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    MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Growing numbers of Americans are suffering prolonged, life-threatening seizures known as status epilepticus, and Black people are nearly twice as likely to experience these seizures as white people.

      A Memphis hospital says it has paused, not stopped, its gender-affirming services in response to possible legal action by civil rights advocates who argue the hospital’s move is illegal and discriminatory. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee last week accused Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare of halting all gender-affirming surgeries due to a newly adopted policy. The hospital said in a statement it has not changed its practices “regarding the treatment of transgender and/or non-binary patients.” A spokesperson for the ACLU-TN hasn't responded to an email requesting comment Monday. MLH's website says the hospital serves more than 128,000 adult Medicaid patients each year.

        MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with early-stage renal cell carcinoma, heat-based thermal ablation is associated with increased cancer-specific mortality with tumor size 3.1 to 4 cm, while cancer-specific mortality is similar for heat-based thermal ablation and cryoablation with tumor size ≤3 cm, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in The Journal of Urology.

          MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a reduction in opioid dispensing and pain-related hospital events among adults receiving treatment for newly diagnosed cancers, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in JAMA Oncology.

            MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD), eyes treated with bevacizumab require more injections than those treated with aflibercept, and those receiving aflibercept are more likely to be weaned off treatment, according to a study published online Nov. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

              MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors have increased odds of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which are reduced with performance of any moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), according to a study published online Dec. 5 in Cancer.

              Shingles ups odds for heart attack, stroke by almost 30%. Luckily, getting a shingles vaccine guards against the condition and thereby may also protect against heart issues. Read more

              Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The youngest tots already are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot. The FDA already has cleared COVID-19 vaccines tweaked to better target omicron as boosters for everyone 5 and older.

              MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Among women who experience severe hypertension during delivery admission requiring treatment, the rate of timely treatment does not vary with race/ethnicity, according to a study published in the December issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

              MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep quality is associated with an increased prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)/benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), according to a study published online Oct. 24 in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

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              MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Mpox cases are down significantly in the United States, prompting the federal government to plan not to renew an emergency designation for the virus when it expires late next month.

              Many people have trouble sleeping from time to time. And an estimated 10 to 20 per cent of the population have serious sleep problems and resort to some form of sleep aid.

              According to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, everyone can wake up each morning without feeling sluggish by paying attention to three key factors: sleep, exercise, and breakfast.

              China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-COVID controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a "zero-COVID“ strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign. Commuters in Beijing and at least 16 other cities are allowed to board buses and subways without a virus test in the previous 48 hours for the first time in months. The government announced plans to vaccinate millions of elderly people. That spurred hopes for quick reopening of the country. But health experts and economists warn it will be mid-2023 and possibly 2024 before “zero COVID” ends.

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