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Former Miss America Cara Mund says her concern about the erosion of abortion rights prompted her independent bid for the U.S. House in her home state of North Dakota. Mund is running against the odds in the deeply conservative state, but says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion was “just a moment where I knew we need more women in office.” The 28-year-old recent Harvard Law School graduate announced her candidacy Saturday. Her run comes as North Dakota’s only abortion clinic in Fargo is preparing to relocate across the border to Minnesota.

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Former Miss America Cara Mund says her concern about the erosion of abortion rights prompted her independent bid for the U.S. House in her home state of North Dakota. Mund is running against the odds in the deeply conservative state, but says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion was “just a moment where I knew we need more women in office.” The 28-year-old recent Harvard Law School graduate announced her candidacy Saturday. Her run comes as North Dakota’s only abortion clinic in Fargo is preparing to relocate across the border to Minnesota.

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the team announced Wednesday. Salming, who played 16 seasons with the Leafs and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, said he recognizes that there is no cure for the disease but says there are treatments available to slow the progression. Salming, 71, is receiving treatment in his native Sweden, where there are more than 800 patients living with ALS.

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There will be 14 students from Historically Black College and University medical schools working for the first time on the staffs of NFL clubs this season. The students are coming from the four HBCU medical schools in the country and will be working with eight different teams. The teams include Atlanta, Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Rams, LA Chargers, New York Giants, San Francisco, Tennessee and Washington. The program aims to diversify staffs across sports medicine. A study shows Black medical students comprise only 7.3% of the total in this country. The NFL has nearly 70% Black players.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is advising people to stay away from a recent oil spill and not to fish in areas with visible oil slicks or sheens. The statement Wednesday also warns against driving vessels through slicks or sheens. The Coast Guard says nearly 14,000 gallons of oil spilled from a tank on Monday, after an oil tank platform collapsed in Terrebonne Bay. The agency said Tuesday that nobody was hurt and it has not received any reports of affected wildlife. The spill occurred at Hilcorp's Caillou Island facility. The company has not responded to a request for comment made Tuesday through its website. The cause of the collapse is being investigated.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Men are known to be more likely to develop cancer than women, and a new study suggests that this is largely due to biologic differences between the sexes.

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New standardized test results show reading levels of Indiana’s younger students have improved just slightly but still remain below results from before the pandemic. Data released Wednesday from an Indiana Department of Education reading assessment given to third graders shows nearly one in five students “have not mastered foundational reading skills by the end of third grade.” It’s another indication that students have not quite cleared the hurdles of coronavirus pandemic learning losses, as those across all grade levels struggle to succeed after navigating transitions to online learning and adapting to current teacher shortages.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some progress in expanding access to medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD), a substantial gap between OUD prevalence and treatment receipt still exists, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- In clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and published in the August issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, updated recommendations are presented for the management of anorectal abscess, fistula-in-ano, and rectovaginal fistula.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Radiomics-based machine learning (ML) models can detect pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) from prediagnostic computed tomography (CT) images, according to a study published online June 30 in Gastroenterology.

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The World Health Organization says in its latest weekly pandemic report that the number of coronavirus deaths fell by 9% in the last week while new cases remained relatively stable. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday there were more than 14,000 COVID-19 deaths last week and nearly 7 million new infections. The Western Pacific reported a 30% jump in cases while Africa reported a 46% drop. The WHO said that the omicron subvariant BA.5 remains dominant globally, accounting for nearly 70% of all virus sequences shared with the world’s biggest publicly available virus database.

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China’s 11 million university graduates are struggling in a bleak job market as repeated shutdowns under China’s “zero-COVID policy” force companies to retrench and drive many restaurants and other small employers out of business. When Liu Qian entered the job market, she said she felt as if her future had been smashed and didn’t know if she could piece it together. The 26-year-old graduate sent out more than 100 job applications and saw two openings she interviewed for eliminated before landing a job. Countless others are still looking. China’s job drought echoes the difficulties of young people worldwide in finding work in depressed economies.

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Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has COVID-19. Abrams campaign spokesperson Alex Floyd says Abrams tested positive for the respiratory illness Wednesday morning after giving a public speech on the economy Tuesday night in Atlanta. Floyd says Abrams tests daily for COVID-19 and had tested negative on Monday and Tuesday. The Abrams campaign requires visitors to its campaign headquarters to wear masks and take a rapid test for COVID-19. Floyd says Abrams is fully vaccinated and boosted and has mild symptoms. He says Abrams is isolating at home and looks forward to resuming her travel schedule as soon as possible.

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FDA authorizes smaller doses of monkeypox vaccine to stretch supply. The new two-dose regimen will administer one-fifth of the dose just beneath the skin. One trial showed it produces an immune response that's similar to what's seen with a full-dose injection. Read more

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French authorities say a beluga whale stranded for several days in the Seine River had to be euthanized after it was removed from the French waterway. The whale was being prepared for transfer to a saltwater port in Normandy. A veterinarian said Wednesday that the dangerously thin white mammal began to have breathing difficulties while it was being driven to the coast in a refrigerated truck. Experts decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the creature. Environmentalists had acknowledged the plan to move the beluga risked fatally stressing the mammal. But marine conservation group Sea Shepherd said the whale couldn’t have survived much longer in the Seine’s fresh water.

