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    THURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults have a second vaccine option for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday.

      The families of two transgender teenagers are suing Idaho officials to block enforcement of a ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors. Idaho is one of at least 20 states in recent years to enact such a ban. Most of them have been challenged in court. But the laws and cases are so new that there's not a clear trend yet on outcomes. The Idaho ban is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024. The families who challenged it with a court filing on Thursday contend it violates constitutional rights to equal protection under the law for the teens and due process for their parents.

        Arizona State University will establish its own medical school amid an ongoing shortage of health care workers across the state. University President Michael Crow and the Arizona Board of Regents announced the plans for school, to be called ASU Health, at a meeting Thursday morning in Tempe. The school will be in Maricopa County. The planned school is part of a wider initiative, AZ Healthy Tomorrow, that involves the state’s other major public universities, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. The initiative’s goals include getting Arizona to reach the national average of doctors and nurses per capita and improving health care access for all residents.

          Have you noticed you're looking up at some of your younger friends who used to be your height? Or maybe you’ve felt taller around your parents? Aging means you shrink with the passing of time. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has the story.

          When KFF Health News’ “What the Health?” podcast launched in 2017, Republicans in Washington were engaged in an (ultimately unsuccessful) campaign to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. The next six years would see a pandemic, increasingly unaffordable care, and a health care workforce experiencing unprecedented burnout. In the podcast’s 300th episode, host and chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner explores the past and possible future of the U.S. health care system with three prominent “big thinkers” in health policy: Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff Goldsmith of Health Futures, and Farzad Mostashari of Aledade.

          The Supreme Court has unanimously revived whistleblower lawsuits claiming that supermarket and pharmacy chains SuperValu and Safeway overcharged government health-care programs for prescription drugs by hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision Thursday gives the whistleblowers another chance to pursue their claims that the companies defrauded the Medicare and Medicaid programs when they reported retail prices for generic prescription drugs, even though they had mainly been sold to customers at deeply discounted prices. The cases stem from the companies’ effort to match a 2006 decision by Walmart to offer 30-day supplies of many generic drugs for $4.


          THURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic heart failure, hemodynamic monitoring with the CardioMEMS-HF system improves the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) overall summary score more than standard care, according to a study published online May 20 in The Lancet to coincide with the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure 2023, held from May 20 to 23 in Prague.

          THURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing bariatric surgery with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and/or hiatal hernia, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) with concomitant hiatal hernia repair (HHR) and SG with fundoplication (FP) are both effective for reflux resolution and weight outcomes, according to a review published online May 6 in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

          THURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk for a wide range of obesity-related diseases, but this association was modest in adults with obesity, according to a study published online May 26 in JAMA Network Open.

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