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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban
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Justice Department Asks Judge to Pause Idaho Abortion Ban

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.“If allowed to go into effect, the Idaho law will cause significant irreparable harm, including to the public health of patients across Idaho,” Justice Department attorney Lisa Newman wrote in court documents filed Monday.The Justice Department sued Idaho last week over the state's strict abortion ban, saying it would force doctors ...
Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips
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Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)SUNDAY, July 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a schedule and let the child take little sips or use a straw."We like to promote honesty," Glarum said in a hospital news release. "Hiding medicine in food can make kids feel tricked and add some mistrust or even some aversions around different foods."What I've run into in the past is, the child may start to de...
Wave of Opioid Overdoses Expected to Hit U.S. Rural, Urban Areas
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Wave of Opioid Overdoses Expected to Hit U.S. Rural, Urban Areas

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)FRIDAY, July 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Experts predict opioid overdoses will climb in both rural and urban areas because of the lethal practice of mixing the highly addictive narcotics with other drugs.The coming wave of opioid overdoses “will be worse than ever seen before,” said researchers from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago who studied trends and used a predictive model to determine where deaths would escalate.“I'm sounding the alarm because, for the first time, there is a convergence and escalation of acceleration rates for every type of rural and urban county,” said corresponding author Lori Post. She is director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of...
Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns
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Abortion Access Finds a Place Even in Down-Ballot Campaigns

By SUSAN HAIGH and JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Appearing bare-shouldered in a TV ad, Connecticut Democrat Dita Bhargava looks directly into the camera and promises, if elected, to “lead the crusade" for abortion rights.Photos of other women flash on the screen, also with no clothes showing. “This is who have freedom over their own bodies stripped away,” Bhargava says in the commercial, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion. “This is who the Supreme Court left completely vulnerable.”It would make sense to think Bhargava is running for governor, state legislature or Congress — positions that could play a direct role in future abortion laws. She's not. She's a candidate for state treasurer.Bhargava,...
Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Your Bones, Large Study Finds
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Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Your Bones, Large Study Finds

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)THURSDAY, July 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who take vitamin D supplements to improve their bone health and ward off fractures are just wasting their time and money, a major new study has found.These supplements did nothing to reduce their average risk of bone fractures, researchers found in a randomized trial testing vitamin D against a placebo."In generally healthy adults, these results do not support the use of vitamin D supplements to reduce fracture risk," said lead researcher Dr. Meryl LeBoff, chief of the Calcium and Bone Section at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "We found that supplemental vitamin D did not reduce fractures in U.S. participants."In the study, published July 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine...
More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health
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More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)TUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to walk up to 40 minutes more a day (about 1,800 more steps). And those extra steps could translate to the loss of more than two pounds over five months."In the mainstream media, there can be a lot of skepticism about wearable activity trackers, such as whether they make any difference and whether they even have negative impacts, such as making people feel guilty," said senior researcher Carol Maher. She is a professor of population and digital health at the University of South A...