Kate Wells

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In Michigan, #RestoreRoe abortion rights movement hits its limit in the legislature

Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Last year, Michigan voters put the right to abortion in the state constitution. This year, the state legislature kept a 24-hour waiting period and said Medicaid can't pay for the procedure.

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In Michigan, one restriction is setting back efforts to enshrine abortion rights

Saturday, November 04, 2023

Abortion advocates in Michigan had a major setback this week. Voters enshrined abortion rights in the constitution last November, but figuring out what those rights mean has become a battle.

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Michigan Democrats want to ease access to abortion. But one Democrat is saying no

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Michigan Democrats want to pass new bills to remove abortion obstacles like a 24-hour waiting period, and a ban on Medicaid reimbursement. But one Democrat doesn't agree — and they need her vote.

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Democrats in Michigan face challenges repealing obstacles to access abortion

Thursday, October 05, 2023

Michigan Democrats want to pass a new bill to remove abortion obstacles like a 24-hour waiting period, and a ban on Medicaid reimbursement. But one Democrat doesn't agree — and they need her vote.

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An eating disorders chatbot offered dieting advice, raising fears about AI in health

Thursday, June 08, 2023

The National Eating Disorders Association took down a controversial chatbot, after users showed how the newest version could dispense potentially harmful advice about dieting and calorie counting.

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Eating disorder helpline takes down chatbot after it gave weight loss advice

Thursday, June 08, 2023

The National Eating Disorders Association has indefinitely taken down a chatbot after the bot produced diet and weight loss advice. The nonprofit had already closed its human-staffed helpline.

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National Eating Disorders Association phases out human helpline, pivots to chatbot

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

In recent years, the demands on the NEDA helpline, and the humans who ran it, escalated. The organization says it was unsustainable. But some have worries about new plans for an online chatbot.

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Can a chatbot help people with eating disorders as well as another human?

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The National Eating Disorders Association is shutting its telephone helpline down, firing its small staff and hundreds of volunteers. Instead it's using a chatbot — and not because the bot is better.

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Uncertainty over mifepristone is a concern — even in states where abortion is legal

Friday, April 21, 2023

Doctors in Michigan say the pending Supreme Court ruling on the abortion medication mifepristone is causing confusion and uncertainty.

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A surge in sick children exposed a need for major changes to U.S. hospitals

Friday, March 03, 2023

Sick children overwhelmed hospitals this past fall and winter, exposing vulnerabilities in the nation's ability to care for its youngest during a crisis.

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This winter's respiratory virus surge revealed problems in how we care for sick kids

Friday, February 24, 2023

After a surge of respiratory viruses early this winter, many children's hospitals are finally returning to normal. But next time they surge, beds for young patients could again be hard to come by.

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Children's hospitals are struggling to cope with a surge of respiratory illness

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Pediatric cases of RSV and flu have sent families crowding into ERs, as health systems struggle with staff shortages. In Michigan, only 9 out of more than 130 hospitals have a pediatric ICU.

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A Michigan children's hospital is overwhelmed with RSV and flu cases

Friday, December 09, 2022

At a children's hospital in Michigan, the staff is struggling to treat the surge of RSV and flu cases in children. Some parents say they have been turned away from emergency rooms for days.

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Inside a Michigan clinic, patients talk about abortion — and a looming statewide vote

Monday, November 07, 2022

Michigan faces a key vote on abortion rights as patients travel there from other states. At a clinic near Detroit, many women share what abortion access means for their own lives and futures.

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On #dementia TikTok, family caregivers find support and bring the disease to light

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

On TikTok, the hashtag "dementia" has 3 billion views. Caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias have been using the site to swap tips and share the burdens of life with dementia.

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Confusion roiled Michigan for days as abortion rights changed hour to hour

Friday, August 05, 2022

In a span of 3 days this week, court rulings seesawed between outlawing abortions and permitting them. A judge allowed them to continue Wednesday for at least 21 days.

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Michigan abortion providers scramble to figure out what a court ruling means

Thursday, August 04, 2022

The latest court ruling comes as providers say they're seeing huge demand for the procedure from both local and out-of-state patients.

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In Michigan, the future of abortion rights could soon be up to voters

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Abortion rights advocates in Michigan are hoping a wave of newly-motivated activists will turn out this year to override an abortion ban and put broad reproductive rights in the state constitution.

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Michigan organizers petition to enshrine abortion rights in state constitution

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Organizers in Michigan submitted 750,000 signatures for a November ballot initiative to enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution.

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More abused gymnasts are suing the FBI over its handling of Nassar

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

About 100 victims of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are suing the FBI. They say the agency mishandled complaints about Nassar in 2015, allowing him to continue his abuse until his arrest.

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