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September 27

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care
September 27
President Joe Biden walks with Bob Parant, Medicare beneficiary with Type 1 diabetes, as they arrive to speak at an event on health care costs, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 27

New California abortion laws set up clash with other states

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed more than a dozen laws aiming to make California an abortion sanctuary state
September 27
FILE - People rally in support of abortion rights at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, a new publicly funded website listing more than 150 statewide abortion clinics. The website is part of Newsom's pledge to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 27

South Carolina lawmakers won't pass stricter abortion laws

Abortion laws in South Carolina almost certainly won’t get more restrictive after Republicans in the General Assembly couldn’t agree on a total ban
September 27
South Carolina Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, talks about a total ban on abortion he has proposed during the House session on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
September 27

Pause on Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion ban extended to Oct. 12

A judge has extended a temporary block on Ohio's law banning virtually all abortions for an additional 14 days, until Oct. 12
September 27
September 27

Idaho universities disallow abortion, contraception referral

Idaho universities are warning staffers not to refer students to abortion providers or emergency contraception because they could face criminal charges under a state law
September 27
September 27

South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive

South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive
September 27
September 27

Biden's strategy to end hunger in US includes more benefits

The Biden administration has an ambitious goal for America: ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030
September 27
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting of the White House Competition Council in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 27

Monkeypox outbreak in US showing signs of slowing, CDC data shows

The seven-day average has declined by 50% in one month.
September 27
Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
September 27

Suit: Care home resident died with paper jammed in windpipe

The mother of a woman with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities is suing the Philadelphia care home where her daughter lived for 40 years
September 27
This undated Yewdall family photo provided by attorney James Pepper shows Cheryl Yewdall, a woman with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities who died in January 2022. Yewdall's mother is suing the Philadelphia care home where she was found face down on the floor with a paper towel or disinfecting wipe in her trachea. (Yewdall Family/Courtesy of Pepper Law via AP)
September 27

Monkeypox cases continue to decline in the US: CDC

Cases appear to have peaked in mid-August and have been gradually declining according to CDC data
September 27
Cases appear to have peaked in mid-August and have been gradually declining according to CDC data
September 27

Biogen pays $900M to settle doctor kickback allegations

Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors in the form of speakers and consulting fees to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs
September 27
FILE — The Biogen Inc., headquarters is shown March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Biogen has agreed, Monday, Sept. 27, 2022, to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs, federal prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 27

Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked

A federally funded study has found a possible link between aluminum in some childhood vaccines and persistent asthma, but experts say the study has several shortcomings
September 27
FILE - An infant receives a routine vaccination in Fayetteville, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Years ago, the government set out to determine if aluminum in vaccines could be driving growing rates of allergies and asthma in children. A federally funded study released Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, has found a possible link between aluminum and persistent asthma. But experts say the study has several shortcomings and is not a reason to change current vaccine recommendations. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)
September 27

New Thai rules allow abortions up to 20th week of pregnancy

Thailand will allow abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy under new regulations issued by the Public Health Ministry
September 27
September 27

Teen interest in long-lasting birth control soars after Roe

Experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade appears to be sending more teens to their doctors in search of birth control, including long-acting reversible forms like intrauterine devices and implants
September 27
Adismarys Abreu, 16, poses for a photo at her home, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Miami. Abreu had been discussing a long-lasting birth control implant with her mother for about a year as a potential solution to increasing menstrual pain. Then Roe v. Wade was overturned, and Abreu joined the throng of teens rushing to their doctors as states began to ban or severely limit abortion. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 27

Why COVID cases may not be dramatically rising as schools open

Last month, the CDC said it was ending test-to-stay in schools.
September 27
Children ride a school bus on the first day of New York City Public Schools in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sept. 8, 2022.
September 27

ADB to devote $14B to help ease food crisis in Asia-Pacific

The Asian Development Bank says it is devoting at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific
September 27
FILE - People carry harvested paddy in a rice field on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, it will devote at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
September 27

ADB to devote $14B to help ease food crisis in Asia-Pacific

The Asian Development Bank says it is devoting at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific
September 27
FILE - People carry harvested paddy in a rice field on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, it will devote at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
September 27

