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Youth football players show brain changes after just one season

Football brain injuriesWhen it comes to head impact in youth football, it is not just concussion that affects the brain. In a new study, researchers identified white matter changes in the brains of children after just a single season of playing football, even in the absence of a concussion diagnosis.

It is estimated that around 30 million children and adolescents in the United States take part in some form of sports.


Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights

Americans support abortion rightsPolitical candidates, consultants and the media generally misunderstand the politics of abortion rights. They tend to believe either that most voters oppose abortion or that the anti-abortion base is larger than the abortion rights base. But neither is true.

A recent nationwide poll by Ann Selzer (declared “The Best Pollster in Politics” by FiveThirtyEight), commissioned by the Public Leadership Institute, proves that voters overwhelmingly support abortion rights both in general and when asked about specific reproductive rights policies. In addition, the poll shows that those who “strongly support” abortion rights substantially outnumber those who “strongly oppose” it.



St. Jude warns of heart-device battery issue linked to two deaths

St. Jude'sSt. Jude Medical Inc warned on Tuesday that some of its implanted heart devices were at risk of premature battery depletion, a condition it said had been linked to two deaths.

News of the issue surfaced late on Monday when short-selling firm Muddy Waters tweeted a copy of a physician advisory on the matter from St. Jude, which agreed in April to sell itself for $25 billion to Abbott Laboratories.


France to open first safe-injection room for drug addicts

safe heroin injection room opened in FranceFrance will open its first safe-injection room for drug addicts despite years of efforts by conservatives to block the plan.

The room, located in northern Paris, is opening for a six-year test period as allowed by a health law passed last year by the Socialist government.

Intravenous drug users will be given free access to clean needles under medical supervision and in the presence of drug counselors in an effort to prevent viral infections and overdoses.


EpiPen maker Mylan to pay $465M to settle claims it overbilled Medicaid

Mylan to pay for Medicaid fraudEmbattled pharmaceutical company Mylan agreed Friday to pay nearly a half-billion dollars to settle claims that it has overbilled Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen product.

Mylan will pay $465 million to the government over the claims, the company said in a news release.

Federal lawmakers and health officials said Mylan wrongly classified the EpiPen as a generic product instead of a brand product -- allowing the Pennsylvania-based company to avoid paying steeper rebates to the Medicaid program.


Poland Abortion Law U-Turn: Lawmakers Back Down After Mass Protests

Poland parliament rescinds abortion banPolish lawmakers on Thursday rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the ruling conservatives and follows street protests by tens of thousands of women.

The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent anti-abortion campaign group, in an unscheduled parliamentary committee meeting late on Wednesday.


Oklahoma Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Oklahoma abortion law unconstitutionalThe Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a state bill that would put new restrictions on abortion providers is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous opinion, all nine justices rejected the law on the grounds that it violated the state's requirement that bills have only one subject. One provision would have allowed unannounced, warrantless searches of abortion providers. Another would have required clinics to send fetal tissue samples to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation during procedures where the patient is younger than 14.


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