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Link found in Texas between rising infant mortality and state’s abortion restrictions

By Rob Kuznia and Isabelle Chapman, CNN (CNN) — A new study has drawn a possible link between rising infant mortality in Texas and the state’s abortion restrictions, which, when they took effect in 2021, were the strictest in the nation. The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics – a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association –

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A strong relationship needs both partners to respond to each other’s ‘bids for connection.’ Here’s what that means

By Taylor Nicioli, CNN (CNN) — “There’s a woodpecker over there!” Alyssa Caribardi watched as her friend whipped her head around to look out the window and seek out the bird. And with that simple gesture, Caribardi knew their friendship would last. In what may seem like a small, everyday exchange, her friend’s reaction was

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Science of social media’s effect on mental health isn’t as clear cut as a warning label might suggest

By Deidre McPhillips, CNN (CNN) — When US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy pushed last week for a tobacco-style warning on social media, he called the mental health crisis in young people an emergency that demanded action without waiting for “perfect information.” Even among experts, questions remain about the exact role that social media plays in the

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A ketamine pill may help hard-to-treat depression with fewer side effects, early research suggests

By Brenda Goodman, CNN (CNN) — A new ketamine pill may help hard-to-treat depression with fewer side effects than other forms of the treatment, early research suggests. Technically, no form of ketamine has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat any psychiatric disorder, including depression. A derivative of ketamine, called esketamine,

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Four menthol vaping products were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday

FDA sign-off on menthol e-cigarettes ‘flies in the face of public health,’ anti-tobacco groups say

By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) — Four menthol vaping products were authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, the first non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products to get the agency’s sign-off. The decision drew harsh criticism from pediatricians and anti-tobacco groups, which called it “a blow to public health” and warned of potential for “disastrous

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A new study shows that 1 year of this kind of exercise yields results 4 years later

By Madeline Holcombe, CNN (CNN) — Retirement should be filled with time with loved ones, relaxation and—according to new research—heavy lifting. As people get older, their skeletal muscle function declines, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. “If you do resistance training at this age, benefits in

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