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13 Sep
Web Searches for 'Self-Managed Abortion' Rose After Dobbs Decision

Web Searches for 'Self-Managed Abortion' Rose After Dobbs Decision

When some U.S. states made abortion illegal after the Supreme Court overturned the longstanding Roe v Wade in June 2022, women in those areas increased their searches for self-managed abortions.

To come to that conclusion, researchers from the University of California, I...

03 Aug
Lawsuit Against Makers of Ozempic, Mounjaro Claim Meds Caused 'Stomach Paralysis'

Lawsuit Against Makers of Ozempic, Mounjaro Claim Meds Caused 'Stomach Paralysis'

A Louisiana woman is suing the makers of two type 2 diabetes drugs used off-label for obesity, saying they failed to adequately warn about the risk of severe stomach problems.

The

01 Aug
Biotech Company Settles With Family of Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Revolutionized Medicine

Biotech Company Settles With Family of Henrietta Lacks, Whose Cells Revolutionized Medicine

Cervical cells from Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient who died more than 70 years ago, are a cornerstone of modern medicine, but her family has never been compensated for the cells taken without her ...

11 Jul
First Murder Conviction for Fentanyl Dealer Delivered in California

First Murder Conviction for Fentanyl Dealer Delivered in California

A fentanyl dealer has been found guilty of second-degree murder in what authorities believe is the first-ever murder conviction for dealing the dangerous drug.

The conviction happened in Placer County, Calif., in a case involving the fatal overdose last summer of a 15-ye...

21 Jun
Legalizing Marijuana Tied to More Binge Drinking in Folks Over 30

Legalizing Marijuana Tied to More Binge Drinking in Folks Over 30

A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and it may be leading to an unexpected side effect among millennials and Gen Xers: binge drinking.

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks at a time for men or four or more drinks for wome...

21 Jun
In National Survey, U.S. Ob-Gyns Say Care Has Worsened After Dobbs Decision

In National Survey, U.S. Ob-Gyns Say Care Has Worsened After Dobbs Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ending a nationwide right to abortion one year ago has made it harder for doctors to treat miscarriages and other pregnancy-related emergencies, a new report shows.

The nonprofit organization KFF

17 May
Case Involving Access to Abortion Pill Moves to Appeals Court

Case Involving Access to Abortion Pill Moves to Appeals Court

A ruling on the abortion pill mifepristone will be one step closer Wednesday when three federal judges hear arguments in the case.

The three judges at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans have a history of supporting abortion restrictions, the Associa...

02 May
Vermont Opens Its Assisted Suicide Laws to Out-of-State Residents

Vermont Opens Its Assisted Suicide Laws to Out-of-State Residents

People seeking medically assisted suicide from any state can now get it in Vermont.

The state is the first to allow those with terminal illnesses from out of state to end their lives within its borders, the Associated Press reported.

Republican

21 Apr
U.S. Supreme Court Keeps Abortion Pill Widely Available While Appeal Continues

U.S. Supreme Court Keeps Abortion Pill Widely Available While Appeal Continues

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the abortion pill mifepristone can remain widely available while litigation over its fate winds its way through the court system.

In the meantime, the

20 Apr
Supreme Court Delays Decision on Abortion Pill Ruling

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Abortion Pill Ruling

The Supreme Court on Wednesday delayed a decision on a federal appeals court ruling that seeks to limit access to the abortion pill mifepristone.

In a brief order, Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said the pause on any decision would lapse Friday at midnight, giving the court...

14 Apr
In Emergency Filing, Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to KeepĀ  Abortion Pill Fully Available

In Emergency Filing, Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to KeepĀ  Abortion Pill Fully Available

The Biden administration filed an emergency application on Friday that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to pause parts of a recent federal ruling that limit the availability of the abortion pill mifepristone.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court partially overruled

12 Apr
Feds to Toughen Rules on Privacy Around Abortion, Contraceptive Services

Feds to Toughen Rules on Privacy Around Abortion, Contraceptive Services

U.S. officials said Wednesday that they plan to strengthen existing privacy rules to prevent the sharing of private legal reproductive health care information for use in investigations and prosecutions against patients or providers.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human ...

05 Apr
Johnson & Johnson Agrees to $8.9 Billion Settlement in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson Agrees to $8.9 Billion Settlement in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Tens of thousands of people suing Johnson & Johnson may get some relief after the company announced Tuesday that it will pay $8.9 billion to settle lawsuits that have been going for more than a decade.

