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Mississippi might allow incarcerated people to sue prisons over transgender inmates

A bill before Mississippi lawmakers might allow incarcerated people to sue jails and prisons if they encounter inmates of the opposite sex in restrooms or changing areas
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FILE - Mississippi Rep. Gene Newman, R-Pearl, speaks, Feb. 15, 2024, at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss. State lawmakers advanced a bill sponsored by Newman out of a House committee Thursday, Feb. 22, that would require inmate restrooms, changing rooms and sleeping quarters in correctional facilities to be designated for use only by members of one sex. If prisoners encounter someone of the opposite sex in any of those areas, they could sue the prison. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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What's next after the Alabama ruling that counts IVF embryos as children?

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled last week that couples who were trying in vitro fertilization and lost frozen embryos in an accident at a south Alabama storage facility can sue under the state’s wrongful death law
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 22

Republicans vote to make it harder to amend Missouri Constitution

Republican lawmakers have voted to make it more difficult to amend the state's constitution
February 22
FILE - Residents place their signatures on a petition in support of a ballot initiative to end Missouri's near total ban on abortion during Missourians for Constitutionals Freedom kick-off petition drive, Feb. 6, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. Republican lawmakers voted Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, to make it harder to change the Missouri Constitution amid a campaign to restore abortion rights through an initiative petition. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
February 22

Bail is set at $4 million for an Ohio woman charged in her 5-year-old foster son's suffocation death

A judge has set bail at $4 million for an Ohio woman charged with murder in the suffocation death of her 5-year-old foster son
February 22
February 22

Wendy Williams has frontotemporal dementia. What is FTD?

Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD
February 22
FILE - TV talk show host Wendy Williams attends a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. Williams has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, according to a statement released Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, on behalf of her caretakers. It affects parts of the brain controlling behavior and language. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
February 22

GOP lawmakers try to thwart abortion rights ballot initiative in South Dakota

South Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature is trying to thwart a proposed ballot initiative that would enable voters to protect abortion rights in the state constitution
February 22
South Dakota Republican Rep. Jon Hansen stands in the House of Representatives in the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Hansen opposes a proposed ballot initiative that would place abortion rights in the South Dakota Constitution. (AP Photo/Jack Dura)
February 22

Wisconsin lawmakers OK bill to tackle forever chemicals pollution, but governor isn't on board

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed a bill that would unlock $125 million to fight so-called forever chemicals
February 22
February 22

Children's MMR vaccine rate drops 2%, 250,000 kindergarteners vulnerable to measles

Measles coverage is below the target of 95% for the third consecutive year.
February 22
Lydia Fulton, LPN, administers the MMR vaccine to a child at Children's Primary Care Clinic in Minneapolis, April 28, 2017.
February 22

Anti-doping law nets first prison sentence for therapist who helped sprinters get drugs

The first person charged for violating a 2020 law that forbids conspiracies to taint international sports events through performance-enhancing drugs received a three-month prison sentence
February 22
February 22

Wendy Williams diagnosed with same form of dementia as Bruce Willis

Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with the same form of dementia that actor Bruce Willis has
February 22
FILE - Wendy Williams attends the world premiere of Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show," Oct. 28, 2019, in New York. The former talk show host has been diagnosed with the same form of dementia that actor Bruce Willis has, according to a statement released Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, on behalf of her caretakers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 22

HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, known for her inspirational talks as a young child, dies at 39

A prominent HIV/AIDS activist known for her inspirational talks in the 1990s as a young child to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with has died
February 22
FILE - AIDS activist Mary Fisher hugs Hydeia Broadbent on the podium at the Republican National Convention Monday Aug. 12, 1996, in San Diego, Calif. Broadbent, a prominent HIV/AIDS activist known for her inspirational talks in the 1990s as a young child to reduce the stigma surrounding the virus she was born with, has died. She was 39. (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson, File)
February 22

Polish lawmakers OK morning-after pill for ages 15 and over in a first step to ease reproductive law

