health & medicine
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., heard two days of oral arguments in a case pitting coal, oil and steel industry groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The coalition that took the EPA to court claims Clean Air Act regulations are unfounded and burdensome for businesses.
Libya's wounded and sick are turning east to get medical treatment. The transitional government is paying millions of dollars for Libyans to get treatment in Jordan — known to have some of the best hospitals in the Arab world.
Rush Limbaugh this week went on the offensive against Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who was to testify before Congress about access to contraception. He called her a slut and said she should have to put videos of her sex life online because the public was paying for her contraception.
The Senate voted on Thursday to maintain the Obama Administration's birth control mandate, requiring employers to offer health coverage for contraceptives. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt's proposal, an amendment to highway bill S. 1813, would have allowed employers to exclude birth control from health coverage plans based upon their "religious belief or moral conviction."
The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the chemical perchloroethylene is a likely human carcinogen. Perchloroethylene, also known as PERC, is familiar to many of us as the smell associated with dry cleaning. In a report released February 10th, the EPA lowered its safe daily dose of perc and efforts have begun to phase the cancer-causing solvent out of the market.
Neil Harbisson is a color-blind artist. But, rather than limiting his art to shades of gray, he's turned to technology to help him develop the ability to hear the colors that he cannot see.
An advisory panel of outside physicians for the FDA recommended approval of the weight-loss drug Qnexa, which was previously rejected in 2010. Pending approval, Qnexa could be the most effective non-surgery treatment for obese people. The FDA will make a final decision later this year.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing leader of Yemen who was pushed from power in an Arab Spring protest last year, has left the United States after receiving treatment there for injuries he sustained in last year's bombing — part of months of protest leading up to his losing power.
Recent reporting by The New York Times has raised concern about the conditions faced by workers in Apple’s supply factories in China. Now Apple has hired an independent labor rights organization to inspect and publish a report on the labor environment in its suppliers’ factories. The first round of inspections began Monday.
New polling suggests that Mitt Romney's healthcare reform law in Massachusetts, which President Barack Obama has held up as a model for his plan, is supported by an overwhelming margin by Massachusetts residents — supports its held basically since it was introduced.