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    The NFL has expanded The Smart Heart Sports Coalition to 26 member organizations as it continues to advocate for all 50 states to adopt policies that will prevent high school students from fatal outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest. The coalition was founded earlier this year in response to the life-saving emergency care provided to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin. It’s made up of men’s and women’s professional sports organizations and leading medical and advocacy groups. The WNBA is among the latest professional sports organizations to join along with the National Women’s Soccer League, Women’s Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association. The NBA, NHL and MLB have been members of the coalition since it launched in March.

      An Austrian federal court says the state can’t be held liable for a COVID-19 infection from an outbreak at an Alpine ski resort as the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe The Supreme Court of Justice on Thursday announced its verdict in a long-running legal battle involving a German resident who traveled to Ischgl in March 2020 and visited several apres-ski venues before returning home six days later. He experienced the first coronavirus symptoms shortly afterward. The plaintiff sought damages and a ruling that the Austrian federal government was liable for harm to him resulting from authorities’ errors or failings connected to the “mismanagement” of COVID-19 in Tyrol province in late February and early March 2020.

      Montana, Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming are among the latest states moving to provide health coverage for up to a year after pregnancy through the federal-state health insurance program for low-income people.

      U.S. births were flat last year, as the nation continues to see fewer babies born than it did before the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released provisional birth data for last year. A little under 3.7 million babies were born in the U.S. last year, about 3,000 fewer than the year before. Births to moms 35 and older continued to rise, with the highest rates in that age group since the 1960s. But those gains were offset by record-low birth rates to moms in their teens and early 20s.

      Authorities say a missing emergency room doctor from Missouri whose body was found in an Arkansas lake had died of an apparent gunshot wound. But they're still investigating what happened in the week since Dr. John Forsyth was last seen. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that a kayaker discovered the 49-year-old's body a day earlier. The department didn't specify if the gunshot might have been caused by someone else or was self-inflicted. The body was found roughly 20 miles south of Cassville, Missouri, the town where he worked. The doctor’s unlocked vehicle had been found near an aquatic park in Cassville. Police told the family Wednesday an investigation was ongoing.

      Summer is in the air, cigarette smoke is not, in Sweden's outdoor bars and restaurants. Sweden, which has the lowest rate of smoking in the Europe Union is now close to declaring itself “smoke free” — defined as having fewer than 5% daily smokers in the population. Some experts give credit to decades of anti-smoking campaigns and legislation, while others point to the prevalence of “snus,” a smokeless tobacco product that is banned elsewhere in the EU but is marketed in Sweden as an alternative to cigarettes. The 5% milestone is now within reach. Statistics from the Public Health Agency of Sweden show the daily smoking rate reached 5.6% last year.

      California lawmakers voted to advance more than a dozen fentanyl bills this past week. Those are among several hundred measures lawmakers voted on ahead of a deadline for a bill to get out of its original chamber. The majority of the fentanyl bills focused on education, prevention and treatment. Lawmakers have been divided on how to best address the crisis. Progressive Democrats want to invest in prevention and treatment, but Republicans and some moderate Democrats favor harsher prison sentences for dealers. Other bills that passed this week include one that would require school districts to tell students they are required to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV.

      The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled two state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional, but the procedure remains illegal in the state in most cases. In a 6-3 ruling on Wednesday, the high court said the two bans are unconstitutional because they require a “medical emergency” before a doctor can perform an abortion. The court says this language conflicts with a previous ruling it issued in March. That ruling found the Oklahoma Constitution provides an “inherent right of a pregnant woman to terminate a pregnancy when necessary to preserve her life.” The laws struck down Wednesday both included a civil-enforcement mechanism that allowed citizens to sue someone who either performed or helped someone perform an abortion.

      The lone volunteer in a gene-editing study targeting a rare form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy most likely died after having a reaction to the virus that delivered the therapy in his body. Researchers described their findings in an early study that has not yet been peer-reviewed. Terry Horgan, 27, died last year during one of the first trials to test a gene editing treatment designed for one person. Some scientists wondered if the gene-editing tool CRISPR played a part in his death. But researchers concluded that the virus, combined with his condition, caused a severe immune reaction.


      An 11-month-old baby died after being left alone in a hot car while her parents were in church services along Florida’s Space Coast. Authorities say the baby girl had been in the car outside the church in Palm Bay, Florida for three hours Sunday when she was discovered and rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made, and authorities say an investigation was ongoing. Temperatures outside the car were just below 80 degrees, but experts say temperatures inside a car can reach much higher. Palm Bay Police Chief Mario Augello is calling the death “an unfortunate incident.”

      WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with treatment-resistant major depression without psychosis, ketamine is noninferior to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), according to a study published online May 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, held from May 20 to 24 in San Francisco.

      WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- From 2016 to 2020, there was an increase in pediatric firearm-related injuries, with community violence and negligent discharges increasing in 2020, according to a study published online May 25 in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

      WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients taking semaglutide for type 2 diabetes or weight loss should be careful about where they are getting the medication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. Shortages of the drug, commonly sold as Wegovy and Ozempic, have led to the making of compounded versions of the drugs, which is combining or mixing ingredients to meet patient needs.

      A former Connecticut state representative has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from the city of West Haven, most of it federal-related coronavirus aid. Michael DiMassa used a chunk of the money to fuel his gambling addiction. He apologized Wednesday in federal court in Hartford for conspiring with others to bill the city for services never rendered. The West Haven Democrat also must repay the city nearly $866,000. Three co-defendants including DiMassa's wife also got prison time earlier. While DiMassa could have gotten more than four years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, the judge gave him credit for fully accepting responsibility and testifying at a co-defendant's trial.

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