Poland's lawmakers have voted to approve over-the-counter access to the morning-after pill for ages 15 and above in a step to liberalize Poland's strict reproductive law inherited from the previous nationalist conservative government
February 22
February 22

More Alabama IVF providers pause treatment after court ruling on frozen embryos

More in vitro fertilization providers in Alabama have paused parts of their treatment after the state Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are legally considered children
February 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 22

A second Alabama IVF provider has paused parts of its treatment after a court ruling on frozen embryos

A second Alabama IVF provider has paused parts of its treatment after a court ruling on frozen embryos
February 22
February 22

Planned Parenthood asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to find 1849 abortion law unconstitutional

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 174-year-old state law that conservatives have interpreted as an abortion ban
February 22
February 22
This photo provided by Yellow Kite shows “Healthy Made Simple” by Ella Mills. (Yellow Kite via AP)
February 22

Sex ed classes in some states may soon watch video from anti-abortion group

An animated fetus that develops over the course of a three-minute video has become a new front in state-level abortion politics
February 22
February 22

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

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers are working to boost funding for jails to provide medication used to treat opioid addiction
February 22
In this Nov. 8, 2014, image provided by Shon Allen, Colin Conner poses for a photo at the flight center in Bountiful, Utah. Conner, who struggled with opioid addiction for years, lost his life to a fentanyl overdose in June 2023, just days after being released from a Salt Lake City jail. Conner's father said the jail had discontinued his methadone prescription, causing him to go through agonizing withdrawal and prompting cravings to return while he was behind bars. (Shon Allen via AP)
February 22

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

A women's organization in Mumbai, India, is training a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence with the help of women like 32-year-old Komal Vilas Thatkare
February 22
Women learn to use a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence developed by Myna Mahila Foundation at the local women's organization’s office in Mumbai, India, Feb. 1, 2024. The chatbot, currently a pilot project, represents what many hope will be part of the impact of AI on health care around the globe: to deliver accurate medical information in personalized responses that can reach many more people than in-person clinics or trained medical workers. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
February 21

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

A new report says dozens of Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022
February 21
February 21

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

After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy
February 21
A Mississippi state legislator reads over a brief on the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi, during a meeting of the Mississippi House Medicaid Committee at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 21

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

Smartwatches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided
February 21
FILE - A sign for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., Dec. 10, 2020. 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 FDA warned Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 21

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

A study of older adults in China offers a closer look at the dominolike sequence of brain changes that lead to Alzheimer's
February 21
FILE - A closeup of a human brain affected by Alzheimer's disease, is displayed at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 2003. According to findings published Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists are getting a closer look at the domino-like sequence of those changes _ a potential window to one day intervene. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
February 21

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

A large Alabama hospital has paused in vitro fertilization treatments as health care providers weigh the impact of a state court ruling that frozen embryos are the legal equivalent of children
February 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 21

Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling

Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling
February 21
February 21

Alabama's frozen embryo ruling is having its first effects. Here's what to know

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law
February 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 21

Nearly 3 million asthma attacks could be prevented among children with cleaner energy

The report estimates cleaner energy would also prevent 508 infant deaths.
February 21
In this undated stock photo, a child is seen using an inhaler to treat an asthma attack.
February 21

Alabama lawmakers would define man and woman based on sperm and ova

Alabama lawmakers are advancing legislation that would define who is considered female and male under state law
February 21
FILE - A person holds up a sign reading, "Trans People Belong in Alabama," during a rally outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on International Transgender Day of Visibility, Friday, March 31, 2023. Alabama lawmakers are advancing legislation that would define who is considered female and male based on their ability to produce sperm and ova. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)
February 21

How AEDs and CPR can save lives

Dr. Alok Patel explains how CPR and AED's can help save lives during American Heart Month
February 21
VIDEO: How AEDs and CPR can save lives
February 21

Jill Biden announces $100 million for 'life-changing' research and development into women's health