The settlement would be paid out over 25 years and Johnson & Johnson'...

30 Jan
Utah Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Health Care for Minors

Utah Becomes First State to Ban Transgender Health Care for Minors

Transgender youth in Utah are now blocked from receiving gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy after Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill Saturday that largely bans such care for youth.

Cox said that the

23 Jan
In States Where Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Less Demand for Prescription Codeine

In States Where Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Less Demand for Prescription Codeine

New research suggests that there's one potential way to reduce demand for prescription codeine: legalizing recreational cannabis.

Exactly what brought scientists to that conclusion? States that legalized cannabis use saw a significant reduction in pharmacy-based distribu...

17 Nov
When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

Children's health is jeopardized when they have a parent in prison, new research finds.

In the United States, 5 million kids have an incarcerated parent. Those children have worse access to primary, dental and mental health care than their peers, the investigators found...

15 Nov
Walmart Offers $3 Billion to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Walmart Offers $3 Billion to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Another major pharmacy chain has offered billions to settle claims for its role in the opioid epidemic.

While saying it would pay out $3.1 billion, Walmart noted in a

11 Nov
Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

Liability Fears Keep Some Schools From Stocking Asthma Inhalers

It's a potentially deadly issue: Some U.S. school administrators don't keep life-saving albuterol asthma inhalers on hand because they're afraid of getting sued for misuse. That's true even in states like Illinois, where strong "stock albuterol" laws are on the books, research...

02 Nov
CVS, Walgreens Announce $10 Billion Opioid Settlements

CVS, Walgreens Announce $10 Billion Opioid Settlements

Years of litigation over the opioid epidemic could end soon, as the national pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens announced Wednesday that each company has agreed to a nearly $5 billion settlement.

While neither of the companies admitted wrongdoing, the settlements are par...

17 Oct
As Clinics Providing Abortions Closed in Iowa, STD Rates Started Rising

As Clinics Providing Abortions Closed in Iowa, STD Rates Started Rising

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, many states had already moved to limit abortion access by defunding family planning health centers.

Unfortuna...

30 Aug
Paid Sick Leave Saves Workers' Lives: Study

Paid Sick Leave Saves Workers' Lives: Study

Access to paid sick leave saves lives, new research shows.

The U.S. study found that when local laws required employers to provide paid sick leave, lower death rates from homicide, suicide and alcohol-related causes resulted.

The researchers also believe that recen...

26 Jul
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.

The jump in risk appears to ...

08 Jul
Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Biden Signs Executive Order on Access to Abortion

Under growing pressure from his own party, President Joe Biden on Friday issued an executive order designed to help protect women's access to abortion.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court

24 Jun
SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade, Leaving Many Women Without Access to Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday that overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing a woman's right to abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion... and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and ...

17 May
Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law

16 May
After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

After Roe v. Wade: Could Bans on Out-of-State Abortions, Mail-Order Pills Be Next?

"I do not believe that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is where any of this will end."

So warns Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships for Power to Decide, a contraception advocacy group dedicated to reducing the risk for unplanned pregnancies.

16 May
When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

When Abortion Means Traveling, More Women Forgo Procedure: Study

Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.

Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue th...

21 Jan
Many Marijuana Vendors Aim Advertising at Kids: Study

Many Marijuana Vendors Aim Advertising at Kids: Study

Some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media, a new study reports.

Despite state laws restricting such marketing, researchers found marijuana retailers on social media promot...

19 Jan
Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Homelessness is difficult enough, but when it's compounded by serious mental health issues the result can be an inability to function at even the most basic level.

Sometimes that leads to round-the-clock involuntary hospitalization, and when that happens a state-appointe...

13 Jan
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been ...

13 Dec
Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Big "surprise" medical bills may still be a problem for Americans.

According to a new study, more than half of U.S. hospitals haven't complied with recent regulations requiring that they disclose their prices online for all services, to help prevent unexpected bills for ...

10 Dec
Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Supreme Court Allows Legal Challenges to Texas Abortion Law, But Doesn't Overturn It

Abortion providers in Texas can sue state officials in federal court over the state's new abortion law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday, but it refused to block the law while such legal actions may be taken.

In its

24 Nov
Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

Republican lawmakers in several states are pushing vaccine mandate exemptions for workers who have so-called natural immunity due to a previous COVID-19 infection.

