I Didn’t Want to Like Vanessa Hudgens’s $40 Workout Class, But I Did—And I Might Go Back

This probably isn’t a “newsflash” moment, but it needs to be said: Vanessa Hudgens has an incredible body—which isn’t terribly surprising given the access to personal trainers, chefs, nutritionists, etc., that most celebs have. (It’s definitely easier to achieve your #fitnessgoals if you’re surrounded by people who help you do that 24/7.) But back to V-Hug’s bod …

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Abortion Rate Hits Record Low, But Experts Say It’s Not State Restrictions That Are Responsible For The Dip

Experts say that because rates have also dropped in states that haven’t enacted strict regulations, the decrease is more likely due to increase contraception use and fewer pregnancies over all. “If restrictions were the main driver across the board, we’d expect birthrates to increase,” said Elizabeth Nash, senior state policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute.

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VA Makes Major Leadership Changes In Atlanta After Reports That Nursing Home Patient Was Bitten By Ants

The VA placed the regional leader, chief medical officer and seven staff members on administrative leave while launching an investigation into the nursing home. “His room had ants, the ceiling, the walls, the beds. They were everywhere,” said Laquna Ross the patient’s daughter.

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Tennessee Reveals $7.9B Plan To Shift Medicaid Into Controversial Block Grant System

The plan’s likelihood of ever being implemented, however, remains largely unknown. To date, no state has been given permission to rely solely on block grants to cover Medicaid expenses. Gov. Bill Lee, however, remains hopeful, pointing to the fact that the Trump administration has been encouraging states to take more control of their programs.

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Judge Sides With Hospitals Over Medicare Payments For Clinic Visits

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said in her ruling that the Trump administration overstepped its authority when issuing its so-called site-neutral pay policy. The decision is a big win for hospitals, who in their original complaint led by the American Hospital Association projected cuts of about $380 million this year and $760 million in 2020. …

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‘World Is Not Ready’: WHO Report Issues Warning About Growing Likelihood Of Next Global Pandemic That Could Kill Millions

The report highlights a “lack of continued political will” from national leaders who aren’t devoting enough energy and resources to disaster preparation. Other public health news looks at declining childhood mortality, online recruiting by white supremacists, fetuses harmed by pollution, caring physicians on the border, food safety at pork plants, additional treatment for Alex Trebek, …

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Voices: How Should California Address The Needs Of Its Aging Population?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Demographers, gerontologists and government officials are counting down to 2030. That’s the year America’s youngest baby boomers will reach retirement age. The country already is feeling the effects of an aging population, but its most populous state is bracing for a hard hit as retirement collides with increasing poverty and the high …

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As Texas Cracks Down On Abortion, Austin Votes To Help Women Defray Costs

Austin is about to become the nation’s first city to fund groups that help women seeking abortions pay for related logistical costs, such as a babysitter, a hotel room or transportation. The move pushes back against a Texas law that took effect Sept. 1. The state law bans local governments from giving money to organizations …

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