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Ohio passes second, less restrictive, abortion bill

Ohio lawmakers passed a second piece of legislation in two days on Thursday restricting abortion access in the state by banning the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation. Senate Bill 127 was passed by the state House 64-29 on Thursday and then again later in the evening by the Senate 23-8. The Senate had approved the bill early last year but had to approve it again because of changes made by the House.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:38:58 -0500
Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

A chunk of amber - fossilized resin - spotted by a Chinese scientist in a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar last year shows the tip of a preserved dinosaur tail sectionBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. Researchers said on Thursday a chunk of amber - fossilized resin - spotted by a Chinese scientist in a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar, last year contained 1.4 inches (36 mm) of the tail of the dinosaur, complete with bones, flesh, skin and feathers. The dinosaur itself was no more than 6 inches (15 cm) long, about the size of a sparrow.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:39:49 -0500
Virus found in child mummy could rewrite smallpox history

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo of smallpox lesions on a person's legThe discovery of smallpox DNA in a 17th century child mummy may shorten the timeline of the deadly infectious disease's history, according to a study published Thursday. Specimens of the smallpox-causing variola virus now exist only in secured laboratory freezers. The discovery of the smallpox virus within the DNA of a skin sample of the mummy child, found in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church, could shed light on how it began and developed, researchers said in the study published in the US scientific journal Current Biology.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:27:44 -0500
Rugby-Broadhurst still battling concussion symptoms after 15 months

One test All Blacks lock James Broadhurst is still suffering from symptoms of concussion after 15 months out of rugby and is to step away from the Wellington Hurricanes to continue his rehabilitation, the team said on Friday. "It has been difficult being unable to play the game I love for the past 15 months, but dealing with concussion is not something you can rush and in the end my long term health is the primary focus," he said in a statement on Friday. "On the advice of my medical advisers I won't consider a return to full training until I'm completely symptom free for the required period of time." Broadhurst is contracted with the Super Rugby champion Hurricanes until the end of the 2017 season and coach Chris Boyd said the team supported his decision.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:56:29 -0500
Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs

File photo of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris(Reuters) - Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said. Monsanto produced the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, "for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals' harm to human health and the environment," Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement. St. Louis-based Monsanto, whose products include genetically modified crop seeds and pesticides, said the lawsuit, which was filed in King County Superior Court, lacked merit.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:29:53 -0500
Further promising data seen with Biogen Alzheimer's drug: study

(Reuters) - Gradually increasing the dose of Biogen Inc's experimental Alzheimer's disease drug appeared to reduce the risk of brain swelling compared to higher fixed doses, interim 12-month results from a small study released on Thursday showed. "These data appear solid to us, and if anything provide additional confidence in the program and viability of the titration regimen," Evercore ISI analyst John Scotti said in a research note late on Thursday. In the group of trial patients given titrated dosing, 35 percent experienced a side effect involving a fluid shift in the brain, compared with 55 percent given a high fixed dose, Biogen said.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:06:29 -0500
Zimmer Biomet to settle bribery charges with U.S. prosecutors: filing

U.S. authorities will reach a settlement with medical device maker Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc over bribery allegations in the next four weeks, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday. The new agreement would replace a 2012 settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over allegations that Biomet paid bribes to state-employed healthcare providers in Argentina, Brazil and China in order to win business. Prosecutors said in June that Biomet breached that agreement after the company came forward with new allegations of misconduct in Mexico and Brazil.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:57:38 -0500
Ex-Insys executives arrested for bribing U.S. doctors to prescribe painkiller

Michael Babich, the Arizona-based drugmaker's former chief executive officer, and others were charged with participating in a conspiracy in which bribes were disguised as marketing event and speaker fees. The case is the latest involving Subsys, a spray approved for managing pain in cancer patients that contains the synthetic opioid fentanyl, as authorities try to stem a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. Shares of Insys were down 11.87 percent, or $1.27, to close at $9.43 on the NASDAQ on Thursday.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:16:12 -0500
A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in USMore than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs ...

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:02:25 -0500
US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

This Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows a room inside a funeral home in Saginaw, Mich. According to a study by the government released on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, life expectancy in the United States has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years. (Katy Kildee/The Saginaw News - MLive.com via AP)NEW YORK (AP) A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:41:22 -0500
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