Boston Sports Clubs and Fitcorp to Merge
Plus: Electroshock therapy used on students; synthetic chemicals in everyday products are dangerous; and more health news.
Boston Sports Clubs (BSC) and¬†Fitcorp are merging.¬†BSC is¬†owned by¬†Town Sports International, a New York-based company that owns and operates 60 fitness clubs nationwide, including 25¬†in the Boston area. Fitcorp has¬†five locations in Boston. The deal will not go through for another four to eight weeks and no information regarding membership fees and changes is¬†available¬†at this time.
A Mass. school is still using electroshock therapy on students¬†and the Patrick administration wants it to end. The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton uses the¬†controversial¬†treatment to¬†control children and adults who have developmental dis¬≠orders or other special needs.¬†The state‚Äôs motion comes two months after federal health officials said they would stop paying for treatment at Rotenberg. [Globe]
Many products we use everyday are filled with synthetic chemicals¬†and¬†a United Nations-sponsored research team reported today that¬†these chemicals are a partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs may also be linked to a decline sperm count, female fertility, and to an increase in once-rare childhood cancers. Scary stuff. [NBC News]
About 5.8 million women have used the “morning after pill” which equals about 11 percent of sexually active U.S women between the ages of 15-44 years old according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The analysis was based on responses collected through in-person interviews with 12,279 women from 2006-2010.¬†The report shows that it is most common among women ages 20-24, who are college-educated, never married, and Hispanic and white. [USA Today]
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