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Challenges to the abortion pill will continue – with potential wider consequences ahead, experts say

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — While experts and advocacy groups applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to not restrict nationwide access to the abortion pill mifepristone, they warn access to medication abortion remains at risk — as does the very foundation of the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of all medications. The court unanimously struck down a lawsuit …

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What to know about mifepristone after Supreme Court strikes down legal challenge to abortion pill

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected on Thursday a bid by a group of antiabortion doctors that would have potentially blocked widespread access to a common abortion pill. In the opinion, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court determined that the group had no legal standing to challenge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) …

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FDA had ‘inadequate’ policies to heed warnings about infant formula, probe finds

AlasdairJames/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The Food and Drug Administration failed to heed warning signs that there were mounting concerns with one of the nation’s largest infant formula makers, as a series of babies’ severe illnesses and whistleblower complaints began to accumulate ahead of a critical shortage in 2022, the agency’s watchdog has found. Eventually Abbott, that formula maker, would …

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Usher advocates for diabetes awareness at Capitol Hill

Singer songwriter Usher walks through the Rayburn Room outside of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ office at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., June 12, 2024. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) (WASHINGTON) — Eight-time Grammy award winner Usher Raymond made a surprise appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging lawmakers to make Medicare’s Diabetes Prevention Program more accessible to Americans. “Today, just talking …

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Oklahoma girl becomes first pediatric patient to undergo robotic deep brain stimulation

Getty Images – STOCK (BETHANY, Okla.) — An Oklahoma girl has become the first pediatric patient in the world to have robotic deep brain stimulation performed on her, two hospitals have announced. The patient, 8-year-old Karliegh Fry, suffers from rapid-onset primary dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions. Karleigh’s condition initially left her paralyzed, unable to walk, …

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US surgeon general warns about the dangers of loneliness

xijian/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Last year, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared a national loneliness and social isolation epidemic throughout the country. He warned that about half of U.S. adults are experiencing considerable levels of loneliness, which can affect physical, mental and societal health To mark Loneliness Awareness Week from June 10 to June 16, Murthy spoke to …

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Moderna’s combo COVID and flu shot offers strong immunity in older adults during late stage trial

The Moderna Inc. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. (PHOTO: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (NEW YORK) — Moderna’s combo flu and COVID vaccine provided a strong immune response in older adults, with levels comparable to getting the flu and COVID shots separately, according to the company’s results from a late-stage clinical trial. There are still …

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Blood Donors Needed to Help Keep Blood Supply Growing as Seasons Change

March 11, 2024 — As spring approaches, the American Red Cross urges donors to give blood orplatelets now to continue to strengthen the national blood supply. People of all blood types – especiallythose with type O blood – are critical to ensuring hospitals can meet the daily demand for lifesavingtransfusions.During Red Cross Month in March, the Red Cross celebrates the …

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Ohio Department of Insurance Saved Consumers $50.3 Million in 2023

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Insurance’s Consumer Services Division, Ohio Mental Health Insurance Assistance Office (MHIA), and Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) saved insurance consumers a combined $50.3 million in 2023 by helping resolve coverage disputes, outline suitable coverage options, and identify financial assistance programs, director Judith L. French announced during National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9. …

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