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    TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Overdose mortality among pregnant and postpartum women increased between 2017 and 2020, with a more pronounced increase observed in 2020, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

      TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children with type 1 diabetes do not have worse educational attainment or entry into higher education, despite missing more school, according to a study published in the December issue of Diabetes Care.

        TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A single well-healed facial scar does not negatively affect first impressions of attractiveness, confidence, or friendliness, but specific scar location and orientation may result in lower perceived attractiveness, according to a study published in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

          TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmacists can now prescribe hormonal contraceptives in 20 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., giving women easier access to birth control, a new report says. Another 10 states have legislation in the works, according to research presented Monday at a meeting of the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists in Las Vegas.

            Continuing state investigations have found at least 35 instances where Connecticut Department of Correction employees potentially misused a COVID-19 program that provided workers with hotel rooms during the height of the pandemic. The cases include a staffer booking a room to attend a wedding. The agency confirmed Tuesday that so far, 14 of the 35 investigations have been closed and $40,787 has been returned to the state. DOC said approximately $104,000 is still owed. All employees under investigation were allowed to reimburse the state. Some of them have faced additional discipline, including a five-day suspension for several individuals.

            A prosecutor says the former medical director of a Virginia hospital that serves vulnerable children has been charged with four felony sex crimes in connection with abuse at the facility years ago. Court records indicate a grand jury indicted Dr. Daniel Davidow last month. Davidow was the longtime medical director of the Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents. In a separate civil lawsuit, more than three dozen former female patients allege Davidow sexually abused them during physical exams. Davidow has previously denied the allegations. An attorney for Davidow declined comment to The Associated Press Friday.

            A panel is calling for changes at the federal agency that oversees most of the nation's food supply, saying revamped leadership, a clear mission and more urgency are needed to prevent illness outbreaks and to promote good health. But the report released Tuesday stopped short of recommending specific steps to take, instead offering several scenarios. The Reagan-Udall Foundation, a group separate from but closely tied to the federal Food and Drug Administration, said in a report that the agency leadership and culture must be restructured to better respond to food safety crises and chronic public health problems.

            The deadline for obtaining the Real ID needed to board a domestic flight has been pushed back again, with the Department of Homeland Security citing the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the slower-than-expected rollout. The deadline to have a Real ID had been May 3, 2023, but DHS announced Monday that it was pushed back to May 7, 2025. People are getting compliant IDs as they renew driver’s licenses, but DHS said the pandemic resulted in backlogs at state driver’s license offices. Because of the backlogs, many state agencies that issue driver’s licenses automatically extended expiration dates on licenses and ID cards, rather than issuing compliant licenses and cards.

            David Tennant remembers seeing in the news the image of Alexander Litvinenko lying in a hospital bed. It’s a photograph the actor has re-created, with support from make-up artists, prosthetic professionals and the art department, for his title role in “Litvinenko.” The four-episode miniseries written by George Kay follows the investigation into what happened after the former KGB agent and Russia critic was killed by poisoning in 2006. Tennant says those involved with the series were motivated to get it right and felt the “weight of responsibility” of recent history. Tennant will also soon be returning to his role in “Doctor Who.” “Litvinenko” debuts on Sundance Now and AMC+ on Dec. 16.

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            The Biden administration is actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women. But those efforts are bumping up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme Court stripped the constitutional right. After midterm elections there’s a renewed purpose at the White House to find ways to help women in states have virtually outlawed or limited the treatment, and to enforce policies already in place. But the administration is shackled by a ban on federal funding for most abortions, a conservative-leaning Supreme Court and a split Congress.

            TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D), bromocriptine quick release (BCQR) improves blood pressure and central and peripheral aortic stiffness, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in Hypertension.

            TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and fruit and vegetable (F/V) diets reduce 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk scores by about 10 percent over eight weeks, according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of in the American Journal of Cardiology.

            Science reveals 3 key factors to an energized, alert day. What you eat, when you wake up and how active you are all matter, new research shows. Read more

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