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A US Veteran Died at a Nursing Home, Abandoned. Hundreds of Strangers Came to Say Goodbye

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Marine Gerry Brooks died alone at a nursing home in Maine, abandoned and all... Read More

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Marine Gerry Brooks died alone at a nursing home in Maine, abandoned and all but forgotten. Then the funeral home posted a notice asking if anyone would serve as a pallbearer or simply attend... Read More

Majority of Americans Favor Forgiving Medical Debt, AP-NORC Poll Finds

NEW YORK (AP) — Janille Williams wants to buy a house someday — but first, he has to pay down... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Janille Williams wants to buy a house someday — but first, he has to pay down tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. “I was hospitalized for a blood infection for three months more than... Read More

Oversight Hearing on Illegal E-Cigarettes Highlights Dire Need for Reform of the FDA

The Senate deserves credit for holding a recent hearing that underscored the failure of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for... Read More

The Senate deserves credit for holding a recent hearing that underscored the failure of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products to provide clear and fair regulatory pathways for smoke-free tobacco products that provide Americans with less harmful alternatives... Read More

2024-06-17 20:16:03
by Anna Claire Miller
Biden Campaign Redoubling Effort to Keep Abortion Rights Front of Mind for Voters

WASHINGTON — With the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade fast approaching, the Biden-Harris... Read More

WASHINGTON — With the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade fast approaching, the Biden-Harris campaign is organizing volunteers to share what they’ve experienced since that ruling went into effect. Decided on June 24, 2022,... Read More

Drug Shortages Keep on Growing. Older, Injectable Medicines Among the Most Vulnerable

Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has... Read More

Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run. Total active shortages hit an all-time high of 323 in this year’s first quarter, according to... Read More

Surgeon General Asks Congress to Require Warning Labels for Social Media, Like Those on Cigarettes

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory... Read More

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. In a Monday opinion piece in the The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social... Read More

2024-06-17 15:07:36
by Jesse Zucker
How the Ocean Improves Mental and Physical Health

WASHINGTON — June 20 marks the first day of summer, and there’s nothing like a day by the ocean to... Read More

WASHINGTON — June 20 marks the first day of summer, and there’s nothing like a day by the ocean to ring it in. In the spirit of the changing season, we’ll discuss how being near or in the ocean can... Read More

2024-06-17 15:01:41
by Jesse Zucker
Exercise Boosts Motor Learning and Memory

WASHINGTON — Learning a new skill or studying for an exam? Recent research confirms a quick bout of exercise before... Read More

WASHINGTON — Learning a new skill or studying for an exam? Recent research confirms a quick bout of exercise before and after learning can improve motor skills and boost memory to help you retain what you learned. It’s not a... Read More

2024-06-14 15:25:37
by Anna Claire Miller
Senate GOP Blocks Nationwide Access to IVF Treatment

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked legislation that would have established a national right to in vitro fertilization, as... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked legislation that would have established a national right to in vitro fertilization, as the chamber’s Democrats continued an effort to put their GOP colleagues on the defensive ahead of the November elections. The... Read More

It’s Not Your Imagination. Men Really Do Eat More Meat Than Women, Study Says

CHICAGO (AP) — Vacationing in Chicago this week from Europe, Jelle den Burger and Nirusa Naguleswaran grabbed a bite at... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — Vacationing in Chicago this week from Europe, Jelle den Burger and Nirusa Naguleswaran grabbed a bite at the Dog House Grill: a classic Italian beef sandwich for him, grilled cheese for her. Both think the way their... Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee Says Washington Will Make Clear Hospitals Must Provide Emergency Abortions

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said Washington will spell out in state law that hospitals must provide... Read More

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said Washington will spell out in state law that hospitals must provide abortions if needed to stabilize patients, a step that comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on... Read More

2024-06-11 20:56:59
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Tosses Florida Ban on Gender-Affirming Care

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida law banning gender-affirming health care for transgender minors and restricting access to care for some... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida law banning gender-affirming health care for transgender minors and restricting access to care for some transgender adults is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The law, which was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in... Read More

2024-06-11 15:50:10
by Dan McCue
DC to Open Final Application Period for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia will open what it is calling the “final” application period for medical cannabis license... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia will open what it is calling the “final” application period for medical cannabis license applications on July 1. In all, 33 retail licenses and two internet licenses will be available to non-social equity applicants,... Read More

2024-06-11 15:41:37
by Anna Claire Miller
Film Panel to Discuss Loneliness Epidemic and Importance of Social Connection

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are set to host a film panel... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are set to host a film panel discussion on the dangers of loneliness in American society Tuesday evening, following a showing of the documentary “Join or Die”... Read More

Community Health Centers' New Crisis: The Need for Backup Power

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time... Read More

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center’s clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit community... Read More

FDA and DOJ Pledge More Cooperation on Illegal E-Cigarettes Ahead of Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators and law enforcement officials on Monday vowed to work more closely to stop sales... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators and law enforcement officials on Monday vowed to work more closely to stop sales of illegal electronic cigarettes, which have grown into a multibillion-dollar business in the U.S. while skirting government oversight. The Food and Drug... Read More

2024-06-10 15:10:04
by Jesse Zucker
Climb Stairs, Live Longer

WASHINGTON — Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death and one of the best ways to prevent... Read More

WASHINGTON — Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death and one of the best ways to prevent it is by getting regular physical activity. The WHO estimates that 25% of adults worldwide do not reach the minimum... Read More

2024-06-10 14:46:02
by Jesse Zucker
Are Seed Oils Really Bad for You?

