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Statewide: An unexpected side effect - Ozempic babies

An infant grabs an adult's hand.

Ozempic is in a family of drugs called “Glucagon-like peptide 1” or GLP-1. They have been shown to help with weight loss.

But more people are saying there is another side effect - pregnancy. There are reasons why the drugs may boost fertility. We discuss the rise of Ozempic babies and potential concerns.


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* Lizzy McGrevy, Side Effects Public Media’s community engagement specialist, spoke with Managing Editor Farah Yousry about the rise of so-called "Ozempic babies."

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* Mawa Iqbal investigates why a measure known as "Karina's bill" has failed to move in the legislature despite bipartisan support.

* Peter Medlin tells us about college and career pathway endorsements.

Some of the competitors, organizers and models of the 'Barberess Battle Royale" competition.
Yvonne Boose
Some of the competitors, organizers and models of the 'Barberess Battle Royale" competition.

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