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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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Heroin is now legal in Canada — if you have a prescription

Canada legal in canadaHeroin addicts in Canada don’t have to find their next hit on the street. They can go to their doctor instead.

It is now legal for the country’s physicians to prescribe the drug to addicts who are looking to kick their habit. Doctors must apply for a permit from Canada’s Special Access Program to prescribe dicetylmorphine, which is a pharmaceutical grade heroin.

In order to be eligible for the state-sanctioned drug, a doctor must certify that “traditional options have been tried and proven ineffective” at breaking the habit. These options can include rehabilitation treatment or prescription methadone, an opioid used in detoxification therapy.

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Researchers develop material for 3D-printing bone

3-d bone printingA team of researchers from Northwestern University have developed a 3D-printable ink that produces synthetic bone material, which they hope will ease the lives of children needing implantation surgery in the future.

The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, produced a hyperelastic bone-like material that can be easily customized to fit the needs of its host. Currently, bone implantation surgery typically involves harvesting needed bone from elsewhere in the body, which can cause additional complications and pain. Lead researcher Ramille Shah says this places a particular strain on growing children who need repeated surgeries as they age.

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Drug for spinal muscular atrophy appears effective in mice

Drug for spinal MS works in miceA drug designed for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy was shown in a study with mice to help spinal muscular atrophy, according to new research.

The drug Pip6a-PMO significantly extended survival for mice with SMA, suggesting it could be effective at doing the same for humans in a clinical trial planned for next year, researchers report in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Unnerving Way Scientists Rationalize Taking Big Soda’s Money

Scientists take big soda's moneyThe internet was outraged earlier this month after a new report revealed the sugar industry paid off Harvard research scientists in the 1960s. But at least one writer for Slate didn’t seem to see the problem: “So What If The Sugar Industry Funds Research? Science Is Science,” blared yesterday’s headline.

Despite clear evidence that studies funded by food companies have different outcomes ― the Harvard case in particular set research back decades when it comes to sugar’s role in heart disease ― food dollars make their way into academic research every year.

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Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing U.S. threat: CDC

Drug resistant gonorrhea spreadingGonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.

Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at its STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta.

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Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

new mosquito borne virus- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti.

Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of the Caribbean country has contracted Mayaro virus. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and belly pain, the researchers said.

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