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Arizona abortion drugs restriction remains blocked while lawsuit plays out

Arizona abortion banThe nation's strictest rules on the use of abortion medication will continue to be blocked while a lawsuit against them plays out in court.

Arizona's regulations on the use of the most common abortion drugs are being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood Arizona, which says they pose an "undue burden" on women.


S. Carolina Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Nikki HaleySouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) signed the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act into law Monday, clearing the way for children with severe epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil (CBD), a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis, to help reduce their seizures if recommended by a licensed physician.

The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously and cleared the House with a 92-5 vote, will also designate a new clinical trial at the Medical University of South Carolina dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of CBD in controlling epileptic seizures.


Dangerous Pesticides Are Showing Up More and More in Our Urine and Breast Milk

pesticidesIn early April, the shocking news that breast milk carries many times the allowable amount of glyphosate, also called Roundup, came out on the web. Glyphosate is a poison that defoliates plants, but back in the late 1990s, farmers began planting soybeans that resisted the chemical, bouncing back from a dowse of Glyphosate like they had just enjoyed a spring rain, while the weeds around them died.

The Frankenstein soybeans were followed by releases of genetically modified corn, cotton, canola and sugar beets. Now, many crops carry the gene.


Abortion Services Return To Town Where George Tiller Was Murdered

George Tiller Five years ago, Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed at the Wichita, Kans., church where he was an usher. Tiller was widely known for performing abortions in late pregnancy and had become a target for protests.

It was the morning of May 31, 2009, and fellow usher Gary Hoepner remembers they had finished their greeting duties and had walked out into the waiting area to get a doughnut.


Ban on Taxpayer-Funded Sex Changes Ends

HHSThe Obama administration struck a major blow for transgender rights by quietly ending a decades-long blanket ban that prevented Medicare from covering sex reassignment surgery.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Departmental Appeals Board, an internal review structure within the byzantine federal agency, issued a ruling that ended a ban on Medicare even considering covering sex reassignment surgery and related care because a fear of “serious complications” resulting from the “experimental” surgery. That language was issued in 1981, and most medical professional organizations now consider sex reassignment surgery a safe and accepted procedure. The DAB ruling noted the change in how sex reassignment surgery is understood 33 years after the Medicare ban was issued.


Florida insurers get federal complaint for discrimination against people with HIV

Health insurersA complaint filed with the Department of Health and Human Services accused four Florida insurance companies of discriminating against patients with HIV and AIDS.

The National Health Law Program and the AIDS Institute said in the complaint that CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical have all structured their plans so costs for HIV and AIDS medications are so high that customers with the disease will be discouraged from choosing them as their insurer. They allege that these companies are violating section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against customers on the basis of disability.


Pradaxa maker reaches $650 million settlement in state and federal litigation

Pradaxa settlementPharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim announced Wednesday it had reached a $650 million settlement in state and federal cases in the U.S. regarding the blood thinner Pradaxa.

In a statement released by the company, senior vice president and general counsel of Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation, Desiree Ralls-Morrison, said that despite the settlement, "BI stands resolutely behind Pradaxa and believed from the outset that the plaintiffs' claims lacked merit."


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