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July 13

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died
July 13
FILE - Talk show host Phil Donahue, center, poses with several other prominent television personalities after the taping of "Donahue: The 25th Anniversary," in New York, Oct. 1992. From left, Jenny Jones, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Faith Daniels, Larry King, Donahue, Connie Chung, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer and Montel Williams. Westheimer, the sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, died on Friday, July 12, 2024. She was 96. (AP Photo/Joe Major, File)
July 13

Historically Black town in Louisiana's Cancer Alley is divided over a planned grain terminal

In a clash over the past versus the future, some descendants of enslaved people in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, are fighting to keep a grain terminal from being built in their historic Black neighborhood
July 13
A sign that reads "Stop the Wallace Grain Elevator" sits in the front lawn of Fee-Fo-Lay Café, March 13, 2024, in Wallace, La. (AP Photo/Stephen Smith)
July 12

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Mental health experts, community clinics and politicians are working to create new programs to break down barriers that Latinos might face to getting therapy or treatment
July 12
Dr. Fernando Taveras, a psychiatrist and Hispanic mental healthcare expert with SOMOS Community Care Clinic, stands for a portrait in New York on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Mental health experts, community clinics and politicians are working to create new programs to break down barriers that Latinos might face to getting therapy or treatment. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
July 12

What to know about legal battles on details of abortion rights ballot measures across US

Abortion access ballot measures are the center of a new wave of legal and procedural questions across the U.S. In Arizona, there's a dispute over language to describe a measure that could go before voters in November
July 12
FILE - Arizona abortion-rights supporters gather for a news conference prior to delivering over 800,000 petition signatures to the capitol to get abortion rights on the November general election ballot Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Phoenix. Abortion access ballot measures are the center of a new wave of legal and procedural questions across the U.S., including Arizona, where there's a dispute over language to describe a measure. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
July 12

Extreme heat and some medicines can be a risky combo. Here's what to know

This summer’s extreme heat is raising the danger of heat-related illnesses and threatening health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications
July 12
FILE - Temperature and humidity are monitored in a medicine cabinet at a medical center in California on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Extreme heat can raise the danger of heat-related illnesses and threaten health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications. Hot weather, too, can damage medicines such as insulin that require refrigeration. Inhalers can explode. Epinephrine injectors such as EpiPens can malfunction. Meds delivered in the mail can deteriorate. (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)
July 12

North Carolina's Medicaid expansion program has enrolled 500,000 people in just 7 months

More than 500,000 North Carolina residents have enrolled in state's Medicaid expansion program in the seven months since it was launched
July 12
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Kody Kinsley discusses the impact of Medicaid expansion on prescriptions during a news conference at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, July 12, 2024. Almost 2 million prescriptions have been filled for new enrollees, and Kinsley said many of which treat chronic conditions such as asthma and heart disease. (AP Photo/Makiya Seminera)
July 12

Summer sweet treats to cool down in the heat

ABC News’ Lori Bergamotto brings some of her favorite summer products that make cooling down in the summer sweeter.
July 12
VIDEO: Summer sweet treats to cool down in the heat
July 12

How to find the right ADHD medication

Board-certified psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Judith Joseph discusses what people looking for ADHD medication can do to help mitigate their symptoms.
July 12
VIDEO: How to find the right ADHD medication
July 12

For at least a decade Quinault Nation has tried to escape the rising Pacific. Time is running out

Quinault Indian Nation, in Washington state, has spent at least a decade working to relocate hundreds of people whose homes are threatened by a rising Pacific Ocean
July 12
Mold creeps up the side of the wall behind the washing machine at the Curley household Wednesday, May 22, 2024, on the Quinault reservation in Taholah, Wash. Facing increased flooding from a rising Pacific Ocean, the Quinault Indian Nation has been working for over a decade to relocate Taholah, their largest village, to a new site on higher ground. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
July 12

More than 6 in 10 U.S. adults support protecting access to IVF, AP-NORC poll finds

According to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, relatively few Americans fully endorse the idea that a fertilized egg should have the same rights as a pregnant woman
July 12
FILE - Lab staff use a microscope stand and articulated hand controls to extract cells from 1-7 day old embryos, shown on the monitor at right, that are then checked for viability at the Aspire Houston Fertility Institute in vitro fertilization lab Feb. 27, 2024, in Houston. According to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, relatively few Americans fully endorse the idea that a fertilized egg should have the same rights as a pregnant woman. But a significant share – 46% -- say it describes their views at least somewhat well. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
July 11

