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

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

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life.
How AI health care chatbots learn from the questions of an Indian women's organization

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Komal Vilas Thatkare says she doesn't have anyone to ask about her most private health questions. “There are only men in my home — no ladies," said the 32-year-old mother and housewife in Mumbai. "I don’t speak to anyone here.
Alabama hospital puts pause on IVF in wake of ruling saying frozen embryos are children

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

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

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

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — More than 50 Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022, according to a newly released report.

Georgia GOP senators seek to ban sexually explicit books from school libraries, reduce sex education

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican senators in Georgia want to cull sexually explicit books from schools, ban sex education for younger students, display the Ten Commandments in classrooms and allow religious chaplains to counsel teachers and students.
Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

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

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job.
Ontario's top doctor warns of potential measles outbreaks as cases increase abroad

Ontario's top doctor warns of potential measles outbreaks as cases increase abroad

Ontario's top doctor is warning public health officials in the province to prepare for possible measles outbreaks given the "dramatic rise" in cases in other parts of the world, including Europe.
FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

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

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday .
Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene.
Belleville needs business case for new health hub during opioid crisis, province says

Belleville needs business case for new health hub during opioid crisis, province says

TORONTO — An eastern Ontario city beleaguered by opioids must come up with a business plan if it wants $2 million to fund a health and social services hub, Premier Doug Ford's government said Wednesday.