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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 ...
The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News
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The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News

As much as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing health disparities in America – Blacks have had a 70% greater chance of death due to COVID-19 than whites – this, of course, is not the only shocking inequity in American health care. Tragically, the effort to save lives through organ transplantation is marred by a deep chasm separating the treatment of Blacks from whites.Black Americans die every day waiting for an organ because the transplantation system in America is weighted heavily against them, as study after study has shown.Everyone deserves an equal chance at living a full life. To achieve this most basic measure of fairness, there must be reforms to the organ transplantation process. This should be a core element of the push for health equity in the United States, which already ...
Travel tummy troubles: Here’s how to prevent or soothe them
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Travel tummy troubles: Here’s how to prevent or soothe them

Traveling this summer and fall? Don’t forget to pack these digestion remedies. With COVID travel restrictions lifted, Americans are anxious to hit the road again. Some estimates suggest that 75% of us expect to travel domestically during the summer, and recent figures show that international travel from the United States more than doubled in May 2022 compared with last year. But when you pack your bags, keep digestive health in mind. Tummy problems like diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion are all-too-common travel companions. "Travel disrupts many of the body’s natural rhythms, including digestion says Dr. Kyle Staller, a gastroenterologist with Harvard-affiliated M...
Tracking viruses: The best clues may be in the sewer
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Tracking viruses: The best clues may be in the sewer

Wastewater testing has captured rising COVID levels and even evidence of polio. Can it predict new viral outbreaks? Yogi Berra said it well: "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." Though he wasn’t talking about viral infections or the current pandemic, he might as well have been. Even the best scientists, infectious disease specialists, and epidemiologists have found it hard to accurately predict when new viral outbreaks will appear (think COVID-19), when old ones will reappear (think polio), and how to figure this out in time to make a difference. But what if they could? An already available tool called wastewater testing shows promise — and how we use the results could help r...
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...
Biden Tests Negative, Touts His Record on Fighting COVID-19 | National News
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Biden Tests Negative, Touts His Record on Fighting COVID-19 | National News

A cheerful President Joe Biden reveled Thursday in his recent status as a coronavirus-negative patient, presenting himself as an example of how vaccines and treatment can make the illness a brief, mild ailment instead of something more serious or even deadly."My symptoms were mild, my recovery was quick and I'm feeling great," Biden, without the raspy voice he had earlier in the week, told reporters in the Rose Garden before heading to the Oval Office to work. "It's a real statement of where we are in the fight against COVID-19."The president, who tested positive for the virus a week ago, has now tested negative twice, his doctor, Kevin O'Connor, said in a letter released Thursday to the media.Biden took antigen tests, he said; previously, Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus respons...
Israel Fitness Equipment Market is expected to expand at a
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Israel Fitness Equipment Market is expected to expand at a

Gurugram, India, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entry of low budget international fitness chains and attractive fitness schemes offered by those brands will gain traction among the people for following various fitness regimes and contributing in increasing the offline memberships rate in fitness centers Consumers shifting preference towards availing digital fitness services followed by the advent of COVID-19 will positively contribute in accelerating the demand of home-based fitness equipment such as yoga mats, resistance bands and dumbbells along with exercise bike, elliptical and treadmills in coming yearsDue to the changing lifestyle and influence from TV and internet, youth in the country is becoming more aware about their health and fitness, which will into regular visits ...