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"TransCanada shut down part of its Keystone pipeline after an oil leak of about 5,000 barrels Thursday in Marshall County, South Dakota. The pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Cushing, Oklahoma and to Wood River/Patoka, Illinois “is expected to remain shut down as we respond to this incident,” the Calgary-based company said in a statement. The leak occurred just a few days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is scheduled to make a Nov. 20th announcement of its decision on whether to approve a permit to allow construction of the controversial long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The leak was detected after a drop in pressure in the operating system. The section of pipe along a right-of-way approximately 56 kilometres south of the Ludden pump station in Marshall County, South Dakota was completely isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated, it said. This is the second significant leak on Keystone over the past two years. In April 2016, TransCanada shut down the pipeline after a local resident reported seeing oil seeping to the surface in South Dakota. The line is less than 10 years old and began commercial operations in June 2010. In the U.S., the federal watchdog for the industry - the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - alleged that the company had failed to operate Keystone safelyafter identifying 62 probable deficiencies on the pipeline, including "multiple anomalies" near St-Louis, Missouri..." #awareness #pipeline #oilspill #stopkindermorgan #alberta #calgary #edmonton #vancouver #toronto #southdakota #environment #government #water #firstnations #humanrights #oklahoma #chicago #newyork #missouri #burnaby #britishcolumbia #keystonexl
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"Indonesia’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that citizens can identify on their national ID cards with faiths outside the six religions officially recognized in the constitution. It is being hailed as a landmark decision for religious tolerance. Indonesia has never been a completely secular country since its independence in 1945, but it has enshrined religious tolerance in its state ideology, known as Pancasila. But that tolerance was rather narrowly circumscribed, recognizing only six major religions — Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Confucianism — and, in practice, specific strains of each of those. (Shiite and Ahmadiyya Muslims, for instance, have longed faced discrimination as they are regarded as deviant strains of the majority Sunni Islam.) The 2006 Population Administration Law redoubled the pressure to conform to these orthodoxies by requiring Indonesians to declare themselves as one of those six faiths in order to get an ID card, which is a gateway to social services, education, marriage registration, and burial of family members. That marginalized the 400,000 followers of native faiths, like indigenous peoples who practice strains of animism and practitioners of regional folk religions like Javanese kejawen and Sundanese Wiwitan. The new ruling came about after a 2016 lawsuit issued by four representatives of indigenous faiths from different islands, who asked the court to review the Civil Administration Law. It is being hailed as a positive development for religious tolerance in Indonesia, which has suffered of late from the rise of aggression against minorities and from the sectarian 2017 Jakarta election, where the Christian incumbent governor was accused of and jailed for blasphemy..." #humanrights #Indigenous #culture #spirituality #indonesia #jakarta #java #bali #awareness #wayoflife #identity #sydney #uk #toronto #vancouver #newyork #religion #portland #government #freedom #corruption #malaysia #indonesian
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"Everyone from medical professionals to strangers tell pregnant people what they should and shouldn’t be doing with their bodies. Throughout my two pregnancies, OB-GYNs, nurses, family, and friends often used phrases like “you can’t,” “you’re not allowed to,” and “we’ll let you” when discussing my body. Unfortunately, this is standard practice in U.S. medicine, which supports a disease-based, doctor-centered, patriarchal model of care (as opposed to patient-based care, which emphasizes collaboration, understanding, and choices). Policies and protocols are set up to avoid liability. While in labor with my first child in 2015, I was told I couldn’t move around or go to the bathroom on my own, switch positions without assistance, or eat anything besides ice chips. At my second child’s birth, a nurse repeatedly told me not to scream, which I did naturally to cope with the pain. Between the contractions and labored breathing, it took me a while to protest. And when I finally did speak up, it wasn’t particularly assertive—“It’s all right, I can scream”—but it did get the nurse to stop. The language we use directly reflects the way we treat each other. The differences between my two births were largely due to the team of caregivers I assembled, all of whom practiced some form of respectful maternity care. The language used during my second birth was also much more respectful, with far less occurrences of restrictive verbiage. Each person is the only one who gets to make decisions about their body..." #humanrights #awareness #pregnant #pregnancy #maternalrights #womensrights #childbirth #birthmatters #choice #midwife #doula #support #mentalhealth #newyork #toronto #seattle #portland #chicago #consent #decolonize #ptsd #depression #uk #sydney #csection
