives of the first U.S. case ordered to stay in their Dallas home and not have any visitors until at least Oct. 19, local and state health officials said Thursday.

Not all of those people had direct contact with the patient, a Liberian national named Thomas Eric Duncan. None are showing any symptoms of infection, officials said. About 12 to 18 are being more closely monitored because they did have direct contact with Duncan, and four have been quarantined.

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