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A group of Senate Democrats are calling on the Biden administration to make it easier for patients to have access to medication abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The lawmakers, led by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift certain restrictions on how patients can obtain mifepristone, as well as add a new indication to make it clear the drug can be safely used to help reduce complications from a miscarriage.
With Republicans in control of the House starting next year and with a maximum majority of only 51 seats in the Senate, Democrats likely won’t be able to take action on protecting abortion unless it’s through executive authority.
Miscarriage label: In 2000, the FDA approved mifepristone for medication abortion. The drug is used in combination with a second pill, misoprostol, during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
The combination of mifepristone and misoprostol can also significantly improve the management of early pregnancy loss and result in fewer complications.
But that combination is not explicitly indicated for miscarriage management, and patients in states that have restricted access to abortion have reported being denied the medications to treat their miscarriages, as pharmacists said they feared prosecution for dispensing the drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the first drug that delays the onset of a stage of Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when immune cells are triggered to attack and destroy cells producing insulin. The disease progresses into stage 3 when a person has lost a significant proportion of their insulin-producing cells.
Treatment involves a 14-day infusion of the drug. Injections of the diabetes drug Tzield are now approved for use to delay the onset of stage high-risk Type 1 diabetes among adults and children 8 years and older.
The new drug is not a treatment for the much more common type of diabetes, Type 2.
BIDEN: OBAMACARE SIGNUPS JUMP 40 PERCENT
The number of people who signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov jumped by 40 percent compared to the same time last year, President Biden said on Friday.
“Right now, four out of five folks who sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can get health care coverage for $10 a month or less. These lower rates were set to expire on Jan. 1 of this coming year, but instead we were able to extend them,” Biden said during remarks addressing business and labor leaders.
“Already we’ve seen a nearly 40 percent increase in new sign-ups over last year.”
AS STATES LEGALIZED MARIJUANA, ALCOHOL USE INCREASED: STUDY
Rates of alcohol use have increased alongside policies legalizing recreational marijuana, according to results of a new study that reflect data on over 4 million U.S. adults.
In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, and in the decade since, more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., have followed suit.
The study, published in JAMA Health Forum, found that between 2010 and 2019, recreational cannabis laws were linked with a 0.9 percentage point increase in alcohol use among the entire U.S. population.
Higher alcohol intake was driven primarily by young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, and men, researchers found. These increases were also more common among non-Hispanic white individuals and those without some college education.
Associations were also greatest within the first year of the law’s implementation, but data show the relationship may diminish over time. No link between cannabis legalization and alcohol use was seen among older adults.
However, the results did not show any associations between legalized cannabis and increases in binge or heavy drinking.
A measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio, has sickened more than a dozen unvaccinated children, according to local officials who have called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assistance.
According to Columbus Public Health, there are 19 confirmed cases tied to 12 different schools or daycare locations. Nine children have been hospitalized.
“All facilities are actively working with Columbus Public Health and following our guidance,” said Kelli Newman, a spokesperson for Columbus Public Health.
Newman said 18 of the children are under the age of 4, and one child is 6 years old. None of them are vaccinated.
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