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Free-range eggs are making a comeback after restrictions are eased



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Free-range eggs will be back on the shelves within a few days as restrictions on the flow of birds across much of the UK ease on Tuesday.

The move was approved on animal welfare grounds, but experts say the H5N1 virus is still circulating, posing an ongoing risk to wild birds.

The RSPB fears a repeat of last year’s “catastrophic” damage to breeding colonies during the world’s largest outbreak of avian influenza.

The government said wild birds faced a “significant threat” from the virus.

The lifting of restrictions means that eggs laid by hens with access to open areas can again be sold as “free-range” eggs.

“This is good news for birds kept at home during the winter months and for consumers who want to be able to buy free-range eggs,” said Robert Gooch, CEO of the British Free-Range Egg Breeders Association.

“But some farmers are feeling uneasy, given that bird flu is still present in wild birds.”

He added that over the past 12 months, free-range egg prices have risen due to egg shortages, partly caused by bird flu, but mostly due to farmers leaving due to low retail prices.

Weakening occurs when seabirds return en masse to the UK coast to nest.

“The problem has certainly not gone away for wild birds,” RSPB director of advocacy and policy Jeff Knott told BBC News.

“Very often overlooked is the impact on wild birds, which is incredibly serious.

Last year saw the largest outbreak of bird flu in the UK and the world.

The world-famous Bass Rock gannet colony has been hit hard by bird flu.

The H5N1 virus has killed thousands of seabirds. Dozens of different species of wild birds have been affected, including golden eagles, buzzards, herring gulls and boobies.

Mammals have also become infected, including otters, foxes, seals and dolphins.

In the meantime, hundreds of outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and four million farm birds have been slaughtered.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, free range poultry has been ordered to be imported to avoid bird contact with wild birds.

In Scotland, the placement order was never implemented after the country’s chief veterinarian said the evidence did not justify such a move.

Free range chicken coming out of the coop

Free range eggs will return to stores

The threat of the virus is now considered low enough to allow free-range and captive poultry to be kept outside the UK, except in small areas of England and Wales where protection zones remain.

Farmers will have to adhere to strict biosecurity measures and keep birds away from lands where wild birds congregate.

James Wood, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge, welcomed the move.

“Where the risk has been greatly reduced due to the fact that the epidemic in wild birds has decreased significantly in recent weeks, it seems to me very reasonable to loosen the rules of detention so that the birds can go outside and be free-range again and display their normal behavior in parallel. with a significant improvement in well-being,” he told BBC News.

National Trust Rangers

National Trust rangers inspect a seabird colony in the Farne Islands.

But the risk to wild birds is far from over.

Just last week, conservationists warned that the H5N1 virus could threaten the survival of some bird species in Scotland.

A report found that thousands of migratory barnacle goose have been killed since 2012, and the virus remains a problem in wild birds.

According to Geoff Knott, it was the waiting of the game to see if the disease would cause massive deaths again or if the birds would develop immunity and be protected.

“We are waiting with bated breath to see if there will be a repeat of last year’s death or not,” he said. “We worry.”

A spokesman for the Department of the Environment (Defra) said the current outbreak “poses a serious threat to UK wild bird populations”.

They said £1.5 million has been invested in a research project to understand how the disease behaves in wild and kept birds and the outbreak will continue to be under the radar.

Members of the public who come across dead wild birds are asked not to touch them, but to report them to the authorities.

Follow Helen on Twitter @hbriggs.

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The decision of the Federal Court of Appeals again changed the situation with abortion in the United States



A federal appeals court left the abortion pill available, clearing up the abortion situation in the US but not resolving it. A court decision late Wednesday preserved but narrowed access to abortion pills in the US. This was an important development in a rapidly changing landscape. on the move since Junewhen the Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to abortion.


Most abortions in the US are done with combination of two drugs. Anti-abortion groups have tried to limit access to one of them, mifepristone.

The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held that the FDA’s original approval of mifepristone in 2000 must remain in effect, overturning the district court’s ruling less than a week earlier. Without Wednesday’s decision, the drug would not be available, at least in some places, starting on Saturday.

The 2-1 decision came with one snag: the judges delayed the regulator’s 2016 decision to relax some prescription and dispensing rules. The decision means that the drug can only be used in the first seven weeks of pregnancy, not 10, and it cannot be distributed by mail to a person who does not first see a doctor.


Either party can appeal Wednesday’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, what this means is not entirely clear.

The latest decision comes in response to a statement by an Amarillo, Texas judge last week, who ruled that mifepristone should not be available while his statement is being reconsidered. The same day, another federal judge in Spokane, Washington, ruled in favor of the 17 Democratic-led state attorneys general who sued trying to keep it on the market.

States: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The US Department of Justice has asked a Washington court to clarify its decision. It’s also unclear what the 5th Circuit’s decision means for him.

Meanwhile, some Democratic-controlled states stocks of abortion pills, while Wyoming last month became the first state outright ban abortion drugs.


In the US, lawyers have sued dozens of abortion laws.

