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    New York’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed wrongful death lawsuits to include claims for emotional damage, a change that could have added billions of dollars a year to verdicts in auto accident, medical malpractice and other types of cases. The bill, which drew overwhelming bipartisan support and was passed last year in the state Legislature, attempted to give families more compensation when pursuing a wrongful death suit in court. According to current law, the amount families could receive is largely determined by the income of the person who passes away, which advocates for the vetoed bill call discriminatory.

      TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Self-reported lifestyle and health behavior information can predict incident chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study published in the January issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

        Republican state Rep. Bethany Soye’s bill that would restrict healthcare to transgender individuals below the age of 18 passed through a House committee on health and human services Tuesday morning with a dominant vote, joining at least 18 other states with similar legislation. Soye raised this bill as a matter of consent. Testimonies in support for the bill argued transgender surgeries were regrettable decisions made as teens or early adults, harmful medical experiments or unethical cures to gender dysphoria that should be left to “normal.” Opponents criticized the bill on the grounds of civil rights infringements and overreach into personal healthcare decisions.

          TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For hospitalized inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, malnutrition contributes to readmission, mortality, length of stay (LOS), and health care costs, according to a study published online Jan. 13 in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

          Vermont lawmakers are taking testimony on a pair of bills that aim to protect health care workers who provide abortions and gender-affirming health care in Vermont from legal and disciplinary action from states that limit or ban those practices. The bills were introduced seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as states have either taken steps to restrict or protect access to reproduction and gender-affirming care. They aim to protect providers of such health care from criminal liability and professional discipline, among other related protections. Seven states have enacted similar so-called abortion shield laws, with three of them covering gender affirming care.

          Gov. Tim Walz has enshrined the right to abortion and other reproductive health care into Minnesota statutes. He signed a bill Tuesday that Democratic leaders rushed, with their new control of both houses of the Legislature, in the first month of the 2023 legislative session. The White House has welcomed Walz’s signature on the bill, noting that Minnesota is the first state Legislature to codify protections into law this year. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says that voters have also turned out for ballot initiatives to defend access to abortion in California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont.

          The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and tests. Much of that is now coming to an end, with President Joe Biden’s administration saying it plans to end the emergency declarations on May 11. Vaccines will continue to be free, for now, but insurers will no longer be required to cover COVID tests. Hospitals will get fewer federal dollars for COVID patients. But the pause on federal student loan repayments is expected to continue until after the Supreme Court rules on loan forgiveness.

          TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Dylan Dorrell fell in love with running when he was in kindergarten and ran a 5K with his mom on Mother's Day. As a 17-year-old senior in high school, he'd just finished practicing with his cross-country team at a local park in Denton, Texas, when he went to the bathroom to wash his hands.

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          Indiana’s high court says it will not immediately consider a challenge to the state’s abortion ban that is based on the argument that the law violates some people’s religious freedoms, leaving that decision to an appeals court, at least for now. The state Supreme Court issued an order Monday saying the state Court of Appeals will first consider the case, after a lower court judge in December sided with residents who claim the state’s abortion ban infringes on their religious beliefs. The state attorney general’s office appealed that decision, asking the high court to take up the case. Enforcement of the ban remains blocked, so abortion remains legal in Indiana up to the 20th week post-fertilization.

          The head of the Food and Drug Administration has announced an overhaul of the agency's food safety and nutrition division. FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf is vowing to better protect consumers and the U.S. food supply. He said Tuesday he would create a new human foods program led by a deputy commissioner. That person would have authority over policy, strategy and regulatory activities for the agency responsible for 80% of the foods Americans eat. The changes are drawing praise from some food safety advocates, but other experts say they don't go far enough. The new deputy will report directly to the commissioner and will be named by spring.

          Marriage could be a buffer against dementia. Compared to married folk, divorced and unmarried adults were 50% to 73% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia, a new study has found. Read more

          Jason Jitoboh won’t step foot onto a basketball court without his glasses. And he doesn’t even need them to see. The darkened lenses merely provide extra protection for what eyesight Jitoboh has remaining. Florida’s 6-foot-11 center took a finger to his left eye at Tennessee last January and spent the better part of a year trying to get right. He’s had four surgeries already and might have a fifth following the season. He faces the second-ranked Volunteers for the first time since his injury when Florida hosts Tennessee on Wednesday.

          TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with non-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-conditional implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), these ICDs still appropriately treat detected tachycardia after MRI, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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