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Shuran Huang for The Washington Post via Getty Images (BATON ROUGE, La.) — Louisiana is moving closer to classifying the abortion pill regimen — mifepristone and misoprostol — as a “controlled dangerous substance,” putting them in the same category as opioids and other addictive medications. If a new bill becomes law, possession of the the […]

DIGICOMPHOTO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images (LANSING, Mich.) — A second person in the United States has been infected with bird flu, health officials said Wednesday. The case was identified in a Michigan farmworker who had regular exposure to livestock-infected bird flu, or avian influenza, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said. The Centers […]

fhm/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The health effects from extreme heat will soon take an even bigger toll on disadvantaged communities, according to a new report. As global temperatures continue to climb, a growing number of people living in disadvantaged communities will be impacted by health-threatening heatwaves, a report released Wednesday by the ICF Climate […]

sshepard/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) around the world is increasing and is a “major concern” for health officials, according to a new report published Tuesday from the World Health Organization (WHO). The report found four curable STIs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis — are responsible for more […]

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Amid the growing popularity of drugs used for weight loss like Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and Zepbound, one question has remained for users, what happens if they were to stay on the drug for years? Now, a new study released earlier this month by Novo Nordisk, the maker […]

XiXinXing/Getty Images (HOUSTON) — A 6-month-old girl born with a life-threatening lung disorder is now breathing on her own thanks to a rare double lung transplant. Kylie Overfield was placed on a ventilator immediately after her birth on Nov. 10, 2023, due to surfactant B deficiency, a rare genetic condition that causes abnormalities in the […]

Isaac Lane Koval/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A major new report shows stark disparities in breast cancer care, with non-white Americans and those without health insurance far less likely to be up to date with recommended screenings. Women under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance are 50% less likely to be […]

fstop123/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — An acrimonious divorce between a Texas couple fighting over their frozen embryos could end up having an impact on in vitro fertilization care in the entire state, and possibly a replay of the controversial court decision in Alabama that briefly ended IVF access in the state. Caroline Antoun has argued […]

Tetra Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Drug overdose deaths fell in 2023, marking the first decrease in five years, new provisional federal data published Wednesday showed. An estimated 107,543 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2023, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. This is a 3% decrease […]

Brais Seara/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The damage of wildfires can expand far beyond the active blaze, as toxic smoke from Canadian wildfires crosses borders, enters homes and triggers health concerns, experts say. As of Monday, officials said at least 40 of the more than 140 active fires burning in the Canadian wildfires have been […]

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