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Texas Abortion Clinics Challenge Dozens Of ‘Restrictive’ Abortion Laws, Some Created 20 Years Ago

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The Whole Women’s Health Alliance, which won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case in 2016, filed the lawsuit Thursday, stating the state’s abortion restrictions put “medically unnecessary burdens on patients, require doctors to lie to their patients and have led to clinics being shut down.” Among the old Texas laws being newly challenged are requirements that only doctors and not clinic staff can perform abortions, licensing standards, required ultrasounds in which the image of the fetus is shown to the patient and 24-hour waiting periods.

First Generic Under-The-Tongue Film For Treating Opioid Addiction Approved

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The news is welcome as brand-name Suboxone film costs about $200 a month without insurance. In other news on the crisis: Kentucky sues Walgreens; vulnerable lawmakers look to win big political points with opioids package; mothers in treatment struggle to keep their children; and more.

Even If You Get Insurance Through Work, Trump Administration’s Pre-Existing Conditions Decision Could Still Effect You

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If the pre-existing conditions provision of the health law is stripped away by an upcoming court case — which the Justice Department announced last week it will not defend — it won’t just affect people who buy their health care on the health law marketplace. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic lawmakers are demanding more information on the administration’s decision, and candidates plan on using it as a talking point in the upcoming midterms.

Beneath The Large Profits At A Pennsylvania Nursing Home Lay Rampant Neglect

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While profits were surging, patients at St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Darby, Penn. were suffering from what a state official called “extreme” conditions, including a lack of proper wound treatment and nursing care. Meanwhile, in Florida, in a dispute over death certificates, a judge ruled in favor of the nursing home where residents died following a hurricane.

When 20/20 Vision Isn’t The End Of The Story: Lasik Patients Suffering From Debilitating Side Effects

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Patients whose vision is improved to 20/20 are considered success stories, but just because they can now see the little letters on the charts doesn’t mean the procedure went off without a hitch. In other public health news: PrEP and HIV; the nationwide DNA research initiative; lobotomies; belly fat; exercise; genetic tests; hunger and irritation; 3D organs; and more.