Health Highlights: May 29, 201305/29/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Planned Parenthood Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will not step into Indiana's dispute with
Planned Parenthood. This means the state cannot deny Planned
Parenthood Medicaid funds on the basis that its medical services
include abortions. Medicaid is the joint federal-state health
insurance program for the poor.
The high court will not hear Indiana's appeal of a lower court
ruling that supported Planned Parenthood, the
Associated Pressreported. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled that the state exceeded its authority when it decided
to strip Planned Parenthood of the taxpayer funding.
The Supreme Court justices did not comment on their decision,
More than a dozen states have sought legislation to prevent
organizations that provide abortions from receiving public money,
the news service said.
Death Toll From SARS-like Virus Reaches 27: WHO
Forty-nine people are known to have been infected with a new
SARS-like virus, and 27 of those patients have died, the World
Health Organization (WHO) reported Wednesday.
The latest deaths occurred in Saudi Arabia, where three people
in that country's eastern environs died from their infection with
what is now known as Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus
(MERS-CoV), according to
The virus "is not a problem that any single affected country can
keep to itself or manage all by itself," WHO general director
Margaret Chan said in closing remarks this week at the 66th World
Assembly in Geneva.
On Tuesday, a man died in France after having caught the virus
during a trip to the Middle East, the WHO reported. That was the
first reported death from the virus in that country. The man's
hospital roommate has also tested positive for the virus, according
The WHO is calling for the world to join forces to study the
virus, Chan said, because experts do not yet understand how it
spreads, making efforts to control its spread difficult. This
latest coronavirus is related to SARS, a virus that killed about
800 people back in 2003.
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