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Frank Gifford suffered from brain disease CTE, family says

Frank Gifford had CTEPro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died this past summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his family said Wednesday.

Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home on Aug. 9 at age 84.

"After losing our beloved husband and father, Frank Gifford, we as a family made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury," the family's statement read.

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Federal Court: Restrictive WI Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional, Endangers Women's Health

Wisc. abortion law unconstitutionalA Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel's 2-1 decision doesn't put the question to rest. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier this month to hear a challenge to a similar Texas law in a case that could settle the issue nationally.

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CDC says E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants now involves six states

Chipolte E.coli outbreak is in six statesAn outbreak of E. coli that was first reported in the Pacific Northwest and linked to Chipotle Mexican restaurants expanded to cover four additional states Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Nearly 40 individual cases had previously been reported in Oregon and Washington state. Friday, though, the CDC said an additional six cases have been reported outside of those states.

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Doctors from 44 countries call on Ireland to relax abortion laws

Doctors ask Ireland toe ase abortion restrictionsHundreds of doctors from 44 countries including some of Ireland’s most prominent physicians have called on the Republic’s government to decriminalise abortion.

The 838 doctors and medical practitioners have joined an Amnesty International campaign to lift the threat of a 14-year jail sentence for providing or assisting in the provision of an abortion in Ireland.

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Pigeons can identify cancerous tissue on x-rays, study finds

Pifeons can identify cancer

Pigeons can distinguish between healthy and cancerous tissue in x-rays and microscope slides with an accuracy rate of up to 99%, according to a new study in Plos One.

In a series of three experiments, led by Richard Levenson, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California Davis Medical Center, it was found that pigeons have the capacity to learn how to identify whether an image shows healthy or cancerous breast tissue. The birds “share many visual system properties with humans”, according to the study.

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American Medical Assoc: Ban TV Drug Ads

AMA: Ban drug adsIf one of doctors’ largest lobbying groups has its way, the sun will soon set on the digitally-enhanced world of bright blue skies and fluffy clouds occupied by smiling patients in TV drug ads. The American Medical Association voted this week in favor of a ban on such direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices.

The resolution, approved by the AMA’s House of Delegates, has no immediate impact as only the Food and Drug Administration or Congress has the power to ban pharmaceutical advertising.

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Hundreds of thousands of Texas women attempted self-induced abortion – study

self induced abortion attempts by hundreds of thousands of womenBetween 100,000 and 240,000 women in Texas aged 18 to 49 have tried to induce an abortion at home, according to a new study released on Tuesday.

In the first study of its kind, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP), run by the University of Texas, attempted to show the prevalence of self-induced abortions in the state in the wake of legislators’ attempts to limit women’s access to abortions. Last week the supreme court agreed to hear a challenge to one of Texas’s most stringent abortion laws, known as HB2, which has led to the closure of more than half the state’s clinics.

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