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    Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo has signed a bill enshrining existing protections for out-of-state abortion patients and in-state providers. The move on Tuesday marks a rare occurrence of a Republican governor approving measures that are part of Democrats’ vow to make the western swing state an abortion safe haven. The bill codifies former Gov. Steve Sisolak's executive order from last year. Sisolak lost reelection to Lombardo. The executive order bars state agencies from assisting other states in out-of-state investigations that could lead to prosecution of abortion patients. It also ensures medical boards and commissions that oversee medical licenses do not discipline or disqualify doctors who provide abortions.

    The well-known “Amanita muscaria” mushroom is legal to possess and consume in 49 states. The market for gummies, powders, and capsules containing extracts of the fungus is raising eyebrows, though, amid concerns from the FDA and in the absence of human clinical trials.

    Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip call it “watermelon salad.” But this delicacy popular in the area at this time of year is far from the sweet, refreshing taste the name evokes. “Lasima,” “Ajar,” or “Qursa” are different names for the hot, savory meal that takes hours to prepare. There’s watermelon inside, but one can hardly taste it. It is made with melons that are picked when they are small and not yet ripe. They are roasted on a fire and peeled, and the soft flesh is mixed with roasted eggplants and thinly sliced tomatoes, lemon, garlic, onion and olive oil. Then it is eaten with a special dough baked in the ashes of the fire.

    A former Connecticut state representative is set to be sentenced for stealing more than $1.2 million from the city of West Haven and using a chunk of it to fuel his gambling addiction. Michael DiMassa is scheduled to appear in federal court in Hartford on Wednesday. He faces a possible prison sentence of 41 to 51 months under federal guidelines. The West Haven Democrat also was an aide to the West Haven City Council at the time of the thefts. Prosecutors say he conspired with others, including his wife, to bill the city for services never rendered. Most of the pilfered money was federal coronavirus-related aid. DiMassa pleaded guilty in November to three counts of wire fraud conspiracy

    The brother of a Missouri ER doctor who has been missing for more than a week says that his body has been found in Arkansas. Dr. John Forsyth was last heard from in text messages around 7 a.m. May 21. His brother, Richard Forsyth, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that authorities called the family to say that his brother's body has been found in northwest Arkansas. He provided no other details. Messages left with the Missouri State Highway Patrol were not immediately returned. Forsyth was reported missing when he failed to show up for work that day at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, a town of 3,100 residents deep in the Missouri Ozarks.

    Police are searching for three gunmen who they believe opened fire along a crowded Florida beach promenade, wounding nine. Hollywood police say the three ran from the scene during Monday night's chaos along the city's popular beachfront. Two people who were involved in the altercation that led to the shooting have been arrested on firearms charges. Police say five handguns have been recovered, including two that were stolen. Police and witnesses say the shooting began after two groups started fighting. Some in the groups drew weapons and fired, with some of the shots hitting bystanders. There was already a heavy police presence because of the crowds. Hollywood is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.


    Colorado is tackling a surge in eating disorders with its acting governor signing two bills to address the mental illness. The bills signed Tuesday will create a state program dedicated to addressing the mental illness, limit the use of body mass index in determining treatment and restrict the sale of diet pills to minors. Nearly 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, in their lifetime. Over 10,000 people every year will die as a result of the condition. While body mass index remains an industry standard to determine care, experts argue that the body mass index measurement fails to capture all cases of eating disorders.

    A federal court ruling has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle thousands of legal claims over the toll of opioids. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday overturned a lower court’s 2021 ruling that found bankruptcy courts did not have the authority to protect members of the Sackler family who own the company and who have not filed for bankruptcy protection from lawsuits. The concept is at the heart of Purdue’s plan to settle thousands of lawsuits in a deal that would include $5.5 billion to $6 billion from Sackler family members.

    A bill allowing the state’s leading health insurance provider to restructure is on its way to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The North Carolina legislature gave the bill final approval despite criticisms from the state insurance commissioner that it would erode his regulatory authority. The measure cleared the Senate 41-5 Tuesday after passing the House with similar bipartisan support earlier this year. The measure permits Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and a dental insurance provider to transfer assets into a parent holding company and make investments. The changes would take effect as soon as it becomes law.

    The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block a new Nebraska law combining a 12-week abortion ban with restrictions on gender-affirming care for minors. The plaintiffs are Planned Parenthood and one of its doctors who performs abortions in Nebraska. The ACLU argues that lawmakers violated a requirement of the Nebraska constitution that each bill must be limited to a single subject. Omaha Sen. Kathleen Kauth says her trans health restriction bill was called the “Let Them Grow Act” and is very much in the same subject as restricting abortion. The ACLU asked a judge to block both bans until the case is decided.

    TUESDAY, May 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 619 million people were affected by low back pain globally in 2020, and the number of prevalent cases is projected to continue increasing, according to a review published in the June issue of The Lancet Rheumatology.

    TUESDAY, May 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- High compliance users of the new bedwetting alarm, GOGOband, which utilizes real-time heart rate variability analysis and applies artificial intelligence (AI) to create an alarm to wake the user, have a 93 percent dry night rate, according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Pediatric Urology.

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