Daily Rounds: Texas Abortion Law Upheld; Pot Easier On Lungs; Aspirin's Heart Effects; Sex Addict's Resolve

Appellate Ruling Upholds Texas Abortion Law (The Wall Street Journal) - "The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a Texas law that requires women seeking an abortion to have a sonogram exam and to listen to a physician's detailed description of the fetus, including whether it has developed limbs or internal organs...The Fifth Circuit ruling clears the way for Texas to enforce the sonogram law, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement." (The Wall Street Journal)

Study: A joint may be easier on lungs than a cigarette (NPR) - "Smoking marijuana has just got to be bad for the lungs, since it's been made abundantly clear that cigarettes wreak havoc. Or so it would seem. But the record on marijuana and lung health has been confusing at best. The latest study is typical: It shows that pot smokers' lung function actually improves, at least if they're not smoking a lot." (NPR)

Will an aspirin prolong your life? It depends (Time) "It’s no wonder that in recent years, some health experts have been wondering whether everyone, whether or not they have heart troubles or headaches, should be taking low-dose aspirin as a preventive for some chronic illnesses. But the evidence doesn’t seem to support that idea, including a new review of nine clinical trials, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine." (Time)

A sex addict's cold turkey (BBC) - "This week sees the release of Steve McQueen's film Shame, which focuses on sex addiction, but what is it really like to be a sex addict? At the age of 27, comedian Jeff Leach has slept with more than 300 women and wants to confront his problem. I am a ladies' man and to be honest a pretty successful one, sometimes sleeping with women at a rate of more than 10 a week, but now I am on a mission to change. I want to see if I can handle a committed relationship. I need to find out where I have been going wrong." (BBC)

This program aired on January 11, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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