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Lawmakers, Medical Groups, Lawyers Urge Supreme Court To Block Strict Louisiana Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in March on the state’s new requirements around abortion providers’ admitting privileges to hospitals. “Laws regulating abortion should be evidence-based and supported by a valid medical justification,” the medical groups wrote to the court. A similar Texas law was ruled unconstitutional, put the political make-up of the high court has shifted since that decision.

Hidden Dangers Of Dating Apps: Sex Offenders, Including Rapists, Are Using Them. Why Do Companies Allow It?

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A lack of a uniform policy allows convicted and accused perpetrators to access some dating apps and leaves users vulnerable to sexual assaults, according to an investigation. Public health news is on stem cell heart therapy, flu season, Parkinson’s disease, poetry therapy, problems with blood-sugar monitors, warnings about ski helmets, a grateful transplant patient, children prone to violent outbursts, and more.

As Schools Move To Crack Down On Vaping, A New Problem Arises: Litter In The Shape Of Discarded Pods

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The extent of the trash reveals “how much this has become a part of our students’ lives,” says Kristen Lewis, an assistant principal in Boulder, Colo. “And that’s what’s scary… It really has become an epidemic in our schools.” News on the vaping epidemic focuses on a flavor ban, political fallout, doctors’ efforts to warn teens of e-cigarette hazards, and more.

In Their Own Words: High School Class Of 2000 Alums Talk About What It Was Like To Be At Heart Of Opioid Epidemic

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As the class of 2000 headed toward graduation, an opioid epidemic was cropping up and spreading like wildfire. Nearly two decades later, the students who were there at the beginning of the epidemic recount just how much it has affected their lives. In other news on the crisis: safe injections of heroin, how a counterterroism machine helps fight overdoses, the end of the era of pill mills, and more.

MRIs For Women With Dense Breast Tissue Caught More Cancer But Also Resulted In A Lot Of False Alarms

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About half of women over 40 have dense breasts and about 10% have very dense ones. That raises their risk of developing cancer and makes it harder to spot on mammograms if they do. But, like in other sectors of health care, the dilemma remains about whether the extra screening is worth the false alarms it brings. In other women’s health news: postpartum care, depression, asthma during pregnancy, and violence against girls.

Memories Can Drive The Desire To Drink But They Can Also Be Tweaked To Help Curb Those Urges With Ketamine’s Help

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Memories and environmental cues can trigger a relapse in someone struggling with alcoholism. Researchers have started playing with the idea of tinkering those memories and cues to prevent that very thing from happening. In other public health news: Eastern equine encephalitis cases, gene editing, psychological growth, caregiving, probiotics, and more.

More E. Coli Illnesses Linked To Romaine While Health Experts, Farmers Look For Ways To Prevent Contamination

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On Tuesday, the CDC reported 67 people in 19 states have been sickened. “It’s heartbreaking and frustrating,” said Dan Sutton, a lettuce grower in San Luis Obispo, Calif. “We will have to change how we farm leafy greens.” Ahead of Thanksgiving, news focuses on eating disorders, allergies, being “hangry,” exercising, and fresh food vending machines, as well.

Veteran Health Care ‘Whenever, Wherever They Need It’: Use Of Telemedicine Spikes 17%

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Veterans Affairs has rolled out a telemedicine app, offers services online and in rural areas is opening telehealth clinics at VFWs. State restrictions were dropped for the VA, allowing VA physicians and nurses to administer care to veterans via telemedicine across state borders, regardless of state licensing. Other news on veterans is on treatment for toxic exposures and a tragic discovery.

Americans’ Life Expectancy Drops For Third Year In Row, Signaling There’s ‘Something Terribly Wrong’ Going On

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Researchers say the grim new reality isn’t just limited to rural deaths of despair, but rather the numbers reflect that many different people living in all areas of the U.S. are struggling. “We need to look at root causes,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, the author’s lead study. “Something changed in the 1980s, which is when the growth in our life expectancy began to slow down compared to other wealthy nations.”

Trump Signs Order Creating Task Force To Comb Chronic Violence Against Native American Women

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On some reservations, federal studies show women are killed at a rate over 10 times the national average. “We will leverage every resource we have to bring safety to our tribal communities, and we will not waver in this mission,” President Donald Trump said. “We’re taking this very seriously.” The new task force will be overseen by Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.