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American Medical Association Wades Into Abortion Debate With Lawsuit

AMA wades into abortion debate with lawsuit

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors' group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.

The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.

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Enforcement of food and drug safety regulations nosedives under Trump

Enforcement of food and drug regulations nosedives under Trump

The US regulator of food and drug safety has seen steep declines in several markers of enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a new analysis in the journal Science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sends “warning letters” for tainted food, improperly advertised dietary supplements or even violations of human subjects’ protections in clinical trials.

The number of letters issued has fallen by 33% under Donald Trump, compared with the most recent equivalent period under the Obama administration. They fell from 1,532 under Obama to 1,033 under Trump, according to the analysis published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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These commonly prescribed medications may increase your risk of dementia, study finds

Medications can increase onset of dimensiaA study out of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom found there is a link between dementia and certain classes of anticholinergic drugs.

The drugs — particularly antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs — resulted in nearly "50% increased odds of dementia," according to the observational study published Monday in the peer-reviewed JAMA Internal Medicine journal.

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Judge allows Missouri's only abortion clinic to stay open for at least five more days

Missouri abortion clinic

Missouri health officials on Friday refused to renew the St. Louis clinic’s license on the grounds that it failed to meet their standards.

But Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer last week left in place an injunction blocking its closure.

On Monday, Stelzer ruled the clinic can stay open until Friday but ruled that the case must go before the Administrative Hearing Commission, which serves as an independent arbiter in disputes between state agencies and individuals or groups.

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Thousands of containers of baby formula recalled nationwide due to concerns of metal

WalmartPerrigo Company plc is recalling thousands of containers of baby formula after discovering one of the lots may contain metal, the FDA announced Friday.

The recall affects 23,388 containers of the 35oz Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron, which is exclusively sold at Walmart stores nationwide.

Although there have been no reports of injury or illness because of the recalled product, the company issued the recall after a customer reported the presence of metal.

The affected formula has the Lot Code C26EVFV with a “use by” date of February 26, 2021, which can be found at the bottom of the package.

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After high arsenic reports, Keurig Dr Pepper pulls bottled water sold at Target, Walmart

Penafiel waterKeurig Dr Pepper, the company that manufactures Peñafiel water bottles, is voluntarily pulling its bottles after tests found arsenic levels in the product that violate state and federal guidelines.

The original report, issued by the Center for Environmental Health, called for the companies to remove the "toxic chemical" from their bottles and urged retailers to stop selling them.

All bottles of unflavored Peñafiel mineral spring water are included in what Keurig Dr Pepper called a "voluntary withdrawal" in a statement Friday. Peñafiel is currently sold at Target, Walmart and other vendors.

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Missouri won't renew license of St. Louis Planned Parenthood, state's last abortion clinic

St. Louis Planned ParenthoodMissouri’s health department has denied a license renewal for the state’s lone abortion clinic, but a court order allows Planned Parenthood of St. Louis to continue performing the procedure – for now.

Health department director Randall Williams said Friday the state could not approve the renewal after discovering 30 deficiencies at the clinic earlier this year. Four have been corrected so far, Williams said.

In one instance, the clinic performed a failed abortion where a woman found out five weeks later she was still pregnant, Williams said.

“We feel we have a duty to prevent future harm, to prevent future accidents or bad outcomes from happening again,” Williams said.

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