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"Uncaring or dismissive attitudes from midwives have been blamed for new mothers developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Even women with medically normal births can get PTSD if they feel midwives do not care, research found. The anxiety disorder is triggered when stress caused by a traumatic event – such as a near-death experience or witnessing violence – does not subside over time. It can cause panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia and social isolation. Nearly one in 20 mothers develop full PTSD after childbirth. Many of these cases could be prevented with better communication and support, experts said. Women with the condition interviewed by researchers said they had felt 'abandoned, humiliated, ignored, dismissed or violated' by midwives, whom they often perceived as 'hostile' or 'incompetent'. A study by Edinburgh Napier University found women's perception of their care was a much more significant factor in whether or not they developed PTSD than how physically difficult their labour was. Lead researcher Jennifer Patterson said: 'Women talk about feeling unsafe and a lack of trust in their provider of care, a lack of respect and a lack of communication. Improving women's perceptions of [their interaction with midwives] may reduce the risk of them developing PTSD.' The research was based on an analysis of papers from 1980 to 2016, and intensive interviews with mothers and midwives..." #humanrights #maternalrights #childbirth #mid#midwifery #midwife #birthmatters #ptsd #stress #support #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #motherhood #postpartum #awareness #womensrights #medicine #pregnant #pregnancy #newyork #toronto #portland #missouri
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"Mouse brains exposed to inflammation in the womb become more susceptible to a second challenge, researchers reported today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meetingin Washington D.C. When briefly deprived of oxygen, mice exposed to maternal inflammation show higher immune activation and suffer greater brain damage than their unexposed peers. Studies in people suggest that infections during pregnancy boost autism risk in the child by as much as 37 percent. Mice exposed to inflammation in the womb show autism-like features, such as social deficits and structural changes in the brain. However, only a small fraction of children exposed to inflammation in utero are diagnosed with autism. The findings suggest that a second hit can determine which children exposed to maternal inflammation in utero go on to have autism, says Hong-Ru Chen, a postdoctoral fellow in Alex Kuan’s lab at Emory University in Atlanta, who presented the findings. Pups exposed to inflammation in the womb show several markers of inflammation, including clusters of activated microglia, brain cells that are part of the immune system. They also have elevated levels of inflammatory molecules such as interleukins 6 and 17, both of which are implicated in autism. When the pups were 10 days old, the researchers exposed some of them to a second challenging condition: They briefly deprived the pups of oxygen, long enough that the brain cells went on alarm but before widespread cell death and extensive brain injury occurred..." #autism #autistic #autismawareness #immunesystem #pregnant #pregnancy #sick #fever #bra#brain #prenatal #vitamind #vaxism #humanrights #maternalrights #motherhood #newborn #infant #brain #awareness #health #newyork #uk #vancouver #vaccineinjury #toronto #washington
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"You might think dying during pregnancy or childbirth has gone the way of the horse and buggy, or disappeared with the invention of antibiotics. But a 5 On Your Side investigation uncovered a shocking health trend. The number of moms dying of pregnancy complications in the state of Missouri spiked dramatically in the past five years. A 5 On Your Side investigation found 26 women in this country die for every 100,000 live births. That's 700 to 900 moms every year. In Canada, the rate is 7 per 100,000. "The health of mothers and babies in a community really are kind of the canary in the coal mine to say how we're doing as a society,” said Dr. Carter. “And I think these numbers indicate we're not doing very well." The rate in Missouri is even more grim: 45.3 moms die in every 100,000 live births. Compare that to Illinois, where the rate is 16. If you look at the numbers in Missouri in the five-year period from 2011 to 2015, the overall number of women dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth was 334 percent higher in 2015, compared to five years ago. "One of my big concerns is that women come into pregnancy, especially low-income women, and they have medical conditions like diabetes that haven't been well managed because they don't have of insurance,” said Dr. Carter. "Who’s the most likely to die in pregnancy? African-American women, and women who live in rural areas,” said Dr. Carter. "I don't think that there's one thing that we can say this is the issue. I think it’s a perfect storm of things coming together."..." #awareness #humanrights #maternalrights #missouri #newyork #childbirth #pregnancy #poverty #race #africanamerican #chicago #portland #toronto #vancouver #death #healthcare #womensrights #midwifery #prenatal #gestationaldiabetes #preeclampsia #wealth #uk #america #doula
