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Rising malpractice premiums price small clinics out of gender-affirming care for minors

January 13, 2024, 5:08am Business

After Iowa lawmakers passed a ban on gender-affirming care for minors in March, managers of an LGBTQ+ health clinic located just across the state line in Moline, Illinois, decided to start offering that care. Read story

WHO: COVID killed nearly 10,000 last month

January 11, 2024, 5:16pm Health

The head of the U.N. health agency said Wednesday that holiday gatherings and the spread of the most prominent variant globally led to increased transmission of COVID-19 last month. Read story

FILE - Protesters gather inside the State Capitol building on Friday, May 19, 2023, in Lincoln, Neb., before lawmakers were scheduled to begin debating a bill that will ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy and also ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

Efforts to restrict transgender health care endure in 2024, with more adults targeted

FILE - Protesters gather inside the State Capitol building on Friday, May 19, 2023, in Lincoln, Neb., before lawmakers were scheduled to begin debating a bill that will ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy and also ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

January 11, 2024, 8:08am Health

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some cases, adults — returning to the issue the year after a wave of high-profile bills became law and sparked lawsuits. Read story

Washington is failing to meet Medicaid lead testing requirements for kids, even for children most at risk for exposure to the dangerous neurotoxin.

WA not meeting Medicaid lead testing requirements for kids, audit finds

Washington is failing to meet Medicaid lead testing requirements for kids, even for children most at risk for exposure to the dangerous neurotoxin.

January 11, 2024, 6:00am Health

Washington is failing to meet Medicaid lead testing requirements for kids, even for children most at risk for exposure to the dangerous neurotoxin. Read story

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups surge to 20 million, days before open enrollment closes

January 10, 2024, 1:20pm Health

Some 20 million people have signed up for health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, a record-breaking figure. Read story

FILE - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack holds up a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefits Transfer (SNAP EBT) card during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Washington. Nearly 21 million children in the U.S. and its territories are expected to receive food benefits this summer through a newly permanent federal program, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. &ldquo;No child in this country should go hungry,&rdquo; Vilsack said in an interview on Tuesday.

USDA estimates 21 million kids will get summer food benefits through new program in 2024

FILE - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack holds up a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefits Transfer (SNAP EBT) card during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Washington. Nearly 21 million children in the U.S. and its territories are expected to receive food benefits this summer through a newly permanent federal program, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. &ldquo;No child in this country should go hungry,&rdquo; Vilsack said in an interview on Tuesday.

January 10, 2024, 8:01am Health

Nearly 21 million children in the U.S. and its territories are expected to receive food benefits this summer through a newly permanent federal program, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. Read story

FILE - A pair of migrant families from Brazil passes through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico in Yuma, Ariz., to seek asylum on June 10, 2021. A federal judge was poised Friday, Dec.8, 2023, to prohibit separation of families at the border for purposes of deterring immigration for eight years.

States expand health coverage for immigrants as GOP hits Biden over border crossings

FILE - A pair of migrant families from Brazil passes through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico in Yuma, Ariz., to seek asylum on June 10, 2021. A federal judge was poised Friday, Dec.8, 2023, to prohibit separation of families at the border for purposes of deterring immigration for eight years.

January 7, 2024, 6:00am Health

A growing number of states are opening taxpayer-funded health insurance programs to immigrants, including those living in the U.S. without authorization, even as Republicans assail President Joe Biden over a dramatic increase in illegal crossings of the southern border. Read story

FILE - A sign for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices, Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. The FDA declined to approve a nasal spray to treat severe allergic reactions late Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, calling for more research on what would have been the first alternative to injections using devices such as an EpiPen.

Deep flaws in FDA oversight of medical devices, and patient harm, exposed in lawsuits and records

FILE - A sign for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices, Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. The FDA declined to approve a nasal spray to treat severe allergic reactions late Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, calling for more research on what would have been the first alternative to injections using devices such as an EpiPen.

January 7, 2024, 6:00am Health

Living with diabetes, Carlton “PeeWee” Gautney Jr. relied on a digital device about the size of a deck of playing cards to pump insulin into his bloodstream. Read story

Through rowing, this writer found community and friendship, which helps make it easier to get out of bed at 5 a.m. on cold, dark winter mornings. From left, Stefanie Loh, Colleen Ryan and Rachel Egner all met in the Pocock Rowing Center&rsquo;s May Learn to Row class and have kept in touch since through a lively group text chain.

New mom discovers rowing, carves out time to learn a new workout routine

Through rowing, this writer found community and friendship, which helps make it easier to get out of bed at 5 a.m. on cold, dark winter mornings. From left, Stefanie Loh, Colleen Ryan and Rachel Egner all met in the Pocock Rowing Center&rsquo;s May Learn to Row class and have kept in touch since through a lively group text chain.

January 6, 2024, 6:05am Entertainment

“When do I work out? Ha,” my friend Melissa’s incredulous laugh rang through the phone line, making me feel better and worse about how, in the 13-plus-months since I’d given birth to my daughter, I’d tried and failed miserably to get back into anything resembling a regular workout routine. Read story

Home design can help relieve SAD

January 6, 2024, 6:02am Health

Before Christmas, holiday excitement is high. People are happy to spend time with family, spread cheer and enjoy December. But once the Christmas trees are at the curb, all the presents are unwrapped and the New Year has been toasted, the winter blues settle in. Read story