Anti-abortion bill passes the House before ‘March for Life’

Watch Video An anti-abortion rights bill passed in the House Friday morning ahead of the March for Life, the biggest yearly event for anti-abortion activists in Washington. The bill, passed 241-183 in the House, would require doctors to provide medical care to a fetus who is born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion procedure. If the doctor fails to provide medical care, they could face a criminal fine, up to five years in prison, or both. It’s not clear whether such a bill would advance in the Senate, where…

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This blood test may be able to detect 8 types of cancer, study says

Scientists have made progress on developing an experimental blood test that could detect many types of cancer in their early stages, and possibly even their locations in the body. The noninvasive blood test was shown to detect the presence of common tumors of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung and breast, according to a study published in the journal Science on Thursday. This blood test, called CancerSEEK, could cost less than $500, which is comparable to or lower than other screening tests, such as a colonoscopy, according to the study. The study…

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Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

Watch Video This year’s flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years. Influenza activity has increased and is now widespread in 49 states — all except Hawaii — for the week ending January 13, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. There were 14,401 new laboratory-confirmed cases during the week ending January 13, bringing the season total to 74,562. These numbers…

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Doctor delivers baby on international flight to New York

Watch Video This definitely wasn’t what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States. Hemal was tired. The second-year urology resident at Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute had spent his entire day traveling. He started in New Delhi, stopped in Paris and was now headed to New York, where he would catch a connecting flight to Cleveland — his final destination. He needed a nap. The 27-year-old had planned to watch the movie “Side Effects,” enjoy a glass of…

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Michigan 12-year-old with flu-like symptoms dies days after vomiting at dinner

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – “I’m a mom. I’m supposed to protect my kids, and I couldn’t,” Jessica Decent-Doll tells WJBK. The Michigan mother says she has been left with a sense of guilt after her 12-year-old son Michael died last week just days after coming down with flu-like symptoms. Decent-Doll tells the Times Herald that Michael vomited during dinner Jan. 9. She took him to urgent care the next day when his symptoms didn’t go away. Decent-Doll says Michael—who had gotten the flu vaccine in December—tested negative for flu, had normal vitals, and…

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It’s not concussions that cause CTE. It’s repeated hits, a study finds

The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday. The Alzheimer’s-like disease has been most commonly associated with former professional football players, but has also been detected in military veterans, including many who have been exposed to roadside bombs and other types of military blasts. Previous studies have shown that repetitive hits to the head — even without concussion — can result in CTE, but scientists said this is the most definitive study to date to find this connection.…

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‘Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them’: 27-year-old woman dies after catching flu

TUSTIN, Calif. – The parents of Katharine Gallagher said she was a healthy, vibrant 27-year-old woman when she suddenly died after contracting the flu and then developing pneumonia last month. The Southern California woman went to urgent care on a Sunday, and by 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, she was dead. “Walking down the aisle behind her casket was probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to us,” her mother, Liz Gallagher, told KTLA in a tearful interview in Lake Forest on Tuesday. Katharine Gallagher was 27 when she got the…

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Aetna customers get $17 million in HIV privacy settlement

After thousands of customers’ HIV statuses were revealed in mailings last year, a federal class-action lawsuit against health care company Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement. The lawsuit was filed in August after some 12,000 Aetna customers nationwide received letters mailed in July that accidentally revealed their HIV status through the windows of the envelopes, indicating they were taking either HIV medications or PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylactic that prevents HIV. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, which is now subject to court approval, Aetna has agreed to pay $17,161,200 to resolve the…

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New study links cigarettes and pot to teen psychosis

For teens, using either marijuana or cigarettes is associated with higher odds of psychotic-like experiences, a new study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found. Psychosis describes the mental condition of losing touch with reality, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions. “Individuals who use cannabis regularly have a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of a psychotic outcome,” University of Bristol researchers wrote in the study. Past research has calculated a statistical association between daily use of tobacco and an increased risk of psychosis. The researchers wondered, are there differences for teens? For the…

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