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February 24

Alabama IVF ruling puts spotlight on state plans for tax breaks and child support for fetuses

A recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally protected children is highlighting how support for the idea that a fetus should have the same rights as a person underpins far less dramatic laws and proposals from abortion foes acr...
February 24
FILE - Anti-abortion protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 24, 2022. A recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally protected children is highlighting how support for fetal personhood underpins far less dramatic laws and proposals from abortion foes in states across the U.S. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
February 23

West Virginia lawmakers push to remove a suicide risk exemption from gender-affirming care bill

Some Republican lawmakers in West Virginia want to ban transgender youth at risk for self-harm or suicide from accessing medical interventions such as hormone therapy
February 23
Lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates House and Human Resources Committee discuss a bill that would prohibit certain type of health care for transgender minors in a committee room at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography via AP)
February 23

Wendy Williams thanks fans for 'overwhelming' response to dementia diagnosis

Former talk show host Wendy Williams is thanking well-wishers for their response to the revelation she has been diagnosed with dementia and ahead of the airing of Lifetime documentary about her struggles
February 23
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, host Wendy Williams appears at the 2014 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. Lifetime's “Where is Wendy Williams?” documentary will air this weekend as scheduled after a New York court rejected an attempt to block the broadcast. The order signed Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 by a New York appellate judge says blocking the documentary from airing as planned on Saturday and Sunday would be an “impermissible prior restraint on speech that violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
February 23

Florida refuses to bar unvaccinated students from school suffering a measles outbreak

Florida’s controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school’s measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class
February 23
FILE - Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
February 23

Maryland House OKs bill to enable undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance on state exchange

The Maryland House has voted for a measure to enable people to buy health insurance through the state’s health care exchange regardless of their immigration status, with the approval of a federal waiver
February 23
Maryland Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, a Democrat who chairs the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee, speaks in favor of a bill to enable people to buy health insurance through the state's health care exchange regardless of their immigration status, with approval of a federal waiver during debate on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
February 23

Facing backlash over IVF ruling, Alabama lawmakers look for a fix

Alabama lawmakers have begun scrambling for ways to protect in vitro fertilization services after a state Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos could be considered children under state law
February 23
FILE - A container with frozen embryos and sperm stored in liquid nitrogen is removed at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 23

Ahead of South Carolina primary, Trump says he strongly supports IVF after Alabama court ruling

Former President Donald Trump says he would “strongly support the availability" of in vitro fertilization for couples and women who are trying to have a baby
February 23
Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks to supporters at an event at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
February 23

Trump says he 'strongly' supports IVF and calls on Alabama lawmakers to protect access to fertility procedure

Trump says he 'strongly' supports IVF and calls on Alabama lawmakers to protect access to fertility procedure
February 23
February 23

Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest causes ripple effect on CPR, AED awareness

Damar Hamlin’s survival story is inspiring others to save lives. The American Heart Association says web traffic on their site increased 620% following his sudden cardiac arrest last year.
February 23
VIDEO: Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest causes ripple effect on CPR, AED awareness
February 23

Small study shows a possible reason some long COVID patients experience 'brain fog'

The study was conducted by researchers at Trinity College in Ireland.
February 23
A man wearing a face mask is seen on a street in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 16, 2022.
February 23

Germany's parliament to debate and vote on liberalizing cannabis rules

German lawmakers have approved a government plan to liberalize rules on cannabis, paving the way for the country to decriminalize limited amounts of marijuana and allow members of “cannabis clubs” to buy it for recreational purposes
February 23
German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach sits in the Bundestag during the debate on the law on the controlled release of cannabis, in Berlin, Friday Feb. 23, 2024. (Serhat Kocak/dpa via AP)
February 22

Mississippi might allow incarcerated people to sue prisons over transgender inmates

A bill before Mississippi lawmakers might allow incarcerated people to sue jails and prisons if they encounter inmates of the opposite sex in restrooms or changing areas
February 22
FILE - Mississippi Rep. Gene Newman, R-Pearl, speaks, Feb. 15, 2024, at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss. State lawmakers advanced a bill sponsored by Newman out of a House committee Thursday, Feb. 22, that would require inmate restrooms, changing rooms and sleeping quarters in correctional facilities to be designated for use only by members of one sex. If prisoners encounter someone of the opposite sex in any of those areas, they could sue the prison. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
February 22

What's next after the Alabama ruling that counts IVF embryos as children?

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled last week that couples who were trying in vitro fertilization and lost frozen embryos in an accident at a south Alabama storage facility can sue under the state’s wrongful death law
February 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 22

Republicans vote to make it harder to amend Missouri Constitution

Republican lawmakers have voted to make it more difficult to amend the state's constitution
February 22
FILE - Residents place their signatures on a petition in support of a ballot initiative to end Missouri's near total ban on abortion during Missourians for Constitutionals Freedom kick-off petition drive, Feb. 6, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. Republican lawmakers voted Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, to make it harder to change the Missouri Constitution amid a campaign to restore abortion rights through an initiative petition. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
February 22

Bail is set at $4 million for an Ohio woman charged in her 5-year-old foster son's suffocation death

A judge has set bail at $4 million for an Ohio woman charged with murder in the suffocation death of her 5-year-old foster son
February 22
February 22

Wendy Williams has frontotemporal dementia. What is FTD?

Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD
February 22
FILE - TV talk show host Wendy Williams attends a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. Williams has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, according to a statement released Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, on behalf of her caretakers. It affects parts of the brain controlling behavior and language. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
February 22

GOP lawmakers try to thwart abortion rights ballot initiative in South Dakota

South Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature is trying to thwart a proposed ballot initiative that would enable voters to protect abortion rights in the state constitution
February 22
South Dakota Republican Rep. Jon Hansen stands in the House of Representatives in the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Hansen opposes a proposed ballot initiative that would place abortion rights in the South Dakota Constitution. (AP Photo/Jack Dura)
February 22

Wisconsin lawmakers OK bill to tackle forever chemicals pollution, but governor isn't on board

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed a bill that would unlock $125 million to fight so-called forever chemicals
February 22
February 22

Children's MMR vaccine rate drops 2%, 250,000 kindergarteners vulnerable to measles

Measles coverage is below the target of 95% for the third consecutive year.
February 22
Lydia Fulton, LPN, administers the MMR vaccine to a child at Children's Primary Care Clinic in Minneapolis, April 28, 2017.
February 22

Anti-doping law nets first prison sentence for therapist who helped sprinters get drugs

The first person charged for violating a 2020 law that forbids conspiracies to taint international sports events through performance-enhancing drugs received a three-month prison sentence
February 22
February 22

Wendy Williams diagnosed with same form of dementia as Bruce Willis

Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with the same form of dementia that actor Bruce Willis has
February 22
FILE - Wendy Williams attends the world premiere of Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show," Oct. 28, 2019, in New York. The former talk show host has been diagnosed with the same form of dementia that actor Bruce Willis has, according to a statement released Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, on behalf of her caretakers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 22

HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, known for her inspirational talks as a young child, dies at 39

A prominent HIV/AIDS activist known for her inspirational talks in the 1990s as a young child to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with has died
February 22
FILE - AIDS activist Mary Fisher hugs Hydeia Broadbent on the podium at the Republican National Convention Monday Aug. 12, 1996, in San Diego, Calif. Broadbent, a prominent HIV/AIDS activist known for her inspirational talks in the 1990s as a young child to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with, has died. She was 39. (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson, File)
February 22

Polish lawmakers OK morning-after pill for ages 15 and over in a first step to ease reproductive law

Poland's lawmakers have voted to approve over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill for ages 15 and above in a step to liberalize Poland's strict reproductive law inherited from the previous nationalist conservative government
February 22
February 22

More Alabama IVF providers pause treatment after court ruling on frozen embryos

More in vitro fertilization providers in Alabama have paused parts of their treatment after the state Supreme Court ruled frozen embryos are legally considered children
February 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 22

A second Alabama IVF provider has paused parts of its treatment after a court ruling on frozen embryos

A second Alabama IVF provider has paused parts of its treatment after a court ruling on frozen embryos
February 22
February 22

Planned Parenthood asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to find 1849 abortion law unconstitutional

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 174-year-old state law that conservatives have interpreted as an abortion ban
February 22
February 22
This photo provided by Yellow Kite shows “Healthy Made Simple” by Ella Mills. (Yellow Kite via AP)
February 22

Sex ed classes in some states may soon watch video from anti-abortion group

An animated fetus that develops over the course of a three-minute video has become a new front in state-level abortion politics
February 22
February 22

Amid fentanyl crisis, Oregon lawmakers propose more funding for opioid addiction medication in jails

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers are working to boost funding for jails to provide medication used to treat opioid addiction
February 22
In this Nov. 8, 2014, image provided by Shon Allen, Colin Conner poses for a photo at the flight center in Bountiful, Utah. Conner, who struggled with opioid addiction for years, lost his life to a fentanyl overdose in June 2023, just days after being released from a Salt Lake City jail. Conner's father said the jail had discontinued his methadone prescription, causing him to go through agonizing withdrawal and prompting cravings to return while he was behind bars. (Shon Allen via AP)
February 22

How AI health care chatbots learn from the questions of an Indian women's organization

A women's organization in Mumbai, India, is training a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence with the help of women like 32-year-old Komal Vilas Thatkare
February 22
Women learn to use a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence developed by Myna Mahila Foundation at the local women's organization’s office in Mumbai, India, Feb. 1, 2024. The chatbot, currently a pilot project, represents what many hope will be part of the impact of AI on health care around the globe: to deliver accurate medical information in personalized responses that can reach many more people than in-person clinics or trained medical workers. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
February 21

Dozens of Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing there since abortions were banned, study says

A new report says dozens of Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022
February 21
February 21

Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy
February 21
A Mississippi state legislator reads over a brief on the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi, during a meeting of the Mississippi House Medicaid Committee at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 21

FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

Smartwatches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided
February 21
FILE - A sign for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., Dec. 10, 2020. Smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels for medical purposes without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided, the FDA warned Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 21

