24.09.2022
Arizona judge rules 19th century abortion ban can take effect

An Arizona judge ruled Friday that a state law prohibiting nearly all abortions can take effect, forcing clinics in the state to immediately stop offering the procedure.

The state’s pre-Roe law, which prohibits all abortions except to save the life of the pregnant person, was enacted in 1864, before Arizona became a state. But enforcement of the statute has been blocked since 1973, when it was found unconstitutional by the Arizona Court of Appeals and subsequently enjoined in superior court.

“The Court finds that because the legal basis for the judgment entered in 1973 has now been overruled, it must vacate the judgment in its entirety,” Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson wrote in her ruling.

Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who in July filed a motion asking the court to allow the law to take effect, praised the court’s decision in a tweet on Friday.

“We applaud the court for upholding the will of the legislature and providing clarity and uniformity on this important issue,” he said.

What’s next: Abortion-rights advocates are expected to appeal the decision — as well as to push to get a Democrat elected to replace Brnovich, who is term limited.

“Today is a difficult day for Arizonans — now subject to a total abortion ban that will have a devasting effect throughout our borders and beyond,” said Caroline Mello Roberson, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s southwest regional director. “We’re working alongside our 75,000 members across the Copper State to send a clear message: When you come for our rights, we come for your seat.”

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    Some 235 fatalities involving the virus were registered in the seven days to September 23, the lowest since June. But deaths lag behind cases as it takes time for patients to become seriously ill.

    Monitoring by the Office for National Statistics last week showed cases were on the rise in England and Wales though still well below levels seen earlier in the year during the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron wave.

    One in 65 people in private households in England – or 857,400 people – were estimated to have been infected in the week to September 17.

    The number of those in hospital with Covid-19 reached 7,024 on September 28, up 37 percent week on week. Patient numbers topped 14,000 in mid-July after which they fell steadily until mid-September.

    The autumn booster programme has administered almost five million jabs as the NHS races to maximise protection ahead of a possible “twindemic” of coronavirus and flu this winter.

    The Covid-19 Public Inquiry opened in London yesterday to investigate the UK’s pandemic preparedness, response to the outbreak and the impact of the virus on patients, the NHS, social care staff and the public.

    More than 166,000 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test and over 172,000 had the virus mentioned on their death certificate.

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    “Millions of people suffered loss, including the loss of friends and family, the loss of good health, economic loss, the loss of educational opportunities, and the loss of social interaction.”

    “Those who are bereaved lost the most. They lost loved ones and the ability to mourn properly.”

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    Jeremy Paxman feels ‘beaten and dejected’ because of Parkinson’s disease

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    Committing to physiotherapy, and taking medication, is key to maintaining a person’s capabilities for as long as possible.

    Visiting Sharon Osbourne, whose husband – Ozzy Osbourne – also has Parkinson’s, Jeremy asks if there’s anything positive that can come of the disease.

    Sharon replied that her family now spend “so much more [time] together”, even if every time she looks at her husband, her “heart breaks for him”.

    Jeremy is disheartened about his Parkinson’s diagnosis

    One bit of advice that Paxman is keen to explore, however, is Sharon’s revelation that Ozzy takes CBD to help him sleep at night.

    Symptomatic of Parkinson’s, Paxman has started to experience “extraordinary” and “amazing” dreams, otherwise regarded as hallucinations.

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    Researchers from King’s College London are currently investigating the impact of CBD on people who have Parkinson’s disease.

    CBD is found in the Cannabis sativa plant, which has shown initial promising results in alleviating disturbing dreams for people who have Parkinson’s disease.

    Markedly disheartened by the reality that Parkinson’s doesn’t get better, Paxman is seemingly underwhelmed that a cure has not yet been found.

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    In the documentary, research suggests that Parkinson’s is a metabolic disorder linked to the gut.

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    Bowel cancer is the result of cells going rogue in the bowel and growing into malignant tumours.

    The disease is prevalent because the colon and rectum are two parts of the large intestine where it is common for cancer to occur, hence why it is often characterised by hematochezia.

    Hematochezia is defined by medical publisher Karger as “frank bleeding per rectum”, which is an indication of bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract.

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    Tumours are vulnerable to bleeding because they have their own intricate network of blood vessels.

    When bleeding occurs internally it is often accompanied by other telltale signs like fatigue or weakness, which are common signs of many cancers.

    The American Cancer Society says: “Colorectal cancers can often bleed into the digestive tract.

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    Man with B12 deficiency showed ‘changed personality’ and ‘collapsed’ – other signs to spot

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    “A 55-year-old man presented in our outpatient department, with complaints of irrelevant talk for 10 days.

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    “His memory was disturbed, judgement impaired, had a changed personality as he had become isolated, apathetic, and withdrawn.

    “He was also unwilling to think and depressed.”

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    If you are unable to get enough vitamin B12 from diet, supplements are available in pharmacies and health stores.

    In more extreme cases doctors can prescribe injections.

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    The mother-of-two – to Scarlett and Mia – openly spoke about her struggles with the menopause.

    “I suffered from night sweats, sometimes two to three times a night, and often five days a week,” she revealed.

    “It’s a miracle that I was able to get up and do my job! The menopause had a very real impact on me, it was incredibly physical. I had heart palpitations, tinnitus, all sorts.”

    Now Louise has teamed up with UK sleep specialist Woolroom to launch its Menopause and Clean Sleep campaign.

    A study commissioned by Woolroom uncovered the lengths women would go to in order to get a good night’s kip.

    With 74 percent of respondents attributing their poor sleep to night sweats, they would go to extreme measures to cool down.

    Techniques ranged from putting pillows into the freezer, wearing wet socks to bed, or sleeping with frozen peas, to asking their partner to sleep in a different room.

    In the survey, 83 percent of respondents, who were going through the menopause, reported they were suffering from disrupted sleep.

    Testimonies from the participants ranged from “I stopped cuddling my husband in bed” to “I resorted to sleeping on the kitchen floor, I was so hot”.

    Clean Sleep expert and MD of Woolroom, Chris Tattersall said: “Symptoms of the menopause are clearly having a profound effect on Louise and women around the UK.

    “Luckily women may not need to take extreme measures like putting pillows in the freezer or kicking their partners out of bed to stay cool at night.

    “The answer could be with something as simple as wool bedding and sleepwear due to wool’s temperature regulating properties.”

    Woolroom conducted pioneering research with Leeds University, which revealed that wool bedding allowed 43 percent more moisture transmission than polyester.

    Furthermore, wool enabled 67 percent more moisture transmission than feather duvets.

    This means that wool can diffuse a larger amount of moisture, enabling a person to feel more cool while they are sleeping.

    Chris Tattersall added: “Choosing bedding and sleepwear made from natural fibres like wool can act as a beneficial, long-term solution for alleviating the symptoms of the menopause such as night sweats and hot flushes.

    “The University of Leeds study proves wool’s magical ability to draw moisture away from the body, keeping you cool while you sleep.”

    Night sweats and hot flushes aren’t the only symptoms of menopause to be aware of.

    According to the NHS, the menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, recurrent urinary tract infections, and migraines.

    If you are struggling with symptoms of the menopause, speak to your doctor for advice.

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