How Texas abortion law turned a pregnancy loss into a medical trauma : Shots

Elizabeth and James Weller at their home in Houston two months after losing their baby girl due to a premature rupture of membranes. Elizabeth could not receive the medical care she needed until several days later because of a Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks.

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Elizabeth and James Weller at their home in Houston two months after losing their baby girl due to a premature rupture of membranes. Elizabeth could not receive the medical care she needed until several days later because of a Texas law that banned abortion after six weeks.

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New, untested abortion bans have made doctors unsure about treating some pregnancy complications, which has led to life-threatening delays and trapped families in a limbo of grief and helplessness.

Elizabeth Weller never dreamed that her own hopes for a child would become ensnared in the web of Texas abortion law.

She and her husband began trying in late 2021. They had bought a house in Kingwood, a lakeside development in Houston. Elizabeth was in graduate school for political science, and James taught middle-school math.

The Wellers were pleasantly surprised when they got pregnant early in 2022.

In retrospect, Elizabeth says their initial joy felt a little naive: “If it was so easy for us to get pregnant, then to us it was almost like a sign that this pregnancy was going to be easy for us.”

Things did go fairly smooth at first. Seventeen weeks into the pregnancy, they learned they were expecting a girl. They also had an anatomy scan, which revealed no problems. Even if it had, the Wellers were determined to proceed.

“We skipped over the genetic testing offered in the first trimester,” Elizabeth says. “I was born with a physical disability. If she had any physical ailments, I would never abort her for that issue.”

Elizabeth thought of abortion rights in broad terms: “I have said throughout my life I believe that women should have the access to the right to an abortion. I personally would never get one.”

And at this particular point in her life, pregnant for the first time at age 26, it was still somewhat abstract: “I had not been put in a position to where I had to weigh the real nuances that went into this situation. I had not been put in the crossroads of this issue.”

But in early May, not long after the uneventful anatomy scan, the Wellers suddenly arrived at that crossroads. There they found themselves pinned down, clinically and emotionally, victims of a collision between standard obstetrical practice and the rigid new demands of Texas law.

It was May 10, 2022. Elizabeth was 18 weeks pregnant. She ate a healthy breakfast, went for a walk outside and came back home.

In the nursery upstairs, they had already stashed some baby clothes and new cans of paint. Down in the kitchen, images from recent scans and ultrasounds

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Wellness tech company in talks with Fda about machine that could have prompted injury, loss of life

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Health-related engineering corporation Avanos has issued a voluntary discipline correction for a very important hospital instrument that could have led to injury or even demise. 

Avanos at first explained to Fox Information Digital that the organization is in an “ongoing dialogue” with the Food items and Drug Administration (Food and drug administration) on the subject and “can not comment,” but afterwards added that “the Fda has not asked for that Avanos perform a solution recall, and we have no expectation that it will do so.”

The Cortrak 2 Enteral Obtain Procedure assists healthcare vendors fit feeding tubes safely and securely into a individual so they steer clear of distributing foodstuff into delicate places of the body. On the Avanos website, it advertises the Cortrak 2 process as “a time-preserving resolution that positive aspects nurses of all stages, dieticians, and GI and ICU medical doctors.” 

The company states that other methods can lead to “amplified pneumothorax danger, feeding delays, numerous x-rays and transports,” implying their technique avoids these difficulties with “actual-time spot information” and “on-display visualization” on tube placement with a lowered need to have for x-ray confirmation. 

But a recognize posted by the Canadian governing administration less than its “Recollects and safety alerts” web site advises medical practitioners that Avanos executed a voluntary subject correction for the Cortrak 2 thanks to “modifications to the labeling of the device.”

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“Reports of injuries and client deaths linked to misplacement of nasogastric feeding tubes though operating the unit for every labeled instructions for use (IFU) and supposed use have been gained,” the detect said. 

A copy of the industry correction see dated March 21, 2022 and obtained by Fox News Digital states that there have been studies of 60 accidents and 23 fatalities thanks to misplacement of the method. The discover implies that the hospital or person “confirm placement of the NG/NI tubes per institution protocol.” The Food and drug administration said in an on line see that the agency had acquired 51 health-related device reviews that involved 11 described fatalities right after pneumothorax – or a lung collapse – events transpired. 

The observe also points out that the company will retire the “Nameless Account Manner,” which, according to a British briefing recognize, logs the full placement online video quickly but does not file it. The alternative manner, “Accounts Method,” saves the videos to an external USB flash travel. 

Fox Information attained out to the Fda for comment.

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Avanos previously faced lawful concerns with the Department of Justice when it labeled its surgical robes as giving the highest amount of defense against fluid and virus penetration. Avanos agreed to a deferred prosecution settlement and to fork out $22 million, which covered sufferer payment and criminal penalties. 

Mark Gardner and Theo Thompson, lawyers who focus in MedTech & Pharma, instructed Fox

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Fitness May Matter More Than Weight Loss for Health and Longevity

Dec. 28, 2021 — Numbers are easier. That may be why a person’s weight — and the desire of millions of people to lose weight — is the first topic under discussion when it comes to health and longevity. Not long after you walk into your doctor’s exam room, for example, you’ll step on a scale. It’s usually the first measurement they take, ahead of vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate.

This makes sense. It’s a number, which means it’s easy to see if your weight has changed in either direction since the last time they weighed you.

But there’s an unintended result: You come away thinking that your weight is every bit as important as how well your heart and blood vessels are working, and that losing a few pounds will improve your health in tangible, long-lasting ways.

Yes, weight loss has proven health benefits. But should weight loss be the top priority for everyone classified as “overweight” or “obese” — a demographic that now includes three-quarters of all American adults?

“The weight loss message is not, and has not been, working,” says Glenn Gaesser, PhD, a professor of exercise science at Arizona State University.



He’s among a growing number of health experts who believe that weight loss may not be the most important benefit when it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle. That’s especially true if you compare it to the benefits of increasing your fitness level, as Gaesser and a co-author did in a recent study.

Intentional weight loss — that is, losing weight on purpose, rather than because of an injury or illness — is usually associated in studies with a lower risk of death from any cause. The effect is most powerful among those with obesity and/or type 2 diabetes.

But here’s an interesting wrinkle: The amount of weight lost doesn’t seem to change the risk of dying. If the weight itself is the problem, why wouldn’t those who lost the most get the biggest risk reduction?


Gaesser is skeptical that the health benefits of weight loss are entirely or even mainly caused by a lower number on the scale. Many clinical weight loss trials — studies in which people take part in a structured program — also include exercise and diet components.

Moving more and eating better are consistently and strongly linked to less risk of death from any cause. And “the health benefits of exercise and diet are largely independent of weight loss,” Gaesser says.

That’s especially true for exercise and living longer. Studies show that increasing physical activity lowers the risk of death from any cause by 15% to 50%, and the risk of heart disease by up to 40%.

The change is even more dramatic when you exercise with enough effort to improve your heart fitness. Moving from the lowest fitness category to a higher one can cut your mortality risk by

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