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Montana not following transgender birth certificate ruling

It's been a month since a Montana judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a law that required transgender people to undergo surgery before they could change their gender on their birth certificate. The ACLU of Montana says the state still hasn't complied with the order. A health department spokesperson says the agency is still working with the Department of Justice to review the April 21 ruling and its implications. The ACLU argues the state's noncompliance is inexcusable and shows a lack of respect for the judiciary. The ACLU says it the state continues to violate the injunction, it will ask the court to step in.

Mystery of Pediatric Hepatitis Cases Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who have developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

Mounjaro Approved for Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mounjaro (tirzepatide) injection was approved as an addition to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced May 13.

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

1999 to 2019 Saw Decrease in Cancer Mortality for Blacks in the U.S.

FRIDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- From 1999 to 2019, the overall cancer death rate decreased significantly among Black men and women, but in 2019, cancer death rates were still highest for Blacks versus other racial and ethnic groups, according to a brief report published online May 19 in JAMA Oncology.

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

Oklahoma is only days from enacting the toughest U.S. state ban on abortion and providers are preparing to stop terminating pregnancies. Meanwhile, questions remained Friday about how the law’s limited exceptions would be enforced. The law allows abortions to save a pregnant patient’s life “in a medical emergency” and in cases of rape, sexual assault or incest that have been reported to law enforcement. It doesn’t spell out who decides what is considered a medical emergency, and the rape and incest exception won’t help victims who don’t report the crimes. Abortion providers said they are likely to be cautious and are planning to refer some patients to states like Colorado or Kansas.

Religious backers of abortion rights say God's on their side

The loudest voices in the abortion debate are often characterized along a starkly religious divide, the faithful versus not. But the reality is much more nuanced, both at an Alabama abortion clinic and in the nation that surrounds it. The clinic’s staff of 11 — most of them Black, deeply faithful Christian women — have no trouble at all reconciling their work with their religion. And as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to dismantle the constitutional right to an abortion, they draw on their faith that they will somehow continue. God is on our side, they tell each other. God will keep this clinic open.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A photo identified as showing a “doorway” cut into a mountainside on Mars actually captures a tiny crevice in the rocky, barren terrain. U.S. proposals to the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations would not transfer U.S. sovereign authority over health care decisions to the WHO director-general. There were several combat deaths among U.S. service members in Afghanistan during Trump's presidency, and an investment by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ firm did not cause the recent baby formula shortage.

CDC: 64.1 Percent of Violent Deaths in 2019 Were Suicides

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In 2019, most violent deaths were suicides, which occurred more often in males than females, according to research published in the May 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Children 5 to 11

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds.

Prevalence of Risk Factors for Alzheimer, Related Dementias Identified

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of risk factors for Alzheimer disease and related dementias varies and is highest for high blood pressure and not meeting aerobic physical activity guidelines, according to research published in the May 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Psychological Distress May Increase Risk for COVID-19 Hospitalization

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, psychological distress prior to the diagnosis is associated with hospitalization for COVID-19, according to a study published online May 19 in Psychological Medicine.

Clinical Support Software May Aid Medication Tasks in the OR

FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A perioperative medication-related clinical decision support (CDS) software prototype may reduce the time taken to complete tasks, according to a study published online May 16 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.