Jahi McMath, Teen at Center of Legal Battle and Controversy Over Brain Death Diagnosis, Dies

Jahi McMath, Teen at Center of Legal Battle and Controversy Over Brain Death Diagnosis, Dies

Jahi McMath, the teenage girl who had been at the center of a five-year debate on whether or not her condition met the clinical definition of brain death, has died following complications from liver failure. According to reports, McMath was recently removed from life support after suffering internal bleeding that stemmed from her liver condition. She died […]

Judge Rules Iowa Cannot Deny Medicaid Coverage for Gender Dysphoria-Related Surgeries

Judge Rules Iowa Cannot Deny Medicaid Coverage for Gender Dysphoria-Related Surgeries

DES MOINES, Iowa — A state judge has ruled that the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) cannot exclude gender dysphoria-related operations from Medicaid coverage, asserting that “medical thinking and Iowa law have changed,” and that the state regulation that prohibited coverage for such operations “has not kept pace with law and medicine.” “The outdated medical evidence that […]

California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record

California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record

(Washington Post) — Diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in California last year—with sometimes deadly consequences, according to preliminary state data. More than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis—the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infections—were reported in 2017. That represents a 45 percent increase since 2013 and the highest number since […]

UK Syphilis Cases Up 20 Percent in One Year

UK Syphilis Cases Up 20 Percent in One Year

(The Christian Institute) — Cases of syphilis—the sexually transmitted disease which left untreated can lead to meningitis and heart problems—have risen by a fifth in just one year. Public Health England (PHE) said there were over 7,000 cases of the STI in 2017, with the vast majority among men who have sex with men. Public […]

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Remain on the Rise in Washington State

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Remain on the Rise in Washington State

(The Daily Chronicle) — The Washington State Department of Health recently released their statewide report on sexually transmitted diseases for 2017 and the results are not pretty. Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD, with rates highest in women 20-24 years old. However, statistics indicate that overall STD rates are highest among gay, bisexual, and […]

Miracle Girl Thought to Be 99.8 Percent Brain Dead After Car Accident Takes First Steps Unassisted

Miracle Girl Thought to Be 99.8 Percent Brain Dead After Car Accident Takes First Steps Unassisted

GOLD COAST — An Australian”miracle girl” who was stated to be 99.8 percent brain dead recently defied the odds and happily took her first steps without assistance. Mackinlee Anderson, 6, had been involved in a multiple vehicle accident in New South Wales last September, which took the life of her grandmother and injured her mother and brother. […]

Judge Strikes Down California’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law on a Technicality

Judge Strikes Down California’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law on a Technicality

NAPA, Calif. — A county judge in California has struck down the state’s physician-assisted suicide law, ruling that lawmakers wrongfully glided the bill through during a special legislative session that was to have focused on Medicaid funding, services for the disabled and in-home healthcare services. While he did not base his decision on the merits of […]

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