Teen interest in long-lasting birth control soars after Roe

Experts say the ruling appears to be accelerating a trend among teens.
September 27
Adismarys Abreu, 16, poses for a photo at her home, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Miami. Abreu had been discussing a long-lasting birth control implant with her mother for about a year as a potential solution to increasing menstrual pain. Then Roe v. Wade was overturned, and Abreu joined the throng of teens rushing to their doctors as states began to ban or severely limit abortion. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 27

Major abortion law changes unlikely in S. Carolina after Roe

Whether conservative South Carolina changes its abortion laws at all in the wake of this year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is about to be decided by divided conservatives in the state House
September 27
South Carolina Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, talks about a total ban on abortion he has proposed during the House session on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
September 26

Canada to lift all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers entering the country

Canada also said travelers will no longer have to wear masks on trains.
September 26
An international traveler walks to a COVID-19 testing site at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 28, 2022.
September 26

ACS warns fertility preservation for cancer patients could be at risk in future

Thousands live in states with restrictions or impending ones, study found.
September 26
A pregnant woman is shown in silhouette in an undated stock image.
September 26

Arizona abortion clinics send women to other states

Women seeking abortions across Arizona were forced to find alternatives beyond the state’s borders after a court ruling last week cleared the way for prosecutors to charge doctors and others who help a woman end a pregnancy unless her life is in danger
September 26
FILE - Celina Washburn protests outside the Arizona Capitol to voice her dissent with an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
September 26

COVID cases aren't dramatically rising with schools back in session

But experts said testing data is not as robust as it was during the last two school years.
September 26
But experts said testing data is not as robust as it was during the last two school years.
September 26

EPA preparing plan to help fix Jackson's water system

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan has returned to Mississippi’s capital city to meet with Jackson officials about the city’s troubled water system
September 26
FILE - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan discusses elements of a coordinated response of federal, state and city agencies, that he hopes will help deal with the city's long-standing water problems, during a Wednesday news briefing, Sept. 7, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. Regan returned to Jackson on Sept. 26, 2022, to meet with officials about developing a plan to fix the city’s troubled water system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
September 26

Insider Q&A: FDA official on vaping's "promise or peril"

The new chief at the Food and Drug Administration's tobacco center has inherited a raft of problems
September 26
September 26

Pfizer submits bivalent COVID booster to FDA for use in children ages 5 and up

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Alok Patel discusses this emergency use authorization request and what Americans can expect regarding COVID this fall.
September 26
VIDEO: Pfizer submits bivalent COVID booster to FDA for use in children ages 5 and up
September 25

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Since Oregon residents voted in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds
September 25
FILE—Vanessa Caudel, a nurse, sits at her work station in the Great Circle treatment center on Feb. 24, 2022, in Salem, Ore., where she provides doses of methadone, which can relieve the "dope sick" symptoms a person in opioid withdrawal experiences. Almost two years after Oregonians voted to decriminalize drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment services, the pioneering effort has been struggling to show progress. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
September 25

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Arizona Democrats are vowing to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances
September 25
Arizona Secretary of State Latie Hobbs, left, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Kris Mayes, a Democrat running for attorney general, speak to reporters outside the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
September 24

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Arizona Democrats are vowing to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances
September 24
A pair of protesters walks across the Arizona Capitol grounds after an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York)
September 24

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

The way President Joe Biden sees it, the overturning of Roe vs
September 24
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris displays a map showing abortion access by state as she speaks during the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Aug. 3, 2022. Harris when speaking about abortion told voters in Illinois earlier this month that “extremist, so-called leaders trumpet the rhetoric of freedom while they take away freedoms.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
September 24

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

The way President Joe Biden sees it, the overturning of Roe vs
September 24
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris displays a map showing abortion access by state as she speaks during the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Aug. 3, 2022. Harris when speaking about abortion told voters in Illinois earlier this month that “extremist, so-called leaders trumpet the rhetoric of freedom while they take away freedoms.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
September 23

Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

The near-total ban had been blocked in the state for nearly 50 years.
September 23
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question during a news conference in Phoenix. A new Arizona law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy takes effect Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 as a judge weighs a request to allow a pre-statehood law that outlaws nearly all abortions to be enforced. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
September 23

Indiana abortion clinics see patients amid legal changes

Indiana abortion clinics have resumed seeing patients a day after a judge put the state's abortion ban temporarily on hold
September 23
FILE - Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. An Indiana judge on Thursday, Sept. 22, blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that the new law violates the state constitution.(AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers, File)
September 23

