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US judge in Washington state blocks new Trump abortion rule

A U.S. judge in Washington state Thursday blocked new Trump administration rules that could cut off federal funding for health care providers who refer patients for an abortion. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima granted the preliminary injunction in cases brought by the state and abortion rights...

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  • Trump to keep fighting opioids 'until our job is done'

    President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to battle the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse "until our job is done," and he claimed progress even though it is unclear whether the crisis has diminished. Trump spoke at an annual conference of health, law enforcement, elected and other officials...

      • Panel advances marijuana bill for Alabama Senate floor vote

        A medicinal marijuana bill has moved one step closer to a floor vote in the Alabama Senate , where it faces an uncertain future. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 for the bill after a brief public hearing Wednesday. It now moves to the full Senate where the proposal has previously met resistance....

          • South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines

            Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of the worst-hit areas of South Sudan's latest outbreak. "Every time I see the graves I feel like crying," Mathiong said. The family...

              • Louisiana Senate backs requiring doctor info before abortion

                Women seeking an abortion in Louisiana would have to get lengthy background information about the doctor performing the procedure, under a proposal that won unanimous support Tuesday from state senators. The measure by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, would require the written information...

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                  • Mayo mindfulness: Know your triggers for stress

                    The kids are screaming, the bills are due and the pile of papers on your desk is growing at an alarming pace. It's undeniable life is full of stress. Understanding the types and sources of stress short term and long term, internal and external is an important part of stress management. So what...

                      • Americans overwhelmingly want federal protections against surprise medical bills

                        WASHINGTON Three-quarters of the public including a majority of Republicans want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a poll released...

                          • Women's wellness: Causes, tests and treatments for infertility

                            Infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant (with frequent intercourse) for at least a year with no success. Female infertility, male infertility or a combination of the two affects millions of couples in the United States. An estimated 10 to 18 percent of couples have trouble getting pregnant...

                              • Measles: What you need to know about vaccines, outbreaks and staying safe

                                Once considered eliminated, measles is again on the rise with more cases this year already than in all of 2018. Several incidents of measles in the Bay Area, including the recent case of a San Mateo resident at Google headquarters, have many wondering if they are at risk of getting infected. Here...

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                                  • Price of a brace brings soccer player to his knees

                                    Last October, Esteban Serrano wrenched his knee badly during his weekly soccer game with friends. Serrano, a software engineer, grew up playing soccer in Quito, Ecuador, and he has kept up his sport since moving to the United States two decades ago. He hobbled off the field and iced the knee. But...

                                      • Infectious diseases A-Z: Why the measles virus is so contagious

                                        Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads through coughing or sneezing. "It's one of the most contagious infectious diseases," says Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist. "Measles infection is spread through the airborne route, which means...

                                          • 'He's not crazy. He's hurting': Suicides are rising for young black and Latino men in Texas

                                            Hip-hop is therapy for Tye Harris. Tonight's session is at the Granada Theater. He takes the stage in his red Adidas joggers and a jean jacket. He's nervous, but he pulls the mic close to him. It's time to channel T.Y.E, his alter ego and more confident side. The lights dim and his hip-hopera begins:...

                                              • Women's wellness: 7 tips for back pain relief during pregnancy

                                                Back pain during pregnancy isn't surprising, but it still deserves attention. You're gaining weight, your center of gravity changes, and your hormones are relaxing the ligaments in the joints of your pelvis. Often, however, you can prevent or ease back pain during pregnancy. Consider seven ways...

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                                                  • Woman lived to be 99 despite having organs on wrong side of her body

                                                    She had a 5 percent to 13 percent chance of living past age 5, but she didn't know that. Rose Marie Bentley lived longer than most, making it to age 99. Why such low odds for the beginning of her life? Bentley was born with a condition called situs inversus with levocardia, an abnormality where...

                                                      • Commentary: Bernie Sanders's bold health plan puts Democrats in a bind

                                                        Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders's Medicare-for-All plan was already bold. It just got even bolder. Sanders, an early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, had initially called for phasing out America's employer-based insurance system in favor of universal government coverage...

                                                          • More older adults with joint replacements recover at home, not rehab

                                                            Older adults and their families often wonder: Where's the best place to recover after a hip or knee replacement at home or in a rehabilitation facility? Increasingly, the answer appears to be home if the procedure is elective, friends and family are available to help and someone doesn't have serious...

                                                              • Does it make sense to delay children's vaccines?

                                                                When Elyse Imamura's son was an infant, she and her husband, Robert, chose to spread out his vaccinations at a more gradual pace than the official schedule recommended. "I was thinking, 'OK, we're going to do this,' " says Imamura, 39, of Torrance, Calif. " 'But we're going to do it slower so your...

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