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Mississippi Lawmaker Asks Mom to Buy Daughter’s Diabetes Meds After She Writes for Help

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Nicole Nichols(RICHLAND, Miss.) — A Mississippi state representative suggested to a mother that she buy her family’s own diabetes medication when she wrote to him asking for support after she started to experience difficulties in getting assistance from Medicaid. Richland resident Nicole Nichols wrote to the Mississippi House of Representatives Monday morning to voice her concern that children with Type …

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Politicians, Gay Rights Groups Calls on FDA to Lift Blood Donor Ban

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Gillian Mohney/ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Gay rights groups and members of Congress called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse the guideline that bars gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they abstain from sex for one year. Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, whose district includes Orlando, said not allowing many gay and bisexual men to donate blood …

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Senate Zika Bill Falls Apart Largely Over Planned Parenthood Objections

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A billion-dollar bill to help address the Zika virus crisis fell apart on the Senate floor Tuesday over perennial partisan squabbles — namely, about whether to devote funding to the family planning organization Planned Parenthood. Democrats blamed Republicans for using the bill to “whack” the organization, while Republicans say the bill includes plenty of funding, allocated in the …

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Mental Health Care Not a Silver Bullet for Gun Crime, Experts Say

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, the national conversation has once again turned to the link between gun violence and mental health. But would improving mental health care in the U.S. have a major impact on gun crimes? In the second episode of ABC News Pulse Check, two experts — …

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Annual Pelvic Exam May No Longer Be Necessary for Some Women

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Annual pelvic exams — often an uncomfortable part of a woman’s visit to the gynecologist’s office — may no longer be recommended for all women, according to new guidelines by a federal task force. The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF), the expert committee that advises U.S. doctors on all matters concerning preventive medicine, says there …

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Toddler Loves to Hug a Diaper Package, Convinced He’s on the Bag

Rose Bennett(PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.) — A 1-year-old boy in Pembroke Pines, Florida can’t stop hugging a bag of diapers — because he’s convinced he is the baby on the bag, his mom Rose Bennett told ABC News. “He said, ‘Ben!'” she recalled. “[I said,] ‘No, Ben that’s not you!’ He said, ‘Ben!’ And then he hugged it. It was just …

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Zika Virus-Related Microcephaly Reported in Florida for First Time

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iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Zika virus-related microcephaly has been reported for the first time in Florida. A woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly in the state, the Florida Department of Health said Tuesday. Officials noted that the mother contracted the disease when she was out of the U.S. Her name and location were not disclosed. There have …

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How the Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Abortion Laws in the US

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Texas law that imposed strict new requirements on abortion clinics in the state. The 5-3 decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will likely have sweeping implications for abortion regulations throughout the United States. What Happened In a major win for abortion rights advocates, the court ruled …

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The Best Approaches for Binge-Eating Disorder

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Binge-eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder in the U.S., affecting about 3 percent of American adults at some point in their lives. You’ve had it if you’ve ever had brief episodes of binge-eating at least once weekly for three months, accompanied by psychological distress and perceived lack of control. In a new review found in …

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American Red Cross Apologizes for Poster That Some Found Racist

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Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross(NEW YORK) — The American Red Cross issued an apology Monday for a poster that some people found offensive because it appeared to portray what appear to be white children as “cool” and children of color were “not cool.” The poster, entitled “Be Cool, Follow the Rules” — meant to promote pool safety — labeled children as …

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