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"Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem. The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan in the 1950s, could cut deaths from bleeding by a third if given to women within three hours. In London this week, experts on the issue of what the medical community calls “post-partum haemorrhage” (PPH) met to highlight the trial’s findings and to discuss how to promote the use of the drug. PPH is the leading cause of maternal death globally. It kills about 100,000 women, mostly in low and middle income countries. Philanthropist Toyin Saraki, the founding president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and an ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, told the meeting that the risk of death in childbirth remains “painstakingly high” in sub-Saharan Africa. The trial findings show that if used within 3 hours, tranexamic acid reduced death due to bleeding by about a third. This means the lives of about one in three mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth could be saved. The trial findings also show that tranexamic acid reduced the need for urgent surgery to control bleeding (laparotomy) by more than a third and the trial found no increase in complications from the drug for either mothers or babies..." #humanrights #maternalrights #pregnant #pregnancy #awareness #postpartum #momtobe #health #healthybaby #healthymom #newyork #uk #nigeria #vancouver #toronto #portland #sydney #midwife #midwifery #blood #surgery #london #childbirth
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"Using a national sample of 8.2 million childbirth deliveries over 10 years, researchers analyzed the prevalence of common chronic conditions—including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and substance-abuse disorders. Although frequency of these conditions increased over time among every socio-economic group studied, the largest spikes occurred among women from rural and low income communities and among patients with deliveries funded by Medicaid. "Chronic conditions that increase the risk of adverse health outcomes for moms and their newborns are increasingly prevalent among childbearing women," says lead author Lindsay Admon, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist at Michigan Medicine and clinician-scholar at the University of Michigan's Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation. "Historically, the leading causes of maternal morbidityand mortality in the U.S. have been related to delivery, such as infection or hemorrhage. For the first time in our country, we are seeing complications from pre-existing conditions causing the most harm." Among the most concerning trends was the increase in substance-abuse disorders. Among all deliveries in 2005-06, substance abuse was identified in 13 per 1,000 hospitalizations, compared to 20 per 1,000 in 2013-14. For rural women, that rise was far more dramatic: It increased from 11 to 25 per 1,000 deliveries..." #humanrights #awareness #opiates #pregnant #gestationaldiabetes #preeclampsia #maternalrights #pregnancy #healthypregnancy #doula #midwife #momtobe #seattle #portland #newyork #michigan #chicago #losangeles #childbirth #toronto
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"For every 100,000 births in the US in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 17.3 mothers died, the highest maternal mortality rate of all industrialized countries—by several times over. But according to another, better estimate, calculated by a team at the Maryland Population Research Center, 23.5 women died per 100,000 live births that year. The reasons for the discrepancy can be traced back to years of woeful collection of data on maternal health in the US. And while most of the world has drastically reduced maternal mortality in the past three decades, the US is one of just a handful of countries where the problem worsened, and significantly. America didn’t always fare so poorly in maternal health. Like most other countries, after the end of World War II, the US saw maternal mortality drop—at least until the late 1980s, when the trend reversed. Historic data from the CDC shows the trend clearly: As most countries doubled-down on their efforts to curb maternal mortality, in a drive to meet a United Nations goal to cut maternal mortality by three quarters globally by 2015, the US began moving in the opposite direction. Maternal mortality fell dramatically around the world (30% according to conservative estimates, 45% per the official UN report) between 1990 and 2015, with most progress made after 2000. In the US, the ratio went up nearly 60% over the same period. It’s estimated that the spotty reporting that resulted missed up to half of all pregnancy-related deaths. Starting in 1991, some states began to introduce a “pregnancy checkbox” to their death certificates. In non-scientist terms, data-collection about maternal mortality is a shambles, a symptom of a health care system that has placed insufficient emphasis on maternal health..." #awareness #humanrights #maternalrights #pregnant #pregnancy #seattle #portland #newyork #miami #chicago #newjersey #boise #toronto #motherhood #momtobe #37weekspregnant #thirdtrimester #csection #doula #childbirth #midwife #usa #hea#healthybaby #health
