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Tennessee cuts HIV program with Planned Parenthood ties

Jan. 20, 2023 17:38 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee health officials attempted to oust Planned Parenthood from a program designed to prevent and treat HIV before eventually deciding to forgo federal funding for the program, despite warnings that doing so will have a devastating impact on marginalized...

Gov.-elect Moore announces Cabinet posts

Jan. 12, 2023 15:24 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov.-Elect Wes Moore announced several appointments to his Cabinet on Thursday. Moore appointed Dr. Laura Herrera Scott to be Maryland's health secretary. Scott most recently served as executive vice president of population health at Summit Health, and as vice...

W.Va. GOP-controlled Senate fast-tracks race, health bills

Jan. 11, 2023 17:38 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Republican-dominated Senate in West Virginia fast-tracked two monumental health proposals and another bill that would restrict how subjects like race are taught in the classroom during the first day of its legislative session Wednesday. The Senate...

W.Va. leadership discusses taxes, education ahead of session

Jan. 06, 2023 17:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Public education, health insurance for government employees and restructuring the ailing Department of Health and Human Resources will be key priorities for West Virginia lawmakers during the new legislative session beginning next week. Also, tax cuts, if...

SC universities, state agencies combine to fight addiction

Dec. 29, 2022 10:35 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's three research universities are joining with the state agencies that protect public health and fight addictions to try to fins the best ways to help the 1 in 10 state residents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The agreement come as...

Noem's health chief retires amid scrutiny of trans advocate

Dec. 19, 2022 13:40 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s Cabinet secretary overseeing the state’s health department announced her resignation Monday amid criticism from conservatives over the Republican governor’s administration rewarding a community health care grant to an organization...

Panel calls for stronger leadership of FDA foods program

Dec. 06, 2022 14:29 PM EST

A panel on Tuesday called for changes at the federal agency that oversees most of the nation's food supply, saying revamped leadership, a clear mission and more urgency are needed to prevent illness outbreaks and to promote good health. But the report stopped short of recommending...

FDA change ushers in cheaper, easier-to-get hearing aids

Dec. 04, 2022 09:09 AM EST

It's now a lot easier — and cheaper — for many hard-of-hearing Americans to get help. Hearing aids can now be sold without a prescription from a specialist. Over-the-counter, or OTC, hearing aids started hitting the market in October at prices that can be thousands of dollars...

ACLU warns Tenn. hospital over transgender treatment policy

Dec. 01, 2022 14:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Civil rights advocates say a Memphis hospital is no longer providing gender-affirming surgeries, a move they argue is illegal and discriminatory. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare...

FDA clears 1st fecal transplant treatment for gut infection

Nov. 30, 2022 18:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called fecal transplant procedures that doctors have increasingly used against hard-to-treat intestinal infections. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Rebyota for...