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'Jeopardy!' champ Amy Schneider testifies against Ohio bill banning gender-affirming care for trans youth

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“Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider testified Wednesday against an Ohio bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in the state.

The Ohio native — who became a household name after winning 40 consecutive games on the popular quiz show from November 2021 to January 2022 — opened up about life as a transgender woman, and ...Read more

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DOJ to investigate treatment of adults with mental health disabilities in Missouri

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The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it has launched an investigation into whether Missouri “unnecessarily institutionalizes” adults with serious mental health disabilities in nursing facilities.

The investigation, opened under the Americans with Disabilities Act, will look to determine if those adults could be served in the ...Read more

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Sick profit: Investigating private equity's stealthy takeover of health care across cities and specialties

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Two-year-old Zion Gastelum died just days after dentists performed root canals and put crowns on six baby teeth at a clinic affiliated with a private equity firm.

His parents sued the Kool Smiles dental clinic in Yuma, Arizona, and its private equity investor, FFL Partners. They argued the procedures were done needlessly, in keeping with a ...Read more

The tragedy of sudden infant death syndrome: A pediatrician explains how to protect your baby

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Each year, about 3,400 U.S. infants die suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Oct. 12, 2022, SciLine interviewed Dr. Rachel Moon, professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia and the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death ...Read more

Health rights for trans people vary widely around the globe – achieving trans bliss and joy will require equity, social respect and legal protections

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While transgender people might be more culturally recognized in the U.S. than ever, visibility is not the same as justice.

Transgender is an umbrella category that emerged in the U.S. in the 1990s to encompass diverse gender identities that don’t fully correspond with an individual’s assigned sex at birth. Although local ...Read more

Patients suffering with hard-to-treat depression may get relief from noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation

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Not only is depression a debilitating disease, but it is also widespread. Approximately 20 million adult Americans experience at least one episode of depression per year.

Millions of them take medication to treat their depression. But for many, the medications don’t work: Either they have minimal or no effect, or the side effects ...Read more

Pizza delivery doesn’t have to bust your diet

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There’s not much better than having dinner delivered to your door after a long day. Pizza is ideal — quick, affordable, and readily available — but it has a reputation of being junk food. That’s not always the case though. True, many toppings can be high in fat and sodium. But when stripped down, pizza is simply tomato sauce, bread and ...Read more

Constantly clearing your throat? Here’s what to try

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Ahem! Ahem! Ever feel the need to move the mucus that annoyingly sits all the way at the back of your mouth? Most of us do at one time or another. The sensation usually lasts for just a few days when dealing with symptoms of a common cold.

But what happens if throat clearing lingers for weeks or months? That nagging feeling may be uncomfortable...Read more

How to recover from a Thanksgiving binge

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“Thanksgiving full” is hardly comparable to day-to-day “full.” A traditional Thanksgiving meal can pack in around 3,000 calories, which is a day-and-a-half’s worth of calories for some, in just one sitting. As wonderful and joyous as a Thanksgiving feast is, it can leave you feeling stuffed and sluggish. Rather than attempting to ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treatment and management of bicuspid aortic valve

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a 29-year-old active military service member without any significant health issues. Yet during my most recent routine physical examination, it was discovered that I have a heart murmur. I was referred for an echocardiogram and evaluation with a cardiologist who said I have a bicuspid aortic valve. What are the short- and ...Read more

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Amoxicillin is in short supply. Here's what parents need to know about the antibiotic shortage

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PHILADELPHIA — An antibiotic that is commonly prescribed to kids is in low supply in pharmacies nationwide amid a surge of respiratory illness that is filling up children's hospitals. Parents are struggling to fill amoxicillin prescriptions for their sick kids, causing frustration as they visit multiple pharmacies.

The Food and Drug ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: GERD is not 'just' heartburn

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common digestive disorders in the world.

It happens when acid comes up from the stomach, which is acid-resistant, into the esophagus, which is less acid-resistant.

Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London, says GERD may be common, but there can be ...Read more

Hey, new parents – go ahead and 'spoil' that baby!

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When an infant cries, parents frequently wonder whether they should soothe the baby or let the baby calm itself down. If they respond to every sob, won’t the baby cry more? Isn’t that spoiling the baby?

I hear these questions a lot as a professor of child development and family science. The notion of spoiling a baby remains common...Read more

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Health harms of mass shootings ripple across communities

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A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses.

But a growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass shootings spread much ...Read more

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NYC mental health crisis teams falling short of expectations

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NEW YORK — A program aimed at improving the city’s response to mental health emergencies has slid backward since its initial launch, with response times getting slower, more people sent to hospitals and stepped-up police involvement in cases.

The program, the Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division, or B-HEARD, was aimed at...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Genetic counseling after cancer diagnosis

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two months ago. My oncologist recommended that I undergo genetic testing as part of the treatment plan. Why is this recommended since I already have cancer? What is the benefit of testing? And what information will it provide?

ANSWER: Genetic counseling can be an important part of a cancer ...Read more

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Consumer Health: Quitting smoking is hard -- increase your chance of success

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The American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November for more than 40 years. This year, it's on Thursday, Nov. 17, and you can join thousands of people across the country taking charge of their health that day by quitting smoking.

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease,...Read more

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After initial hesitation, Illinois board approves Advocate Aurora deal to combine with Atrium Health

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An Illinois state board approved a plan Monday by Advocate Aurora Health to combine with Southern system Atrium Health, after initially withholding support for the deal.

The state Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 6-0 Monday afternoon to allow the combination to move forward. The union would create one of the largest health ...Read more

Doctors often aren’t trained on the preventive health care needs of gender-diverse people – as a result, many patients don’t get the care they need

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Preventive health care – such as cancer screening – is a critical tool in the early detection of disease. Missed screening can result in a missed diagnosis, delayed treatment and reduced chances of survival.

But the medical system is poorly equipped to meet the needs of gender-diverse patients.

Around 1.64 million people ...Read more