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Colorado abortion rates keep declining. Free IUDs and easier access to the pill are the reason.

Abortion rates have dropped again in Colorado, and health authorities are crediting increased access to birth control statewide. Pharmacists have written thousands of prescriptions for the birth control pill since 2017, when Colorado became only the third state in the nation to allow women to get prescriptions for oral contraceptives at the pharmacy instead of only from a doctor.  State and federal dollars are funding free and low-cost IUDs — intrauterine devices that prevent pregnancy…

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Update: We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who’ve Worked in the Trump Administration — ProPublica

The 45th President and His Administration ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. At the halfway mark of President Donald Trump’s first term, his administration has hired a lobbyist for every 14 political appointments made, welcoming a total of 281 lobbyists on board, a ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations analysis…

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Michael Jordan tears up as he opens clinic for the uninsured in hometown of Charlotte | Daily Mail Online

Sports legend Michael Jordan gave an emotional speech and shed a tear as he opened a $7 million clinic that would guarantee health care for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte.    The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic held its ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, which was attended by the athlete turned business mogul. ‘This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported…

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The mental health benefits of exercise / The Body Coach

The mental health benefits of becoming more physically active are becoming more and more prevalent. In this post, Kieran Alger explores the mental health benefits of exercise. How do you feel after a workout? Even when you’re purple faced and desperate for a lie-down, you feel pretty pleased with yourself for giving it a go, right? Once the initial breathlessness subsides after a workout, it’s common to feel like you have more energy and those…

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Ship transporting 12.3 million illegally caught seahorses worth more than $6million is intercepted | Daily Mail Online

Published: 23:25 BST, 2 October 2019 | Updated: 23:32 BST, 2 October 2019 A ship containing 12.3 million illegally caught seahorses that was bound for Asia has been seized by Peruvian authorities. A Coast Guard ship detected the vessel ‘Adonay’ almost 200 miles off the seaside city of Callao on Monday before it was steered back to Perú’s main seafood port. Officials said that the seahorses were illegally taken from the Pacific Ocean waters and packed…

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Some Dasani Bottled Water Contaminated by High Levels of Disinfectant Byproduct

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. Some of Coca-Cola’s popular bottled water brand Dasani contains elevated levels of potentially dangerous chemical disinfectant byproducts, according to records obtained by Consumer Reports. Tests of Dasani water packaged in half-liter bottles at a Florida plant in 2018 revealed levels of total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) that exceed a limit set by the state of California as well as a bottled water industry trade group, records…

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Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home

A Fort Worth police officer checking out a residence with an open door opened fire on a woman inside her home, killing her, authorities said. The shooting early Saturday occurred less than two weeks after a police officer in nearby Dallas was found guilty of murder for fatally shooting a man in his home in 2018. In both cases the officers are white and the victims were African American. In the Fort Worth shooting at…

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Playing Mahjong May Reduce Depression, Study Finds

Mahjong is no longer just a means to teach crazy rich Asian mothers that prejudice can cost you your child’s happiness. As it turns out, the tile-based strategy game can also help adults struggling with symptoms of depression. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, which shows that a regular game of Mahjong can help reduce rates of depression among middle-aged and older adults in China. Those who…

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9/11 survivors: We were saved by the man with the red bandanna

On Sept. 11, 2001, Welles Crowther sat at his desk on the 104th floor in the south tower of the World Trade Center and dialed his mother’s cellphone. His mother, Alison, never heard the call. Welles left a short message. “Mom . . . this is Welles. I . . . I want you to know that I’m OK.” The time was 9:12 a.m. They were the last words his family would ever hear him speak. Some details of…

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EXCLUSIVE: Ottawa cuts reimbursements for military health care, hospitals on the hook for millions – National | Globalnews.ca

Global News has confirmed with sources within the military, provincial and federal governments that Ottawa made major changes this spring to the fees it reimburses to hospitals when they provide health care to military members – and that’s leading to fears some members could be denied health care services. Under the Canada Health Act and provincial health acts, members of the military are not eligible for public health coverage under provincial plans. Instead, the federal…

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