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Landmark trial over Arkansas youth gender care ban resumes

Nov. 28, 2022 20:01 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A psychiatrist called to the stand by Arkansas as the state defends its ban on gender-affirming care for children said Monday he was concerned about the impact the law could have on some transgender youth who would see their treatments cut off. Dr. Stephen...

Polio is back in Indonesia, sparking vaccination campaign

Nov. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EST

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected with the highly contagious disease that was declared...

Pediatric respiratory cases, flu strain Pacific NW hospitals

Nov. 23, 2022 15:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Children's hospitals in the Pacific Northwest are struggling to maintain enough space for their young patients, and some report being over capacity amid increasing strain due to a surge in respiratory illness and hospitalizations. At the same time, the Seattle...

WHO, CDC: A record 40 million kids miss measles vaccine dose

Nov. 23, 2022 13:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles immunization has dropped significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year. In...

Executive Council rejects funding for sex education program

Nov. 23, 2022 10:21 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Republicans on New Hampshire's Executive Council held the majority vote to reject funding for a sex education program outside of school for adolescents that aims to reduce teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The vote was 3-2 against the...

Oregon Gov. Brown tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Saturday she and her husband Dan have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Vietnam. “We are recuperating at home and, while this changes our Thanksgiving plans, we are grateful for effective vaccines and boosters that...

Home visit program supports Delaware’s new mothers

Nov. 19, 2022 09:10 AM EST

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — When Dina Archila Cerna found out she was pregnant, she said she had so much fear about having her first child that she hid her pregnancy from her own mother – the entire time she was pregnant. Living in southern Delaware as an immigrant, she was 18 hours...

Court hears arguments on Alabama trans youth treatment ban

Nov. 18, 2022 17:34 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama asked an appellate court Friday to let the state outlaw the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender children — a move some parents argued violates their right to make decisions about their children’s health care. A three-judge...

'Viral jambalaya': Early flu adding to woes for US hospitals

Nov. 18, 2022 15:33 PM EST

As Americans head into the holiday season, a rapidly intensifying flu season is straining hospitals already overburdened with patients sick from other respiratory infections. More than half the states have high or very high levels of flu, unusually high for this early in the season,...

Indian Health Service steps up COVID, other vaccine push

Nov. 17, 2022 15:52 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Indian Health Service announced Thursday that all tribal members covered by the federal agency will be offered a vaccine at every appointment when appropriate, under a new vaccine strategy. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, American Indians and Alaska Natives...