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A University of Idaho memo warning staffers not to refer students to abortion or birth control providers has placed the school at the center of a debate over First Amendment rights and access to reproductive health care. But UI Provost Torrey Lawrence says the school was just trying to protect employees from punitive state laws. One of the laws bars the use of state funds to promote or endorse abortion or emergency contraception. Another makes it illegal for non-health care providers to advertise abortions or birth control. It's not clear exactly how the laws apply to the rest of Idaho's approximately 900,000 state employees, or if they affect others who get state funds like foster parents.

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A street in San Francisco will be renamed Saturday in honor of an 84-year-old Thai grandfather killed in a brutal attack that galvanized Asian Americans reeling from a surge in assaults during the pandemic. A short lane in a neighborhood will be called “Vicha Ratanapakdee Way.″ Hundreds are expected at an afternoon gathering. Speakers will include Ratanapakdee’s daughter, Monthanus Ratanapakdee, and actor Daniel Dae Kim. Ratanapakdee was on a morning walk in 2021 when authorities say he was attacked and knocked to the ground. His death has become a symbol in the national movement to end hate against Asian Americans.

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A Michigan homeowner has been charged with shooting and wounding an 84-year-old woman who was canvassing door-to-door against a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler says Richard Harvey was charged Friday with felonious assault and reckless discharge of a firearm causing injury charges. Harvey is being held in the county jail. Butler says State Police investigated the Sept. 20 shooting in Odessa Township, and submitted charging recommendations to the prosecutor’s office. Harvey is being represented by a public defender, who has not not responded to a message seeking comment.

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will host a forum to highlight how coronavirus pandemic relief dollars have helped support Black- and minority-owned businesses. The Treasury Department says the importance of making sure the community finance system supports minority businesses will be "front and center” at this year's Freedman's Bank Forum next week. About 96% of Black-owned businesses are sole proprietorships and single-employee companies. These small businesses have the hardest time finding funding and are often the first to suffer during economic downturns. The forum will include a panel on new support for community finance institutions, small businesses and low wealth communities.

The daughters of the late country music matriarch Naomi Judd talk about her openness and empathy as fans gather for a final tour to reflect on her legacy. Actor and humanitarian Ashley Judd said her mother was “enthralled by my audacity” as an outspoken activist. Wynonna Judd said fans identified with the mother-daughter duo from eastern Kentucky who rose to fame in the early '80s. The pair were interviewed this week by The Associated Press ahead of an 11-city tour that Wynonna Judd and several musical guest stars are undertaking. The shows will serve as a reminder of the legacy of Naomi Judd and her impact on country music.

Vermont dispensaries are set to begin selling marijuana for recreational use, though only three will be ready to do so on opening weekend. FLORA Cannabis in Middlebury, Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland and CeresMED in Burlington will all open on Saturday. A fourth business has been licensed to sell recreational pot but isn’t ready to do so yet. James Pepper, who chairs the state Cannabis Control Board, says Vermont's inaugural weekend will be “more of a soft opening" akin to those when recreational sales began in other states and in Canada. The Vermont stores say they anticipate having enough supply, but some growers have been frustrated by the timeline.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More than 60 percent of young women diagnosed with cancer have sexual dysfunction, with more problems reported by women with cancer than among women from the general population, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in Acta Oncologica.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Weightlifting and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) are associated with a reduced risk for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, with the lowest risk seen for adults reporting both MVPA and weightlifting, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The risk for Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is tripled in daily wear (DW) reusable contact lens users versus daily disposable (DD) contact lens users, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in Ophthalmology.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- From 2020 to 2021, there was an increase in the number of suicides and in the age-adjusted suicide rate, according to a September Vital Statistics Rapid Release report, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus, there is an inverse association between number of optimal modifiable factors and an incrementally lower risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in The BMJ.

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Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A Ukrainian family was killed in a Russian attack on their building in March, despite denials. A 2021 video shows President Joe Biden urging people in hurricane-prone states to get vaccinated in case they needed to evacuate or stay in a shelter, not to protect against the storm itself. Air traffic analysts say flight cancellations across China last week remained consistent with COVID-19 pandemic trends. A video shows a member of an Italian neo-fascist group tearing down a European Union flag in 2013, not after Monday's election.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Two groups of patients with chronic nausea and vomiting syndromes (NVS) have been identified, with overlapping symptoms but distinct underlying phenotypes, according to a study published in the Sept. 21 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In a summary of an updated clinical practice guideline issued by the American College of Rheumatology, recommendations are presented for the pharmacologic treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, with the importance of sequential treatment emphasized.

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The use of cerebral embolic protection (CEP) does not have a significant impact on the incidence of periprocedural stroke among patients with aortic stenosis undergoing transfemoral transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), according to a study published online Sept. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference, held from Sept. 16 to 19 in Boston.

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U.S. regulators have revealed their plan to allow foreign baby formula manufactures to stay on the market long term. The Friday announcement from the Food and Drug Administration aims to diversify the nation’s highly concentrated formula industry and prevent future shortages. The U.S. has been forced to turn to foreign suppliers to boost formula supplies after FDA inspectors temporarily shuttered the nation’s largest domestic manufacturing plant in February. Since then the U.S. has imported the equivalent of 300 million bottles of formula. Under the new plan, foreign manufacturers will have until 2025 to comply with U.S. standards for formula nutrition, labeling and manufacturing.

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This year’s Nobel Prize season approaches as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered decades of almost uninterrupted peace in Europe and raised the risks of a nuclear disaster. The famously secretive Nobel Committee never leaks or hints who will win its prizes for medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, economics or peace. The awards will be announced starting next Monday. But there is no lack of causes deserving the spotlight that comes with winning the world’s most prestigious prize. There are wars in Ukraine and Ethiopia, disruptions to supplies of energy, food and financial stability, the climate crisis, and the ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fans will have a chance to say goodbye to Naomi Judd, the late matriarch of the Grammy-winning country duo The Judds, on a tour starting Friday. The Judd family continues to grieve her sudden death on April 30 only weeks after the tour was announced. Wynonna Judd, who will helm the 11-city tour starting Friday, called it "devastatingly beautiful" to relive her memories of her mom during the tour. Daughter Ashley Judd recalled her mother's compassion and desire to learn, as well as her efforts to reduce the stigma of mental health. The family hopes that fans will be uplifted by her legacy of music and advocacy.

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