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These states have the highest flu vaccination rates

Yearly flu vaccines protect you and those around you from the influenza virus, which could be deadly. Here's a look at where people get them the most. Read more

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Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal project has officially been declared an endangered species. U.S. wildlife officials had temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring. The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a formal rule published Friday that the Dixie Valley toad is at risk of extinction "primarily due to the approval and commencement of geothermal development” about 100 miles east of Reno. Other threats to the quarter-sized amphibian include groundwater pumping, agriculture, climate change, disease and predation from bullfrogs. The temporary listing in April marked only the second time in 20 years the agency had taken such emergency action. Read more

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Ex-children's hospital doctor charged with sex crimes

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. Read more

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Indiana judge won't block probe over 10-year-old's abortion

Indiana's Republican attorney general can continue his investigation of an Indianapolis doctor who spoke publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim. The girl had traveled from Ohio after its more-restrictive abortion law took effect this summer. A judge on Friday rejected an attempt to block Attorney General Todd Rokita's investigation of Dr. Caitlin Bernard. Rokita alleges Bernard violated child abuse reporting and patient privacy laws. Bernard denies wrongdoing. The same judge also ruled Friday in a separate lawsuit that Indiana’s abortion ban adopted in August violates the state’s religious freedom law. The Indiana abortion ban was already on hold because of another legal challenge. Read more

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Police blotter: Thrown to the ground; negligent arson

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Butte police officers respond to multiple crimes in and around Butte. Read more

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Cannabis Use Among Pregnant Women More Likely With Legalization

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Up to 7 percent of pregnant women in the United States report using cannabis, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Read more

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Herpes Zoster Linked to Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Events

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Herpes zoster (HZ) is associated with an elevated long-term risk for a cardiovascular event, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more

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Outcomes Examined for Cannabis Users After Lower-Extremity Bypass

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing lower-extremity bypass, cannabis use is associated with reduced graft patency, increased amputation, and increased opioid use, according to a study published online Sept. 22 in the Annals of Vascular Surgery. Read more

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States with the highest flu vaccination rates

Stacker examined the CDC's Influenza Seasons Vaccination Coverage Trend Report to determine the states with the highest rates of influenza … Read more

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Watch Now: Car defrosting tips to try this winter, and more videos to improve your life

Check out these tips for defrosting your car this winter, how to maintain alertness throughout the day, and more videos to improve your lif… Read more

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Young adults are the most lonely, data shows

Charlie Health used data from different sources, including Ipsos, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ipsos/Cigna, and the American Enter… Read more

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Airbnb urged to require carbon monoxide devices after 3 die

Family members of three tourists who died while staying at an Airbnb in Mexico City, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning, are urging the short-term rental company to require detectors in properties it lists. Jennifer Marshall is the mother of Jordan Marshall, one of the travelers. She tells reporters the hope is to pressure Airbnb to mandate and regulate carbon monoxide devices. She says the campaign is also a way to help honor their children. Airbnb says it has suspended the listing where the bodies were found and canceled upcoming reservations pending investigation. It notes that it operates a global program making free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available to hosts. Read more

More than 150 Vermont recovery programs underway, more soon

Vermont officials say more than 150 projects are underway as the state ramps up the spending of the more than $1 billion in federal funds that are intended to help recover from the pandemic. The projects that have begun represent more than $300 million in spending in areas such as housing, economic development, water and sewer infrastructure, climate change mitigation and the expansion of broadband infrastructure. Gov. Phil Scott says the money allocated by Congress in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented opportunity to help the state carry out much-needed infrastructure projects. Deputy Administration Secretary Douglas Farnham says officials have spent a lot of time to make sure Vermont’s projects comply with federal requirements. Read more

ACLU warns Tenn. hospital over transgender treatment policy

Civil rights advocates say a Memphis hospital is no longer providing gender-affirming surgeries. In a letter sent Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee claims the Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has halted all gender-affirming surgeries due to a newly adopted policy. Their client, Chris Evans, had been scheduled for a surgery at MLH in less than a week. MLH is one of Tennessee’s largest providers of Tennessee’s Medicaid and uninsured patients. The ACLU says if the hospital does not respond by Friday, it will file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. A spokesperson for the hospital did not immediately return an email requesting comment. Read more

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