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Alaska court strikes down 'medically necessary' abortion law

The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a state law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes medically necessary abortions for purposes of Medicaid funding. The court, in a 4-1 decision, upheld a 2015 lower court ruling that had also barred the measures from...

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  • Faith leaders urge creating board to review drug costs

    Maryland faith leaders urged lawmakers on Thursday to create a state board with powers to review high-priced drugs that can put medicine out of reach. Democratic leadership has made prescription-drug affordability a priority of the legislative session, and the bill has picked up some bipartisan...

      • Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

        Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision...

          • APNewsBreak: Settlement brings reforms to Oregon county jail

            Officials in an Oregon county agreed Thursday to lower the number of inmates crammed into a single cell and take other actions after a woman filed a lawsuit saying she was jailed under inhumane conditions. Under the settlement in U.S. District Court, staff at the Douglas County jail in Roseburg...

              • String of anti-abortion bills proposed in Tennessee

                Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a wide range of anti-abortion legislation following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill reducing the number of abortions throughout the state. The falls in line with a nationwide momentum from anti-abortion legislators and...

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                  • Immigrants find health � and home � in Philly's Buddhist centers

                    PHILADELPHIA The red-brick apartments on South Sixth Street squat side by side, braced against the wind and snow. An overturned blue armchair, missing two wooden legs, has crashed against a metal grate. A wind-blown plastic bag sends two sparrows flitting to the curb. But one step through the door...

                      • Not a morning person? These genes may be to blame

                        Perhaps you are one of those peppy people who spring into action with the sunrise. Or perhaps you find that sort of person exhausting, and you do your best work in the evening. As with so many other human traits, genes seem to play a key role in the answer. In a new study of 450,000 people, researchers...

                          • Amid concussion fears, Minnesota couple's invention aims to change youth football

                            Brigid Ling remembers being the only girl at Minnesota Vikings camps growing up. Yet Ling and her husband, Jeremy, a fellow football lover, faced a difficult moment with their two oldest children as they reached their preteen years and told their parents that flag football was too "baby" for them...

                              • Here's what happens when you get goose bumps out of nowhere

                                Everyone has experienced "the chills" at some point. Your skin gets goose bumps and your body shivers uncontrollably. But why does it happen? HuffPost consulted Hadley King, a dermatologist, to find the answer. King said there are two types of chills that cause a physical response. The first a...

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                                  • Push to do more after US pedestrian deaths hit more than 49,000 in 10 years

                                    DETROIT The authors of a new report are calling on federal, state and local governments to do more to address a staggering spike in pedestrian fatalities. The report, "Dangerous By Design 2019," urges swift action to curb the death toll, approximately 49,340 people in the 10-year period ending...

                                      • Home remedies: Animals as healers

                                        Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people with a range of health problems. What is pet therapy? Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy...

                                          • What is the planetary diet? New diet could save Earth, save lives and aid world hunger, study says

                                            Our current food production and consumption habits are doomed to "exacerbate risks to people and planet," according to a landmark study published in The Lancet recently. But if we make a radical change as in, cut our sugar and red meat by half and double our vegetable, fruit and nut consumption...

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