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Bears great Steve McMichael expected to return home from hospital on Thursday

Feb. 21, 2024 21:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael, who is battling ALS, is expected to return home Thursday after being hospitalized the past week, longtime publicist Betsy Shepherd said. The 66-year-old McMichael went public with an ALS diagnosis three years ago. He was admitted...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 20:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest hospital paused in vitro fertilization treatments Wednesday as providers and patients across the state scrambled to assess the impact of a state court ruling that frozen embryos are the legal equivalent of children. The University of...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 20:38 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — More than 50 Idaho obstetricians have stopped practicing in the state since a near-total abortion ban took effect in August 2022, according to a newly released report. Data compiled by the Idaho Physician Well-Being Action Collaborative also shows that only two...

How an Alabama court ruling that frozen embryos are children could affect IVF

Feb. 21, 2024 19:27 PM EST

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF. The decision issued in wrongful death cases brought by couples who had frozen...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 18:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job. That approach could hinge on presidential politics and an ongoing legal battle in Georgia. ...

Evers signals he won't sign bill to fight PFAS as legislative session nears end

Feb. 21, 2024 18:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signaled Wednesday that he has no intention of signing a Republican bill that would spend tens of millions of dollars to address pollution from the so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS because it dramatically scales back regulators' enforcement...

Youngkin, Earle-Sears join annual anti-abortion demonstration in Richmond

Feb. 21, 2024 18:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, both Republicans, joined thousands of Virginia activists Wednesday for an annual anti-abortion demonstration, where attendees denounced Democratic lawmakers who have blocked proposed restrictions since the Supreme Court...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 17:55 PM EST

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The caution applies to any watch or ring, regardless of brand, that claims...

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

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...

Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling

Feb. 21, 2024 15:55 PM EST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Major Alabama hospital pauses in vitro fertilization treatments after court ruling.