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'Hopeless': Idaho trans teens seeking to transition cope without gender-affirming care

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BOISE, Idaho — Inside a Boise clinic in April, Dr. Marvin Alviso was meeting with a transgender patient who had been on puberty blockers for a year. The Boise teen was ready and “giddy” to start taking testosterone, Alviso said, as part of the next step in his transition. It’s also a step in the slate of practices recommended in gender-...Read more

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Massachusetts shelled out nearly $400,000 for vaccine record checks in state-run shelters

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BOSTON — State officials have pumped nearly $400,000 into a program to review the vaccine records of families entering the emergency shelter system, including migrants from other countries who may have foreign documentation, according to the Healey administration.

Officials at Boston-based John Snow, Inc., which has long worked with the state...Read more

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Pitt, with military funding, develops technology to administer lifesaving care with minimal human intervention

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PITTSBURGH — On four occasions last year, medical helicopters flew over Pittsburgh transporting not injured humans, but wounded pigs.

The pigs — bleeding heavily from the abdomen — were stabilized in the air by an autonomous medical intervention system developed by the University of Pittsburgh as part of a military-funded study with the ...Read more

Louisiana set to reclassify abortion pills as controlled, dangerous substances − here’s what that means

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Louisiana’s Legislature approved a bill on May 23, 2024, that would reclassify two abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, as “controlled, dangerous substances.” Both pills have a long history of safe and effective use in medication abortions as well as for treatment of miscarriages and other conditions. The bill, which is ...Read more

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Lawsuit accuses Florida´s Palm Beach County hospital network of sharing patients' private data with Facebook parent company

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Palm Beach Health Network has become the latest health provider accused of illegally sharing identities and private health information of its patients with the social media company Meta, owner of Facebook.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach says the health network’s websites share code ...Read more

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Monitoring the H5N1 avian influenza, bird flu, outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to actively monitor the ongoing outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, also known as bird flu, and says that the public health risk remains low.

Dr. Matthew Binnicker, director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, says scientists and public health officials have known about ...Read more

I want to keep my child safe from abuse − but research tells me I’m doing it wrong

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Child sexual abuse is uncomfortable to think about, much less talk about. The idea of an adult engaging in sexual behaviors with a child feels sickening. It’s easiest to believe that it rarely happens, and when it does, that it’s only to children whose parents aren’t protecting them.

This belief stayed with me during my early ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to prevent injuries while biking

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Bicycling is a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're a recreational rider or a daily commuter, it's important to protect your hands and wrists. Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and wrists, shares practical tips to prevent injuries while biking.

Whether you're a pro or biking for ...Read more

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After a child's death, California weighs rules for phys ed during extreme weather

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Yahushua Robinson was an energetic boy who jumped and danced his way through life. Then, a physical education teacher instructed the 12-year-old to run outside on a day when the temperature climbed to 107 degrees.

“We lose loved ones all the time, but he was taken in a horrific way,” his mother, Janee Robinson, ...Read more

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Women's heart risk spikes after menopause, study shows, as Virginia doctor spreads word

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At first, no one thought Nina White had a heart attack.

Every detail of that day 10 years ago, when she was just 51, is sharp in her memory. She thought the tightness in her chest was overexertion from multiple trips up the ladder to the attic in her Portsmouth, Virginia, home. Her husband thought it was indigestion from tacos.

But her sister,...Read more

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Ask the Pediatrician: How AI affects children

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Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the way we work, play and communicate. While artificial intelligence has potential to help solve complex problems, you've likely also heard serious concerns about it—and especially, the ways AI might change the lives of children and teens.

As child health experts at UNICEF have pointed out, kids ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Who should be screened for skin cancer?

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Each year, more than 6 million adults are treated for skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Collin Costello, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says anyone can get skin cancer, but some people are at higher risk. So how often should you be screened?

A skin ...Read more

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Penn researchers made an avian flu vaccine using a technique that created COVID-19 vaccines

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an mRNA vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu drawing increasing scrutiny by public health officials. The vaccine is effective against the virus in mice and ferrets, according to a new study published Thursday.

The Penn team is using the same technique that powered the speedy development of a COVID...Read more

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As states loosen childhood vaccine requirements, public health experts' worries grow

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Louisiana Republican state Rep. Kathy Edmonston believes no one ought to be required to vaccinate their children. So, she wants schools to proactively tell parents that it’s their right under Louisiana law to seek an exemption.

“It’s not the vaccine itself, it is the mandate,” Edmonston told Stateline. “The law is the law. And it ...Read more

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A UCLA doctor is on a quest to free modern medicine from a Nazi-tainted anatomy book

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LOS ANGELES — As Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar pondered how to fix the human heart, he was given a gift laced with horror.

Shivkumar, a cardiac electrophysiologist known as "Shiv" to friends and co-workers at UCLA, was trying to better understand the intricate details of nerves in the chest. He hoped doing so might help him improve treatments for ...Read more

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Are 'deaths of despair' really more common for white Americans? A UCLA report says no

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LOS ANGELES — Nakeya Fields has seen how the stresses that come with being Black — racial injustice, financial strain, social isolation — can leave people feeling hopeless and push some into substance abuse.

It's one of the reasons the Pasadena social worker started offering "therapeutic play" gatherings for Black mothers like herself and...Read more

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Column: Wegovy should be treating more than obesity

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A new analysis found that the profound benefits of Novo Nordisk’s obesity drug Wegovy for people at risk of heart attacks or strokes don’t depend on the number of the scale—cardiovascular health improves whether people lose a lot or even very little weight.

That message adds needed nuance to our understanding of the health effects of the ...Read more

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Hospitals see the potential in virtual nursing, but are still learning how to use it

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia-area hospitals are rolling carts outfitted with video screens and virtual cameras into patient rooms with the hope that remote nurses can reduce patients’ risk of falling, pulling out tubes, or hurting themselves another way.

One remote nurse can do the work of up to a dozen in-person staffers by watching a bank ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: When to seek care for pelvic pain

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Pelvic pain is common, affecting 15% of women of reproductive age. Pinpointing its cause, whether it's endometriosis, ovarian cysts or musculoskeletal issues, can be a challenge.

Dr. Megan Wasson, a gynecologic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive procedures at Mayo Clinic, says it's important to seek medical help if chronic pelvic ...Read more

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CDC asks states to amp up flu monitoring this summer to detect 'even rare' bird flu

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A second person in the U.S. — a farmworker in Michigan ― has been infected with bird flu linked to dairy cows, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a nasal swab from the worker in Michigan had tested negative for the H5N1 virus, but an eye swab sent to the agency tested ...Read more