That's despite evidence that vaccination can reduce the risk of COVID-19 even for those with a history of i...

24 Nov
Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Debate rages over access to abortion, but experts say the collected medical evidence makes one thing clear -- it is a fundamentally safe procedure for women.

Abortion is safer than childbirth and it's also safer than a host of other common procedures -- colonoscopy, tons...

02 Nov
Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

Biden Administration Moves to Cut Methane Emissions That Threaten Climate, Health

A new rule to sharply cut methane emissions and other oil and gas industry air pollutants that harm health and contribute to climate change is in the works.

The new Clean Air Act rule proposed Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would cut 41 million...

18 Oct
How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

How 1.3 Million Americans Became Controlled by Conservatorships

Pop singer Britney Spears was at the height of her fame in 2008 when, through a series of arcane legal maneuverings, her father gained conservatorship over her and took control of her personal and financial affairs.

Spears' plight and the #FreeBritney movement has shone ...

01 Oct
Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

That's the key finding in a new study published Se...

13 Sep
Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

The law on whether or not students in Florida schools will be required to wear masks has changed again.

On Friday the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated that state's ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.

The issue has been i...

09 Sep
Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor's order blocking mask mandates -- for now at least.

A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates...

17 Aug
How Did New 'Surprise Medical Bill' Laws Affect Your State?

How Did New 'Surprise Medical Bill' Laws Affect Your State?

Anesthesia is a vital part of almost every surgery, but unexpected bills for the service can cause a lot of pain. Now, a new study finds that these costs fell in several states that introduced legislation targeting "surprise" billing.

"These price declines show that stat...

13 Jul
Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Pesticide Harmed Children's Brains: Lawsuits

Lawsuits claiming that the widely used bug killer chlorpyrifos caused brain damage in children were filed Monday in California.

Past research has shown that the pesticide harms the brains of fetuses and children, the Associated Press reported.

Chlorpyrifos...

08 Jul
Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Barry Cadden, who was president and co-owner of the New Engl...

03 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

Pandemic Silver Lining: Global Decline in Urban Crime

COVID-19 lockdowns had at least one welcome upside: a significant drop in crime in cities worldwide, according to an international study.

Researchers analyzed crime data from 27 metro areas (including Chicago; London; Sao Paulo; Barcelona, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Br...

27 Apr
Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

Tougher Gun Laws, Fewer Gun Deaths: Study

The more gun laws a state has, the lower its suicide and murder rates, a new U.S. study finds.

Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. In 2017, nearly 67,000 Americans died by suicide and homicide. And guns were involved in about half of the suicides...

08 Apr
Despite Pandemic's Toll, Many Older Adults Don't Have Living Wills

Despite Pandemic's Toll, Many Older Adults Don't Have Living Wills

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, less than half of older Americans have legally stated their wishes should they become seriously ill, a new survey finds.

People 50 and older are at increased risk for severe COVID-19, and the pandemic may be an ...

01 Mar
Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

Want Less Violent Prisons? Plant More Trees

It's already known that green space offers significant benefits in institutional settings, such as hospitals and schools, but new research suggests it may also reduce violence in prisons.

In the new study, researchers compared the amount of trees, lawns and shrubs at pri...

18 Feb
Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

Tougher State Gun Laws, Less Gun Violence Among Teens: Study

States with more gun laws have less youth gun violence, new research reveals.

For the study, the researchers examined data from several states from 2005 to 2017, and found that kids were less likely to be armed in states with more gun laws, and more likely to carry a wea...

02 Feb
Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Too Many U.S. Doctors Biased Against Patients With Disabilities: Study

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni is all too familiar with the discrimination that patients who have a disability can face: Having lived with multiple sclerosis for more than four decades and now in a wheelchair, she has also studied health care experiences and outcomes for people with disabil...

18 Jan
As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using

As More Legal Pot Dispensaries Open, More Young Adults Start Using

As more states legalize marijuana and more shops begin to sell it, more young adults are using pot and developing drug-use disorders, a new study finds.

For the study, researchers looked at young adults in Los Angeles County before and after retail sale of recreational m...

04 Jan
Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically Appropriate, Neurologists Say

Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically Appropriate, Neurologists Say

Despite training that teaches police officers to use neck restraints, there is no medical justification for the tactic, three neurologists write in JAMA Neurology.

The killing of George Floyd, who died in May 2020 after an arresting police officer pressed a kne...