Health

Abortion medication by mail banned in Louisiana

BY: - June 22, 2022

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill Wednesday prohibiting the sale of abortion-inducing medication by prescribers outside the state. Senate Bill 388, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, creates the crime of “abortion by means of an abortion-inducing drug,” which includes delivering, dispensing, distributing or providing abortifacients when the person administering the medication is […]

At least seven deaths in FL from meningococcal disease; one of the worst outbreaks in U.S. history

BY: and - June 22, 2022

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported at least seven deaths among gay and bisexual men from the serious meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida and at least 24 cases of the disease. The agency described the situation in a news release as “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among […]

Louisiana governor signs Sen. Jackson’s bill upping criminal penalties for abortion providers

BY: - June 21, 2022

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed some of the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions into law, increasing the criminal penalties for abortion providers under the state’s trigger laws. Louisiana is one of 13 states with trigger laws, which go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Under a law signed by former […]

Monkeypox infections in FL in double digits, with cases in five counties in South and Central FL

BY: - June 21, 2022

Monkeypox infections in Florida have climbed to 16 in five counties, moving from South Florida to the central part of the state. The counties with cases are: Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Seminole. Broward County has reported the most monkeypox infections, with 11 total confirmed cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. Orange County […]

‘Chaos and confusion’ over youngest kids’ COVID vaccines; DeSantis defends state’s decision

BY: - June 20, 2022

As controversy over COVID-19 vaccines for young children in Florida continues, the state Department of Health said Monday that children under 5 will be getting the doses soon. “Shipments to providers from the federal government should arrive within the coming days,” Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for the state’s health department, said in an email Monday […]

Iowa Supreme Court erases state constitutional right to abortion

BY: and - June 17, 2022

The Iowa Supreme Court found there is no state constitutional right to an abortion, reversing a previous decision in a ruling Friday. The decision leaves Iowa open to an abortion ban or heightened restrictions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal protections in a ruling expected in the coming weeks. The new interpretation of abortion […]

White House says Gov. DeSantis has reversed course, now ordering COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: , and - June 17, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday was still refusing to order COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, for the country’s youngest children. But by Friday, the governor had “reversed course and is now ordering vaccines,” according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Governor DeSantis to order COVID-19 […]

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]

Monkeypox outbreak: Cases climb to 9 in FL; health officials to decide on public health emergency

BY: - June 16, 2022

With monkeypox expanding in the United States and globally, Florida has climbed to nine cases, according to the state Department of Health. Eight of the cases are in Broward County in South Florida and one in Southwest Collier County, on the Gulf side of the peninsula. Global health officials are assessing whether to declare monkeypox […]

FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. The 21-person Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the FDA approve emergency use […]

EPA: ‘Forever chemicals’ more toxic than first thought; at least 87 FL sites deemed contaminated

BY: - June 15, 2022

Two kinds of toxic “forever chemicals” widely found in drinking water after decades of use in consumer products and certain industries are more dangerous than previously thought, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. The EPA issued stricter health guidelines for those Wednesday, ahead of plans to adopt national drinking water standards next year. In […]

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Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQI+ rights under attack in GOP-led states

BY: - June 15, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people. The order is meant to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ kids and their families. A senior administration official referenced Texas and Florida as two states […]