Why the senators race matters in reporting the Alabama abortion ban | Paul Chadwick

Readers argued it was wrong to highlight that the men who voted in the measure were white. But it was central to the story, says the readers editor Paul Chadwick Why, demanded several readers, does BBC guidelines express a rationale that is widely shared among journalism codes: Content may reflect the prejudice and disadvantage which exist in societies worldwide but we should not perpetuate it. In some instances, references to race may be relevant to portrayal. However, we should avoid careless or offensive stereotypical assumptions and people should only be described in such terms when editorially justified. In this Alabama case, I believe race was highly pertinent. An important aspect of this story is representation, or lack of it. The …

Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

Sexual health organisations warn women will die if they are forced to seek DIY abortions The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it. The Mexico City policy, dubbed the global gag by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them. It was instituted by the then US president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since. But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider and pulled tighter than ever. Sexual health organisations have said women …

Why race science is on the rise again

After the second world war, the belief that differences between so-called races are genetic became taboo. Now, with the far right resurgent, its back In 1985, historian Barry Mehler had a dream. His research was taking him deep into the murky territory of academias extreme right wing. As he worked, he found his waking life beginning to soak into his subconscious, colouring his sleep. In his dream, his son, then two years old, was trapped in a runaway car hurtling down a hill. The traffic is going in both directions, and I am in the middle of the road desperately waving my hands trying to stop the flow, in order to save the life of my son, he tells me. …

Baby with spina bifida receives pioneering keyhole surgery

Jaxson Sharp has spine repaired while in the womb, in first for UK surgeons For the first time in the UK, doctors have performed pioneering keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while still in the womb. Surgeons from Kings College hospital in London used the cutting-edge technique to successfully close a hole in the spine of Jaxson Sharp 27 weeks into the pregnancy. His mother, Sherrie, from Horsham, West Sussex, had the operation after a routine 20-week scan revealed that his spine and spinal cord had not developed normally. The condition can lead to substantial physical and cognitive developmental problems, including paralysis. In the three-hour procedure, surgeons inserted a thin camera and small surgical …

Alabama’s abortion ban shows the chilling effect of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment | Jill Filipovic

The goal of anti-abortion campaigners is to overturn Roe v Wade. With todays radical, activist, rightwing supreme court, they may succeed There is a war on American women. On Tuesday night, Alabama voted to outlaw abortion entirely. Doctors who perform the procedure could go to prison for 99 years, simply for providing healthcare that one in four American women obtains at some point in her life. The law offers no exception for rape or incest victims because, as the Republican lawmaker Clyde Chambliss said, When God creates the miracle of life inside a womans womb, it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life. This is todays pro-life movement: arguing that pre-teen girls who are raped and …

Be careful when cracking your neck. A 28-year-old man had a stroke popping his neck

(CNN)Josh Hader had a sore neck, so he tried to stretch it out, accidentally popping it. The next thing he knew, the left side of his body started to go numb. “When he popped his neck, he tore arteries that go to the bone of the neck, where the neck joins the skull at the base of the brain,” he said. “The way he twisted the neck caused a bisection.” Hader’s father-in-law took him to the ER, where health care workers administered him TPA, which breaks up clots, Hader said. After that, he was transported to the larger Mercy Hospital and was in the intensive-care unit for four days before being sent to inpatient therapy. “When he arrived, Hader had …

Suicide attempts by poisoning rising among young people in US, study says

More than 1.6 million children and young adults aged 10 to 24 attempted suicide by poisoning between 2000 to 2018 The number of children and young adults who have attempted suicide by poisoning has increased in the United States over the past several years, according to a study from Nationwide childrens hospital in Ohio, published in the Journal of Pediatrics on Wednesday. There was a significant increase in the rate of attempts between 2011 and 2018 that was driven predominantly by girls and young women. A total of 71% of all cases reported in the study involved girls and women. While the studys data cannot point to a specific reason behind the increase in self-poisoning, the researchers note that social …

Medicaid expansion tied to positive gains for black babies

(CNN)A major part of the Affordable Care Act — the expansion of the Medicaid program — may play a role in shrinking the gap in premature birth and low birth weight between black and white infants born in the United States, according to a new study. Black infants are about twice as likely to be born at low birth weight and 1.5 times as likely to be born prematurely than white infants. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. “Finally, we believe that important causes of all outcomes — and also causes of racial disparities in outcomes — arise from differences in women’s health before they ever …

Free music streaming is coming to Google and Amazon

People who prefer Google Fit can use the app on their iPhones now.Image: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images There’s certainly no shortage of health-tracking options on iOS devices, between Apple Health, Fitbit, and countless other apps. However, one big name was missing until this week. Google announced on Wednesday that its Google Fit app is now available on iOS. That means the app, which received a major revamp last year, is now usable on pretty much any smart device you might own.  SEE ALSO: Fitbit Inspire HR Review The announcement made it pretty clear that Google wants to be as accommodating as possible for fitness enthusiasts. Apps like Nike Run Club that connect with Apple Health will also sync …

Moving to a different city or country can be really lonely. Here are some things that helped me cope.