WASHINGTON — When you pay attention to the conversation around health and wellness, you’ll notice different food products occasionally getting... Read More

WASHINGTON — When you pay attention to the conversation around health and wellness, you’ll notice different food products occasionally getting labeled as detrimental to your health. In the past few years, seed oils have become an offender. What are they,... Read More

Report Shows Drop in Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky but Governor Says Fight Is Far From Over

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the... Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky fell nearly 10% in 2023, marking a second straight annual decline in the fight against an addiction epidemic that's far from over, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The number of fatal overdoses statewide... Read More

2024-06-06 22:06:43
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Trade Commission Plans Effort Against Drug Patent Abuses

WASHINGTON — Federal officials are discussing a strategy to block pharmaceutical companies from abusing patent rights that can keep drug... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials are discussing a strategy to block pharmaceutical companies from abusing patent rights that can keep drug prices high. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee met with the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission Thursday to... Read More

2024-06-06 18:35:38
by Beth McCue
CDC Warns Cucumbers May Be Contaminated

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued an investigation notice to state and local health... Read More

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued an investigation notice to state and local health departments regarding cucumbers that may be contaminated with salmonella africana.  To date, 162 people have become sick and 54 have... Read More

Man in Mexico Died of Bird Flu Strain That Hadn't Been Confirmed Before in a Human, WHO Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man's death in Mexico was caused by a strain of bird flu called H5N2 that has... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man's death in Mexico was caused by a strain of bird flu called H5N2 that has never before been found in a human, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The WHO said it wasn’t clear how... Read More

Phoenix Using Ice Immersion to Treat Heatstroke Victims as Southwest Bakes in Triple Digits

PHOENIX (AP) — The season's first heat wave is already baking the Southwest with triple-digit temperatures as firefighters in Phoenix — America's... Read More

PHOENIX (AP) — The season's first heat wave is already baking the Southwest with triple-digit temperatures as firefighters in Phoenix — America's hottest big city — employ new tactics in hopes of saving more lives in a county that saw 645 heat-related... Read More

A Court Ruled Embryos Are Children. These Christian Couples Agree Yet Wrestle With IVF Choices

When faced with infertility, Amanda and Jeff Walker had a baby through in vitro fertilization but were left with extra... Read More

When faced with infertility, Amanda and Jeff Walker had a baby through in vitro fertilization but were left with extra embryos — and questions. Tori and Sam Earle “adopted” an embryo frozen 20 years earlier by another couple. Matthew Eppinette... Read More

2024-06-04 21:55:38
by Dan McCue
Using ‘White’ as Racial Benchmark May Obscure Health Data

DURHAM, N.C. — The use of “White” as a benchmark when comparing racial and ethnic health disparities is far too... Read More

DURHAM, N.C. — The use of “White” as a benchmark when comparing racial and ethnic health disparities is far too broad and fails to account for variations among easily identifiable subgroups, according to a study out of Duke University. As... Read More

Poppi Faces Lawsuit From Consumer Who Questions Its Gut Health Claims

Popular soda brand Poppi is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a consumer who says its products don’t improve gut... Read More

Popular soda brand Poppi is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a consumer who says its products don’t improve gut health as much as their marketing suggests. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco,... Read More

2024-06-03 21:05:30
by Tom Ramstack
Fauci Dismisses GOP Claims of COVID Cover-Up

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Monday to a congressional panel reviewing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci testified Monday to a congressional panel reviewing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a hearing that quickly devolved into partisan politics. Fauci, formerly the nation's top infectious disease expert, won praise from Democrats... Read More

Cancer Patients Often Do Better With Less Intensive Treatment, Research Finds

Scaling back treatment for three kinds of cancer can make life easier for patients without compromising outcomes, doctors reported at... Read More

Scaling back treatment for three kinds of cancer can make life easier for patients without compromising outcomes, doctors reported at the world’s largest cancer conference. It’s part of a long-term trend toward studying whether doing less — less surgery, less chemotherapy or less radiation —... Read More

2024-06-03 14:38:57
by Jesse Zucker
Soak Up the Sun (Safely) for More Vitamin D

WASHINGTON — Summer is quickly approaching and plenty of vitamin D will be available through a free resource: the sun.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Summer is quickly approaching and plenty of vitamin D will be available through a free resource: the sun. Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is an essential vitamin in which many people are deficient. Soaking up the... Read More

2024-06-03 14:22:00
by Jesse Zucker
Why and How to Warm Up and Cool Down

WASHINGTON — If you lack motivation when it comes to exercising, you may feel like just getting through it quickly... Read More

WASHINGTON — If you lack motivation when it comes to exercising, you may feel like just getting through it quickly and calling it a day. However, taking a few minutes before to warm up and a few minutes after to... Read More

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