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Census Bureau wants to change how it asks about disabilities. Some advocates don't like it

Dec. 08, 2023 00:47 AM EST

The U.S. Census Bureau wants to change how it asks people about disabilities, and some advocates are complaining that they were not consulted enough on what amounts to a major overhaul in how disabilities would be defined by the federal government. Disability advocates say the change...

Chronic fatigue syndrome is more common than some past studies suggest, CDC says

Dec. 08, 2023 00:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials on Friday released the first nationally representative estimate of how many U.S. adults have chronic fatigue syndrome: 3.3 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's number is larger than previous studies have suggested, and is likely...

Advocates say a Mexican startup is illegally selling a health drink from an endangered fish

Dec. 07, 2023 20:47 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental watchdogs accused a Mexico-based startup Thursday of violating international trade law by selling a health supplement made from endangered totoaba fish to several countries including the U.S. and China. Advocates told The Associated Press they also...

Privacy concerns persist in transgender sports case after Utah judge seals only some health records

Dec. 07, 2023 19:55 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender teenagers who are challenging a Utah law banning trans girls from playing on girls' sports teams can keep portions of their mental health records confidential after a state judge ruled Thursday that some details are irrelevant to the case. Two...

Vikings LB Jordan Hicks aims to return this season after surgery for painfully scary leg injury

Dec. 07, 2023 19:13 PM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Hicks took a blow to the shin during a routine tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of a game last month and figured he just had a deep bruise. After returning to action, the ninth-year veteran linebacker began to realize after halftime...

Maternal mortality rate is much higher for Black women than white women in Mississippi, study says

Dec. 07, 2023 18:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black people make up about 38% of Mississippi's population, but a new study shows that Black women were four times more likely to die of causes directly related to pregnancy than white women in the state in 2020. “It is imperative that this racial inequity...

Deaths from tainted cantaloupe increase to 3 in U.S. and 5 in Canada

Dec. 07, 2023 18:21 PM EST

A salmonella outbreak tied to tainted cantaloupe has now killed eight people — three in the U.S. and five in Canada, health officials reported Thursday. Dozens more illnesses were reported by both countries. In the U.S., at least 230 people have been ill in 38 states and 96 have...

Adults can now legally possess and grow marijuana in Ohio — but there's nowhere to buy it

Dec. 07, 2023 18:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans woke up Thursday in a land of limbo for recreational marijuana use: Adults can now legally grow and possess cannabis at home, but cannot legally buy it. On Wednesday night, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine urged lawmakers to quickly set parameters for Issue...

Ex-UK leader Boris Johnson rejects notion he wanted to let COVID-19 'rip' through the population

Dec. 07, 2023 18:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in sometimes angry testimony to Britain’s inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday defended himself against suggestions that his indifference and failure to heed the advice of scientists led to thousands of unnecessary deaths. ...

Texas judge grants pregnant woman permission to get an abortion despite state’s ban

Dec. 07, 2023 17:17 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Thursday gave a pregnant woman whose fetus has a fatal diagnosis permission to get an abortion in an unprecedented challenge over bans that more than a dozen states have enacted since Roe v. Wade was overturned. The lawsuit by Kate Cox, a...