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    TUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Under the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), prenatal exposure to phentermine-topiramate is lower than topiramate and other antiobesity medications (AOMs), according to a study published online March 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

      TUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Youth with bipolar disorder (BD) rate their quality of life (QoL) worse than healthy youth, youth with chronic medical conditions, and youth with certain psychiatric disorders, according to a study published online March 14 in Bipolar Disorders.

      Dangerous drug-resistant fungal infections spreading in U.S. The percentage of dangerous infections caused by C. auris has increased every year, and nearly doubled in 2021, researchers report. Read more

      A ban on most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies in Georgia for transgender people under 18 is headed to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. Senators voted 31-21 on Tuesday to give the bill final passage. A spokesperson for Kemp isn't saying if the Republican governor will sign the bill into law. Opponents say the bill would be an unconstitutional infringement on parents’ rights. Doctors could still be able to prescribe medicines to block puberty under the Georgia bill. Republicans say restrictions on other treatments are needed to prevent children from making decisions they'll regret later. Opponents say the measure would hurt transgender children and require physicians to violate medical standards of care.

      U.S. cases of a dangerous fungus tripled over just three years, and more than half of states have now reported it. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote about the infections. They say the COVID-19 pandemic is likely part of the reason for the spread. Hospital workers were strained by coronavirus patients, and that likely shifted their focus away from disinfecting some other kinds of germs. The fungus is called Candida auris. It's a form of yeast that is usually not harmful to healthy people but can be a deadly risk to fragile hospital and nursing home patients. Some strains are so-called superbugs that are resistant to antibiotic drugs.

      Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is working to keep the spotlight on abortion ahead of next month's Wisconsin Supreme Court election, resurrecting a bill that would repeal the state's 1849 abortion ban. Republican lawmakers rejected the bill last summer. It has next to no chance of passing this time, but Evers and Democratic lawmakers held a news conference Tuesday to promote the measure. Abortion figures to be the key issue in the April 4 state Supreme Court election. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has filed a lawsuit challenging the ban and the case looks destined to land before the high court. If liberal-leaning candidate Janet Protasiewicz wins the election, conservatives would lose their majority on the court, opening the door to defeating the ban.

      The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to legislation that would temporarily prohibit gender-affirming treatments for minors and restrict their participation in sports. The Republican-led Senate advanced the bills Tuesday after an all-night session. Democrats allowed the votes after the GOP agreed not to prohibit gender transitions already in process, and to let the measures expire in 2027. Doctors could lose their licenses and schools would lose state funding if they don’t comply. Republicans are pushing nationwide to restrict transgender health care, drag shows, bathroom access and the discussion of LGBTQ topics in schools.


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      Georgia would restrict vaping in public spaces in the same way that it restricts smoking under a bill that has received final passage. The state House voted 152-14 on Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 47, which regulates vaping in the same way the state already regulates smoking.. The measure goes to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto. Georgia’s 2005 Smoke-Free Air Act says that people can’t smoke indoors in many public places, although it excludes some places including tobacco stores and bars that only admit patrons older than 18. A person who violates the law can be fined $100 to $500. The state Department of Public Health is supporting the measure.

      Two years after a fire devastated Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children, a rebuilt camp center is opening. The February 2021 blaze burned the center of the camp. It had been made to look like an Old West town and housed the woodworking shop, the arts and crafts area, the camp store, and an educational kitchen. The new $4.5 million complex has twice the space with more accessibility and new amenities. Those include a quiet sensory room, a room with a fireplace for parents and caregivers, an emergency storm shelter, and a cistern in case of another fire.

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