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As more companies cover abortion travel in health insurance plans, are interstate travel bans next?

Even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 11 states limited whether employer-based insurance plans could cover abortions with exceptions for rape, incest, life endangerment, and fetal impairment. But those states, which include Texas, Indiana, and Oklahoma, couldn’t prevent plans from covering out-of-state abortions, said Harvey Cotton, a principal lawyer within Ropes & Gray’s […]

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Death of a family member may increase heart failure mortality risk

Heart failure patients experiencing grief or in mourning following the loss of a close family member are at an increased risk of death, particularly during the first week following the family member’s death, according to a study published today in JACC: Heart Failure. Heart failure (HF) affects more than 64 million individuals worldwide. Previous study […]

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Hunger really can make us feel ‘hangry’, study finds

New scientific research has discovered that feeling hungry really can make us “hangry,” with emotions such as anger and irritability strongly linked with hunger. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study is the first to investigate how hunger affects people’s emotions on a day-to-day level. Hangry, a portmanteau of hungry and angry, is widely […]

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Safety first: How stigma may impact health

Where do you feel safe? And with whom? Where are the spaces in your life where you can truly relax, let your guard down, and not feel like a threat might be lurking? Over the course of human history, such safety is relatively rare. And for people in marginalized communities, it can be very hard […]

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Social interactions tied to sense of purpose for older adults

Having positive social interactions is associated with older adults’ sense of purposefulness, which can fluctuate from day to day, according to research from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. And although these findings, published in the July 2022 issue of the American Journal of […]

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Virtue helps people rise above despair and resentment

New research reveals that devotion to selfless values can help people feel more confident and less hostile in stressful circumstances. In two experiments, participants focused on their own selfless values, with most related to benefiting others. This action caused brain activity and feelings linked to personal power, which made the participants less hostile toward disliked […]