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    TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of older adults report at least one symptom of addiction to highly processed food, according to the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging released on Jan. 30.

      TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine protection against severe outcomes from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) lasts at least six months after the second dose, but protection is lower for older patients, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in JAMA Network Open.

        Jackson’s troubled water system could be one step closer to getting new owners after legislation passed the state Senate Tuesday. The move marks the latest chapter in a crisis that has left residents in Mississippi’s capital city without consistent access to running water and ignited political divisions between the Democratic-led capital city and the Republican-controlled state government. The bill would transfer ownership of Jackson’s water system to a new regional public entity overseen by a nine-member board with the majority appointed by state leaders. The bill passed in a 34-15 vote and will move to the House for more work.

          North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bill requiring teachers to alert parents in most circumstances before calling a student by a different name or pronoun. Sponsors say the bill is needed to keep parents informed about what their children are being taught in public schools. Critics say it would make schools unsafe spaces for LGBTQ and questioning children to explore their identities. The proposal passed the Senate 29-18 on Tuesday. It would also prohibit instruction about gender identity and sexuality in K-4 classrooms. It now heads to the state House, where Republicans likely would need some Democratic support to push it through.

          Indiana lawmakers this session are eyeing ways to expand contraceptive access to prevent unintended pregnancies in the state after the Republican-led Legislature pushed through an abortion ban this past summer. A House committee on Tuesday considered a proposal that would permit pharmacists to prescribe birth control hours before state Senators approved a bill that could allow Medicaid recipients same-day access to long-acting reversible contraceptives. But while Indiana’s abortion ban is on hold pending a decision from the state Supreme Court, lawmakers, largely women, are looking to bolster services to prevent those pregnancies in the first place.

          More than 70 ambulances have transferred about 160 patients evacuated from a Massachusetts hospital that lost power after an electrical transformer fire. The power was shut off at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for safety reasons. Brockton Fire Chief Brian Nardelli says some critically ill and injured patients are being moved to other facilities. Elective procedures are canceled through Friday. There were no injuries reported. Nardelli said said that at the time the fire started about 8 a.m. Tuesday, hospital personnel said they had 187 patients, but the exact number wasn't immediately known.

          West Virginia lawmakers are advancing a bill that would eliminate some of the red tape involved with opening birthing centers. The state House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would remove birthing centers from the state’s certificate of need process. Certificate of need requires health care providers to obtain government approval before adding or expanding services. Republican Del. Kathie Hess Crouse said the bill will help offer support to women who now have no choice but to give birth because of the state's new abortion ban law. A birth center operates outside of a hospital and is typically staffed by nurse midwives. There is currently only one birthing center in West Virginia.

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          Pro tennis player Jessica Pegula has revealed that her mother, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula, went into cardiac arrest in June and is still recovering. In an essay that The Players’ Tribune published Tuesday, Pegula writes that her mother is improving every day as she deals with significant language and memory issues, and that her long-term status is unknown. The family previously has only said that Kim Pegula was receiving care for “unexpected health issues.”  Jessica Pegula says she decided to tell her story after Bills player Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field during a Jan. 2 game in Cincinnati.

          TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's a little safer to get into the water: Unprovoked shark attacks dropped to a 10-year low worldwide in 2022, shark watchers say.

          Georgia senators have voted to permanently block schools and most state and local government agencies from requiring people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Senate voted 31-21 for Senate Bill 1 on Tuesday, sending it to the House for more debate. Georgia had enacted a one-year ban last year. Republicans Sen. Greg Dolezal of Cumming says the government shouldn’t be able to force anyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or refuse services to people who are unvaccinated. Democrats say that Republicans are feeding anti-vaccine sentiment and that there's no guarantee the virus will stay less lethal.

          TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- That feeling of crushing pain in your chest can be a medical emergency, but it can also be angina pectoris, or “stable angina” — a symptom of coronary heart disease that can be managed with medication.

          TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends all pregnant people undergo blood pressure measurement throughout pregnancy to identify hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (Grade B recommendation). This recommendation forms the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Feb. 7.

          TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with aflibercept versus sham, initiating aflibercept only if vision-threatening complications develop, yields anatomic improvement but no improvement in visual acuity for patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) without center-involved diabetic macular edema (CI-DME), according to a study published in the Feb. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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