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Politicians, Gay Rights Groups Calls on FDA to Lift Blood Donor Ban

Gillian Mohney/ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Gay rights groups and members of Congress called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse the guideline that bars gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they abstain from sex for one   ... Read More

Senate Zika Bill Falls Apart Largely Over Planned Parenthood Objections

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A billion-dollar bill to help address the Zika virus crisis fell apart on the Senate floor Tuesday over perennial partisan squabbles -- namely, about whether to devote funding to the family planning organization Planned Parenthood.

Democrats blamed   ... Read More

Mental Health Care Not a Silver Bullet for Gun Crime, Experts Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, the national conversation has once again turned to the link between gun violence and mental health. But would improving mental health care in   ... Read More

Annual Pelvic Exam May No Longer Be Necessary for Some Women

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Annual pelvic exams -- often an uncomfortable part of a woman's visit to the gynecologist's office -- may no longer be recommended for all women, according to new guidelines by a federal task force.

The United   ... Read More

Zika Virus-Related Microcephaly Reported in Florida for First Time

iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Zika virus-related microcephaly has been reported for the first time in Florida.

A woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly in the state, the Florida Department of Health said Tuesday.

Officials noted that   ... Read More

How the Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Abortion Laws in the US

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Texas law that imposed strict new requirements on abortion clinics in the state.

The 5-3 decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will likely have sweeping   ... Read More

The Best Approaches for Binge-Eating Disorder

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Binge-eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder in the U.S., affecting about 3 percent of American adults at some point in their lives.You’ve had it if you’ve ever had brief episodes of binge-eating at   ... Read More

American Red Cross Apologizes for Poster That Some Found Racist

Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross(NEW YORK) -- The American Red Cross issued an apology Monday for a poster that some people found offensive because it appeared to portray what appear to be white children as "cool" and children of color   ... Read More

Eat Fish, Lower Your Risk of Deadly Heart Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fish used to be called “brain food”, but it may be heart food instead.Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, when obtained through foods in the diet, appear to reduce the risk of fatal heart attack, death due   ... Read More

Study Says Adolescent Suicide Down, but Still Second Leading Cause of Death

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rates of suicide have decreased 28 percent since a peak in 1990, but it remains the second leading cause of death in teenagers, according to a new report published in Pediatrics.The study said the   ... Read More

The Health Hazards of Severe Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deadly floods in West Virginia have already killed at least 23 people and officials fear the heavy rains could put others in danger. But floodwater can be noxious even after it recedes, according to medical experts.   ... Read More

Your Body: Talking to Teens About Safe Driving

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Talking to your teens about being smart and safe behind the wheel can be a real challenge. But according to a new study, you might not need to say that   ... Read More

Study: Preventative Measures May Decrease Cancer Risk by as Much as 45%

iStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Medical experts have asserted for decades that certain behaviors including smoking and eating an unhealthy diet can increase the risk of developing cancer. In the report published Thursday in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention,   ... Read More

Contract Dispute Continues for Minneapolis Area Nurses Despite End of Strike

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Thousands of nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-area have finished their week-long strike over a contract dispute.

Although the strike is over, the nurses' contract fight is not.

The nurses in the Minnesota Nurses Association believe   ... Read More

Officer Killed On Duty Honored by Police Force in Widow’s Maternity Photo Shoot

iStock/Thinkstock(GREENVILLE, N.C.) --  A widow, who lost her police officer husband in the line of duty while she was expecting, decided to honor him in a maternity photo shoot that's gone viral.

Officer Allen Jacobs died March 18 in   ... Read More

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Politicians, Gay Rights Groups Calls on FDA to Lift Blood Donor Ban

Gillian Mohney/ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Gay rights groups and members of Congress called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse the guideline that bars gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they abstain from sex for one   ... Read More

Senate Zika Bill Falls Apart Largely Over Planned Parenthood Objections

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A billion-dollar bill to help address the Zika virus crisis fell apart on the Senate floor Tuesday over perennial partisan squabbles -- namely, about whether to devote funding to the family planning organization Planned Parenthood.

Democrats blamed   ... Read More

Mental Health Care Not a Silver Bullet for Gun Crime, Experts Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month, the national conversation has once again turned to the link between gun violence and mental health. But would improving mental health care in   ... Read More

Annual Pelvic Exam May No Longer Be Necessary for Some Women

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Annual pelvic exams -- often an uncomfortable part of a woman's visit to the gynecologist's office -- may no longer be recommended for all women, according to new guidelines by a federal task force.

The United   ... Read More

Zika Virus-Related Microcephaly Reported in Florida for First Time

iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Zika virus-related microcephaly has been reported for the first time in Florida.

A woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly in the state, the Florida Department of Health said Tuesday.

Officials noted that   ... Read More

How the Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Abortion Laws in the US

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Texas law that imposed strict new requirements on abortion clinics in the state.

The 5-3 decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will likely have sweeping   ... Read More

The Best Approaches for Binge-Eating Disorder

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Binge-eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder in the U.S., affecting about 3 percent of American adults at some point in their lives.You’ve had it if you’ve ever had brief episodes of binge-eating at   ... Read More

American Red Cross Apologizes for Poster That Some Found Racist

Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross(NEW YORK) -- The American Red Cross issued an apology Monday for a poster that some people found offensive because it appeared to portray what appear to be white children as "cool" and children of color   ... Read More

Eat Fish, Lower Your Risk of Deadly Heart Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fish used to be called “brain food”, but it may be heart food instead.Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, when obtained through foods in the diet, appear to reduce the risk of fatal heart attack, death due   ... Read More

Study Says Adolescent Suicide Down, but Still Second Leading Cause of Death

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rates of suicide have decreased 28 percent since a peak in 1990, but it remains the second leading cause of death in teenagers, according to a new report published in Pediatrics.The study said the   ... Read More

The Health Hazards of Severe Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deadly floods in West Virginia have already killed at least 23 people and officials fear the heavy rains could put others in danger. But floodwater can be noxious even after it recedes, according to medical experts.   ... Read More

Your Body: Talking to Teens About Safe Driving

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Talking to your teens about being smart and safe behind the wheel can be a real challenge. But according to a new study, you might not need to say that   ... Read More

Study: Preventative Measures May Decrease Cancer Risk by as Much as 45%

iStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Medical experts have asserted for decades that certain behaviors including smoking and eating an unhealthy diet can increase the risk of developing cancer. In the report published Thursday in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention,   ... Read More

Contract Dispute Continues for Minneapolis Area Nurses Despite End of Strike

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Thousands of nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-area have finished their week-long strike over a contract dispute.

Although the strike is over, the nurses' contract fight is not.

The nurses in the Minnesota Nurses Association believe   ... Read More

Officer Killed On Duty Honored by Police Force in Widow’s Maternity Photo Shoot

iStock/Thinkstock(GREENVILLE, N.C.) --  A widow, who lost her police officer husband in the line of duty while she was expecting, decided to honor him in a maternity photo shoot that's gone viral.

Officer Allen Jacobs died March 18 in   ... Read More

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