Jill Biden has announced $100 million in public funding to boost research and development into women's health
February 21
First lady Jill Biden gestures while addressing a gathering during a discussion on women's health research, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
February 21

South Korean government warns striking doctors to return to work or face legal action

The South Korean government has warned thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately or face legal action after their collective walkouts caused cancellations of surgeries and disrupted other hospital operations
February 21
South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, center, arrives for a meeting with doctors at National Police Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. South Korea on Wednesday officially ordered thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately, a step that could lead to legal punishments if the doctors don't end their walkouts, which have caused numerous cancellations of surgeries and other treatments at hospitals. (Hwang Gang-mo/Yonhap via AP)
February 21

A brain pacemaker helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon be available to more people

Researchers are testing deep brain stimulation as a treatment for people with a severe form of depression
February 21
Neuroimaging expert Ki Seung Choi explains how he uses brain scans to locate the exact spot in a particular patient where electrodes for deep brain stimulation therapy should be placed, at Mount Sinai West in New York on Dec. 20, 2023. Dr. Helen Mayberg, founding director of The Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, says, “Everybody’s brain is a little different, just like people’s eyes are a little further apart or a nose is a little bigger or smaller." (AP Photo/Mary Conlon)
February 20

Executive is convicted of insider trading related to medical device firm acquisition

Prosecutors say an executive at a medical device company has been convicted in Minnesota of insider trading for a scheme involving negotiations for the acquisition of the firm that was valued at $1.6 billion
February 20
FILE - The Medronic logo is reflected in a lake at the company's offices in Fridley, Minn., on Aug. 29, 2019. An executive at a medical device company has been convicted in Minnesota of insider trading for a scheme involving negotiations for the acquisition of the firm that was valued at $1.6 billion, prosecutors said Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Doron Tavlin was a vice president for business development at the Minneapolis office of Mazor Robotics in 2018 when he learned there was the potential that the company could be purchased by Israeli-based Medtronic, Inc., according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
February 20

Republican DA asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide abortion lawsuit without lower court ruling

A Republican prosecutor is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether state law bans abortions before the case goes through any lower appellate courts
February 20
FILE - Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks at a campaign stop on Oct. 27, 2022, in Milwaukee. A Republican prosecutor asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, to decide whether a 174-year-old state law bans abortion in the state without waiting for a ruling from a lower appellate court. Kaul, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit arguing that the law is too old to enforce and conflicts with a 1985 law permitting abortions before fetuses can survive outside the womb. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
February 20

6th case of measles at elementary school in this state identified: Officials

The first patient was a third-grade student without a history of travel.
February 20
Manatee Bay Elementary School is seen on Google Maps Street View, April 2023, in Weston, Fla.
February 20

San Francisco wants to offer free drug recovery books at its public libraries

The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are those about recovering from addiction
February 20
Supervisor Matt Dorsey speaks during a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2024. The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are not the hottest new novels or juicy memoirs, they are books about recovering from addiction. Supervisor Dorsey on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, introduced legislation to create a program to distribute free addiction recovery books at the city's 27 public libraries. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected three cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines
February 20
FILE-- In this file photo, a Somali baby receives a polio vaccine, at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected 3 cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in January. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
February 20

Warnings of the impact of fertility treatments in Alabama rush in after frozen embryo ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos created during fertility treatments should be considered children under state law
February 20
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 20

Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort

According to the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, men need to work out twice as hard to get the same benefits.
February 20
VIDEO: Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort
February 20

South Korean doctors walk out to protest medical training push, causing surgery cancellations

South Korean trainee doctors have collectively walked off their jobs to protest a government medical policy, triggering cancellations of surgeries and other medical treatments at hospitals
February 20
A medical worker leaves Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. South Korean trainee doctors collectively walked off their jobs Tuesday to escalate their protest of a government medical policy, triggering cancellations of surgeries and other medical treatments at hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 19

Medical experts sound the alarm on growing diabetic amputations among Black patients

