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By Defining Sex, Some States Denying Transgender People Legal Recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and snide comments whenever he has to hand over his driver's license, which still identifies him as female. They've come from... Read More

Facing Backlash Over IVF Ruling, Alabama Lawmakers Look for a Fix

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers began scrambling for ways to protect Alabama in vitro fertilization services after multiple providers paused treatment in... Read More

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers began scrambling for ways to protect Alabama in vitro fertilization services after multiple providers paused treatment in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos could be considered children under a state law. Facing... Read More

2024-02-26 14:14:18
by Jesse Zucker
Try Heat Therapy to Warm Up This Winter

WASHINGTON —  As we near the end of February, have you gotten tired of being cold yet? While you wait... Read More

WASHINGTON —  As we near the end of February, have you gotten tired of being cold yet? While you wait for spring, heat therapy may be just what you need to warm up. If you’ve ever been to a sauna... Read More

2024-02-26 14:06:24
by Jesse Zucker
Breaking Down the Plant-Based Diet

WASHINGTON — Does the word “diet” have a negative connotation to you? It often gets attached to quick fixes or... Read More

WASHINGTON — Does the word “diet” have a negative connotation to you? It often gets attached to quick fixes or unsustainable plans that promise to help you “detox” or lose weight. The popular “plant-based diet” may be the one exception.... Read More

2024-02-22 20:35:43
by Dan McCue
Study Finds More Than 40% of Americans Know Someone Who Died by Overdose

SANTA MONICA. Calif. — More than 40% of Americans have known someone who died of a drug overdose, and about... Read More

SANTA MONICA. Calif. — More than 40% of Americans have known someone who died of a drug overdose, and about one-third of those individuals say the death disrupted their lives, according to a new study by the Rand Corporation. Researchers... Read More

Silent Brain Changes Precede Alzheimer's. Researchers Have new Clues About Which Come First

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged... Read More

2024-02-21 20:00:59
by Dan McCue
Alabama Ruling on Frozen Embryos Has IVF Advocates Reeling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an unprecedented move, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos stored in a fertility... Read More

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In an unprecedented move, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos stored in a fertility freezer clinic should be accorded the same legal protections as an existing child or a fetus gestating in its mother’s... Read More

Jill Biden Announcing $100M in Funding for R&D Into Women's Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Wednesday was announcing $100 million in federal funding for research and development into women's health as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Wednesday was announcing $100 million in federal funding for research and development into women's health as part of a new White House initiative that she is heading up. The funding is the first major deliverable of... Read More

A Year After Jimmy Carter Entered Hospice Care, Advocates Hope His Endurance Drives Awareness

ATLANTA (AP) — Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in south Georgia one year ago, the former U.S. president... Read More

ATLANTA (AP) — Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in south Georgia one year ago, the former U.S. president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and lost his wife of 77 years. Rosalynn Carter, who died in November,... Read More

2024-02-20 14:00:59
by Jesse Zucker
The Impact of Human Connection on Your Health

WASHINGTON —  As we trudge through the winter, months of cold and dreary weather may sap our desire to go... Read More

WASHINGTON —  As we trudge through the winter, months of cold and dreary weather may sap our desire to go outside and socialize. While it’s normal to isolate sometimes, chronic isolation can increase loneliness and be detrimental to your mental... Read More

2024-02-20 13:46:44
by Jesse Zucker
Everything You Need to Know About Protein

WASHINGTON — There is a lot of misinformation in the world of nutrition. Macronutrients and calories get demonized while magical... Read More

WASHINGTON — There is a lot of misinformation in the world of nutrition. Macronutrients and calories get demonized while magical supplements promise to help you lose weight. Thankfully, protein stays strong throughout all the wild trends — and for good... Read More

2024-02-14 22:42:46
by Dan McCue
New York City Sues Social Media Platforms for ‘Fueling’ Mental Health Crisis

NEW YORK — The city of New York and its health and education departments sued five social media platforms on... Read More

NEW YORK — The city of New York and its health and education departments sued five social media platforms on Wednesday, saying they need to be held accountable for fueling a mental health crisis among youths across the nation. The... Read More

2024-02-14 22:05:05
by Dan McCue
COVID Vax, Booster During Pregnancy Bolsters Protections for Newborns

WASHINGTON — Women who receive an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination or booster during pregnancy can provide their infants with significant protection... Read More

WASHINGTON — Women who receive an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination or booster during pregnancy can provide their infants with significant protection against COVID-19 for at least six months after birth, a new study found. The research was conducted by the Infectious... Read More

Mental Health Emerges as Dividing Line in Abortion Rights Initiatives Planned for State Ballots

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life.... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — The weeks after Kaniya Harris found out she was pregnant were among the hardest in her life. Final exams were fast approaching for the college junior. Her doctors told her she had an ovarian cyst, and the... Read More

2024-02-13 18:25:53
by Dan McCue
CDC Publishes First Comprehensive Testing Recommendations for Syphilis

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its first-ever comprehensive recommendations for laboratory testing for syphilis.... Read More

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its first-ever comprehensive recommendations for laboratory testing for syphilis. The new guidance was published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last Thursday. Among other things, it includes... Read More

2024-02-13 18:22:37
by Dan McCue
CDC Said to Be Poised to Revise COVID-19 Isolation Recommendation

