She asked for a drug to treat her miscarriage. The pharmacist refused to give it to her because of his religion

Watch VideoRachel Peterson was already having a tough time of it when she called a supermarket chain’s pharmacy to get a prescription filled. Then the pharmacist made things worse. Peterson says back in July a pharmacist at a Meijer pharmacy in Petoskey, Michigan, refused to fill her prescription for a drug to treat her miscarriage because of his religious beliefs. She’s working with the American Civil Liberties Union to change Meijer’s policy and is willing to go to court if need be to keep what happened to her from happening…

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Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals

We’ve all heard exercise helps you live longer. But a new study goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Wael Jaber, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and senior author of the study, called the results “extremely surprising.” “Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker,” Jaber told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced…

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New self-lubricating condoms could boost their use, prevent STDs

Self-lubricating condoms may be the answer in helping prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, researchers have found. Self-lubricating condoms may be the answer in helping prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, researchers have found. In a step away from the traditional water- or oil-based condoms currently on the market, a team of scientists from Boston University has created a condom that is self-lubricating, becoming slippery when it comes into contact with moisture — for example, bodily fluids. The team assessed the performance of the condoms when faced with friction and…

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93 more ex-students accuse former USC gynecologist of sexual misconduct, attorney says

Ninety-three additional women have come forward to accuse longtime University of Southern California gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall of sexual misconduct, according to the attorney in the case. Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist at the school’s Student Health Clinic for 30 years. Attorney John Manly said the 93 former students are represented in two new lawsuits. The former students allege that USC ignored complaints about the doctor for decades, and concealed the doctor’s actions. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Manly called on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate USC. The…

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Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens nearly 100

At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens.…

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Most burger chains fail annual antibiotics report card

Watch Video Twenty-five of the top US burger chains were graded on their antibiotic policies in a collaborative report released Wednesday. Only two chains received As, Shake Shack and BurgerFi; the other 23 got a D minus or F. “It’s really exciting to hone in on beef because we know that Americans love burgers. It’s one of the most favorite foods in our country, and taking a closer look at what is and isn’t happening when it comes to responsible antibiotic use in that sector seemed particularly important,” said Lena Brook, lead researcher of the report and…

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127 cases of polio-like illness under investigation, CDC says

Watch Video The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 127 patients under investigation for acute flaccid myelitis this year. Of these, 62 have been confirmed by the CDC, and the remainder continue to be investigated, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. noting that the confirmed cases are in 22 states. Acute flaccid myelitis, also called AFM, is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system and causes the muscles and reflexes to suddenly become weak, she…

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First child in Florida has died of flu this season, state reports

A Florida child died due to flu-related illness during the week ended October 6, according to the state’s Department of Health. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination. Florida health officials identified the lethal strain as influenza B, which is less common and generally less severe than Influenza A, though both strains infect humans. The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of health. Additional information, including the child’s age,…

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World’s smallest pacemaker giving woman second chance at life

It’s hard to imagine this little device alone can power your heart. Described as the world’s smallest pacemaker, this is now changing lives for patients at one local hospital. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is made by Medtronic. It’s about the size of a large vitamin and is about 1/10th of the size of this traditional pacemaker! “There’s nothing to see, there’s nothing to feel, no constant reminder that I’ve got a pacemaker,” said Dr. Gopi Cherukuri, interventional cardiologist with Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. This tiny technology is delivered directly…

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