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    Utah lawmakers on Friday approved a measure that would ban most transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming health care — including surgery or puberty blockers. The bill now goes to the desk of Republican Gov. Spencer Cox, who hasn’t yet taken a position on the legislation. The measure comes as legislators in at least 18 states consider similar bills targeting health care for young transgender people. Utah’s measure prohibits transgender surgery for youth and disallows hormone treatments for minors who have not yet been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. The state’s Legislature made the topic a top priority, hearing the first draft just two days after the session started earlier this month.

      FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Longstanding restrictions on blood donations from gay or bisexual men could soon shift toward a more nuanced policy, where such men are asked about sexual partners and practices instead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

        FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it cannot regulate cannabidiol (CBD) supplements because there is not enough evidence on their safety. The agency also called on Congress to create new rules for what has become a burgeoning industry.

          A proposed bill to deny gender-affirming care to young transgender people in Montana drew emotional testimony in a Friday hearing. Supporters argued it is needed to protect children, and opponents called it government overreach that would harm transgender children by denying them medically necessary treatment. The bill threatens health care providers with the loss of their license for a year if they use puberty blockers, hormones or surgery to treat transgender minors. A similar bill failed in the 2021 Legislature after receiving strong opposition from medical experts, human rights advocates and the transgender community. Sen. John Fuller's bill would also ban Montana Medicare payments for medication or surgical treatments for transgender minors.

          Groups representing social workers and women say they have succeeded in forcing a small Ohio city to significantly narrow its abortion ban and dropped their lawsuit. The National Association of Social Workers and the Abortion Fund of Ohio said their move Jan. 12 followed the city of Lebanon removing provisions that made aiding and abetting an abortion a crime. The city opted to revise the law rather than defend it in court. But the leader of the Texas group that pushed the ban said the revisions were of little consequence to the fact that abortion remains illegal in Lebanon from conception.

          Is your gas stove making you sick? Experts weigh in. About 13% of childhood asthma in the United States can be attributed to gas stove use, a new study says. Experts warn that the full health implications of the stoves have not yet been addressed by science. Read more

          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Longstanding restrictions on blood donations from gay or bisexual men could soon shift towards a more nuanced policy, where such men are asked about sexual partners and practices instead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America’s increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

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          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic and lifestyle factors are independently associated with the risk for Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a study published online Jan. 6 in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A three-dimensional (3-D) convolutional neural network (CNN) can be used as an artificial intelligence (AI) support system for differentiating colon carcinoma (CC) and acute diverticulitis (AD) on computed tomography (CT) images, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in JAMA Network Open.

          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are metabolites of intestinal flora, are associated with pregnancy complications, according to a study published online Jan. 12 in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

          FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical factors are associated with the degree of background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) on contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM), according to a study published online Jan. 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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