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ready to toss its recommendation that individuals isolate themselves for... Read More

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ready to toss its recommendation that individuals isolate themselves for five days following a positive test for the coronavirus. The pending change, which appears slated for an April announcement, was... Read More

2024-02-13 15:19:20
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Tosses PhRMA Suit on Medicare Price Negotiations

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on Monday dismissed a PhRMA lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s new Medicare... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on Monday dismissed a PhRMA lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s new Medicare drug price negotiation program, a major win for the White House, though at least eight other challenges to the initiative... Read More

2024-02-12 16:50:47
by Jesse Zucker
Dark Chocolate: A Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

WASHINGTON — Chocolate is a popular gift on holidays like Valentine’s Day. While you can get all kinds of delicious... Read More

WASHINGTON — Chocolate is a popular gift on holidays like Valentine’s Day. While you can get all kinds of delicious sweets made with chocolate that make it feel like a sugary treat, dark chocolate also has many health benefits. Take... Read More

2024-02-12 16:22:27
by Jesse Zucker
Beets Are a Sweet Superfood You’ll Fall in Love With

WASHINGTON — “Eat this superfood. Try this functional food!” What makes a food super or functional? Nothing fancy, just nutrients.... Read More

WASHINGTON — “Eat this superfood. Try this functional food!” What makes a food super or functional? Nothing fancy, just nutrients. Brightly-colored, natural whole foods are often considered super or functional because colors indicate health-boosting phytonutrients.  Just in time for Valentine’s... Read More

Virginia's Youngkin Aims to Bolster Mental Health Care, Part of National Focus After Pandemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John Clair, the police chief of a small Appalachian town in southwest Virginia, spends his days... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John Clair, the police chief of a small Appalachian town in southwest Virginia, spends his days consumed by a growing problem: the frequency with which his officers are tapped to detain, transport and wait in hospitals... Read More

Studies Cited in Case Over Abortion Pill Retracted Due to Flaws and Conflicts of Interest

A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of... Read More

A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives... Read More

2024-02-07 21:25:26
by Dan McCue
New York State Proposes New Rules for Pharmacy Benefit Managers

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state’s chief financial services regulator has unveiled new “market conduct” rules to govern pharmacy benefit... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state’s chief financial services regulator has unveiled new “market conduct” rules to govern pharmacy benefit managers that she says will both strengthen consumer protections and tamp down on anti-competitive conduct. In doing so, she also... Read More

Cough? Sore Throat? More Schools Suggest Mildly Sick Kids Attend Anyway

Trenace Dorsey-Hollins’ 5-year-old daughter was sick a lot last year. Dorsey-Hollins followed school guidelines and kept her home when she... Read More

Trenace Dorsey-Hollins’ 5-year-old daughter was sick a lot last year. Dorsey-Hollins followed school guidelines and kept her home when she had a cough or a sore throat — or worse — until she was completely better. Near the end of... Read More

Biden Administration Sets Tighter Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution From Tailpipes, Smokestacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health groups hailed the new... Read More

2024-02-05 18:55:35
by Jesse Zucker
Smile! How Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

WASHINGTON — Brushing your teeth is, hopefully, a part of your daily routine. Without thinking, you brush in the morning... Read More

WASHINGTON — Brushing your teeth is, hopefully, a part of your daily routine. Without thinking, you brush in the morning and at night. Maybe you also floss. Beyond helping you look and feel fresh, the state of your teeth and... Read More

2024-02-05 18:53:44
by Jesse Zucker
Desk Ergonomics: Set Your Work Station Up for Success

WASHINGTON — You spend all day sitting at your desk. How are you feeling? Spending hours a day in the... Read More

WASHINGTON — You spend all day sitting at your desk. How are you feeling? Spending hours a day in the same position can take its toll on your body. You may suffer from joint pain in your back, shoulders, neck,... Read More

Insider Q&A: Look for Telemedicine to Play a Growing Role in Your Regular Care

Telemedicine’s early days of handling mostly mild illnesses like sinus infections or pink eye are fading fast. The frontier involves... Read More

Telemedicine’s early days of handling mostly mild illnesses like sinus infections or pink eye are fading fast. The frontier involves connecting patients more routinely with their regular doctors and using artificial intelligence to keep tabs on their health, according to... Read More

2024-02-01 18:19:17
by Dan McCue
Library of Congress to Host Panel on Longevity Science

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress will host a panel of leading experts in the area of longevity science and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress will host a panel of leading experts in the area of longevity science and explore how the sciences and the arts contribute to cognitive wellness and quality of life. Co-sponsored by the American Folklife... Read More

2024-01-31 19:07:22
by Dan McCue
Couple Claims ‘Healthy’ Snack Left Children With Lead Poisoning

HICKORY, N.C. — A North Carolina couple claimed in court that the manufacturer of a fruit puree they bought as... Read More

HICKORY, N.C. — A North Carolina couple claimed in court that the manufacturer of a fruit puree they bought as a healthy snack for their kids negligently sold products contaminated with large amounts of lead, leading to concerns the children... Read More

Biogen Plans to Shut Down Controversial Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its... Read More

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its launch a couple years ago. The drugmaker said Wednesday that it will end a study of the drug needed for... Read More

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