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Consumer News: Court: States cannot block Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood

PhotoThe U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases challenging state limits on stripping funding from Planned Parenthood.

The High Court upheld lower court rulings that prevented states from depriving Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funds when they provide services to low income consumers. In recent years several states have implemented those bans.

“We are pleased that lower court rulings protecting patients remain in place,” said Dr. Leana Wen, director of Planned Parenthood. “Every person has a fundamental right to health care, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn.”

If the decision had gone the other way, Planned Parenthood said clinics serving a low income population would have to double their capacity to serve everyone.

Interestingly, Justice Brett Kavanagh, who survived a bruising confirmation battle in the fall when liberal Democrats fiercely opposed his nomination, cast the deciding vote to protect Planned Parenthood funding.

Abortion in the background

While the case was not specifically about abortion Planned Parenthood has long been associated with the issue since that is one of the services it provides to women on Medicaid.

Several states cut off Medicaid funding to the group after an anti-abortion group released hidden camera videos in 2015 that appeared to show Planned Parenthood executives talking about selling fetal tissue.

When Kansas and Louisiana took action to block Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood Medicaid recipients in those states joined a lawsuit that claimed the action was unlawful. The suit claimed the states were in violation of Medicaid requirements that allow  patients to seek healthcare “from any qualified and willing provider.”

When a lower court found in favor of the patients and ordered the states to fund the organization the states appealed to the Supreme Court. By declining to hear the case, the High Court leaves the lower court decision in tact.

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Consumer News: Amboy Group recalls chicken breasts

PhotoAmboy Group of Woodbridge, N.J., is recalling an undetermined amount of raw boneless and skinless chicken breasts.

The products may contain milk, egg and soy, allergens not declared on the label.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions.

The following raw boneless and skinless poultry items, produced from December 5, 2016, through December 5, 2018, are being recalled:

  • 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Italian Style Panko Breaded.”
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Sundried Tomato Panko Breaded.”
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Parmesan Panko Breaded.”
  • 16-oz. plastic trays of “Shop Rite Ready To Cook BONELESS & SKINLESS Chicken Breast Mustard Panko Breaded.”

The recalled products, bearing establishment number “EST. P-33789” inside the USDA mark of inspection, were shipped to retail locations in New Jersey.

What to do

Customers who purchased the recalled products should not consume them, but discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Logan McNamara at (732) 682-8329.

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Consumer News: Volkswagen recalls previously repaired Audi Q7s and Q5s

PhotoVolkswagen Group of America is recalling 5,987 model year 2007-2012 Audi Q7s and model year 2009-2012 Audi Q5s.

These vehicles were previously repaired with an interim repair of installing butyl tape to the fuel pump flange, until replacement remedy parts became available.

The butyl tape may not prevent fuel from leaking. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

What to do

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump flange and install butyl tape, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin December 31, 2018.

Owners may contact Audi customer service at (800)-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20BJ.

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Consumer News: Women at increased risk for breast cancer for up to 20 years after childbirth

PhotoPregnancy comes with several health risks, both for mothers and their babies. Though nine months of pregnancy come with countless doctor’s appointments and a keen sense of attention to women’s bodies and overall health, research has shown why that shouldn’t stop after the baby is born.

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health found that women could be at risk for developing breast cancer for up to 20 years after childbirth.

“What we saw was this pattern where risk was highest about five years after birth, and then it gradually declined as time went on,” lead researcher Dr. Hazel Nichols told CNN.

Women at risk

The researchers collected data from 15 cohort studies to explore the likelihood of women developing breast cancer post-childbirth. All of the women involved in the study were under the age of 55, and those who had given birth were compared with those of the same age who had not.

For the women who had experienced childbirth, their risk for developing breast cancer was higher than for those who hadn’t. The researchers found that the risk could last for up to 24 years post-birth, but it was at its highest level five years following childbirth.

The risk of developing breast cancer was highest for women who had the disease in their family lines, in addition to women who had children later in life. However, a mother’s decision to breastfeed didn’t affect their risk of developing breast cancer.

The researchers are hopeful that the findings from this study will urge healthcare providers to make the most informed choices for their patients and promote preventive breast cancer measures.

Other breast cancer risks

With nearly one in eight women in the United States at risk of developing invasive breast cancer, it’s important that consumers know some preventive measures associated with the disease.

Last year, researchers found that women that took just 81mg of aspirin on a regular basis were less likely to develop breast cancer. However, that wasn’t the case for women that took a different painkiller or a higher dosage.

The researchers explain that aspirin can work as an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the amount of estrogen in the blood and can therefore help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

“We did not by and large find associations with the other pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen,” said Dr. Christina A. Clarke. “We also did not find associations with regular aspirin since this type of medication is taken sporadically for headaches or other pain, and not daily for prevention of cardiovascular disease.”

Researchers also found that for postmenopausal women, losing weight was effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer.

While gaining weight wasn’t found to be a direct link to breast cancer, the study participants that gained weight were over 50 percent more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer -- a strain of the illness that doesn’t respond to traditional hormonal therapy. Conversely, those who lost weight over the course of the study were just 12 percent likely to develop breast cancer.

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Consumer News: Skip Hop recalls convertible high chairs

PhotoSkip Hop of New York is recalling about 41,000 Tuo convertible high chairs sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The legs on the highchair can detach from the seat, posing fall and injury hazards to children.

The firm has received 17 reports of the legs of the high chairs detaching. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Skip Hop’s Tuo convertible high chairs with charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric.

They have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, 5-point harness, beechwood footrest and legs. The high chairs can be converted into a toddler chair.

One of the following style numbers and corresponding date code can be found on the back of the chair:

Style Number

Date Codes

304200

(charcoal gray)

HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092717, HH030518, HH05182018, HH05312018

304201

(silver/white with clouds)

HH092917,  HH010518

The high chairs, manufactured in China, were sold at Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Kohls, Dillards and other children specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Skiphop.com from June 2017, through December 2018, for about $160.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled high chairs and contact Skip Hop for a full refund or an e gift card of equal value.

Consumers may contact Skip Hop toll-free at (888) 282-4674 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or online at www.skiphop.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Consumer News: Honda recalls model year 2019 Honda Ridgelines and Pilots

PhotoAmerican Honda Motor Co. is recalling 403 model year 2019 Honda Ridgelines and Pilots.

The mounting holes for the clip that secures the right center pillar trim panel may be larger than intended.

In the event of a crash necessitating right side curtain air bag deployment, the clip may not hold the center pillar trim panel in position and it may potentially interfere with the curtain air bag deployment.

If the curtain air bag does not deploy as intended, it can increase the risk of injury.

What to do

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket on the right center pillar that will securely hold the center pillar trim clip, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019.

Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is D3D.

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