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Eviction filings around the country are returning to pre-pandemic levels in many cities and states. The numbers have spiked from Connecticut to Utah, driven in part by rising rental prices and dwindling federal rental assistance. Legal advocates say some landlords are choosing not to take rental assistance, in favor or finding new tenants who will pay higher rents. Advocates are calling for states and cities to enact greater legal protections for tenants and support a federal bill that would make rental assistance permanent. Evictions dropped significantly during the pandemic and started rising after a federal eviction moratorium went away about a year ago.

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Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will miss “an extended period of time” for treatment of what the school described Wednesday as medical condition unrelated to football. In a statement, the school said Hartman sought medical attention Tuesday following a workout. He will miss team activities indefinitely and it’s unclear when he might be able to return to competition. The school cited privacy laws in not revealing specifics of Hartman’s condition. The fifth-year junior was one of the top passers in the Bowl Subdivision ranks last year and helped the Demon Deacons reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game while tying a program record with 11 wins.

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At its current pace, Medicare’s Hospital Insurance trust fund will run out of money in 2028, according to the latest Medicare trustees report. That’s a two-year extension on the previous estimate, but experts say it’s still not good news, and the government needs to stop twiddling its thumbs. If Medicare exhausts its Part A reserves, hospital insurance spending will be cut by 10% starting as soon as 2029. Shoring up Medicare could mean doing things like shifting some benefits from Part A to Part B, revamping Medicare prescription drug coverage, reducing payments to providers or moving some money over from other parts of the government’s budget.

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways says losses in the first half of the year narrowed as a relaxation in quarantine rules boosted passenger numbers. But it cautioned that quarantine restrictions on its crew were limiting the airline’s ability to increase flight capacity. The company reported losses of about $637 million in the first six months, down from $964.5 million in the same period last year. Hong Kong relaxed strict quarantine rules from 14 to seven days in mandatory hotel quarantine earlier this year, and to just three days from Friday. It still remains one of the few places in the world, together with mainland China, to require mandatory quarantine for inbound travelers. The city’s airline is lagging behind competitors like Singapore Airlines.

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A man practices spinning a top at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A woman wearing a face mask uses exercise equipment at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Tens of thousands of travelers remain stranded on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan but a first planeload left Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Women holding parasols line up for a group photo at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A woman wearing a face mask stretches on exercise equipment at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Tens of thousands of travelers remain stranded on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan but a first planeload left Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A woman wearing a face mask practices dancing at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Tens of thousands of travelers remain stranded on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan but a first planeload left Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A woman and boy wearing face masks walk near posters encouraging people to wear masks and avoid handshakes at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Tens of thousands of travelers remain stranded on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan but a first planeload left Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A man is silhouetted by the sun as he walks along a pathway at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Dr. Anthony Fauci right, autographs a mask used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, left, after Fauci threw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Mariners and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Seattle. Fauci is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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A person in the stands wears a mask before Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch, at a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Seattle. Fauci is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Fans wear KN95 masks before Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch, at a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Seattle. Fauci is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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It will soon be illegal in Seattle to discriminate against people for seeking or receiving an abortion, part of the city’s efforts to preserve reproductive rights locally. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle City Council on Tuesday passed a measure making it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their actual or perceived pregnancy outcome. The council also added a statewide misdemeanor charge for interfering with health care to the city’s code, hoping to minimize interference and harassment against those seeking care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court undoing decades of constitutional abortion protections in June.

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The World Health Organization has expressed sorrow for the killing of monkeys in Brazil amid fears of monkeypox contagion. Brazilian news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in Sao Paulo state. Similar incidents were reported in other cities. Brazil counts more than 1,700 cases of monkeypox, according to the WHO. The country’s health ministry confirmed one death related to the disease on July 29. The victim was a was a man who had low immunity and comorbidities.

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A jury has been selected in the second trial of two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over their disgust with restrictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The judge and lawyers on Tuesday settled on 18 people, including six alternates, to hear the case against Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. A jury in April couldn’t reach a verdict on the two men. Two co-defendants were acquitted and two more pleaded guilty. Dozens of prospective jurors from western and northern Michigan reported to the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids. The government says the plot to kidnap the Democratic governor followed training in Wisconsin and Michigan and two trips to scout her second home in northern Michigan. Defense attorneys say Fox and Croft were entrapped.

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The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that temporarily blocks three abortion laws passed by the 2021 Legislature from taking effect while legal challenges play out. Tuesday's ruling prevents the state from enforcing laws that ban abortions beyond 20 weeks, eliminate tele-health services for medication abortions and mandate that an abortion provider offer patients the opportunity to listen to the fetal heart tone or view an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The Montana Supreme Court found the state judge was right to rely on its 1999 ruling that said laws that interfere with bodily autonomy violate the state Constitution's right to individual privacy.

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TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with early-onset Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRDs) living in rural areas have fewer neuropsychological tests and visits to clinical psychologists than patients living in urban areas, according to a study published online Aug. 5 in JAMA Network Open.

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TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly nine in 10 patients reporting a COVID-19-related smell or taste dysfunction completely recovered within two years, although recovery took more than six months for 10.9 percent of patients, according to a research letter published online Aug. 4 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.