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Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have achieved a medical milestone by transplanting a kidney from a genetically engineered pig into a 62-year-old man, marking the first procedure of its kind. This groundbreaking operation offers hope to the hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering from kidney failure, as the transplanted kidney, which began producing […]

New York state has authorized pharmacies to provide birth control without a prescription, a move announced by Governor Kathy Hochul and Health Commissioner James McDonald. This landmark decision, effective from Tuesday, March 19, 2024, is designed to enhance accessibility to contraceptives and underscore the state’s commitment to women’s health rights. The approved measure permits pharmacists […]

Could a pill replace going to the gym? Researchers say, new chemical compounds have been discovered that appear capable of mimicking the health benefits of a workout, according to new research. The pill containing these chemicals could imitate the effect of exercise on the metabolism and growth of muscle cells, the researchers say, and therefore offset potential […]

Olivia Munn recently disclosed her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent double mastectomy, advocating for public awareness of a breast cancer risk calculator available on the National Cancer Institute’s website. Munn’s own experience with the calculator led to the early detection of her aggressive cancer. The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, initially developed in 1989 and […]

A national survey revealed that over 11% of high school seniors in the U.S. have used delta-8 THC, a hemp-derived compound known as “diet weed,” in the past year. This usage is notably higher in states with no regulations on delta-8 and where marijuana is illegal. The substance, similar but milder than delta-9 THC found […]

To ease the transition to Daylight Saving Time, which begins on Sunday, March 10, 2024, sleep specialists recommend gradually adjusting sleep schedules starting a week ahead. Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a sleep expert from the University of Southern California, emphasizes the importance of planning to mitigate the impact on the body’s circadian rhythms. The approach involves […]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), under the direction of Rohit Chopra, is taking significant steps to address the issue of medical debt in the U.S. Recognizing the financial strain that healthcare costs place on millions of Americans, the CFPB is developing regulations to exclude medical bills from consumer credit reports. This initiative aims to […]

Wildfire smoke is affecting air quality across nearly half of Texas, particularly in the Texas Panhandle, causing health concerns and poor visibility. Lubbock experienced unhealthy air levels, which slightly improved but remained concerning for sensitive groups such as the elderly, children, and those with respiratory conditions. The smoke, carrying hazardous particulate matter known as PM2.5, […]

The Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling categorizes frozen embryos as “extrauterine children.” Stemming from a wrongful death lawsuit after a fertility clinic accident, the ruling aligns with the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act. The decision has led to a temporary halt in IVF treatments by some Alabama providers, with legislative clarifications pending. IVF […]

A popular coffee shop in Rochester, N.Y., Spot Coffee, was temporarily shut down last week due to health violations. A New York State inspection report highlighted 14 violations at the establishment, including one critical issue. The violations encompassed the presence of insects and rodents, the discovery of spoiled and unapproved foods, and inadequacies in kitchen […]

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