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Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding continues

U. S. President Donald Trump and other Republicans have threatened to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood because clinics operating under the organization provide abortion services as well.

This Saturday, the debate over the issue will peak with protest rallies across the nation, including at clinics in San Francisco, Redwood City and Napa, demanding "defunding" of Planned Parenthood.

MDA welcomes FDA approval for muscular dystrophy drug

MDA welcomes FDA approval for muscular dystrophy drug

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has welcomed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s decision to approve Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ deflazacort drug to treat the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy.

The deflazacort drug, labeled for use by individuals 5 years or older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), can be used regardless of genetic mutation. It is third drug in 6 months approved by the FDA for diseases included in MDA’s program.

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6-year-old boy performs victory dance to mark end of chemotherapy

6-year-old boy performs victory dance to mark end of chemotherapy

A six-year-old boy who has long been battling cancer donned a Superman T-shirt, performed a cute-as-can-be happy dance and got to ring the chemotherapy bell at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday to mark the end of chemotherapy.

Jimmy Spagnolo, who successfully finished a year-long round of chemotherapy, has been battling an inoperable brain tumor since his infancy.

Hospital staff filmed Jimmy’s victory dance and shared it with the rest of the world by posting it on the hospital’s Facebook page.

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Research brings male contraceptive closer to reality

Research brings male contraceptive closer to reality

While women have a number of effective birth control options, men have to go under the knife to avoid having a baby. But, that could change soon as a new research has shown promising results in the field of male contraception.

In an experiment at the California National Primate Research Center, a team of researchers injected a gel into the sperm ducts of 16 adult male monkeys and found that the gel was effective at preventing pregnancy.

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West Virginia health department distributing 8K overdose antidote kits

West Virginia health department distributing 8K overdose antidote kits

In response to increasing incidents of opioid overdoses, the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources is distributing 8,000 kits with the lifesaving antidote naloxone to non-EMS first responders.

Announcing the initiative on Monday, State Health Officer & Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health Dr. Rahul Gupta said in a statement that it was an effort to saving more lives.

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Evanger recalls dog food after deadly contaminant found

Evanger recalls dog food after deadly contaminant found

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. issued a voluntarily recall for some of its dog food items over the weekend, after a potentially deadly contaminant was discovered in the products.

The contaminant found in one batch of the Hunk of Beed Au Jus dog food is Pentobarbital, can cause a number of side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness and loss of balance. In extreme cases, it can cause death.

Though the contaminant was found in only one batch of the food product, the company issued recall for five lots in an abundance of caution.

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Iranian infant granted waiver to Trump’s immigration ban

Iranian infant granted waiver to Trump’s immigration ban

A 4-month-old Iranian girl in need of heart surgery has been granted a waiver to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban to enter the United States so that the infant can have the life-saving procedure in Portland.

An executive order issued by President Trump bans immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. But, the Iranian infant has been granted the waiver after Gov. Cuomo secured legal assistance for the infant’s family, just as a federal court judge in Seattle granted a temporary injunction on Trump’s executive order.

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Number of toddlers suffering eye burns from laundry packets skyrocket

Number of toddlers suffering eye burns from laundry packets skyrocket

The number of chemical burns to the eye linked to laundry detergent packets jumped more than thirty times among toddlers from 2012 to 2015, a new study revealed.

According to the new study, more than 1,200 young kids, in the age-group of 3-4 years, received chemical burns to the eye during that period of time period. The number such instances jumped from 12 in 2012 to 480 in 2015.

Proportionally, the total number of chemical eye injuries linked to laundry detergent packets soared from 0.8 per cent of all burns in 2012 to 26 per cent in 2015.

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Researchers find harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

Researchers find harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

Fast-food lovers in the United States might be at risk as a new study has revealed that many of the materials that are used to pack short-order food items contain harmful synthetic chemicals.

Led by Laurel Schaider of the Silent Spring Institute, a group of researchers found that paper products that are used to serve fast foods like French fries, fried chicken, burritos, donuts and burgers, may contain synthetic chemicals that resist heat and grease and could be linked to various health risks.

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British health officials come across drug-resistant malaria cases

British health officials come across drug-resistant malaria cases

A newly released study has revealed that drug-resistant malaria is turning up in the U.K., indicating that malaria parasites have increasingly been adapting to existing drugs.

The recommended treatment for malaria is an artemisinin-based drug combination known as Artemether-lumefantrine. Taking a few pills over the course of 3-4 days kills the malaria parasites, but the new study warned that the parasites are becoming resistant to these drugs.

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