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Can Mindfulness Really Change Your Brain?

TUESDAY, May 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation and other mindfulness practices may improve your attention, but they won't lead to structural changes in your brain in the short-term, according to a new study.

Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

Generations of women came together for a Manhattan protest against the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. There were women who have been fighting for nearly a half century to hold on to abortion rights; there were daughters who now face the prospect of a long battle to regain those rights. The abortion war would seem to be a forever war. So mothers who joined their daughters at the May 14 protest, marching to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge, were not only raging against the court and its expected decision; they were entrusting their cause to another generation.

WHO chief to be confirmed for 2nd term after no opposition

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is expected to be confirmed by the U.N. health agency’s member countries for a second five-year term. No other candidate challenged him for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating coronavirus pandemic. Tedros is a former government minister from Ethiopia. He has directed WHO throughout its management of the global response to COVID-19 and withstood occasionally withering criticism over its multiple missteps. He is the first African to lead the agency and the only director-general not qualified as a medical doctor.

Alabama Gov. Ivey seeking to avoid runoff in crowded primary

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is facing eight challengers in Alabama's Republican primary Tuesday, and the question is whether a hard swing to the right will help her avoid a runoff. Ivey has repeated former President Donald Trump's false claims about election theft in 2020, and she aired a commercial showing her pulling a pistol out of her purse. But challengers including former Trump ambassador Lindy Blanchard and Tim James accuse her of not being conservative enough. A runoff will be held June 21 if no one gets at least 50% of the vote. The eventual GOP nominee will face a longshot Democratic challenger in the general election.

India ships rice, other essentials to crisis-hit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka received a first shipment of a $16 million humanitarian aid package from neighboring India to help mitigate severe shortages caused by the country’s devastating economic crisis. The goods worth $5.6 million include rice, milk powder and essential medicines. It was donated by the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and delivered late Sunday to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Gamini Peiris. Sri Lanka is near bankruptcy and running short of essentials from food, fuel, medicines and cooking gas to toilet paper and matchsticks. People stand in long lines to buy the limited stocks.

Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

MONDAY, May 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.