HAPPY SPRING EQINOX

The first day of spring this year is March 20…today! As the climate changes and traditions change, what does it mean for you? Is it something in nature, is it the thought of baseball opening day, or just the hope of putting the winter coat away? The traditional signs of the beginning of spring are changing with the warming climate. Many of the birds no longer migrate from the northern parts of the United States due to the warming climate and the crocuses appear earlier in many parts of the country.

Others consider the beginning of spring training as …read more

The Arc of History Bends towards Access for Everyone

For 35 years, “care” has been at the center of Baltimore-based healthcare provider, Chase Brexton’s mission. At their Cathedral Street location, they have served thousands of community members in the areas of medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy services and specialty services, to name a few.

Chase Brexton Health Services groundbreaking (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

For months, we have watched as the beautiful old Monumental Life Building on Charles Street was transformed into Chase Brexton Health Services’ new home. The 178,000 square foot building allows the service provider to throw open its doors even wider, and to better honor …read more

Childhood Obesity Rates Starting to Decline

For decades, child obesity rates have been on the rise throughout the country. At present, 12.5 million people under the age of 20 are overweight or obese.

However, this trend might finally be reversing. For the first time in 30 years, several American cities are reporting their first declines. In places like New York and Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Nebraska the number of obese school-aged children have dropped from 3 to 5.5%. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students.

While these numbers may seem small at …read more

High Infant death a Reality in the U.S.

Bili light with newborn Photo by Jeremy Kemp, 4/10/05 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You probably don’t associate the phrase “high infant mortality rate” with the United States, but according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one state has a shockingly high rate of infant deaths.

Last year in Mississippi 9.4 babies out of every 1,000 born died before their first birthday. When compared to the CIA World Factbook, Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is more comparable to countries such as Costa Rica (9.2), Sri Lanka (9.5) and Botswana (10.5) than the United States …read more

The War on Obesity?

It’s no secret that Americans are experiencing higher rates of obesity than ever before. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are currently obese. There have been numerous efforts to take on this obesity issue, for example the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative championed by Mrs. Obama, and New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial 16-ounce cap on sweetened beverages.

Last week the obesity story was that of news anchor, Jennifer Livingston, who fired back at a viewer who sent her an e-mail chastising her for being overweight and not a “suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.” Ms. …read more

New York City’s Plan B to Stem Teen Pregnancy

The New York City Department of Education has started offering Plan B emergency contraception to high school students in 13 of the city’s high schools. The pills will be made available, free of charge, to students through the school nurse without parental consent or notification. Parents do have the option to opt out of the emergency contraception program for their teens at the school. However, only 1-2% of parents have opted out of the program, according to the Department of Education.

The emergency contraception is being offered as a part of CATCH- Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health – which aims …read more

Riot Soda

Should government be able to ration your soda consumption? Millions of New Yorkers asked this question Thursday as the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and sugary drinks. The ban will prevent restaurants, street carts and movie theatres from selling cups over 16 ounces that contain energy drinks, presweetened iced teas and non-diet soda.

The public health community praised the decision, citing the fact that 5,000 New Yorkers per year die of maladies related to obesity and overweightness. Studies link soda consumption with these weight issues, demonstrating that the soda ban …read more

Update: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open Indefinitely

Last week we posted about the temporary injunction of a Mississippi law that would require the state’s sole abortion clinic to close.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ruled that the injunction will remain in place while he considers more evidence – meaning the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can stay open until he reaches a final decision. Judge Jordan did not indicate when that would be.

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Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

Campaign Consultation, Inc

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi Abortion Law

Supporters fighting to keep Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic open won their battle… for now.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that would require the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to close. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block it indefinitely.

The new law requires all doctors performing abortions be board-certified or eligible for certification with admitting privileges at a local hospital. All three physicians at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization are OB-GYNS, but two of the three don’t live in Mississippi and can’t be granted local admitting privileges.

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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s health care law. Although the ACA was passed two years ago, 26 states questioned whether the individual mandate requiring citizens to obtain health insurance trespassed on constitutional rights.

In today’s ruling, the court said that Congress acted within its constitutional powers in passing the individual mandate, which is permissible as a tax. According to the Congressional Law Office, tens of millions of people will gain insurance as a result of the health-care law.

In an unexpected twist, the Supreme Court ruled that a …read more