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    Maryland officials are preparing for as many as 80,000 residents who could no longer qualify for Medicaid coverage this spring. That's because the federal government is reinstating a requirement that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic for states to verify the eligibility of recipients. Michele Eberle, the executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, told state lawmakers that Maryland will be able to start ending Medicaid coverage for people who no longer qualify starting in May. However, she says Maryland is in a better position than many states to reach people to either continue Medicaid coverage or move them into other health plans.

      A growing online conspiracy theory is using the tagline “died suddenly” to baselessly claim that COVID-19 vaccines are killing people. The filmmakers and anti-vaccine activists behind the misinformation campaign have flooded social media with news reports, obituaries and GoFundMe pages about sudden deaths or injuries alongside the term “died suddenly” and syringe emojis. The media intelligence firm Zignal Labs found that the use of “died suddenly” or a misspelled version of it in tweets about vaccines have surged more than 740% in the past two months compared with the two previous months. Rigorous study and real-world evidence from hundreds of millions of administered shots prove that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

        Police in Kansas say an officer shot and killed an armed man after he fled from the scene of an opioid overdose on a bicycle. The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department said in a news release that officers spotted the man pedaling away Friday night from a home where they found a man and woman unresponsive. While emergency crews used a rescue drug to revive the two overdose victims, officers broadcast the fleeing man’s description. Another officer found the man a half-mile from the home and tried to make contact with him. Police said that during that interaction, the officer fired at the man, killing him. His name wasn't immediately released.

        January has come and gone, and maybe you feel you've already failed. The science says you have not. You can start over on any fresh start you choose — next Monday, next month or on your birthday. Or pick any day and follow these five steps to establishing another good habit.

        The first drug to show that it slows Alzheimer’s is on sale, but treatment for most patients is still several months away. Experts say scant coverage of the drug and a long setup time needed by health systems are two main factors behind the slow debut. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Leqembi from Japanese drugmaker Eisai in early January. It was approved for patients with mild or early cases of dementia tied to Alzheimer’s disease. Patients take the drug by IV every two weeks. A year’s treatment will run about $26,500, making coverage important for access.

        A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress — tough asks like an assault weapons ban. He also laid out a “unity agenda for the nation” — four goals that it would be hard for anyone to argue against: improving mental health, supporting veterans, beating the opioid epidemic and fighting cancer. Biden is still pushing for some of those big Democratic goals, but he’s fared better on the “unity” goals.  White House officials cite significant progress on all four items, while noting they won’t be solved overnight.

        California won’t make children get the coronavirus vaccine to attend schools. The California Department of Public Health said Friday it is not exploring emergency rules to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required school vaccinations. That’s a reversal from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021 announcement that the state would add the COVID-19 vaccine to its list of mandated vaccinations for kids to attend school. Last year, state officials delayed that requirement until at least the summer of 2023. Now public health officials say they are no longer moving ahead with the effort as the state prepares to end its coronavirus emergency on Feb. 28.

        A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation’s new 988 mental health helpline late last year, federal officials tell The Associated Press. Lawmakers are now calling for the federal agency that oversees the program to prevent future attacks. The attack occurred on the network for Intrado, the company that provides telecommunications services for the helpline. The agency did not disclose details about who it believes launched the attack or what kind of cyberattack occurred. Those who tried on Dec. 1 to reach the line for help with suicidal or depressive thoughts were instead greeted with a message that said the line is “experiencing a service outage."


        Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

        Adults ages 21 and older now can legally buy marijuana for recreational use in Missouri. The state health department approved marijuana dispensary licenses unexpectedly early Friday. Recreational pot became legal in Missouri in December, but the health department had until Friday to approve or deny licenses. Missouri voters amended the state constitution in November to legalize recreational pot. The amendment also calls for the expungement of records of past arrests and convictions for nonviolent marijuana offenses, except for selling to minors or driving under the influence.

        A standoff over abortion in politically conservative regions of New Mexico escalated as Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would prohibit local governments from interfering with women’s access to reproductive health care. The initiative from state House Democrats comes in response to abortion restrictions recently adopted in two counties and three cities in eastern New Mexico. A legislative panel endorsed the bill Friday on a party-line vote with Republicans in opposition. The measure would also ban interference with gender-affirming care. The anti-abortion ordinances reference an obscure U.S. anti-obscenity law that prohibits shipping of medication or other items intended for abortions.

        FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a history of preeclampsia have a significantly increased risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and ischemic stroke within and after 10 years of delivery, according to a study published online Jan. 26 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

        A Massachusetts woman is scheduled to be arraigned from a hospital next week in the deaths of her three children. Lindsay Clancy is facing murder and assault charges after her 5-year-old daughter, Cora, and her 3-year-old son Dawson, were strangled Jan. 24 inside the family home in Duxbury, a coastal town about 30 miles) south of Boston. They were pronounced dead at a hospital.  Her younger son, 7-month-old Callan, died several days later. A private funeral service was held for the children Friday. The Boston Globe reported Friday that her attorney received permission from a judge to be examined by a forensic psychologist for evidence of postpartum mood disorder.

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