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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Health officials say a Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague earlier this month. . . more
A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the reproductive healthcare group's president, Cecile Richards, detailed the findings of an analysis conducted by research firm Fusion GPS and commissioned by Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos showing Planned Parenthood technicians gathering fetal tissue from abortions. . . more
Cheaper versions of biologic drugs would be identified by a suffix to distinguish them from their more expensive, branded counterparts under draft guidance issued on Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said its proposal is designed to prevent inadvertent substitution of non-interchangeable products and to make it easier to monitor and track usage once the products are on the market. Biologic drugs are made from living organisms and, unlike most traditional drugs, cannot be easily replicated. . . more
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las VegasPresident Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm. On what the White House said was his ninth trip to Louisiana, Obama will meet with people who lived through the storm and recovered, heralding a city reborn. Obama, who as a presidential candidate in 2008 sharply criticized Republican President George W. Bush for his administration's handling of the storm, will touch on that past again, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House. . . more
Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some MomsIn the decade following Hurricane Katrina, much has been made of New Orleans residents' resilienceand growth. For some, especially for those of means, this rings true. But for others who haven't been able to return to New Orleans, unstable housing and the stress of relocation have wrecked havoc on their mental health.In addition to the... . . more
LOS ANGELES (AP) Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to Congress and included a report by experts that found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists. . . more
A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had issued warning letters to three tobacco product manufacturers, including the maker of Natural American Spirit cigarettes, over labels claiming the products were "additive-free" or "natural". This is the first time the FDA has pulled up companies for marketing tobacco products with "modest-risk" claims that are not backed by scientific evidence ratified by the health regulator. ... . . more
Theresa Sarea, of New York City, center, is helped to stand up on her prosthesis as she speaks to the Amputee Coalition during a protest against a change in Medicare payment policy for lower limb prosthetics including artificial feet, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is trying to disentangle itself from another controversy over Medicare coverage. Amputees are protesting this time, fearing they'll be denied the latest technology for artificial legs and feet. . . more
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:20:37 -0400 
How to Show Up in the World Naked: It's Only HairLife has a way of picking us up and dropping us down at unknown destinations. That's what life feels like for me some days, like I've been dumped off in a strange place surrounded by nothing that I recognize.Although I have the navigation path to live with this c*ancer detour all mapped out, things happen that continue to shape me and strip me... . . more
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:10:31 -0400 
Ain't Got Time for Meditation?You know that thing that happens where you have an inkling that you need to bring something into your life because the universe starts beating it into your head by having it show up everywhere? That's what happened to me with meditation. It seemed that every book I read or podcast that I listened to had some happy, successful person that I... . . more
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:33:59 -0400 
In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo provided by KUSA-TV, expectant mother Amber McCullough is pictured during an interview with Colorado's KUSA-TV, a day before she was to give birth to conjoined twins in Aurora, Colo. McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado by C-section on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hospital officials said Wednesday they had no update on the surgery. (KUSA-TV Photo via AP)AURORA, Colo. (AP) A woman who gave birth to conjoined twins in Colorado told a TV station Thursday that one of her daughters has survived. . . more
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:25:24 -0400 
The Best Workouts for Losing the Last 10 PoundsSo, you've come a long way on your weight loss journey, but now, whether it's five or 10 pounds you're really struggling to lose that last little bit of weight.Click Here to see the Complete List of Best Workouts for Losing the Last 10 PoundsDon't worry, you're totally not alone.Nearly every expert we spoke with agreed: Losing those last few... . . more
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - In the U.S. military, women may be nearly 10 times more likely than men to experience sexual assault or harassment, a study of recent veterans suggests. Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) surveyed more than 20,000 men and women who served during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 41 percent of women and 4 percent of men reported suffering some form of sexual harassment during their time in the military. . . more
WASHINGTON (AP) The Food and Drug Administration has released its proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines. . . more
Elizabeth Weaver sits on the back of a truck outside her flood damaged home in LouisianaBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Of all the areas near New Orleans blasted by Hurricane Katrina, none was harder hit than St. Bernard Parish, a low-lying coastal stretch southeast of the city, once known for its small fishing villages and thriving seafood industry. The full force of Katrina's 125-mile-an-hour winds and a 20-foot-high wall of water slammed the parish in August 2005, killing 127 residents and all but destroying its 25,000 homes. Considering the devastation, St. Bernard has made an impressive recovery: its population has grown to 44,000, about two-thirds of its 2005 size, according to a 2014 census estimate, and housing units now total 17,000. . . more
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Black young adults may be more likely to lose sleep over student loan debt than people of other racial and ethnic groups, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers surveyed former college students in their mid-20s to early 30s about their debt load and sleep habits. Among those with student debt, black people typically slept about 42 fewer minutes a night than white individuals if they borrowed around $25,000 in loans. . . more
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah share a moment shortly before renewing their vows as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Cape TownVeteran South African anti-apartheid activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was responding well to a two-week intravenous antibiotic course and could be discharged from hospital at the end of next week, Tutu's daughter said on Thursday. The 83-year-old, who used the pulpit to preach against apartheid, was admitted to hospital for the second time in a month for treatment of an "inflammation". Tutu was released from hospital earlier in August after being treated for a recurring infection unrelated to the prostate cancer he has been fighting for 18 years. . . more

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