Daily Digest: Komen reinstates Planned Parenthood funding, Minnesotans high-risk for Lyme disease

Jill Jensen

Here’s your Daily Digest for Friday, Feb. 3:

Komen reverses decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood

After a week of backlash sparked by the decision of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to halt funding to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer charity reinstated funding Thursday night, according to Reuters.

Critics said the charity bowed to political pressure from anti-abortion groups to stop its annual funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and birth control services in addition to breast cancer screenings for low-income women.

Reuters reported that Komen’s annual grants to the organization funded about 170,000 clinical breast exams in the past five years. Komen said it would in the future “ensure that politics has no place in our grant process.”

Minnesota high risk for Lyme disease

Northern Minnesota is one of several areas pinpointed on a map created by researchers of the places which have the highest risk of its residents contracting Lyme disease, according to the Associated Press.

The study, which will be published in February’s issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, highlighted the East coast, Wisconsin and northern Minnesota as the most high-risk states for Lyme disease, the AP reported.

Those states had had the highest number of deer ticks that carry the infection. Of the 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2010, more than 90 percent were in 12 states, including Minnesota, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press