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Texas will not be able to cope with abortion needs, pro-choice groups say

Texas closes abortion clinicsCalling the Texas laws “medically unnecessary and overly burdensome,” Lisa Brown, senior policy director at the National Abortion Federation, said it could “severely limit the ability of Texas women to access that [high-quality abortion] care.”

Nash explained that the new ruling would require abortion centers to operate as ambulatory service centers, resembling a “mini hospital.” Those requirements include ventilation systems that are hospital grade, certain size rooms for operation, specific width for hallways and parking lot space.

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HHS adds four new substances to carcinogens list

CigarettesFour new substances have been added to the official federal list of carcinogens, which is updated each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Carcinogens are substances -- chemical, biological, and physical agents -- implicated in the direct causation of cancer, either by damaging the body's genome or altering cellular metabolism.

Of the four new substances, only one is classified as a "known human carcinogen." The other three were given the qualified classification of "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens."

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First Baby Born From Womb Transplant

womb transplant babyThe parents of the first baby to be born from a transplanted womb have told of their delight.

The boy’s birth took place in Sweden after surgeons at the University of Gothenburg performed the pioneering transplant procedure.

The baby was delivered by caesarean section in the 31st week of pregnancy. He weighed 3.9 pounds — normal for that stage of pregnancy - and both mother and child are now at home doing well.

The identity of the parents, a Swedish couple, has not been released, but the baby's father said: "It was a pretty tough journey over the years, but we now have the most amazing baby.

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Up to 100 people being monitored in Dallas for Ebola

Ebola in USUp to 100 people in Texas are now being screened for potential exposure to Ebola, with four relatives of the first U.S. case ordered to stay in their Dallas home and not have any visitors until at least Oct. 19, local and state health officials said Thursday.

Not all of those people had direct contact with the patient, a Liberian national named Thomas Eric Duncan. None are showing any symptoms of infection, officials said. About 12 to 18 are being more closely monitored because they did have direct contact with Duncan, and four have been quarantined.

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Dallas hospital diagnoses first patient with Ebola

Dallas hospitalThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday the first case of Ebola in a critically ill patient diagnosed in a U.S. hospital.

The patient — who has been isolated since his symptoms were recognized — is an unnamed man in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital in Dallas.

Hospital workers noted his case because of his symptoms and recent travel history. It is not known whether he has infected others, although CDC officials are tracing his contacts.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Europeans don't want chlorinated chickenMute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.

"In Europe there is definitely a disgust about chlorinated chicken," says Schimpf, a food activist with Friends of the Earth Europe, an environmental group.

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Turmeric may ward off dementia, heal the brain

TurmericA new study by scientists in Germany has found a that a main ingredient in curry powder, the spice turmeric, can help the brain regenerate neurons and repair itself.

When researchers coated neural stem cells, isolate in petri dishes, in a chemical extracted from turmeric, the cells grew more prolifically into neurons than did control cells untouched by any foreign substances. The same turmeric-derived chemical compound had similar effects when injected into the brains of live rats.

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