Inside ADHD: More adult women are being diagnosed

ABC News' Diane Macedo speaks with other women and doctors about rising numbers of women being diagnosed with ADHD as adults, and details her own recent diagnosis.
July 11
VIDEO: Inside ADHD: More adult women are being diagnosed
July 11

Developmental Psychologist Dr. Niobe Way on how society can better raise boys

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with NYU professor of developmental psychology Dr. Niobe Way about "Rebels with a Cause: Reimagining Boys, Ourselves, and Our Culture."
July 11
VIDEO: Psychologist Dr. Niobe Way on how society can better raise boys
July 11

Thousands of Oregon hospital patients may have been exposed to infectious diseases

Officials with health care companies in Oregon say more than 2,400 patients at hospitals in the Portland area may have been exposed to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV, because of a physician who may not have followed infection co...
July 11
July 11

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Backers of an Arizona abortion rights ballot initiative have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include language on material for voters referring to a fetus as “an unborn human being.”
July 11
FILE - Arizona abortion-rights supporters deliver over 800,000 petition signatures to the capitol to get abortion rights on the November general election ballot Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Phoenix. Backers of a November ballot initiative that will ask voters if abortion rights should be enshrined in Arizona's constitution have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include proposed language for the voter pamphlet that currently refers to a fetus as an "unborn human being.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
July 11

New York's top court allows 'equal rights' amendment to appear on November ballot

A proposed amendment to New York’s constitution to bar discrimination over “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” will appear on state ballots this November
July 11
FILE - The New York Capitol is seen, June 30, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. A proposed amendment to New York's constitution to bar discrimination over “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” will appear on the ballot this November, the state's high court ruled Thursday, July 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
July 11

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'
July 11
July 11

Finland is offering farmworkers bird flu shots. Some experts say the US should, too

Some experts say the U.S. should vaccinate farmworkers against bird flu.
July 11
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July 11

Maternal mortality crisis leading women to skip traditional care in favor of midwives

ABC News’ Faith Abubéy takes a closer look at new initiatives expanding access to midwifery care, which experts believe can help reduce America's alarming rate of maternal mortality.
July 11
VIDEO: Maternal mortality crisis leading women to skip traditional care in favor of midwives
July 11

Lawsuit filed in case of teen who died after eating spicy chip as part of online challenge

A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a Massachusetts teen who died after participating in a spicy tortilla chip challenge on social media
July 11
Amos Wolobah, father of Harris Wolobah, participates in a press conference announcing the filing of a lawsuit in the case of a teen who died after eating a spicy tortilla chip, Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Boston. Harris Wolobah, a 10th grader from the city of Worcester, died Sept. 1, 2023, after eating the Paqui chip as part of the manufacturer’s “One Chip Challenge.” (AP Photos/Michael Casey)
July 11

Lawsuit filed in case of Massachusetts teenager who died after taking part in spicy chip challenge

Lawsuit filed in case of Massachusetts teenager who died after taking part in spicy chip challenge
July 11
July 11

Russian missile attack on Ukraine hospital complicates treatment of kids with cancer

Russia’s heaviest bombardment of Kyiv in four months has had severe consequences, paralyzing the operations of the country’s largest children’s hospital and severely affecting the young patients already battling life-threatening diseases
July 11
Yuliia Vasylenko poses for a portrait with her son Denys, 11, as he plays on a video game console at the National Cancer Institute in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Denys is one of 31 young patients battling cancer who were relocated to the hospital from Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital after it was struck by a Russian missile this week. (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)
July 10

Dozens were sickened with salmonella after drinking raw milk from a California farm

Dozens of salmonella illnesses have been linked to raw milk from a California farm
July 10
FILE - Bottles of raw milk from from Raw Farm of Fresno, Calif., are displayed for sale at a store in Temecula, Calif., on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Dozens of salmonella illnesses have been linked to raw milk from the farm, a far wider outbreak than previously known, even as health officials have warned the public to avoid unpasteurized milk due to growing cases of bird flu circulating in U.S. dairy cows. The outbreak ended May 4, California officials said Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (AP Photo/JoNel Aleccia)
July 10

The plague rarely affects humans, though the US sees about 7 cases a year. Here's why

Colorado health officials have confirmed a human case of the plague
July 10
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019 file photo, a sign warning of bubonic plague is displayed at a parking lot near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The bacteria which causes the disease is transmitted through the bites of infected fleas, which spread it between rodents, pets and humans. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
July 10

