Category: Health

As November vote nears, abortion wars heat up again

By Mary Jordan | Washington Post Mississippi’s governor just signed a law, more restrictive than in any state, banning abortions after 15 weeks. Iowa’s state Senate is trying to go even further and stop abortions at around six weeks. And 20 Ohio lawmakers have proposed outlawing all abortions, even if the woman’s life is in danger. In many state capitols,…

Island-wide blackout hits struggling Puerto Rico

By Arelis R. Hernandez | Washington Post An island-wide blackout has struck Puerto Rico, plunging the U.S. territory of more than 3 million citizens back into darkness more than seven months after local and federal officials began working to restore a fragile power grid demolished by Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said the blackout could last anywhere…

Why are diplomats in Cuba suffering ‘traumatic brain injury’?

By Amanda Erickson | The Washington Post For two years, diplomats posted to Cuba have been suffering a mysterious illness. They say they have heard painful, high-pitched noises and lost their hearing. “Some were asleep and awakened by the sound, even as others sleeping in the same bed or room heard nothing,” the Associated Press reported. Scores have reported headaches,…

Letter: Toyota, Nissan and Honda doing more for the health of our children than American car makers

Foreign car makers doing more for the health of our children than American car makers When Jimmy Carter was president, he mandated a miles-per-gallon standard for automobiles, which was bold but foreign car companies were mostly achieving these goals. Along came Ronald Reagan and Republicans who were in the pockets of auto manufacturers and oil companies. Out went the mandates.…

McCain stable after surgery for intestinal infection

By Paul Kane | The Washington Post Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been home in Arizona battling brain cancer, underwent surgery because of an intestinal infection, his office announced Monday evening. McCain, 81, is in “stable condition,” the statement said, after the surgery at Phoenix, Arizona’s Mayo Clinic. The infection was related to diverticulitis, which is caused by pouches…

Granddaughter: Barbara Bush is ‘a fighter,’ in good spirits

By MICHAEL GRACZYK | The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in “failing health” over the weekend, is in “great spirits” and the family is grateful for “everybody’s prayers and thoughts,” her granddaughter said Monday. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that “Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has…