How do you cope with feelings of loneliness when you move far away from your loved ones? Here are some tips.Image:  VICKY LETA / MASHABLE The decision to move from Copenhagen to London was an easy one. I was 26, recently unemployed, and single. So when I was offered a job in a cosmopolitan city with a population twice that of my home country, I said yes without much hesitation. I didn’t know anyone there, but shaking things up was exactly what I needed, so I rented out my apartment and left. I was excited. We’re told that making big changes in life is invigorating. That exposing yourself to new things and new people is the only way to really …

John Oliver enlists help of Michael Keaton for scathing deep dive into the opioid crisis

John Oliver does not hold back.  His latest deep dive is proof of this. In his video for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he tears into drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the U.S. opioid crisis — an epidemic fuelled by fentanyl, OxyContin, and heroin. Though he’s covered the topic before, Oliver chose to tackle it again because statistics show an alarming number of people are dying from opioid addiction. According to figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017.  As Oliver points out, there’s a dearth of literally any video footage of OxyContin billionaire Richard Sackler talking — so he enlisted the help of Michael Keaton to …

CDC reports teenage tobacco use has soared

Don't be a bad teen.Image: Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe / Getty Juul doesn’t want teens hitting its vapes. The company promises.  Facing a rising tide of criticism for underage use of its e-cigarettes, vape manufacturer Juul is taking a new approach aimed at cracking down on teen use. Specifically, the company launched an online tool designed to track how specific vapes find their way into the hands of minors.  SEE ALSO: FDA boss threatens ‘game over’ for e-cigs if companies won’t keep kids away The idea, as explained by Juul, seems pretty straightforward. If a parent or teacher confiscates one of the company’s e-cigarettes from a minor, the authority figure should head on over to a new web …

Pre-cut melon sold under Whole Foods, Kroger and other labels in 9 states recalled; 93 people sick in salmonella outbreak

(CNN)Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing one of these melons due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. “Because it is possible that products could still be on store shelves, this recall extends to both retailers and consumers,” the FDA announcement read. “Consumers should not consume the product and should promptly dispose of any remaining product.” The investigation is ongoing. Caito Foods did not immediately reply to calls requesting a statement.

Britney Spears and a civilised response to her mental health | Rebecca Nicholson

The support of fans and the restraint of paparazzi show how attitudes to celebrity distress have changed When Britneys New Look, offered a surprisingly furious satirical riposte: famous young women become sacrifices for a baying crowd, who nitpick at every flaw, literally hounding their target to death. What a difference a decade can make. Last week, Spears posted a quote ondocumentary about Amy Winehouse, one of the moments that remained with me was how much the singers struggles had become a punchline, an excuse for a gag, even a fancy dress costume. To watch people wisecracking about her troubles, through the awful lens of hindsight, is terrible and tragic. Perhaps its too generous, but I find it hard to imagine …

Flying cars could save us from climate change

(CNN)Maybe the Jetsons were climate change activists? It’s not quite like having a car in the driveway that happens to have wings. The VTOLs are all in prototype stage, and none is commercially available. There are different styles in the works. One example is Uber’s model, which calls for air taxis that can cruise at 150 to 200 miles per hour at an altitude between 1,000 and 2,000 feet, with a battery lasting up to 60 miles before needing to recharge. According to the new study, fully loaded with a pilot and three passengers, flying electric cars would have about 52% lower greenhouse gas emissionsthan traditional cars and would generate 6% lower greenhouse gas emissions than electric cars over trips …

Flu cases still high as first human universal vaccine trial begins

(CNN)Most states are seeing an unusually high number of flu patients as the season comes to a close. Meanwhile, the very first human experiments with a new universal flu shot have begun at the National Institutes of Health. Although flu has not taken as many lives this year as last, when more than 80,000 people died, the number of deaths is still considerable. Five children died of flu-associated causes during the week ended March 30, bringing total number of childhood deaths for the season to 82; overall, as many as 50,900 total deaths due to flu have occurred this season, according to the CDC. Not all flu-related deaths are detected or reported, so the actual number may be higher. The …