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UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

LONDON (AP) — The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative P
Idaho's ban on youth gender-affirming care has families desperately scrambling for solutions

Idaho's ban on youth gender-affirming care has families desperately scrambling for solutions

Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras’ transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when she began to take medication to block the onset of puberty.
Higher tobacco and vaping taxes offsets drug plan spending in federal budget

Higher tobacco and vaping taxes offsets drug plan spending in federal budget

OTTAWA — The federal government expects that its latest effort to discourage Canadians from smoking, contained in the federal budget tabled Tuesday, will generate $1.7 billion in new revenue.
Edmonton doctors say too few neonatal beds, staff endangering babies

Edmonton doctors say too few neonatal beds, staff endangering babies

EDMONTON — A doctors' group says neonatal intensive care units in Edmonton have been too full and it's putting vulnerable babies at risk.
Quebec court approves class action alleging opioid makers misled users about risks

Quebec court approves class action alleging opioid makers misled users about risks

MONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit against 16 pharmaceutical companies that are alleged to have misled consumers about the efficacy and dangers of opioid medications.
Some of the key highlights from the Liberal government's 2024 federal budget

Some of the key highlights from the Liberal government's 2024 federal budget

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the 2024 federal budget on Tuesday. Some key highlights: Housing In hopes of building nearly 3.
Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller Roundup
New York's high court to hear case on abortion insurance coverage

New York's high court to hear case on abortion insurance coverage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that seeks to throw out a regulation requiring health insurance policies to cover medically necessary abortions — a case that could jeopardize a similar state law.
Outdated cancer screening guidelines jeopardizing early detection, doctors say

Outdated cancer screening guidelines jeopardizing early detection, doctors say

A group of doctors say Canadian cancer screening guidelines set by a national task force are out-of-date and putting people at risk because their cancers aren't detected early enough.

Texas fined $100,000 per day for failing to act on foster care abuse allegations

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is fining Texas $100,000 per day for routinely neglecting to adequately investigate allegations of abuse and neglect raised by children in the state’s struggling foster care system . U.S.