Daily Rounds: DES Daughters Face Health Woes; Ethics Probe Request For Clarence Thomas; Life Is Short

Women Exposed To Hormone In Utero Face Lifelong Health Problems : Shots – Health Blog : NPR (npr.org) “Perhaps the most significant new finding is the very high incidence of reproductive problems among DES daughters who had higher exposures to the hormone.Two out of three had preemies. Nearly 60 percent had spontaneous abortions. Forty-one percent were infertile. One in four had ectopic pregnancies or suffered preeclampsia. And nearly one in five lost a fetus during the second trimester.” (npr.org)

Democrats Ramp Up Calls For Ethics Probe Of Clarence Thomas In his letters, Thomas lists all of his wife's former employers and the years that she worked for each one. Most notably, her past employers included The Heritage Foundation, where she made hundreds of thousands of dollars between 2003 to 2007 alone. Democrats have noted that The Heritage Foundation was a major opponent of the Affordable Care Act, an issue the Supreme Court is expected to rule on by next summer, and have suggested Thomas may need to recuse himself from related cases that come before the court given his wife's activities. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told The Huffington Post that Thomas' errors were "inadvertent" and that he, like other justices, isn't required to report how much money his wife makes, only where she makes it. (Huffington Post)

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies At 56 (The New York Times)“A friend of the family said that Mr. Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer, with which he waged a long and public struggle, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment. He continued to introduce new products for a global market in his trademark blue jeans even as he grew gaunt and frail.He underwent surgery in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August…”

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