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Gap in suicide rates among teen boys, girls is closing: Study

iStock/torwai(NEW YORK) — Teen suicide trends have long shown differences between the sexes: While girls have been more likely to attempt suicide, boys have died by suicide at higher rates. This disparity, however, may be getting smaller. Suicide rates among both girls and boys ages 10 to 19 had been on a downtrend throughout most of the 1990s until 2007, …

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While some states are restricting abortion, others move to bolster access

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The abortion debate in America has lately been dominated by news that conservative lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri had approved sweeping new restrictions to abortion access. But meanwhile, several states with Democratic majorities have been pushing through bills that fortify abortion rights. While proponents of abortion rights had few …

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Hollywood’s influence comes into focus in Georgia as celebrities slam Republicans over abortion laws

iStock/Southern Drone Group(WASHINGTON) — Amid a wave of new anti-abortion laws passed in several states this week, celebrities — from A-list musicians like Lady Gaga and Rihanna to Hollywood heavyweights like Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon and Jordan Peele — are using their platforms to express their outrage. But as “heartbeat” abortion bans face legal challenges across the country, Hollywood’s influence …

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FDA recalls tattoo inks due to possible bacteria contamination

The Food and Drug Administration(WASHINGTON) — Food and Drug Administration officials recalled several types of tattoo ink this week over worries that they could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning to tattoo artists, ink retailers and anyone “considering a new tattoo,” saying the inks could cause serious infections or other injuries. It said …

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Five more states sue Purdue Pharma over alleged role in opioid crisis

Moussa81/iStock(NEW YORK) — Five more states are suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma for its alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, the states’ attorneys general announced on Thursday. West Virginia, Maryland, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin are filing lawsuits against the company which manufactures and markets the painkiller. “The opioid epidemic was not inevitable,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said at …

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World Health Organization releases new guidelines to reduce dementia risk

Daisy-Daisy/iStock(NEW YORK) — The World Health Organization has released new guidelines to help people reduce their risk of dementia. The organization said in a news release Tuesday that dementia is not inevitable and pointed to regular exercise, quitting smoking, avoiding “harmful” use of alcohol and eating a healthy diet as ways for people to protect themselves from the illness, which …

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Most parents text and drive, but millennial parents have even riskier habits: Study

globalmoments/iStock(NEW YORK) — Cellphone use while driving is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents across the United States, yet a new study finds that despite widespread public health warnings about distracted driving, the majority of parents are still using their phones on the road, with one group in particular facing the most risk: millennials. As more millennials become parents, …

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25-year-old faces rare form of ALS that took her twin, but experimental drug offers hope

Courtesy Lori Hermstad(NEW YORK) — Jaci Hermstad is fighting for her life — against the same rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that claimed the life of her twin sister, Alex. This time could be different. A groundbreaking new experimental drug offers something the ALS community has never seen before: hope. The drug is in a testing phase expected …

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Prince William launches new mental health campaign to tackle men’s well-being in grassroots soccer

Chris Jackson – WPA Pool /Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince William took a break from playing uncle Wednesday to launch a new mental health initiative alongside the U.K.’s soccer governing body, in order to improve the national conversation around men’s well-being in conjunction with International Mental Health Awareness Week. The Heads Up initiative sees William’s Heads Together charity partner up with …

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What to know about yacon syrup, the natural sweetener Daphne Oz is ‘obsessed with’

Amawasri/iStock(NEW YORK) — Ask anyone about natural sweeteners and you’ll hear words like honey, monkfruit, stevia, molasses and maple syrup. There is another, more under-the-radar sweetener that you may start hearing more about, though. It’s called yacon syrup and it comes with the approval of famous foodie Daphne Oz, who described it as “an ingredient we’re going to see a …

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