The Food and Drug Administration took a “big tent” approach earlier this month when it approved two new forms of birth control that prevent pregnancy in very different ways. Women’s health advocates applauded the availability of a new vaginal ring that could be used for up to a year. But some questioned the approval of a mobile phone app that helps women avoid pregnancy by tracking their body temperature and menstrual cycle, a type of contraception called “fertility awareness.” Critics pointed to reports that three dozen women in Sweden got pregnant despite monitoring their cycle with the app. They also fear that the FDA approval of the app may encourage patients to think that fertility awareness methods, which include a range of practices to track ovulation, and avoid unprotected sex during that time, are just as good at preventing pregnancy as some highly effective types of birth control, like the intrauterine device, or IUD. While “natural” … [Read more...] about Biorhythms And Birth Control: FDA Stirs Debate By Approving ‘Natural’ App
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THE General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on Friday, is the biggest shakeup of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet. It is aimed at curbing US tech giants like Facebook - but sole traders such as plumbing and window cleaners could face crippling fines if they fall foul of the law. Here's what you need to know. What is GDPR and when does it take effect? The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of EU legislation passed by the European Parliament in 2016. It is enforceable in all EU countries from May 25, 2018. Punishing fines for data misuse and breaches can reach £18million or 4 per cent of global annual turnover, whichever is higher. The GDPR aims to make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person's consent. Data includes things like a person's name, email address and phone number, and also … [Read more...] about When is the GDPR deadline in 2018, what’s the compliance checklist and will it still apply in the UK after Brexit?
0 View Comments Support for and opposition to a renewed operating permit for Colorado Springs Utilities' coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant will be heard Monday by the state Air Quality Control Commission. The overdue permit would cement clean-air rules and regulations that apply to the plant, said Roland Hea, permitting section supervisor for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Put another way, the permit sets the plant's pollution parameters, said Thomas Young, a spokesman for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. "It allows the plant to pollute within a certain set of restrictions," said Young. "So it doesn't over-pollute." Drake's last operating permit was issued in 2002 and expired in 2007. The plant since had its permit extended by the CDPHE, said Utilities spokeswoman Amy Trinidad, while complying with new state regulations and limits. But the plant's adherence to federal standards remains in question. The … [Read more...] about State Air Quality Control Commission to hear public comments on Martin Drake’s operating permit
Nice, a city known for its beaches and elegant Mediterranean allure has just acquired another less desirable accolade as the town in France with the worst air quality,according to a new study that measured air quality in towns over the period of the last year. Over the past twelve months, the quality of the air in the Riviera resort of Nice was "mediocre or bad" for 67 days - that’s over two months of the year - according to a ranking of air quality in 100 French cities drawn up by L’Express. It explains that the high pollution levels are down to a number of local factors: the city is built on a narrow densely-populated coastal strip which has a lot of traffic and long sunny spells. After Nice, France’s most polluted cities are Avignon (60 days), Marseille (57 days) and Aix-en-Provence (54 days), all in the country’s south. “These pollution peaks are due to high amounts of ozone gas because of the sun, or due to higher pollutants released by industrial … [Read more...] about The towns in France with ‘best and the worst’ air quality
Published 11:01 am, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Breathe easier: 7 ways to improve your home's indoor air quality 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - More than 6 million American children — nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. — have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send more than a million people to emergency rooms, including approximately 24,000 children younger than 15, the CDC reports. Yet health experts agree many of those asthma attacks could be avoided through a range of tactics, including by improving air quality inside homes. “Most people can control their asthma and live symptom-free,” the CDC reports. Knowing how to reduce or eliminate exposure to allergens and irritants inside the home could help people avoid at least some asthma attacks. Asthma and kids More than 47 percent of all asthma attacks occur in … [Read more...] about Breathe easier: 7 ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality