February 25, 2011 Abortion rights opponents, who pushed for the law, say it will hold clinics to higher safety standards. But advocates for abortion rights in the state warn the law will place such heavy burdens on clinics that many may be forced to close.
February 23, 2011 The strange fractures that may be associated with certain osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates occur low on the thighbone, where the femur is usually strongest. Bone specialists say the benefits of the drugs still outweigh their risks.
February 11, 2011 The Internal Revenue Service decided breast-feeding supplies are medical equipment and therefore can be deducted from taxes. Lawmakers and moms rejoiced.
February 5, 2011 If all the women eligible to get the newly approved drug actually got it, researchers estimate there would be 10,000 fewer preemies a year – out of more than half-a-million born that way.
A registered nurse holds a birth control pill pack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Shrewsbury, N.J.
February 3, 2011 The White House is reportedly looking into whether under the Affordable Health Care Act, it can require insurance companies to offer free contraceptives and family planning as a preventive service. Experts say 50 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
January 25, 2011 The bargains can be appealing for people who don't have insurance coverage for infertility treatments, which is to say most people. Only about 20 percent of companies covered pricey treatments like in vitro fertilization, a survey found.
A lone demonstrator who did not wish to be identified stands outside the abortion and contraception clinic operated by Dr. LeRoy Carhart, in Bellevue, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.
January 11, 2011 A national survey finds that a longstanding decline in abortions has stopped, with a slight uptick in the number of procedures performed. Protests against providers of abortions have increased, however.
January 4, 2011 Babies born even a little shy of the full 39-week mark for gestation may still suffer health trouble, including breathing and feeding problems. A 2005 estimate put the U.S. cost of premature births at $26 billion.
Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
Scientists say cranberry's medicinal powers include preventing bacteria like E. coli and staph from sticking to cells.
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December 9, 2010 A study in female college students found a placebo was as effective as cranberry juice for preventing repeat urinary tract infections. But an outside scientist says the results won't topple the research that says cranberry juice works well.
Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
Mmmm. How about some flu germs with that stuffing?
November 24, 2010 We are a nation of procrastinators when it comes to getting a flu shot. That leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory illnesses, thanks to togetherness at Thanksgiving and other holiday times.
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