Doctors say early detection and medication can prevent amputations.
February 19
Doctors perform surgery on a patient.
February 19

Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

Research shows it also can cause injuries that damage developing brains.
February 19
This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows a Maryland Heat youth tackle football team practicing in Fort Washington, Md., Nov. 9, 2023. Some parents are opting to enroll their children in leagues that play flag football, which limits contact on the field. But youth tackle leagues remain popular in many parts of the country. (Univ. of Maryland/Freddy Wolfe via AP)
February 19

'Soaring' over hills or 'playing' with puppies, study finds seniors enjoy virtual reality

Even seniors like virtual reality, whether it is flying in a plane, soaring over mountains or playing with puppies
February 19
Retired Army Col. Farrell Patrick, 91, wears a Mynd Immersive virtual reality headset at John Knox Village, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, in Pompano Beach, Fla. John Knox Village was one of 17 senior communities around the country that participated in a recently published Stanford University study that found that large majorities of 245 participants between 65- and 103-years-old enjoyed virtual reality, improving both their emotions and their interactions with staff. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
February 19

South Korea doctors submit resignations in a spat with the government over school admission quotas

Trainee doctors in South Korea have begun resigning en masse in protest of a government plan to increase the number of medical students
February 19
Medical workers walk inside a general hospital in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Trainee doctors in South Korea began resigning en masse Monday in protest of a government medical policy, causing reported delays in surgeries and other treatments at hospitals though no major disruption in the country's medical service has yet occurred.(Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)
February 18

A year after Jimmy Carter entered hospice care, advocates hope his endurance drives awareness

Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in south Georgia one year ago, the former U.S. president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and lost his wife of 77 years
February 18
FILE - Former President Jimmy Carter, right, and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, hold hands as they walk from a state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. In the year since Jimmy Carter first entered home hospice care, the 39th president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and outlived his wife of 77 years. Rosalynn Carter, who died in November 2023 after suffering from dementia, spent just a few days under hospice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 17

ECU baseball player appears in game with prosthetic leg after boating accident

East Carolina sophomore Parker Byrd appeared in Friday’s season-opening win against Rider with a prosthetic leg after having part of his right leg amputated following a 2022 boating accident
February 17
This photo provided by East Carolina University shows Parker Byrd during an NCAA college baseball game against Rider, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina sophomore Parker Byrd appeared in Friday’s season-opening win against Rider with a prosthetic leg after having part of his right leg amputated following a 2022 boating accident. The school said he is the first NCAA Division I athlete to play in a game with a prosthetic leg. (East Carolina University via AP)
February 17

State governments looking to protect health-related data as it's used in abortion battle

State governments across the U.S. are adopting or considering laws that would block the sale of personal health data or information about who visits sensitive sites such as sexual health facilities
February 17
FILE - Supporters of Issue 1, the Right to Reproductive Freedom amendment, attend a rally in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2023. Some state governments and a federal agency are moving to block companies from selling geolocation data that shows who's been to abortion providers, among other places. (AP Photo/Joe Maiorana, File)
February 16

Tackling Mental Health | Michael Strahan Reports

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan talked with a group of top Black athletes about their experiences and struggles with mental health.
February 16
VIDEO: Tackling Mental Health | Michael Strahan Reports
February 16

Ukrainian man pleads guilty in cyberattack that temporarily disrupted major Vermont hospital

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Ukrainian man has pleaded guilty to involvement in two separate malware schemes, including a cyberattack that temporarily shut down some vital services at a major hospital in Vermont
February 16
February 16

NBA champion, 'Survivor' contestant Scot Pollard is feeling great after heart transplant, wife says

NBA champion and “Survivor” contestant Scot Pollard is “awake and feeling great” a day after a heart transplant, according to his wife
February 16
FILE - Former Sacramento Kings player Scot Pollard signs an autograph during the half time of the Kings NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. NBA champion and “Survivor” contestant Scot Pollard has had a heart transplant, his wife said on social media on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)