Friday, January 23, 2015
Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles.
The New York Times
"High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Among Women Raise Birth Defect Fears"
The federal health authorities reported Thursday that nearly one-third of women of reproductive age had had an opioid painkiller prescription filled every year from 2008 to 2012. Experts said the practice carried considerable risks for birth defects...Read more.
"Objections by Women Open Rift in GOP"
House Republicans struggled on Thursday to mend another unwelcome rift that threatens to tarnish their party’s image with women and younger voters, shelving a contentious bill to outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Party leaders, facing a revolt from Republican congresswomen who objected that the legislation did not do enough to accommodate victims of rape, instead called a vote on a more limited measure to forbid the use of taxpayer money for abortions...Read more.
"Trial of Two Ebola Vaccines' Effectiveness Is Announced"
Federal officials said on Thursday that the first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of Ebola vaccines was expected to begin in Liberia in two weeks...Read more.
"On Painkillers and Thinking About Getting Pregnant? Better Talk to Your Doctor."
More than one-fourth of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Read more.
"Abortion Opponents Rally on Mall, Optimistic That Nation's Views Are Aligning With Theirs"
With legislative drama about abortion literally unfolding behind them at the US Capitol, tens of thousands of abortion opponents held an upbeat rally Thursday to emphasize participants’ belief that U.S. culture is turning in their favor...Read more.
"House Republicans Pass Watered-Down Anti-Abortion Bill"
About two dozen Republicans, led mostly by a small group of female lawmakers, forced the House leadership to pull an antiabortion bill from consideration and replace it with a less restrictive measure Thursday...Read more.
"Ebola Vaccine to Be Tried in Liberia"
Researchers are on the brink of beginning the first human trials for an Ebola vaccine in hard-hit West African countries, in hopes of hastening the end of the current outbreak and preventing future ones from spiraling out of control...Read more.
"Eight Critical Facts About the State of Transgender America"
Twenty-eight percent of transgender respondents to a 2010 survey said they had been harassed in a medical setting. And half said they had to teach their medical providers about transgender care...Read more.
"What is the GOP Thinking?"
Op-Ed: There is no generally accepted scientific basis for the premise of the "Pain-Capable" bill. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said there is no legitimate research supporting the idea that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks...Read more.
"House Passes Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding for Abortion"
House Republicans, faced with mounting opposition from their own members, pulled a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and instead Thursday passed less restrictive legislation to prohibit federal funding for abortions...Read more.
"'Roe v. Wade' Turns 42; Thousands March in Opposition"
Thousands rallied on the National Mall against the Roe v. Wade ruling that established a woman's right to an abortion across the US. The annual March for Life, which coincides with the ruling's anniversary Thursday, marked the 42nd year since the Supreme Court decision, which said a woman's right to privacy under the due process clause of the Constitution's 14th Amendment extended to abortion rights...Read more.
"Efforts Intensify to Sign Up Hispanics for Health Care"
With the enrollment deadline looming, the Obama administration and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to sign up millions of Hispanics for health coverage through online exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act...Read more.
The Wall Street Journal
"NIH to Start Ebola Vaccine Study With Glaxo, Merck"
The National Institutes of Health detailed its plans to test an Ebola vaccine on thousands of Liberians, with the help of two major drug companies...Read more.
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