4.4 million Americans have received an updated bivalent COVID-19 booster

In recent months, vaccination and booster uptake have slowed significantly.
September 23
Amy Bagley receives the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccine targeting BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub variants at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn., Sept. 8, 2022.
September 23

Michels: Would sign abortion ban with rape/incest exceptions

Republican Tim Michels says he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if it came to his desk as governor
September 23
FILE - Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels speaks as he appears with former President Donald Trump at a rally in Waukesha, Wis., Aug. 5, 2022. Michels said Friday, Sept. 23, that he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if it came to his desk as governor, a shift from his earlier statement that Wisconsin's 1849 ban — with an exception only for the life of the mother — was “an exact mirror” of his position. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
September 23

Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

As billions of dollars in opioid lawsuit settlements are starting to flow to governments, families and advocates impacted by the opioid crisis are pushing for a meaningful say in how the money will be used
September 23
Ryan Hampton, founder of the Voices Project, poses outside the 2022 Mobile Recovery National Bus during a stop in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Across the country, people in recovery and relatives of those killed by opioid overdoses are pressing for roles in determining how billions in opioid settlement money will be used. That push is one of the missions of the monthlong nationwide bus tour. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 23

Oz releases health records to spotlight Fetterman's stroke

The letter noted that Oz has a total cholesterol that is "borderline elevated."
September 23
Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, speaks at House of Glory Philly CDC in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ryan Collerd)
September 23

Thailand downgrades COVID-19 threat, lifts emergency decree

Thailand’s government will lift an emergency decree it imposed in March 2020 to battle the coronavirus as it relaxes most pandemic restrictions
September 23
Commuters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a skytrain station in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Thai officials announced Friday that Sept. 30 will mark the last day of a state of emergency originally imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus, as they also drop virtually all restrictions, such as entry requirements for visitors from abroad. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 23

Denmark to allow 'significantly reduced' mink production

Denmark’s government says a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced” level compared to before the coronavirus pandemic
September 23
FILE - Mink look out from a pen at a breeding farm near Naestved, Denmark, Friday Nov. 6, 2020. Denmark's government said, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 that a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced" level than before the coronavirus pandemic. The Danish government nearly two years ago ordered a cull of millions of minks to minimize the risk of the small mammals retransmitting the virus. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)
September 23

After student's death, LA schools to carry overdose antidote

The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all its schools with a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses
September 23
September 23

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers

Hong Kong’s leader has announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels
September 23
Passengers queue up at the arrival hall for buses going to quarantine hotels from Hong Kong international airport in Hong Kong, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022. Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. The measures will come into effect Monday.(AP Photo/Lam Yik)
September 23

Should people start wearing masks again this fall? Here's what experts say.

Most state and local mask mandates have been lifted.
September 23
Pedestrians wear masks in Los Angeles July 13, 2022.
September 23

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for incoming travelers after nearly 2 years in bid to stay competitive

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for incoming travelers after nearly 2 years in bid to stay competitive
September 23
September 22

Should masks return to prevent a COVID surge in colder weather?

In most U.S. cities, only health care environments still require mask mandates.
September 22
In most U.S. cities, only health care environments still require mask mandates.
September 22

4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters

More than 4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the new omicron-specific booster shots
September 22
September 22

Recreational marijuana measure OK’d for Arkansas ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court says voters can decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana
September 22
September 22

White House: GOP abortion ban would mean a nationwide crisis

The White House and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say a Republican-led proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks would endanger the health of women and have severe consequences for physicians
September 22
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speak during a news conference to discuss the introduction of the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
September 22

Nearly 225,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of 2022, data shows

The U.S. is still losing hundreds of Americans to the virus every day.
September 22
A nurse enters a room in the COVID ICU to administer treatment to a patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, on Aug. 5, 2022.

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September 22

Indiana abortion clinics reopening after judge blocks ban

Abortion clinic operators argue that the ban violates the state constitution.
September 22
FILE - Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. An Indiana judge on Thursday, Sept. 22, blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that the new law violates the state constitution.(AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers, File)
September 22

CDC director gets COVID booster, discusses pandemic response and monkeypox outbreak

ABC's Terry Moran presses CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on the latest booster shots and how the CDC handled the public health emergency.
September 22
VIDEO: CDC director gets COVID booster, discusses pandemic response and monkeypox outbreak