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Supreme Court unanimously concludes that anti-abortion groups have no standing to challenge access to mifepristone – but the drug likely faces more court challenges

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On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided to uphold access to mifepristone, one of two pills used in medication abortion. Mifepristone has long been used safely and effectively in medication abortions around the world.

Shortly after the 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned 50 years of abortion rights,...Read more

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All about tonsil stones

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Your tonsils are oval-shaped pads of tissue in the back of your throat, one on each side.

They work as part of your body's immune system to filter bacteria and viruses. Tonsils also make white blood cells and antibodies to help fight infections.

What are tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones form from substances like food particles that become lodged...Read more

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Exercise timing conundrum: Optimal workout timing

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It's a long-standing discussion for all who want to get into shape. When is the best time to exercise? According to Future Member, about 41% of workouts take place between 7-9 AM or 5-7 PM.

"The debate is intriguing with proponents of both morning and evening workouts citing various benefits," says Andrew Jagim, M.D., director of sports ...Read more

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End of pandemic internet subsidies threatens a health care lifeline for rural America

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FORT HALL RESERVATION, Idaho — Myrna Broncho realized just how necessary an internet connection can be after she broke her leg.

In fall 2021, the 69-year-old climbed a ladder to the top of a shed in her pasture. The roof that protects her horses and cows needed to be fixed. So, drill in hand, she pushed down.

That’s when she slipped.

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Colorado eases medical aid-in-dying rules, increases EpiPen manufacturer penalties in new laws

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DENVER — Colorado loosened regulations on medical aid in dying, made a mental health program for teens permanent and increased the penalties on EpiPen manufacturers who don’t participate in an affordability program, among other changes to the health care landscape this legislative session.

Gov. Jared Polis has signed Senate Bill 68, which ...Read more

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For some rural communities, a stripped-down hospital is better than none at all

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On many days, some small hospitals in rural Mississippi admit just one patient — or none at all.

The hospitals are drowning in debt. The small, tight-knit communities they’ve anchored for decades can do little but watch as the hospitals shed services and staff just to stay afloat.

The federal government recently offered a lifeline: a new ...Read more

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Thousands of children got tested for lead with faulty devices: What parents should know

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A company that makes tests for lead poisoning has agreed to resolve criminal charges that it concealed for years a malfunction that resulted in inaccurately low results.

It’s the latest in a long-running saga involving Massachusetts-based Magellan Diagnostics, which will pay $42 million in penalties, according to the Department of Justice.

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Massachusetts report largest single-year decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in two decades

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BOSTON — Massachusetts experienced a 10% drop in opioid-related overdose deaths from 2022 to 2023, the largest single-year decline over the past two decades and a trend that is expected to continue based on early data from 2024, according to a report released Wednesday morning.

But even as experts with the Department of Public Health signaled...Read more

Gross-tasting medications can be a barrier to treatment. Philly researchers developed a 'bitter blocker' to help.

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Peihua Jiang knows how difficult it can be to convince a child to take a sip of a bitter liquid medication.

When they were young, his kids sometimes balked at taking medicines because they didn't like how they tasted. And as a neurobiologist, Jiang knew the medical issues at stake went beyond a minor inconvenience.

Swallowing pills can be ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Gluten-free cookies, crackers, chips

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The onslaught of gluten-free foods has been a tremendous help to those managing celiac disease and other conditions requiring gluten avoidance. However, it has also led to misunderstandings for some trying to eat more healthfully.

Misconceptions include believing all gluten-free foods are inherently better for you than their gluten-containing ...Read more

What is the healthiest sugar substitute?

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Not going to lie about it: Sugar is pretty fantastic. And there are few of us who can ignore the siren call of a decadent brownie or a dish of ice cream. But we tend to eat quite a bit more sugar than we should — as we’re supposed to eat just six to nine teaspoons a day.

Good news: There are some smart (and sweet) alternatives to sugar that...Read more

Seeking ‘fitspiration’ on social media?

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Perhaps you've thought about taking up a new exercise program, eating better, or some other ways to improve your health. That's great! Or, as my grandfather would say, “there's nothing wrong with that” — his highest possible praise.

In fact, few medical treatments rival the massive health benefits of regular exercise. But how do you ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding chronic kidney disease

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease but did not have any symptoms, so far as I knew. Are there early symptoms that I missed? Is this hereditary? Should I be advising family members? Is this curable? Am I at risk for other issues?

ANSWER: In its early stages, chronic kidney disease rarely causes noticeable symptoms. ...Read more

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Editorial: Why is Florida hell-bent on stripping children of health insurance?

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To appreciate just how little the state of Florida cares for its children, look no further than the state’s arguments for kicking more kids off KidCare, a low-cost health insurance program.

The count was already at 22,500 when a federal judge last month dismissed Florida’s suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Menopause and the heart connection

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Women experience menopause at different ages — and different ways — which can, among other things, affect their heart health.

The average age of natural menopause in the U.S is 52. There's early menopause, under age 45, and premature menopause, under age 40, which may affect a very small group of women. There is also premature ovarian ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Poor sleep can be linked to stroke

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Sleep problems can increase someone's risk of stroke. Sleep problems can include too little sleep (less than five hours), too much sleep (more than nine hours), poor quality, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, prolonged napping, and snoring and breathing cessation.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Stephen English, a Mayo Clinic ...Read more

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California becomes latest state to try capping health care spending

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California’s Office of Health Care Affordability faces a herculean task in its plan to slow runaway health care spending.

The goal of the agency, established in 2022, is to make care more affordable and accessible while improving health outcomes, especially for the most disadvantaged state residents. That will require a sustained wrestling ...Read more

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Do not buy these chocolate bars, cones and gummies after hospitalizations, FDA warns

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stay away from microdosing candies that have sickened 12 people across eight states.

While this isn’t a recall, most of which are made by companies on their own, the FDA is saying don’t buy, don’t sell, don’t use Diamond Shruumz microdosing and macrodosing products....Read more

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers bill aimed at preventing future Steward-like crisis

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BOSTON — The Bay State senior U.S. senator says she will introduce legislation to prevent another Steward Health Care System crisis from happening in the future and that the law would claw back some of the money made by the company’s CEO.

U.S. Elizabeth Warren held a press conference in the shadow of Boston’s St. Elizabeth Medical Center ...Read more

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Federal judge rules unconstitutional Florida's ban on gender-affirming care for minors

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Some of Florida’s restrictions on medical care for transgender children and adults are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by transgender Floridians and their families against the state.

“Transgender opponents are of course free to hold their beliefs. But they are not free to discriminate against ...Read more