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

A study of older adults in China offers a closer look at the dominolike sequence of brain changes that lead to Alzheimer's
February 21
FILE - A closeup of a human brain affected by Alzheimer's disease, is displayed at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 2003. According to findings published Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists are getting a closer look at the domino-like sequence of those changes _ a potential window to one day intervene. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
February 21

Alabama hospital puts pause on IVF in wake of ruling saying frozen embryos are children

A large Alabama hospital has paused in vitro fertilization treatments as health care providers weigh the impact of a state court ruling that frozen embryos are the legal equivalent of children
February 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 21

Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling

Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling
February 21
February 21

Alabama's frozen embryo ruling is having its first effects. Here's what to know

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law
February 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 21

Nearly 3 million asthma attacks could be prevented among children with cleaner energy

The report estimates cleaner energy would also prevent 508 infant deaths.
February 21
In this undated stock photo, a child is seen using an inhaler to treat an asthma attack.
February 21

Alabama lawmakers would define man and woman based on sperm and ova

Alabama lawmakers are advancing legislation that would define who is considered female and male under state law
February 21
FILE - A person holds up a sign reading, "Trans People Belong in Alabama," during a rally outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on International Transgender Day of Visibility, Friday, March 31, 2023. Alabama lawmakers are advancing legislation that would define who is considered female and male based on their ability to produce sperm and ova. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)
February 21

How AEDs and CPR can save lives

Dr. Alok Patel explains how CPR and AED's can help save lives during American Heart Month
February 21
VIDEO: How AEDs and CPR can save lives
February 21

Jill Biden announces $100 million for 'life-changing' research and development into women's health

Jill Biden has announced $100 million in public funding to boost research and development into women's health
February 21
First lady Jill Biden gestures while addressing a gathering during a discussion on women's health research, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
February 21

South Korean government warns striking doctors to return to work or face legal action

The South Korean government has warned thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately or face legal action after their collective walkouts caused cancellations of surgeries and disrupted other hospital operations
February 21
South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, center, arrives for a meeting with doctors at National Police Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. South Korea on Wednesday officially ordered thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately, a step that could lead to legal punishments if the doctors don't end their walkouts, which have caused numerous cancellations of surgeries and other treatments at hospitals. (Hwang Gang-mo/Yonhap via AP)
February 21

A brain pacemaker helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available to more people

Researchers are testing deep brain stimulation as a treatment for people with a severe form of depression
February 21
Neuroimaging expert Ki Seung Choi explains how he uses brain scans to locate the exact spot in a particular patient where electrodes for deep brain stimulation therapy should be placed, at Mount Sinai West in New York on Dec. 20, 2023. Dr. Helen Mayberg, founding director of The Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, says, “Everybody’s brain is a little different, just like people’s eyes are a little further apart or a nose is a little bigger or smaller." (AP Photo/Mary Conlon)
February 20

Executive is convicted of insider trading related to medical device firm acquisition

Prosecutors say an executive at a medical device company has been convicted in Minnesota of insider trading for a scheme involving negotiations for the acquisition of the firm that was valued at $1.6 billion
February 20
FILE - The Medronic logo is reflected in a lake at the company's offices in Fridley, Minn., on Aug. 29, 2019. An executive at a medical device company has been convicted in Minnesota of insider trading for a scheme involving negotiations for the acquisition of the firm that was valued at $1.6 billion, prosecutors said Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Doron Tavlin was a vice president for business development at the Minneapolis office of Mazor Robotics in 2018 when he learned there was the potential that the company could be purchased by Israeli-based Medtronic, Inc., according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
February 20

Republican DA asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide abortion lawsuit without lower court ruling

A Republican prosecutor is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether state law bans abortions before the case goes through any lower appellate courts
February 20
FILE - Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks at a campaign stop on Oct. 27, 2022, in Milwaukee. A Republican prosecutor asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, to decide whether a 174-year-old state law bans abortion in the state without waiting for a ruling from a lower appellate court. Kaul, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit arguing that the law is too old to enforce and conflicts with a 1985 law permitting abortions before fetuses can survive outside the womb. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
February 20

6th case of measles at elementary school in this state identified: Officials

The first patient was a third-grade student without a history of travel.
February 20
Manatee Bay Elementary School is seen on Google Maps Street View, April 2023, in Weston, Fla.
February 20

San Francisco wants to offer free drug recovery books at its public libraries

The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are those about recovering from addiction
February 20
Supervisor Matt Dorsey speaks during a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2024. The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are not the hottest new novels or juicy memoirs, they are books about recovering from addiction. Supervisor Dorsey on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, introduced legislation to create a program to distribute free addiction recovery books at the city's 27 public libraries. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected three cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines
February 20
FILE-- In this file photo, a Somali baby receives a polio vaccine, at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected 3 cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in January. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
February 20

Warnings of the impact of fertility treatments in Alabama rush in after frozen embryo ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos created during fertility treatments should be considered children under state law
February 20
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 20

Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort

According to the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, men need to work out twice as hard to get the same benefits.
February 20
VIDEO: Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort