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    The South Carolina Senate has approved a bill that would ban most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy, sending the bill to the governor who has promised to sign it. The proposal passed on Tuesday restores the ban South Carolina had in place when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year. That ban was overturned by the state’s highest court because it violated the state Constitution’s right to privacy. Republicans have been searching for an answer to that ruling because it left abortion legal through 22 weeks of pregnancy and sharply increased the number of abortions taking place in South Carolina as most other Southern states enacted stricter laws.

      The U.S. surgeon general is calling for tech companies and lawmakers to take “immediate action” to protect kids’ and adolescents’ mental health on social media. But after years of middling and insufficient action by both social media platforms and policymakers, parents and young people still bear most of the burden. They're having to navigate the fast-changing, often harmful world of secretive algorithms, addictive apps and extreme and inappropriate content found on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's tips include creating “tech-free zones” — such as meal times and nighttime.

      Florida is banning gender-affirming care for minors, effective immediately. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a series of anti-LGBTQ+ bills on Wednesday. Others address drag shows and how schools handle the use of personal pronouns and bathrooms. Planned Parenthood immediately started canceling appointments for gender-affirming health care. DeSantis has promoted anti-LGBTQ+ legislation as he prepares to seek the GOP presidential nomination. His bill-signing ceremony at an evangelical Christian school had a campaign-like feel, with DeSantis throwing Sharpies to a cheering crowd. State Sen. Shevrin Jones, who is gay, said the governor chose a setting where he was likely to get praise for bigotry.

      Regular exercise has long been considered a key way to support mental health, but when struggling with low mood or anxious feelings, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start.

      MONDAY, May 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, when shelter-in-place orders were ongoing, new moms tended to breastfeed their babies about two weeks longer than usual, new research shows.

      SUNDAY, May 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women can experience a variety of issues related to problems in what’s called the pelvic floor, the network of muscles and ligaments around the pelvis.


      FRIDAY, May 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Spotting ADHD early can ensure children with the condition get the help they need sooner rather than later.

      A three-judge appeals court panel heard testimony this week about revoking the FDA’s 22-year-old approval of a key pill used in medication abortion and miscarriage management. The judges all have track records of siding with abortion foes. Meanwhile, as the standoff over raising the federal debt ceiling continues in Washington, a major sticking point is whether to impose work requirements on recipients of Medicaid coverage. Victoria Knight of Axios, Rachel Roubein of The Washington Post, and Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Call join KFF Health News chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more.

      A bill that would have required school officials to disclose to inquiring parents that their child is using a different name or being referred to as being a different gender has been defeated in the New Hampshire House. The bill was similar to those already enacted by Republican-led legislatures in multiple states. It had passed the GOP-dominated Senate in March along party lines. But Republicans hold a razor-thin majority in the 400-member House. More Democrats were present for Thursday’s vote. Democrats passed several “poison pill” amendments to weaken the bill before it was defeated 195-190 on a vote to “indefinitely postpone” it. That means the topic can’t be taken up for the rest of the session.

      A Montana judge is preventing the state from enforcing a new ban on the type of abortion most commonly used after 15 weeks of gestation until he can hear arguments on the law next week. District Court Judge Mike Menahan issued a temporarily restraining order Thursday against a law that bans the use of dilation and evacuation abortions. The law took effect Tuesday, immediately after Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the bill. The state argues the law does not completely ban dilation and evacuation abortions. The procedure could still be performed if the provider killed the fetus first by injecting it with a drug or saline solution.

      THURSDAY, May 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that it's unhealthy to have belly fat accumulating around your abdominal organs, but there’s a more insidious form of fat that could be even more hazardous to your health, a new study says.

      THURSDAY, May 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Heart transplant (HT) recipients from donors with active COVID-19 have increased mortality at six months and one year, while survival is similar for recently resolved COVID-19 donors and non-COVID-19 donors, according to a study published online May 17 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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