Abortion Bans Create a Public Health Nightmare

On Friday, the legislature of Missouri passed a ban on abortions, among the most extreme of any state. It prohibits any abortions after eight weeks of gestation, putting it among the category of misleadingly named “heartbeat bills” that use fetal cardiac activity as a marker for … well, illegality, really. Like a law signed earlier last week in Alabama, the Missouri bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. That makes eight US states with similar extreme bans on their books—each vying to be the law that makes its way to the Supreme Court and overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal in the United States. None of the restrictions have gone into effect, …

Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’

Campaigners say women can face jail sentences up to life in UK owing to Victorian legislation Alabamas near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland. But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state. They point out that, unlike under Abortion Act 1967, which now allows for lawful abortions across Great Britain up to 24 weeks into pregnancy and beyond that in certain circumstances, was never applied in Northern Ireland. An alliance of fundamentalist Protestant Christians supported by their political allies in the Democratic Unionist party continue, alongside the Catholic Church, to block any moves …

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos’ Lunar Lander, and More News

Air pollution is worse for us than we thought, the world's richest man unveiled his moon craft, and Mother's Day is around the corner. Here's what you should know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Evidence suggests air pollution might cause dementia The health conscious among us can eat well, exercise plenty, and abstain vices, like smoking. But the worsening air quality in American cities is increasingly difficult to avoid. Now, a wave of studies suggests air pollution is more harmful to us than previously thought, especially when it comes to dementia. How overwhelming is the evidence? "I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says the head of USC's Air Pollution and Brain Disease …

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

By now, you’ve probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point. But with sunscreen application evolving from a week or two at the beach every year to a constant daily slather, US health regulators want to know more about how all those photoprotective chemicals interact with people’s skin. If they sink into tissues and get absorbed into the bloodstream, that could be a problem. Then, like other over-the-counter drugs the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t mess …

Blood pressure medication recall expands again to include losartan

(CNN)A widespread recall of common blood pressure and heart failure medications has been expanded to include more drugs containing losartan. The recall is due to an “impurity” that is classified as a potential human carcinogen. Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc. voluntarily recalled 87 lots of losartan tablets in the United States on Thursday. The recalled tablets, made by Hetero Labs Ltd. In India and distributed by Camber Pharmaceuticals, were found to contain trace amounts of the impurity. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. As for the latest recall, the FDA has reminded patients prescribed an ARB medication from a recalled lot to continue taking their medicine until their …

Dove is offering $5,000 grants for dads without access to paid paternity leave

(CNN)The idea of paid paternity leave has hit the national stage as focus shifts from new moms to the whole family unit when a child is born. As companies decide to offer the added benefit to new parents, one company is offering a grant to dads who do not have access to paid paternity leave. View this post on Instagram CNN has reported other big companies such as Starbucks, Lowe’s, CVS, Dollar General and Walmart, have expanded or created new family leave policies, many specifically geared towards working dads, in the last year. The political landscape for paternity leave is also changing. In the past four years, the number of lawmakers supportive of paid family leave has more than doubled. …