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Voters in five states will decide referendums on abortion rights this year, with potentially more to come
July 10
Supporters and opponents of a proposed ballot measure to scale back Arkansas' abortion ban hold signs outside the old Supreme Court chamber at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Friday, July 5, 2024. Organizers submitted petitions to try and get the proposals on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
July 10

Arkansas election officials reject petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure

Arkansas election officials have rejected the petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure
July 10
Supporters and opponents of a proposed ballot measure to scale back Arkansas' abortion ban hold signs outside the old Supreme Court chamber at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Friday, July 5, 2024. Organizers submitted petitions to try and get the proposals on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
July 10

Identifying and living with ADHD as an adult

ABC News’ Diane Macedo chats with psychiatrist and ADHD expert, Dr. Sasha Hamdani on the rise of ADHD.
July 10
VIDEO: Identifying and living with ADHD as an adult
July 10

Specialists say there are benefits to couples sleeping separately

Couples who sleep in separate rooms see no lack of intimacy, only quality sleep
July 10
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July 09

What cognitive tests can show -- and what they can't

Washington politics is drawing attention to cognitive testing, a 10-minute series of questions to assess different brain function
July 09
FILE - President Joe Biden, speaks during a presidential debate hosted by CNN with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. Political opponents, armchair pundits and even nervous supporters are demanding that President Joe Biden undergo cognitive testing after his dismal debate performance – even though his physician says he gets, and passes, an annual neurologic exam. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
July 09
July 09

New report critiques UK transgender youth care research study

The UK's NHS Cass Review has been cited in restrictive trans care policies.
July 09
In this undated stock photo, someone holds a transgender flag in the air.
July 09

The threat of litigation looms as Purdue Pharma returns to settlement talks

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the family that owns it and lawyers for thousands of parties with claims against it are getting ready to work on a new settlement after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the last one
July 09
FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, a sign with some names of the Sackler family is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the family that owns it and lawyers for thousands of parties with claims against it are getting ready to work on a new settlement after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the last one. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 09

Nonprofit connects patients with blood cancer to researchers in hopes of a cure

Every three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer, according to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A nonprofit is working to bridge the gap between patients and scientific research.
July 09
VIDEO: Nonprofit connects patients with blood cancer to researchers in hopes of a cure
July 09

Where COVID cases are increasing in the US amid summer 'bump'

Wastewater data indicates COVID activity is increasing in the western U.S.
July 09
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July 09

A woman who received a pig kidney transplant plus a heart pump has died

A woman who received a pig kidney transplant has died
July 09
FILE - Lisa Pisano looks at photos of her dog after her surgeries at NYU Langone Health in New York on Monday, April 22, 2024. Pisano, who received a pig kidney transplant -- along with an implanted device to keep her heart beating – has died, her surgeon announced Tuesday, July 9, 2024. She was near death from dual kidney and heart failure when surgeons at NYU Langone Health performed the dramatic pair of surgeries. (AP Photo/Shelby Lum, File)
July 09

COVID-19 numbers likely growing in nearly 40 states

COVID-19 case numbers are on the rise in 39 states for the summer while hospitalizations and death rates remain low.
July 09
VIDEO: COVID-19 numbers likely growing in nearly 40 states
July 09

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices
July 09
FILE — Nivard Langa, awaits his turn to take tuberculosis (TB) medication at a clinic in Durban, South Africa, on Oct. 17, 2005. Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson's decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices. The move comes after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)
July 09

Rare voice box transplant helps cancer patient speak again, part of pioneering study

A Massachusetts man can speak again after surgeons removed his cancerous voice box and replaced it with a donated one, a pioneering move
July 09
In this photo provided by the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Girish Mour, left, medical director of Mayo Clinic's Larynx and Trachea Transplant Program, and Dr. David Lott, right, standing on either side of Marty Kedian one week after his transplant surgery in Phoenix, March 8, 2024. Kedian regained his voice after surgeons removed his cancerous larynx and, in a pioneering move, immediately replaced it with a donated one. (Mayo Clinic via AP)
July 09

Support for legal abortion has risen since Supreme Court eliminated protections, AP-NORC poll finds

A new poll finds that a solid majority of Americans oppose a federal abortion ban and that a rising number appear to support access to abortions for any reason
July 09
FILE - Abortion rights activists and Women's March leaders protest as part of a national day of strike actions outside the Supreme Court, June 24, 2024, in Washington. A new poll finds that a solid majority of Americans oppose a federal abortion ban and that a rising number support access to abortions for any reason. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 08

