News: Health

Marcia Belsky: That time when NASA (almost) sent Sally Ride to space with 100 tampons
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Katie Monteleone, Manoush Zomorodi, Katie Simon | June 3, 2022
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Humor Us. Ahead of her 1983 space flight, NASA suggested sending astronaut Sally Ride with 100 tampons for the week-long trip. (That's too many.) In 2020, comedian Marcia Belsky sang a song about it. About Marcia Belsky Marcia Belsky is a comedian ...
White House says COVID vaccination for kids younger than 5 could start in a few weeks
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Rob Stein | June 2, 2022
The White House's COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, speaks on June 2 about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and highlighted Pfizer's recent request for the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its vaccine for use in children younger than 5. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images The White House laid out ...
These female health-care workers won a huge WHO honor. They’d like a raise, too
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Sushmita Pathak | June 2, 2022
Female community health care workers protest in New Delhi, India, in August 2020. The women are part of a government program called Accredited Social Health Activists — and are demanding higher pay and better working conditions. In May, the program won an award from the World Health Organization. T. Narayan ...
OPINION: Media coverage of monkeypox paints it as an African virus. That makes me mad
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Ifeanyi Nsofor | June 2, 2022
Monkeypox was spread by prairie dogs in the U.S. in 2003. Above: The prairie dog Chuckles was a pet belonging to Tammy and Steve Kautzer and their 3-year-old daughter, of Dorchester, Wisconsin. They caught monkeypox from another pet prairie dog that since died. Mike Roemer | Getty Images The world ...
California lawmakers ramp up efforts to become a sanctuary state for abortion rights
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April Dembosky | June 2, 2022
California Assembly member Buffy Wicks, a Democrat, speaks on the chamber floor in January 2020. In 2019, on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, she told the story of her own abortion. Krishnia Parker/California State Assembly Democratic Caucus While 26 states in the U.S. are likely to ban or ...
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, what happens next? Your questions answered
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Selena Simmons-Duffin, Wynne Davis | June 2, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in an abortion case later this month. A leaked draft opinion showed the court's conservative justices are likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images If Roe v. Wade is overturned, laws further restricting abortion care and ...
Abortion rights might soon be gone. Activists worry same-sex marriage is next
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Mary Louise Kelly, Michael Levitt, Courtney Dorning | June 2, 2022
Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage, stands at the Texas Capitol during a rally on June 29, 2015. Eric Gay | AP On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. ...
Abortion bans with no exceptions may be politically risky
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Julie Rovner | June 1, 2022
Anti-abortion activists protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, May 23. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images If it seems as though the anti-abortion movement has gotten more extreme in recent months, that's because it has. But it's not the first time — positions taken by ...
Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185
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Michelle Andrews | May 31, 2022
Preventive care should be free to patients under the Affordable Care Act, but Elizabeth Melville of Sunapee, NH., was charged $2,185 for a colonoscopy in 2021. Philip Keith | KHN Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. "I ...