Increasing number of girls are dying by suicide, study says

Suicide rates for young girls are rising at a pace faster than that of boys, changing the established patterns that boys are more likely to die by suicide and that girls are more likely to consider it and attempt it, according to a new study. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in in Columbus, Ohio analyzed suicide rates of US kids and teens ages 10 to 19 between 1975 and 2016 using the Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database, run by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In…

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Nurse comforts 5-year-old waking up from surgery in touching photo

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – When a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy woke up from his tonsil surgery, all he wanted was to be snuggled and cared for. That’s when a nurse jumped in to help. That unexpected gesture was caught on camera and has been shared hundreds of times. Slade Thompson, of Clinton County, waited patiently for his new friend, nurse Annie Hager. Thompson came to UPMC last month to get his tonsils out. It was his second surgery this year. “He’s been through a lot this last year,” Slade’s mother, Layla Thompson,…

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Fruit juice linked to premature death risk. How much is too much?

Many sugar-sweetened beverages have little to no nutritional value and lots of calories, and their harmful health effects have been well-documented. Now, a study links drinking too many sugary beverages — and even 100% natural fruit juices — to an increased risk of early death. Specifically, drinking an excessive amount of fruit juice could lead to an increased risk of premature death ranging from 9% to 42%, according to the study, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open. Overall, the sugars found in orange juice, although naturally occurring, are…

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Over-processed foods add 500 calories to your diet every day, causing weight gain

Less expensive, easier to prepare ultra-processed foods can make you fat, a new study says. People limited to a diet of primarily highly processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when their diet mostly consisted of minimally processed foods, the study published Thursday in Cell Metabolism finds. This small-scale study is the first randomized controlled trial — considered the gold standard in science — examining the effects of ultra-processed foods. They are defined as containing industrial ingredients, such as hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, flavoring agents and emulsifiers. During a…

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Alabama governor signs nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion bill into law

Gov. Kay Ivey singing AL abortion bill Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. “Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is…

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Most sunscreens flunk proposed FDA safety tests

Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce next week. The group will release its analysis as part of its 2019 Guide to Sunscreens, a yearly report on sunscreen safety that the nonprofit began in 2006. This year the group said it analyzed the ingredients and performance of more than 1,300 products with sun protection factor, or SPF; 750 of those are marketed as beach and sport sunscreens.…

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America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

America’s fertility rate and the number of births nationwide are continuing to decline. The number of births for the United States last year dropped to its lowest in about three decades, according to provisional data in a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Even though the number of births we’ve seen in 2018 is the lowest that we’ve seen in 32 years, the total fertility rate is at a record low,” said Brady Hamilton, a natality expert at the center…

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Alabama close to passing near-total abortion ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. Alabama lawmakers join legislators in several other states in putting forth legislation to restrict abortion, such as Georgia’s recent…

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Henrico OBGYN, hospitalist cares for mothers in times of need

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Dr. Timothy Hill works twelve-hour shifts at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, delivering babies and taking care of new mothers. But unlike most Obstetricians, Hill doesn’t care for expectant mothers in the months leading up to the birth of their babies. He’s a part of a growing specialty group known as OB/GYN Hospitalists, physicians who help cover shifts in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to care for mothers who don’t have doctors of their own- or whose doctors can’t be present for their…

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