Breast cancer was found to be more common in women who used birth control pills, had a child after the age of 27, breastfed their babies less, had an abortion and began menstruating at an early age, in new research conducted in India.
Women who began their menstrual cycle before the age of 16 were 2.76 times more likely to develop breast cancer. The risk increased 9.5 times for women who used birth control pills, 6.26 times for an abortion, 14.9 times for breastfeeding less than 13 months, 3.29 times for having a child after the age of 27, and 2.68 times for beginning menopause after age 49, according to the research conducted by A.S. Bhadoria, U. Kapil, N. Sareen and P. Singh, of the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India.
The article, "Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India," was published in the December issue of Indian Journal of Cancer. more >>
The "rule of law" has served as the backbone of democracy from America's founding. First, all Americans agree to be held accountable under the law. To secure that consent, the process to enact, administer and enforce those laws must be transparent, democratically accessible, and impartial. While that process has rarely been perfect, it has consistently created stable, predictable laws that serve as the guide rails for civil society.
The last several decades have marked a continued erosion of the rule of law in America's federal government. The gradual change has resulted from Congress ceding its constitutional powers, leaving essentially a type of ad hoc rule by the President and the executive branch agencies.
For example, most of the recent political battles related to the EPA involve legislative authority delegated to the agency under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. The last major amendments to those laws by Congress occurred in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Since then, the executive branch has used its tremendous regulatory power to essentially create updated versions of the laws that carry the same force as those duly enacted several decades ago. more >>
Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery and whose mother believes God can make her better, was released from the Children's Hospital Oakland on Sunday, two days after an agreement was reached between the family and the California hospital.
"The body of Jahi McMath was released by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland to the coroner," David Durand, the hospital's chief of pediatrics, told CNN. "The coroner has released her body to the custody of her mother, Latasha Winkfield, as per court order, for a destination unknown."
Family attorney Christopher Dolan tweeted about the 13-year-old's release. "She is safely out of Children's," he wrote. more >>
Responding to the Supreme Court order blocking the implementation of President Obama's controversial Affordable Care Act for a group of Catholic nuns, the Department of Justice Friday claimed once again that the nuns are exempt from providing contraceptive coverage.
In its court filing Friday, the Justice Department restated its argument that the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns who take care of the needy and dying elderly, just needs to certify that they don't want to provide contraceptive coverage and thereby leave the decision to a third-party administrator.
"Applicants have no legal basis to challenge the self certification requirement or to complain that it involves them in the process of providing contraceptive coverage," the government's filing claimed. more >>
Now we have the latest in the long and growing list of unpleasant "surprises" about the Affordable Care Act. It turns out that expansion of coverage of Medicaid for low income Americans increases rather than decreases visits to hospital emergency rooms.
According to just released results of a new study, published in the journal Science, based on 10,000 low income residents in Oregon newly covered by Medicaid, their emergency room visits were 40 percent higher than those with no insurance at all.
It was supposed to be the opposite. Supposedly a big driver of our high expenditures in health care has been due to those without insurance going to emergency rooms. more >>
A legal expert said the 11 state attorneys general who accused the Obama administration of breaking the law by making changes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," without getting them approved by Congress, could win in court.
"The illegal actions by this administration must stop," wrote West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Ten other attorneys general – all Republicans, like Morrisey, and including Texas Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott – signed the letter. Hans A. von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post that this is not just a political stunt, but could actually result in a successful suit against the administration.
"If a court determines the agencies have acted in an arbitrary, capricious manner, the judges can overturn whatever rules they have issued," von Spakovsky told CP in an interview on Friday. The state officials present a strong claim, with two separate arguments, the legal expert explained. more >>