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8:29am

Mon July 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 2:57 pm

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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7:25am

Mon July 22, 2013

6:56am

Mon July 22, 2013
Health

Health Officials Worry As E-Cigarettes Enter Colorado

Lucas Smith, store manager at the e-cigarette store Rino Vapes in Denver restocks the display cases.
Manuel Martinez Colorado Public News

The arrival of electronic cigarettes has raised a red flag for health officials and others who worry the activity of “vaping” nicotine will hook young people into a new addiction that could last a lifetime.

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3:04am

Mon July 22, 2013
Health

State Abortion Laws Differ From Doctors In Defining 20 Weeks

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:30 am

Texas last week became the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. But most of the state laws don't define 20 weeks the same way doctors do.

1:31am

Mon July 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 3:07 pm

Not so long ago, most people thought that the only good microbe was a dead microbe.

But then scientists started to realize that even though some bugs can make us sick and even kill us, most don't.

In fact, in the past decade attitudes about the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes living all over our bodies has almost completely turned around. Now scientists say that not only are those microbes often not harmful, we can't live without them.

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