Share of women seeking out-of-state abortions increases

At a routine ultrasound when she was five months pregnant, Hevan Lunsford began to panic when the technician took longer than normal, then told her she would need to see a specialist. Lunsford, a nurse in Alabama, knew it was serious and begged for an appointment the next day. That’s when the doctor gave her and her husband the heart-wrenching […]

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When mosquitoes are biting during rainy season, net use increases, study finds

The more rainfall a region in sub-Saharan Africa gets, the more mosquitoes proliferate there and the more likely its residents will sleep under their insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria transmission, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs suggests. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While it has become clear […]

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Suit: Generic drug makers used code to fix price increases

A lawsuit says representatives of some of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers used code words to collude with competitors to divvy up market share and coordinate price increases. The code came in emails included in the lawsuit filed last month by attorneys general from more than 40 states. The 510-page federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut was released in full […]

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CRISPR baby mutation significantly increases mortality

A genetic mutation that a Chinese scientist attempted to create in twin babies born last year, ostensibly to help them fend off HIV infection, is also associated with a 21% increase in mortality in later life, according to an analysis by University of California, Berkeley, scientists. The researchers scanned more than 400,000 genomes and associated health records contained in a […]

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Higher weight increases risk of psoriasis

Studies have linked psoriasis and higher weight, but the causal relationship between the two has been unclear. What triggers what? Or could other underlying reasons explain the connection? “Higher BMI may contribute to increased inflammation of the skin, which can exacerbate psoriasis, but it could also be that psoriasis leads to a person being less physically active and thus gaining […]

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