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    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."

      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.

        Working gets tough when grieving a lost spouse. People who returned to work within three months of losing a spouse had higher stress, a new study has found. And the less these folks earned at their job, the worse the mental health effects. Read more

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        A major hospital system in northern Florida says it is diverting some emergency room patients and canceling surgeries after an security problem with information technology. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare says the issue began affecting its systems late Thursday night and has forced the hospital to shut down its IT network. It had the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, but the hospital has not yet characterized it as such. Victims often at least initially decline to confirm ransomware attacks. The hospital says it has been working with law enforcement. The hospital system provides care in over 20 counties in northern Florida and southern Georgia.

        The Mississippi Senate has voted to ease some restrictions on community-owned hospitals by letting them consolidate or collaborate with health care facilities outside their current service areas. The bill passed Friday and moves to the House. Republican Sen. Joey Fillingane says the bill is an effort to maintain access to health care. Several Mississippi hospitals face financial difficulties because they serve large numbers of uninsured patients. Current state law says community-owned hospitals can provide services only in specified geographical areas. The bill would let them work with other facilities that are farther away.

        U.S. Agriculture officials have proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first limits on added sugars. The proposed change would focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries. The plan would also dramatically cut sodium in meals served to the nation's schoolkids by 2029, while boosting flexibility for foods made with whole grains. The proposal released Friday drew mixed reactions. Some school nutrition experts praised it as a way to improve children's health, but others said new regulations would be a burden.

        West Virginia’s Republican supermajority House of Delegates passed a bill Friday banning gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy for minors. Lawmakers advanced the bill to the Senate just a day after crowds descended on the state Capitol to decry the proposal. The legislation passed 84-10, with all ‘no’ votes coming from the body’s shrinking delegation of Democrats. They accused GOP lawmakers of putting children’s lives at risk to score political points with the national conservative movement. West Virginia is among 26 states considering bans to restrict gender-affirming care for minors or young adults. West Virginia’s bill prohibits physicians from providing gender-affirming surgery or hormone therapy for minors.

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