Group files petitions to put recreational marijuana on North Dakota's November ballot

Organizers of a proposed ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota have submitted petitions
July 08
Steve Bakken, left, and Casey Neumann, of the New Economic Frontier ballot initiative group, carry boxes containing petitions to the Secretary of State's Office on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Organizers of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota submitted petition signatures on Monday, likely setting up another statewide vote on the issue that voters and state lawmakers have previously defeated. The group submitted more than 22,000 signatures, sponsoring committee chairman Bakken said. (AP Photo/Jack Dura)
July 08

Republicans move to adopt platform at Trump's behest without explicit call for a national abortion ban, AP sources say

Republicans move to adopt platform at Trump's behest without explicit call for a national abortion ban, AP sources say
July 08
July 08

Work friends can be hard to find. How to combat loneliness in the workplace

The surgeon general has said there's a loneliness epidemic in America
July 08
FILE - People work at the Yelp office in San Francisco on Feb. 14, 2023. Remote work has intensified loneliness in the workplace. Experts say friendships and a sense of belonging are vital to employees’ happiness. And also to companies’ success. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
July 08

Cannabis advocates in Thailand protest a proposal to ban again its general use

Two years after marijuana was decriminalized in Thailand, nearly a hundred of its advocates marched to the prime minister’s office to protest a possible ban on general use
July 08
Cannabis activists and entrepreneurs, hold cannabis plant as they march to Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 8, 2024. Two years after marijuana was decriminalized in Thailand, nearly a hundred of its advocates marched to the prime minister’s office Monday to protest a possible ban on general use. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
July 08

South Korea abandons plan to suspend licenses of striking doctors to resolve medical impasse

South Korea's government has announced it will abandon its plan to suspend the licenses of striking junior doctors to resolve the country’s long medical impasse
July 08
South Korean Health and Welfare Minister Cho KyooHong speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 8, 2024. (Choi Jae-goo/Yonhap via AP)
July 08

South Korea says it’ll withdraw its plan to suspend licenses of striking doctors to resolve the long medical impasse

South Korea says it’ll withdraw its plan to suspend licenses of striking doctors to resolve the long medical impasse
July 08
July 08

Republicans move at Trump's behest to change how they will oppose abortion

The Republican National Committee’s platform committee is adopting a policy document that reflects former President Donald Trump’s position — opposing a federal abortion ban and ceding limits to the states
July 08
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks during a presidential debate hosted by CNN with President Joe Biden, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 08

New parents in Baltimore could get a $1,000 'baby bonus' under a proposal to fight child poverty

A group of Baltimore teachers is asking voters to approve a ballot initiative that would give $1,000 to new parents in hopes of reducing childhood poverty starting from birth
July 08
Nate Golden, president of the Maryland Child Alliance, poses for a portrait, Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Baltimore. A group of Baltimore teachers is asking voters to approve a program that would give $1,000 to new parents in the hopes of reducing childhood poverty starting from birth. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
July 07

June sizzles to 13th straight monthly heat record. String may end soon, but dangerous heat won't

For 12 straight months the world was 1.5 C warmer than pre-industrial times.
July 07
FILE - A woman, center, weeps as patients of heatstroke receive treatment at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, June 25, 2024. June 2024 was the hottest June on record, according to Europe's Copernicus climate service on Monday, July 8. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)
July 07

Global temperature hits record for 13th straight month in 'stark warning' of dangerous warming, European agency says

Global temperature hits record for 13th straight month in 'stark warning' of dangerous warming, European agency says
July 07
July 07

A person has died from the heat and another is hospitalized as temperature reaches 128 in California's Death Valley

A person has died from the heat and another is hospitalized as temperature reaches 128 in California's Death Valley
July 07
July 07

Shelter-in-place order briefly issued at North Dakota derailment site, officials say

Officials at the remote site of a derailed train carrying hazardous materials that sparked a fire in North Dakota briefly issued a shelter-in-place notice early Sunday
July 07
This photo provided by Doug Zink, smoke fills the sky after a train derailment on Friday, July 5, 2024 near Carrington, N.D. Rail cars containing hazardous material derailed and burst into flames early Friday in a remote area of North Dakota, but emergency officials say no one was hurt and the threat to those living nearby appears to be minimal. (Doug Zink via AP)