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Gap in suicide rates among teen boys, girls is closing: Study
iStock/torwai (NEW YORK) -- Teen suicide trends have long shown differences between the sexes: While girls have been more likely to attempt suicide, boys have died by suicide at higher rates. This disparity, however, may be getting smaller. Suicide rates among both girls and boys ages 10 to 19 had been on a downtrend throughout most of the 1990s until 2007, when they began increasing. However, they rose at a higher pace among girls compared to boys, a new study has found. The authors of the study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital explained that the narrowing of the gap was related...
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While some states are restricting abortion, others move to bolster access
Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The abortion debate in America has lately been dominated by news that conservative lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri had approved sweeping new restrictions to abortion access. But meanwhile, several states with Democratic majorities have been pushing through bills that fortify abortion rights. While proponents of abortion rights had few outright victories, they say they are making progress. On Tuesday, the Vermont House gave final approval to H.57, a bill that states abortion is a "fundamental right" and also protects the right to contraception, sterilization and family planning. "Thank...
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Hollywood's influence comes into focus in Georgia as celebrities slam Republicans over abortion laws
iStock/Southern Drone Group (WASHINGTON) -- Amid a wave of new anti-abortion laws passed in several states this week, celebrities — from A-list musicians like Lady Gaga and Rihanna to Hollywood heavyweights like Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon and Jordan Peele — are using their platforms to express their outrage. But as "heartbeat" abortion bans face legal challenges across the country, Hollywood's influence is coming into particular focus in Georgia, where enticing tax incentives have helped transform the state into a production and filming oasis. The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, which was signed into law in 2008, provides a 20% tax...
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Boy with type 1 diabetes surprised with life-saving diabetes alert dog
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A 9-year-old boy who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November received a life-changing surprise Friday on ABC News' Good Morning America.The boy, Eli Morgan, met the Labrador retriever who will soon be his constant companion as his diabetes alert dog.Eli and his family had been on a wait list for a diabetes alert dog for the past four months. Their new dog, Polar, will now undergo anywhere from eight to 12 months of training before he returns to Eli full-time.Polar will be specially trained to smell Eli's scent and be able to notice...
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FDA recalls tattoo inks due to possible bacteria contamination
The Food and Drug Administration (WASHINGTON) -- Food and Drug Administration officials recalled several types of tattoo ink this week over worries that they could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning to tattoo artists, ink retailers and anyone "considering a new tattoo," saying the inks could cause serious infections or other injuries.It said six inks manufactured by Scalp Aesthetics, Dynamic Color and Color Art could be contaminated with microorganisms that can be dangerous when injected into the skin."Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into...
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Five more states sue Purdue Pharma over alleged role in opioid crisis
Moussa81/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Five more states are suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma for its alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, the states' attorneys general announced on Thursday.West Virginia, Maryland, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin are filing lawsuits against the company which manufactures and markets the painkiller."The opioid epidemic was not inevitable," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said at a press conference announcing his case. "This epidemic has torn families apart. It has led to the overdose deaths of thousands of Wisconsinites. It has strained our foster care services. It has strained our health care system. It has strained our...
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World Health Organization releases new guidelines to reduce dementia risk
Daisy-Daisy/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization has released new guidelines to help people reduce their risk of dementia.The organization said in a news release Tuesday that dementia is not inevitable and pointed to regular exercise, quitting smoking, avoiding “harmful” use of alcohol and eating a healthy diet as ways for people to protect themselves from the illness, which the agency characterized as a “deterioration in cognitive function beyond what might be expected from normal ageing.”The agency’s director-general cautioned that in the next three decades, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple.“We need to do everything...
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Most parents text and drive, but millennial parents have even riskier habits: Study
globalmoments/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Cellphone use while driving is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents across the United States, yet a new study finds that despite widespread public health warnings about distracted driving, the majority of parents are still using their phones on the road, with one group in particular facing the most risk: millennials.As more millennials become parents, researchers from Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital were interested in seeing if their driving habits were any different from older parents given their use of technology. The researchers found that even though 52 percent of millennial parents -- ages 22...
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High school senior loses 115 pounds by walking to school, changing diet
Courtesy Jim Watson (CANTON, Ohio) -- Michael Watson, 18, battled his weight his entire life but decided to make a lasting change when he looked in a mirror his sophomore year of high school.“When I looked in the mirror I was really ready to get it done and thought, ‘I can’t just fail anymore on my diet,’” Watson said. “I need to actually do this.” Watson, now a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, started by walking to and from school every day, more than 40 minutes round trip.He walked to school every day of his junior year, no matter...
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25-year-old faces rare form of ALS that took her twin, but experimental drug offers hope
Courtesy Lori Hermstad (NEW YORK) -- Jaci Hermstad is fighting for her life -- against the same rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that claimed the life of her twin sister, Alex.This time could be different. A groundbreaking new experimental drug offers something the ALS community has never seen before: hope.The drug is in a testing phase expected to take six to eight weeks. Jaci's family is worried she will not make it that long.Now, they are in a race against time to save her life and every day counts.ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that targets motor neurons in...
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Prince William launches new mental health campaign to tackle men's well-being in grassroots soccer
Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images (LONDON) — Prince William took a break from playing uncle Wednesday to launch a new mental health initiative alongside the U.K.'s soccer governing body, in order to improve the national conversation around men's well-being in conjunction with International Mental Health Awareness Week.The Heads Up initiative sees William's Heads Together charity partner up with the U.K.'s Football Association to "generate the biggest ever conversation around mental health."The prince started Heads Up three years ago with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Dukes and Duchess of Sussex. Together, let’s help change the game on Mental...
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Woman's foster dog has a part-time job learning to sniff out cancer
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Anna Sharova is the foster mom of a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Ivey who, like any other dog, loves to play, go on walks and lounge around the house. The rest of the time, though, Ivey is on the job at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. When she's there, Ivey is training to sniff out cancer.Researchers working with Ivey and other dogs at the center ultimately hope to perfect an electronic nose that will be able to detect stage-one ovarian cancer, a type of cancer that the...
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