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Owning a dog could provide long-term health benefits, study says

Owning a dog could provide long-term health benefits, study says

alexei_tm/iStock(UPPSALA, Sweden) — A dog is known as “man’s best friend,” but owning a dog may literally save your life, according to new research from Uppsala University.”There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that people feel increased well-being with their dog; we wanted to investigate this,” said Dr. Tove Fall, one of the authors of…Read more »

CDC warns that more pregnant women should get the flu shot: What to know

CDC warns that more pregnant women should get the flu shot: What to know

Jovanmandic/iStock(ATLANTA) — Not enough pregnant women are getting the flu vaccine and it’s putting themselves, their babies and the public at risk, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Pregnant women have more than double the risk of hospitalization compared to non-pregnant women of childbearing age if they get…Read more »

Rising suicide rates at college campuses prompt concerns over mental health care

Rising suicide rates at college campuses prompt concerns over mental health care

mangpor_2004/iStock(NEW YORK) — Stanford University has agreed to change its involuntary leave of absence policy, mental health staffing and training to better accommodate students facing mental illness crises, including those who have been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. The decision is the result of a settlement agreement with a group of students who filed a…Read more »

Transgender surgery linked with better long term mental health, study shows

Transgender surgery linked with better long term mental health, study shows

stock-eye/iStock(NEW YORK) —  Surgery can be scary for anyone, but gender-affirming surgery for transgender people may provide better long-term mental health benefits, according to new research from the Yale School of Public Health. Researchers looked at mood and anxiety disorder health care visits, antidepressant and anti-anxiety prescriptions and hospitalizations after a suicide attempt. These measures…Read more »

HIV prevention drugs to be available without a prescription in California

HIV prevention drugs to be available without a prescription in California

92/1 Moo3 Huai Yang Kham Chun Phayao, Thailand 56150/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Californians, starting next year, will be able to access HIV prevention medications without a prescription. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Monday, making California the first state in the country to allow post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis to be sold over the…Read more »

Flight attendant may have exposed passengers on several flights to Hepatitis A: CDC

Flight attendant may have exposed passengers on several flights to Hepatitis A: CDC

400tmax/iStock(ATLANTA) — An American Airlines flight attendant may have exposed passengers on several flights to Hepatitis A, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.One of those exposures took place on a flight between San Francisco and Charlotte on Sept. 21, North Carolina-based Mecklenburg County Public Health Department confirmed to ABC News. The health…Read more »

‘It wasn’t planned’: Twin brothers welcome baby boys hours apart

‘It wasn’t planned’: Twin brothers welcome baby boys hours apart

_jure/iStock(WOODBURY, Minn.) — In an exciting coincidence, a set of twin brothers from Minnesota recently became dads on the same day.Ashley and Pat Young’s son Jack arrived at Woodwinds Hospital on Sept. 19 at 6:01 p.m.Hours later, Jack’s cousin Cooper Young, son of Felicia and Paul Young, was born at 11:49 p.m. The infants’ fathers,…Read more »