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    The attorney general's office in Maine says more than 700 people died from drug overdoses last year in the state, setting the third straight record. The report released Thursday notes there were 716 suspected or confirmed drug overdose deaths in 2022, compared to 636 the year before and 504 in 2020. The growing number of deaths underscores a continuing opioid epidemic that persists despite greater access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and efforts to expand access to treatment. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said her “heart breaks with every life lost to a drug overdose” and said her administration is working to reverse the trend.

      FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People with health conditions like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome may have been advised about the value of an insulin-resistance diet.

      The Biden administration on Thursday said 15 Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million this year to fund settlements that ensure access to water that's legally theirs. The money will help carry out agreements known as water rights settlements. They define the tribes' rights to water from rivers and other sources and pay for pipelines, pumping stations and canals that deliver it to reservations. Access to reliable, clean water and basic sanitation facilities on tribal lands remains a challenge across many Native American reservations. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1908 that tribes have rights to as much water as they need to establish a permanent homeland.

      A continuing care home in suburban Des Moines is being fined $10,000 after a funeral home discovered a woman sent to it in a body bag was alive. The Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals said the Glen Oaks Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Urbandale reported the 66-year-old woman died on Jan. 3. The report says her body was taken to the Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory in a zipped body bag. When the funeral home staff unzipped the bag, they saw the woman was unconscious but breathing. The department says the woman was returned to hospice care and died two days later.

      A former University of Mississippi chancellor says Republican Gov. Tate Reeves spoke privately with him years ago about the benefits of expanding Medicaid to people in low-wage jobs. Dr. Dan Jones spoke Thursday at a news conference organized by Democratic state lawmakers. Jones says Reeves acknowledged in 2013 or 2014 that expanding Medicaid would benefit Mississippi’s economy and provide health care to more residents in a state with poor health outcomes. Jones says Reeves told him he wouldn’t support the policy for political reasons. Reeves responded that Jones' remarks were an “obvious lie.” Reeves has publicly opposed Medicaid expansion for years.

      THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and poor mental health are associated with premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) and suboptimal cardiovascular health (CVH) among young adults, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.


      Damar Hamlin teams with heart experts to promote lifesaving CPR. The Buffalo Bills player collapsed on the playing field from cardiac arrest in January. Recovering, he wants to spread the word about the procedure that saved his life. Read more

      Three decades after Bill Clinton signed into the law the nation’s family and medical leave legislation, he was back at the White House on Thursday. The 42nd president held forth on what the law has meant to the country, unspooling his trademark blend of storytelling and wonkiness. Clinton seemed a little rusty at first, fumbling through the papers on the lectern to find his remarks. But then he found his stride and was soon dropping names, citing statistics and spinning yarns about the families whose lives have been affected by the legislation. Clinton endorsed President Joe Biden's call to give American workers paid leave.

      The official who oversaw the conversion of North Carolina’s Medicaid agency to managed care will retire from state government at the end of the month. The state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Thursday the upcoming departure of Dave Richard. He joined the department in 2013 after 24 years leading The Arc of North Carolina. He's been deputy secretary for Medicaid for the last eight years. State Medicaid enrollment is 2.9 million. In 2021, Medicaid moved from a traditional fee-for-service model to one in which provider organizations receive fixed monthly payments for every patient seen and treated. Richard’s retirement was first reported by Axios.

      North Carolina has joined a growing list of states considering bans on gender-affirming medical procedures for transgender minors. A bill filed late Wednesday in the state House would ban hormone treatments and surgeries for anyone younger than 18 and make it illegal for medical professionals to help a minor “present or appear in a manner that is inconsistent with the minor’s sex.” Doctors would be prohibited from surgically removing any healthy or “nondiseased” body part or tissue. Those who violate the proposed restriction could lose their license and would face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation.

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