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California late start law aims to make school less of a yawn

Middle and high school students in California will be able to sleep a little bit later when the new school year starts. A first-in-the-nation law that goes into effect for the 2022-23 school year says high schools can’t start before 8:30 a.m. and middle schools can’t start before 8 a.m. Similar proposals are before lawmakers in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Advocates say sleep-deprived teenagers are more prone to anxiety, depression and car accidents. They say adolescent bodies naturally fall asleep later so early school starts cut into their rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends start times of 8:30 a.m. or later.

Amazon, Rite Aid cap purchase of emergency contraceptives

Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. A company spokesperson confirmed Amazon's temporarily cap of three units per week went into effect on Monday. The company did not share further details on what emergency contraceptive products were limited for purchase. But a listing showed the cap was applied to the popular Plan B “morning after" pill. Rite Aid also limited sales of Plan B to three units per customer on Monday due to increased demand. Walmart, Amazon’s top competitor, has also capped online purchases of Plan B to 10 units.

Arizona attorney general: Pre-1901 abortion ban enforceable

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his decision Wednesday and said he will soon file for the removal of an injunction that has blocked it for nearly 50 years. Brnovich has been weighing the old law since last Friday, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its 1973 decision that said abortion was a constitutional right. His decision puts him at odds with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who says a new law banning abortions after 15 weeks takes precedence. Abortion providers across Arizona worried about being prosecuted stopped performing the procedures last week.

Louisiana AG warns doctors against performing abortions

Louisiana's attorney general is warning doctors against performing abortions, despite a judge’s order blocking the state from enforcing its ban on the procedure. Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a letter to the Louisiana State Medical Society that the state judge’s Monday order blocking enforcement “has limited reach” and that abortion remains a crime in Louisiana after Friday's Supreme Court decision ending abortion rights. That decision has prompted legal fights in multiple states. Lawyers for abortion providers asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn the state ban on abortions at the first detectable “fetal heartbeat.” Kentucky’s two abortion clinics asked a judge to block that state's abortion ban.

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state’s abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St. Luke’s Health Kansas City said in a statement Wednesday that it would resume offering the medication known as the morning after pill. That came a day after it told The Kansas City Star that its Missouri hospitals would halt emergency contraception. Wednesday announcement came after the state’s attorney general issued a statement stating unequivicolly that emergency contraception is not illegal under an abortion ban that was enacted minutes after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in immigrant deaths

An expert says the combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-airconditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead this week. It's unclear how long the immigrants had been inside the trailer, but Jennifer Vanos, an assistant professor in climate and health at Arizona State University, says it likely would only take a couple of hours for temperatures to climb as high as 125 degrees or hotter. The death toll rose to 53 on Wednesday, two days after the tractor-trailer — packed with 67 people — was found abandoned on the edge of San Antonio. It's the nation’s deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most say nation on wrong track, including Dems: AP-NORC poll

A new poll shows an overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats. The poll, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, finds that deep pessimism about the economy continues to plague President Joe Biden. Eighty-five percent of U.S. adults polled say the country is on the wrong track. Seventy-nine percent describe the economy as poor. The findings suggest Biden faces fundamental challenges as he tries to motivate voters to cast ballots for Democrats in November’s midterm elections. The poll shows only 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s leadership overall, while 60% disapprove.

EXPLAINER: Abortion landscape under state 'heartbeat' laws

Laws banning most abortions at the point of the “first detectable heartbeat"are beginning to take effect following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision. Court actions in states including Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee have revived laws stalled under Roe and left some abortion seekers and clinics scrambling. Generally, abortion is still legal in states under such laws until six to eight weeks into pregnancy. Clinics, abortion rights and some faith groups are mobilizing to help women beyond that point get abortions elsewhere. Some abortion foes also are providing family-related resources online.

Overall Cardiovascular Health Score Less Than Optimal for U.S. Adults

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The average cardiovascular health (CVH) score is 64.7 (out of a possible 100) for adults based on the American Heart Association's Life's Essential 8 metric, according to a study published online June 29 in Circulation.

ACIP Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Aged ≥6 Months

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In the June 28 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, interim recommendations are presented for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for young children aged 6 months to 5 years.

Pre-TBI Headache Affects Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Headache

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Individuals with headache before traumatic brain injury (TBI) are less likely to receive a diagnosis of posttraumatic headache (PTH), according to a study published online May 20 in Headache.

Elmo, 3, joins youngest Americans in getting vaccinated

Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced that Elmo had gotten vaccinated in public service announcement posted to YouTube. In the video, Elmo’s dad said he had a lot of questions for the pediatrician, who assured him that vaccinations are safe and effective for children. COVID-19 vaccinations for the youngest Americans started last week. U.S. regulators authorized shots from Moderna and Pfizer. The CDC advises vaccination even for those who already had COVID-19 to protect against reinfection.