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    A Minnesota utility has begun shutting down a nuclear power plant near Minneapolis after discovering water containing a low-level of radioactive material was leaking from a pipe for the second time. Officials say it is not dangerous, but nearby residents are concerned. Xcel Energy started shutting down the plant in Monticello on Friday. The utility's president says after it cools over the next few days, workers will cut out a pipe that is over 50 years old and had been leaking tritium. He says Xcel will then have the pipe analyzed in hopes of preventing similar leaks in the future. He says the spill has not left the utility’s property.

      FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The overall prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was 21.5 per 1,000 children aged 4 years in 2020, and early identification was disrupted by the pandemic, according to research published in the March 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

        Losing a spouse may be more lethal for men. In a new study, A widower was 70% more likely to die in the year after loss than his non-widowed peers, while that raised risk was only 27% among widows. Read more

          FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Despite earlier success in receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, women surgeons are underrepresented among surgeon-scientists, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Network Open.

          U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says humanity’s survival depends on how people manage water. He was speaking Friday at the end of a three-day conference on global water resources during which developing nations made urgent calls for help with cleaner drinking water and better sanitation. Guterres said: “All of humanity’s hopes for the future depend, in some way, on charting a new course to sustainably manage and conserve water.” This includes rational use of water for agriculture and more aggressive action again climate change. Water, Guterres said, “needs to be at the center of the global political agenda.”

          FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety disorder can make it hard to navigate life, but lately CBD has been touted as a natural treatment for the nerve-wracking condition.

          Kentucky’s Democratic governor has vetoed a sweeping Republican measure aimed at regulating the lives of transgender youths. Gov. Andy Beshear said in his veto message Friday that the bill would increase youth suicides. The bill would also ban transgender students’ access to gender-affirming health care and restrict the bathrooms they use at school. It cleared the GOP-led legislature by veto-proof margins. Lawmakers will reconvene next week for the final two days of this year’s session, when they could vote to override the veto. Beshear is seeking reelection to a second term this year in Republican-trending Kentucky. His veto Friday could reverberate through the November election.

          U.S. Catholic bishops have issued new guidelines to Catholic hospitals barring them from providing transgender people with gender transition care. LGBTQ advocates within the church have criticized the document and its authors for failing to pay heed to scientific research, a move they say will cause physical and emotional harm to trans people. The 14-page document specifically states that Catholic hospitals should not perform any type of treatment or surgery that transforms the sexual characteristics of the person. The bishops say hospitals should provide spiritual and emotional care for those affected by gender dysphoria. Critics and transgender Catholics say the church and its upper hierarchy should engage constructively with transgender people.


          FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People with epilepsy (PWE) have excess mortality, even those without comorbidities and receiving monotherapy, according to a study published online March 22 in Neurology.

          FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Processed red meat intake is associated with an increased incidence of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in a Japanese population, according to a study published online March 7 in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine.

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