In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court blocked a law banning abortion when a heart is detected, which occurs after about six weeks of pregnancy and often before women know they are pregnant. Officials in the Republican-dominated state are pushing for the decision to be reversed.

On Tuesday, the matter was taken to the state Supreme Court, where all seven justices are GOP appointees. A decision is expected this summer.

Also on Tuesday, a Montana judge denied a request by Planned Parenthood of Montana to preventively block legislation banning dilation and evacuation abortions, which are most commonly used in the second trimester of pregnancy. Opponents said they wanted to act quickly because the law would take effect immediately if the governor retracted it. Greg Gianforte signs. Gianforte had previously approved other abortion restrictions.


Nebraska legislators on Wednesday introduced a bill to ban abortion as soon as cardiac activity is detected.

In February, the South Carolina Senate passed such a ban. That same month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would apply throughout pregnancy. The two chambers have yet to agree on which version to send to the governor.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination next year, supported ending access to abortion sooner than the 15-week deadline currently in effect there. He will now have a chance to sign the law after the State House approved the ban on Thursday after six weeks of pregnancy. He’s already passed the Senate.

Most Democratic-controlled states have passed laws, issued executive orders—or both—to protect access to abortion. After passing by the Senate on Monday, both houses of the Washington state legislature passed it, but it has yet to be signed by the governor.


Abortion has already been effectively banned at all stages of pregnancy in 13 states, and when a heart activity is detected, in one.

Courts have blocked pregnancy bans in five more states and one state of Georgia, which bans abortion when a heart activity is detected.

Republicans in many places are pushing for even tougher policies.

This month the governor of Idaho. Brad Little signed the law make it a crime for an adult to help a minor have an abortion without parental consent.

This month, the Iowa Attorney General took it a step further by announcing that her office stop paying for emergency contraception and abortions for victims of sexual assault while he studies politics.

Abortion bans have a big impact on where women go to have their pregnancies terminated.

Report published this week The Planned Parenthood Society found that the number of monthly abortions in states that ban them throughout pregnancy has fallen to zero or near zero, and abortions in medical facilities have generally declined.

But a significant increase in the number of abortions has occurred in states that have retained the legality of abortion and are close to and easily accessible to the states with the most severe restrictions.

States with large increases include Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina.

In some other states that have taken the boldest steps to maintain access to abortion, the number of granted abortions has increased relatively modestly.

The survey does not measure the number of self-abortions, for example, with pills that were not prescribed to the user.

Mulvihill reported from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Associated Press reporter Margery Beck in Omaha, Nebraska; Amy Beth Hanson of Helena, Montana; Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Florida; Scott McPhetridge of Des Moines, Iowa; and James Pollard of Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.

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How long COVID has turned the lives of one California couple



On a Monday morning in Irvine, Courtney Garvin eats her breakfast in bed prepared by her partner before leaving for work.

She finishes and heads to the bathroom. She sits down to brush her teeth and wash her face.

From there, she takes her longest walk of the day: 25 steps to her unused office, where she gets into bed and starts knitting and petting her cat.

At lunchtime, she rides a lift—a motorized chair attached to a ladder—to the kitchen to eat lunch prepared by her partner, Connor Mayer. She puts the food in the microwave and sits down again.

Courtney Garvin, riding the stair lift from her upstairs room, gets help from partner Connor Meyer for basic household chores. Meyer gets his wheelchair ready to go out into the fresh air.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

Garvin, 37, contracted COVID-19 three years ago and now long COVIDa condition reported by approximately 15% of California adults, according to data compiled by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She and Mayer say their world has shrunk. She can no longer work.

“I didn’t expect to be in this situation for another 50 or 60 years where I lose so many functions and need constant care. Chronic illness takes away so many of life’s joys, both big and small,” Garvin wrote in an email. (Due to debilitating fatigue, some of Garvin’s interviews were conducted via email or Mayer spoke on his behalf.)

Mayer’s life has also completely changed.

Connor Mayer pushes his partner Courtney Garvin in a wheelchair as they go outside for some fresh air.

Connor Mayer pushes his partner Courtney Garvin in a wheelchair as they go outside for some fresh air.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

In the morning when he works, he wakes up, makes coffee and goes for a run. He then makes her oatmeal and tea for breakfast, leaving them in thermoses to keep warm. He also prepares lunch and a cocktail for her. After making sure she has what she needs, he rides his bike to work. After 5:30 pm, he washes the dishes and prepares dinner.

She walks about 150 steps a day and takes a short walk around the neighborhood, she says, with Mayer pushing her in her wheelchair.

Garvin and Mayer said they shared their story in hopes of helping others understand the impact this disease has had on their lives.

“I don’t think anyone expects anything like this to happen to them, but here we are,” Mayer wrote in an email. “When we became ill with COVID in March 2020, we had no idea about the long-term risks associated with it. This sudden loss of independence was hard on both of us.”

A look at the medication Courtney Garvin is taking during her long fight against COVID.

A look at the medication Courtney Garvin is taking during her long fight against COVID.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

Prolonged COVID is a broad term used to describe multiple symptoms that can last weeks or longer after initial infection with COVID-19. These include circulation problems, shortness of breath, neurological problems, gastrointestinal problems, and fatigue, among others. The severity of symptoms and their impact on people’s daily lives can vary greatly.