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"The latest medical innovation to spring from Aled Edwards’s University of Toronto lab isn’t a new protein structure or potential drug target – it’s a business model. Thanks to advances in genomics research, it’s rapidly becoming apparent many illnesses can be splintered into ever smaller categories of disease, each affecting a relatively small number of people. Hence all the buzz about developing “personalized” medicines. There’s just one problem. With the average cost of developing a new drug at US$2.6 billion, it’s not profitable for most pharmaceutical companies to pursue treatments that can only be administered to a few thousand patients – unless, of course, they charge outrageous sums. “This is currently true for hundreds of diseases,” says Edwards, a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Medicine. “We need to reinvent how the business model works.” So Edwards is trying to do just that. With the help of business partner Owen Roberts, he’s launched an open source pharmaceutical company, M4K Pharma (Meds for Kids), which seeks cures for diseases deemed too rare – and therefore too risky – for conventional drug companies to pursue. M4K’s first target is diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. It’s a rare pediatric brain cancer affecting fewer than 100 children in Canada annually, and comes with a grim five-year survival rate of less than one per cent. How does it work? Operating as a virtual company, M4K plans to aggregate and organize public- and philanthropic-funded research already being done on rare illnesses at different post-secondary institutions around the world and guide it down the long and difficult path toward clinical trials..." #dipg #dipgawareness #chi#childhoodcancereness #childhoodcancer #awareness #bigpharma #humanrights #survival #medication #toronto #ontario #vancouver #newyork #seattle #portland #chicago #health #humanity #friday #november #rare #research #socialjustice
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"Purdue Pharma was sued Tuesday by New Haven over what the city called deceptive marketing, which it says has fueled the city’s epidemic of opioid abuse. The new allegations parallel those in lawsuits filed this year by state and local officials around the country arguing Stamford-based Purdue, which makes the top-selling prescription opioid OxyContin, and other pharmaceutical companies are largely responsible for the burgeoning number of deaths and escalating costs from the national opioid crisis. New Haven’s complaint also names as defendants the drug manufacturers Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Insys Therapeutics, as well as wholesale distributors including McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp. and Cardinal Health. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp on Tuesday said drug companies have been increasingly “pushing” the use of opioids. These painkillers can sometimes fall in the wrong hands after they’re no longer used by the person prescribed, like young people, Harp said. Harp said joining the lawsuit is about highlighting pushy tactics from manufacturers and holding them accountable for their involvement in the crisis affecting the state and country..." #awareness #bigpharma #humanrights #corruption #death #murder #wealth #newhaven #connecticut #addicted #addiction #newjersey #newyork #seattle #portland #chicago #vancouver #toronto #ontario #oxycontin #marketing #advertising
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"With more and more states going after pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis, New Jersey is getting in on the action. State Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Purdue Pharma Inc., maker of the widely known opioid OxyContin. The suit accuses the company of helping foster substance abuse through a "dangerously false" marketing campaign about the risks and benefits of the drugs. “When we point the finger of blame for the deadly epidemic that has killed thousands in New Jersey, Purdue is in the bulls eye of the target,” Porrino said in an email statement. New Jersey joins at least 10 others states suing drug companies including Purdue Pharma, Endo International Plc, and Johnson & Johnson’sJanssen Pharmaceuticals over sales of opioid painkillers. Dozens of cities and counties are also bringing suits while federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into Purdue Pharma." #awareness #newjersey #opiates #oxycontin #death #government #bigpharma #corruption #murder #newyork #vancouver #toronto #seattle #portland #newhaven #addicted #addiction #firstnations #crime #criminal #wealth #humanrights #pain #chicago
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