Morning-After Pill For All Ages Approved In US
A United States federal judge ruled Friday that the US government has to make the morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages. Sixteen years of age and younger currently require a prescription to gain access to the pill.
The ruling of this politically controversial subject comes after a fight that spans a decade over who should have access to the pill. The judge ordered that, within a month, the Food and Drug Administration must make the morning-after pill accessible to girls of all ages.
This ruling reverses a decision made by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in 2011 that barred over-the-counter sales of the controversial pill to girls under the age of 17.
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood hailed the ruling as "a significant and long-overdue step forward for women's health that will benefit women of all ages."
In 2012, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggested in order to lower the high unintended pregnancy rate in the US that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter without a prescription. The morning-after pill can work up to 72 hours after intercourse and should not be confused with abortion pills as it does not work after implantation.
Scientists, including those at the FDA, have pushed for unrestricted access to the morning-after pill for years, along with significant medical groups, like the American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. They argue that the limitations effectively keep adolescents and young teenagers from being able to use a safe drug in a timely way to prevent pregnancy, which carries greater safety risks than the morning-after pill.
Dr Cora Collette Breuner, Pediatrician and Professor of adolescent medicine said the American Academy of Pediatrics considers the ruling as a triumph of science over politics. "Finally, my children and their children will have access to a product they did not have before," she said.
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- Judge OKs 'morning-after pill' for girls of all ages
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”