Some people see symptoms improve over time while others get better and then some symptoms return.

V The CDC provided $25 million. continue to study the long COVID, and groups such as Patient-led collaborative research are working on research into the long-term effects of COVID-19.

While much of the population has begun to shake off the pandemic, people like Garvin are forced to deal with a complex medical system and a condition for which there are no known cures. Navigation in medicine, finance, mental and the physical problem of this disease is challenging.

Prior to falling ill in March 2020, Garvin worked as a storyboard artist and touring musician with Courtney, while Mayer was in graduate school. Mayer is now assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Irvine. When he is not working, he constantly grooms Garvin and limits his social interactions to avoid reinfecting her.

Courtney Garvin used to play in several bands, but until she recovers from long COVID.

Courtney Garvin used to play in several bands, but until she recovers from long COVID.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

Garvin stopped working in the fall of 2020 when fatigue, migraines and shortness of breath made it difficult for her to walk more than a few steps and speak more than a few words.

She became disabled and began seeing doctors, many of whom ignored her symptoms as her health continued to deteriorate. In the summer of 2021, she moved to Irvine where she was diagnosed with long-term COVID.

“The consistency of the experience of going to doctor after doctor, seeking help, distrust and indulgence really surprises me,” Garvin said. “This points to a major systemic problem in our culture when we view chronic illness as a moral failing.”

In addition to mental and physical issues, Garvin noted that infrastructure issues, such as a lack of wheelchair racks and a lack of automatic doors in doctors’ offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles, made her feel invisible.

Courtney Garvin first contracted COVID in March 2020.

Courtney Garvin first contracted COVID in March 2020.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

The couple live in a townhouse provided by the University of California, Irvine, which is considered compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the stairs in the house create difficulties for Garvin. After several phone calls to the housing authority, letters from doctors and insurance companies, the couple installed a stairlift, but paid for it out of their own pocket.

Garvin and Mayer spent about $62,000 on medical expenses, including compression stockings ($450), a stair lift ($2,750), support groups ($860), and co-payments ($3,300). They also spent countless hours in waiting rooms, waiting for doctors, and handling insurance and disability paperwork.

Post-viral diseases such as prolonged COVID, Not newbut some doctors in California are treating the long-standing COVID as a new phenomenon.

“It’s grim to think about how many lives could be changed for the worse because we didn’t understand the long-term consequences well enough to consider when considering preventative safety measures,” Mayer said.

Courtney Garvin takes a break as she walks down the stairs from her room upstairs.

Courtney Garvin takes a break walking down the stairs from her room upstairs while her partner Connor Meyer gets ready to help her with basic household chores.

(Allen J. Cockroaches/Los Angeles Times)

Dr. William W. Stringer, a pulmonologist and critical care physician who started a post-COVID program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, is trying to better understand these long-term effects.

“I think there are a lot of people that specialists and doctors don’t recognize,” said Stringer, who has treated patients with some of the most severe long-term symptoms of COVID. “It’s also a huge financial issue, between the lack of social work and help with food and doctor visits.”

Mayer said he was disappointed that a serious health issue has low public awareness and sympathy. Near the end of the interview, Garvin said she was tired and asked Mayer to speak on her behalf.

“Strength is what I lack right now,” she said. “I’m completely exhausted.”

How long have you had COVID in California?

The Los Angeles Times is working on a series of articles to understand the experience of long-term COVID-19 patients and their caregivers. You can contact The Times here.

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SpaceX cancels first giant rocket launch attempt in Texas



SOUTH Padre Island, Texas (AP) — SpaceX canceled the first attempt to launch its giant rocket on Monday after there was a problem during refueling.

Elon Musk’s company planned to launch a nearly 400-foot Starship rocket from the southern tip of Texas, near the Mexican border.

The test flight was canceled with just over eight minutes left on the countdown due to a stuck valve needed to pressurize the first stage booster. The launch controllers were unable to fix the frozen valve in time, but for practice they lowered the clock to the 40-second mark before stopping the countdown.

There were no people or satellites on board. There won’t be another attempt until at least Thursday.

“Learned a lot today,” Musk tweeted after the flight was delayed.

The company plans to use Starship to send people and cargo to the Moon and eventually Mars.

On the eve of the launch attempt, campers, SUVs, and even bicycles and horses filled the only road leading to the launch pad, where the stainless steel rocket towered over flat brush and prairie. Enthusiasts posed in front of the giant Starbase letters at the entrance to the SpaceX complex and in front of the rocket two miles down the road, which ended at a beach in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Monday, spectators were banned from the area and instead filled a beach about six miles from South Padre Island.

Ernesto and Maria Carreon drove two hours from Mission, Texas with their two daughters, ages 5 and 7, to watch.

“I felt sad. They became sad,” Maria Carreon said when the launch attempt was cancelled.

They can’t come back for another try, but plan to have some fun on the beach on Monday.

Michelle Vankampenhout, who is on vacation in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said she would return.

“Seeing this is a unique experience,” she said.


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