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    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.

        FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- From 2020 to 2021, there was an increase in births registered in the United States and in the general fertility rate, according to a study published in the Jan. 31 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

        FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression in children is associated with specific clinical risk factors, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Journal of the American Society for Nephrology.

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        Inspired by the lifesaving medical attention Damar Hamlin received on the field during a game last month, the NFL and American Heart Association will provide free CPR education in Arizona throughout Super Bowl week as part the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Hamlin, the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills defensive back, needed to be resuscitated after making a tackle in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bills assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington performed CPR on Hamlin on the field. People who visit the mobile training unit will receive hands-only CPR training from experts and receive CPR information that can be shared in their communities.

        FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- From 2016 to 2021, there was a decline in the percentage of mothers who smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, with declines seen across all maternal age groups and across all race and Hispanic-origin groups, according to a January data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

        U.S. health officials say a company is recalling its over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday the maker of EzriCare Artificial Tears was voluntarily recalling its product after health officials sent a warning to doctors. The outbreak includes at least 55 people in 12 states. One died and at least five others had permanent vision loss. The outbreak is considered worrisome because the bacteria driving it are resistant to standard antibiotics.

        FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Substance use substantially decreased across nearly all substance categories in the early part of the pandemic among youths and young adults, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in JAMA Network Open.

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