New Drug Ellaone Billed as Better Morning After Pill, But It Causes Abortions

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health is reporting that abortion advocates are pushing a new drug that they say is an expanded morning after pill, or emergency contraception. However, pro-life doctors and advocates say Ellaone, also known as Ulipristal, works as an abortion drug and not an agent that prevents conception. The morning after pill, or Plan B drug, has been around for years and can either prevent fertilization from occurring or can sometimes act as an abortifacient by killing the unique human being fertilization develops. Ellaone is different -- instead of working hours or just a couple of days after sexual relations take place as the morning after pill does, it can be used up to five days afterwards. The drug is becoming popular in Europe and abortion advocates there are pushing it as…
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Fish oil may stave off psychiatric illness

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health
The AP reports that "fish oil pills may be able to save some young people with signs of mental illness from descending into schizophrenia," according to a study published in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. For the study, investigators "identified 81 people, ages 13 to 25, with warning signs of psychosis," then randomized 41 of them "to take four fish oil pills a day for three months" at a "daily dose of 1,200 milligrams." The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that "for a year after" the study "was completed,12 weeks of dietary supplementation with omega-3 fish oil reduced progression to full-blown psychosis in a large group of adolescents and young adults," while simultaneously improving "many of the symptoms that identified these young patients as likely schizophrenics…
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Lancet formally retracts paper linking vaccine to autism

Children's Health, Parenting
U.S. study clears measles vaccine of autism link One of the world's most respected medical journals, The Lancet, is formally retracting an article that sparked a fierce debate and falsely linked autism to vaccines. The 1998 study linked the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) to autism which led to a drop in vaccinations and a jump in measles cases around the world. In the meantime, at least 25 studies have found no link between the vaccine and autism. The move "is part of a reassessment that has lasted for years of the scientific methods and financial conflicts of Dr. Andrew Wakefield," whose "research showed that the ... vaccine may be unsafe," the New York Times reports. Last week, the Times reports, "a British medical panel concluded ... that Dr. Wakefield…
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