Missouri’s governor got just what he asked for: The state’s House members on Friday passed and sent to him for his signature a bill that would become probably the second-most restrictive abortion law in the nation, banning the procedure after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Missouri’s Senate gave its OK to the bill Thursday—most restrictive abortion legislation, banning the procedure after just six weeks of pregnancy. Advertisement Advertisement Missouri Gov. Mike Parson cheered the bill’s passage in his state, according to CNN, telling reporters Friday that he thinks Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortions in the nation, should be overturned. As CNN detailed, Parson ... told reporters Friday that he would sign the bill, calling it “just a matter of when we get all the bills in.” When asked whether he was comfortable with the bill’s lack of exemptions for rape and incest, … [Read more...] about Missouri House Sends to Governor Bill Banning Abortion After 8 Weeks of Pregnancy
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that sitting for long periods of time is bad for us. But new research suggests it’s not just the total amount of time we spend sitting each day that we need to worry about, it’s also the length of time between bouts of physical activity. While still incomplete, these results suggest a sensible life hack that could help certain individuals stave off some of the effects of prolonged sitting. According to the new study, excessive bouts of sitting are a major factor for all-cause mortality (that is, dying of any cause), whether the time spent sitting down was accumulated in one lengthy session or during prolonged bouts across the day. Discouragingly, this held true for people regardless of how much they exercised, or other health factors. On a more positive note, the researchers found that people who get up at least once every 30 minutes were less likely to die over the course of the study, hinting at a possible countermeasure to this … [Read more...] about Sitting All Day Is Definitely Bad, But Does Getting Up Once in a While Help?
March For Our Lives, the activist group founded by survivors of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, unveiled a pretty comprehensive gun-control platform that calls for a massive overhaul of America’s response to the epidemic. The proposal calls for a number of changes, from raising the minimum age of purchasing a firearm to 21 and banning high capacity magazines to implementing a mandatory gun buyback program and installing a national director of gun violence prevention. The Peace Plan for a Safer America, announced Wednesday, is being called the Green New Deal for guns, and the young authors behind it intend on making it a priority for the next president of the United States. As Parkland survivor Tyah-Amoy Roberts told the Washington Post, “We know and acknowledge every day that gun violence prevention is not just about preventing mass shootings.” Advertisement As such, the plan illustrates gun violence as a multifaceted American ill, one of spectacle … [Read more...] about The Parkland Survivors Can See American Gun Violence Very Clearly
In a new paper this week, r Author Jessica Scott, a senior scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center who’s studied how spaceflight affects the human body, said Advertisement “Both astronauts and cancer patients are exposed to what we call ‘ Both groups, she noted, can have baseline risk factors that influence how well they respond to space or cancer treatment, such as high blood pressure. And both the harsh environment of space as well as chemotherapy can directly and indirectly affect the “When you put these multiple hits together, Advertisement In their paper, published in Cell on For decadesgenetic level). As a result, scientists like Scott have developed a countermeasures program to stave off these effects—most prominently, Advertisement Scott and her co-authors aren’t advocating that every cancer patient necessarily run a triathlon Advertisement But any exercise plan for cancer patients, much like they are for NASA astronauts, … [Read more...] about Astronauts’ Exercise Programs Could Help Cancer Patients Endure Chemotherapy
Researchers have identified the Tsimane people as having the healthiest hearts in the world. As expected, diet and exercise are believed to be responsible for the populations incredible heart health well into old age. What’s perhaps most surprising about their diet is how heavy it is in carbs. A new study published in The Lancet details the research conducted July 2014 and September 2015. Scientists tested the coronary artery calcium (CAC) score of 705 Tsimane, a tribe located in the Bolivian rainforest. The test looks for signs of clogged blood vessels and determines likelihood of heart attack. A score 100-400 is generally understood to mean mild coronary artery disease is highly likely. The results from the study: 596 (85%) of 705 Tsimane had no CAC, 89 (13%) had CAC scores of 1–100, and 20 (3%) had CAC scores higher than 100. For individuals older than age 75 years, 31 (65%) Tsimane presented with a CAC score of 0, and only four (8%) had CAC scores of 100 or more, a … [Read more...] about Scientists Say This Society Has the Healthiest Hearts on Earth