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Friday News Round-Up

June 6, 2008

Assorted stories for your Friday enjoyment (with some I obviously need to read in more detail before commenting further here):

The FDA has updated its website on dental amalgam (“silver” fillings) to say, “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses…FDA’s rulemaking will examine evidence concerning whether release of mercury vapor can cause health problems, including neurological disorders, in children and fetuses.”

Background information and details on the FDA’s new public comment period on whether to more strictly control mercury-containing fillings is available here.

Via the New York Times, a retired gynecologist recalls the days before Roe v. Wade, noting, ” It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days. What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such. ”

Two upcoming studies in the New England Journal of Medicine will “Offer Insights into Role of Breastfeeding in Preventing Infant Death, HIV Infection in Resource Poor Countries.”

Our Bodies Ourselves featured in The Nation.

Abortion, Incomplete Pregnancy Not Linked To Breast Cancer Risk
– further debunking of the abortion/breast cancer propaganda, according to the release. I need to read this study carefully.

Duke medical student reflects on her experiences observing childbirth in Niger. (Thanks to the radicallibrarian for the tip)

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