Virginia health board lifts contested rules on abortion clinics

(Reuters) – Virginia’s Board of Health voted on Monday to remove contested regulations on abortion clinics that included meeting hospital-like building standards, a spokeswoman said. The 11-4 vote lifted restrictions imposed under a 2011 law that the board found were an undue burden on abortion providers, the spokeswoman said. Among other guidelines, the regulations called

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Changes in depression symptoms tied to lung cancer survival

(In paragraph 6, clarifies that 14 percent of 745 people not depressed at baseline, 105 people, became depressed.) By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Worsening depression symptoms are associated with shorter survival for lung cancer patients, particularly those in the early stages of disease, according to a new U.S. study. Conversely, when depression symptoms lift,

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Hired experts back claims St. Jude heart devices can be hacked

By Jim Finkle (Reuters) – Short-selling firm Muddy Waters said in a legal filing on Monday that outside experts it hired validated its claims that St. Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants are vulnerable to potentially life-threatening cyber attacks. U.S. regulators responded by reiterating previous advice that patients should keep using the devices, and a St.

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Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes

By Natalie Grover (Reuters) – Casinos on Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late 1980s, lifting many people from poverty. Now, some hope, cultivating industrial hemp could do the same. Under U.S. law, hemp – which comes from the same family of plants that produce marijuana – can be grown

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