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Body image problems in teen girls tied to alcohol use
21 Dec 2016 at 11:12pm
By Lisa Rapaport High school girls who have issues with body image and weight are more likely to be drinkers than ) their peers, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on body image behavioral misperceptions (BIBM) – when girls try to gain or lose weight to change how they look even though there’s no medical need for them to alter their weight. In the study of more than 6,500 teen girls, 38 percent had these misperceptions and roughly two-thirds had tried alcohol at least once.
ObGyns urge colleagues to create welcoming environments for trans teens
21 Dec 2016 at 11:11pm
By Andrew M. Seaman Obstetricians and gynecologists should create welcoming environments in their offices for transgender adolescents and should know how to care for those patients, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). "These patients are going to be in our practice and we need to know what (their) salient issues are," said Dr. Veronica Gomez-Lobo, a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. Obstetricians and gynecologists need to address the gynecological needs of transgender patients in a sensitive manner, said Gomez-Lobo, who was a co-author of an ACOG committee statement published December 21 in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Snickers maker criticizes industry-funded paper on sugar
21 Dec 2016 at 10:53pm

Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles and M&M's, is breaking ranks with other food companies and denouncing an industry-funded paper that says global recommendations on limiting sugar are based on weak evidence. ...

'Obamacare' holding its own: 6.4M signed up so far
21 Dec 2016 at 10:51pm

Despite rising premiums, dwindling insurers and the Republican vow to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, about 400,000 more people signed up through Monday than for a comparable period in ...

Don't cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns
21 Dec 2016 at 10:23pm
Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in ...
Shorter treatment proves worse for kids with ear infections
21 Dec 2016 at 10:14pm
A study that tested a shorter course of antibiotics for ear infections in children under age 2 finds that kids do better with the standard 10-day treatment.

A novel approach: Fighting painkiller addiction at home
21 Dec 2016 at 10:04pm

People hooked on prescription painkillers were able to use a drug at home to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get in a treatment program, finds a small study that gives hope for a new way to fight the opioid problem.

Senators urge action to block drastic drug price hikes
21 Dec 2016 at 10:01pm
Angered by skyrocketing drug prices, a pair of senators on Wednesday urged Congress to block companies from cornering the market on old, off-patent drugs. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Claire McCaskill, ...

North Carolina legislature debates repeal of transgender bathroom law
21 Dec 2016 at 9:28pm

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's Senate Republican leader on Wednesday filed a bill to repeal a controversial law on transgender restroom access while also clamping a temporary ban on cities from passing their own ordinances to protect transgender bathroom rights. The compromise legislation filed by Senate President Phil Berger followed hours of closed-doors talks among Republicans, who were meeting in a special session to consider scrapping the law that has put North Carolina at the center of America's debate over transgender rights. National protests and boycotts over the measure have been blamed for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses for North Carolina, as major sporting events such as the National Basketball Association All-Star Game were moved out of state.

Finnish government agrees on health care reform plan
21 Dec 2016 at 9:07pm
The parties in Finland's ruling coalition agreed on Wednesday on a complex reform of health care and regional administration after years of negotiations that almost toppled the center-right government last year. The deal is likely to soothe fears over the government's ability to pass difficult reforms as the Nordic country's economy slowly returns to growth after a decade of stagnation. The reform aims to curb future health care costs by around 3 billion euros ($3.1 billion) as Finland struggles with an aging population.

Aleppo endgame nears as evacuation resumes
21 Dec 2016 at 9:03pm

By Ellen Francis and Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared close to victory in Aleppo on Wednesday, but United Nations and rebel officials denied that an operation to evacuate fighters and civilians from the city had been completed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war, said Assad had control of Aleppo after the last fighters were brought out of the city and only one small position on the western outskirts remained in rebel hands. Evacuations are still ongoing." A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army rebel alliance, Osama Abu Zaid, told an Arab news channel that evacuations had been slowed by bad weather and would continue into the night.

U.S. says 6.4 million signed up for Obamacare from November 1: Dec. 19
21 Dec 2016 at 9:01pm

Roughly 6.4 million consumers signed up for Obamacare insurance on from Nov. 1 to Dec. 19 indicating "clear demand for quality, affordable coverage," the U.S. government said on Wednesday. Total plan selections through the extended deadline of Dec. 19 include 2.05 million new consumers and 4.31 million returning consumers actively renewing their coverage. In October the government said it expects 1 million more people will sign up for health insurance on the exchanges than in 2016.

DuPont hit with $2 million verdict over Teflon-making chemical
21 Dec 2016 at 8:52pm

The federal jury also found DuPont acted with actual malice, raising the possibility of punitive damages, Bilott said. It is the third time jurors in Columbus, Ohio federal court have found DuPont liable for injuries linked to perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C-8, which is used to make Teflon. There are more than 3,400 lawsuits pending against DuPont over the chemical leak, which allegedly contaminated local water supplies.

Congress should consider help for Puerto Rico's disabled: Task force
21 Dec 2016 at 8:16pm

The U.S. Congress should consider overhauling its system of benefits for disabled people in Puerto Rico, who get almost no government help, according to a new report by a task force addressing the island's economic crisis. Read the Special Report here: Sen. Orrin Hatch - a Republican from Utah who heads the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico - did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday. The task force recommended that Congress consider providing Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories the same Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits it grants to the states.

Maine voters passed measure legalizing marijuana use: official
21 Dec 2016 at 7:56pm

Maine voters have made the state the eighth in the United States to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, state officials said on Wednesday, following a recount of votes on a ballot initiative. The measure passed by 3,995 votes with the support of 381,768 people, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said in a statement. The measure now goes to Governor Paul LePage, who has 10 days under Maine law to issue a proclamation of the vote results.