WASHINGTON (AP) — From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Classes and weekend activities have been canceled at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania as the school deals with a mystery illness that has sickened at least 185 students.
While the Hopkins County Board of Health mulled over recommendations for the prevention and control of the mosquito-borne virus Zika, health officials say the likelihood of an outbreak in western Kentucky is rather slim.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Thursday called for hundreds of millions in emergency spending to fight drug abuse but ran into Republican resistance as another health issue began spiraling into an election-year showdown between the parties.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but warning there could be temporary shortages, as travelers try to tell if they returned with an infection that could put a developing baby at risk.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain are emerging as researchers report finding an extremely abnormal brain in a fetus whose mother suffered Zika symptoms at the end of the first trimester while she was living in Brazil.
NEW YORK (AP) — A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.
BEIJING (AP) — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of junior doctors throughout England have gone on strike after the failure of contract negotiations.
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — Tap water samples taken over the last two weeks have found high levels of lead in at least 30 homes in the village, which failed to promptly notify some people about results and didn't submit required weekly reports on water chemistry, state environmental regulators said Tuesday.
Worries over bacteria led to the fateful decision not to apply anti-corrosive chemicals when Flint, Michigan, began drawing water from the Flint River, an email written by the city's former public works director shows.
CHICAGO (AP) — Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other developed nations, a study found.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When the emergency room fills up — whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune — Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.
LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge says in a new video that she and Prince William want all children to get support during difficult times to help them overcome mental health challenges.
It was in the summer of 2000 that Francis Collins, the leader of the genome project, held a press conference with President Bill Clinton. It was a fascinating news conference. In the introduction to his 2006 book, "The Language of God," he quotes the president, "Today, we are learning the language in which God created life. We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty and the wonder of God's most divine and sacred gift."
leanor is a popular name in my family, and with good reason. One of the first Eleanors that I know of was born in 13th century Spain. She was the princess known as Eleanor of Castile, who later became Queen of the British Empire. Her father, Ferdinand III, had been at war with Henry III of England, an enterprise that proved costly for both empires. As the culmination of a peace treaty it was announced that a marriage had been arranged between Eleanor and her second cousin, Edward I, who was Henry III's son. This is their story.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says there's no evidence that Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus.
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — Ohio regulators say lead levels in tap water have been below the federal allowable limit in 96 percent of the samples tested this past week in in the northeast Ohio village of Sebring.
It is often said that every dog has its day, but for one Nortonville couple's pooch, an upcoming trip to the Big Apple is his first shot at national stardom.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of second-degree murder for prescribing pain killers that killed three patients was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison in a landmark case that many in the medical community believe will create a chilling effect among physicians across the country.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream — five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it.
Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.
HONOLULU (AP) — After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian health workers union has called off a strike because it could affect the country's battle against the fast-spreading Zika virus.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A jury in Montana heard opening statements Wednesday in the case of a mother who is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An expert has told an Australian parliamentary inquiry that a newborn Down syndrome baby left by his Australian biological father with his poor surrogate mother in Thailand was one of several cases of surrogate children abandoned because of defects.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus is actually responsible for the increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people — dad, mom and an egg donor — advisers to the government said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In its brief lifespan, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is caught in a race: Will it pass the disease to humans before it dies?
PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says two French regions in the Caribbean are facing an epidemic of the Zika virus, and the government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra medical staff to combat it.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans launched their latest, doomed try to kill President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Tuesday. With no chance of succeeding, the House vote was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging.
CHICAGO (AP) — A study found surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours. It was first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding the Zika virus (all times local):
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Two centenarians are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary at a Maryland retirement community.
Pope Francis meets with bishops during his visit at the National Cathedral in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Pope Francis is demanding Mexican bishops courageously challenge the "insidious threat" posed by the drug trade, saying the Catholic hierarchy must help Mexicans escape the violence and corruption plaguing their nation and not hide behind their own privilege and careers. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Shalane Flanagan, center, is carried off by husband Steven Edwards, left, after collapsing at the finish line as Amy Cragg, right, looks on during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Meb Keflezighi reacts as he passes the finish line during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Amy Cragg, left, celebrates with Desiree Linden, right, as she crosses the finish line during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Amy Cragg runs towards the finish line to win the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Amy Cragg, left, congratulates Shalane Flanagan, right, as she crosses the finish line during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Runners compete at the start of the men's qualifier during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Galen Rupp reacts after crossing the finish line to win U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old Rupp completed his marathon debut in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 10 seconds, earning a berth to the Rio Games. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding the Zika virus (all times local):
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.
The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the rapidly spreading Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event" that poses a threat to the rest of the world. Here is what we know about the mosquito-borne virus:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's decision to allow researchers to edit the genes of human embryos — not to create babies but to start unraveling the earliest stages of development — is raising new questions about the ethics of this hot new technology.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories.
On March 6, 1945, my friend Doris heard noises outside her house. Strange voices. American voices. Her mother asked her to check the door but to be careful. She was sixteen, undernourished, and ready for the war that had engulfed her teen years to be over. In her excitement she flung the door open and startled a young American G.I., who promptly aimed his rifle at her. He did not pull the trigger. Cologne was now in American hands. The once thriving city had lost nearly ninety percent of its population by some accounts.
Carleigh Jo LaMarr was born at Baptist Health in Madisonville on Jan. 4, 2016.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sunday night is the sign-up deadline for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the mosquito-borne disease, which could be linked to birth defects and can cause temporary paralysis.
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the spread of the disease, which could be linked to birth defects and can cause temporary paralysis. So far, no Zika case has been confirmed anywhere in Asia.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday announced a nationwide attack on the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus, vowing to "win this war" against the insect that researchers in have linked to a rare birth defect.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area couple who provided body parts for medical training are charged with failing to disclose that some parts came from bodies infected with disease.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with hepatitis C have yet another advanced treatment option, as the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new once-a-day pill developed by drugmaker Merck.
GENEVA (AP) — The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is telling people in an upstate New York village to have their well water tested for a chemical used in making Teflon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation's historic gains in coverage are slowing.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the Lower 48.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama created a new federal task force Thursday to accelerate cancer research, putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the drive to streamline government efforts toward a cure.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Obama administration health official says he doubts the United States is vulnerable to a widespread outbreak of a virus linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. (All times local):
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — Five children so far have elevated lead levels in a northeastern Ohio village where lead-tainted drinking water has been detected, health officials said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Behind the tropical disease outbreaks that have exploded in Latin America is a tiny menace that just won't go away.
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it suspects a link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a rare birth defect that gives babies abnormally small heads, but says so far the evidence is "circumstantial" and more research is needed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — As more young adults head out of bounds to ski, snowboard or hike in the winter, experts are targeting their message about avalanche safety to an even younger audience.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans could be forgiven for thinking that several years of fiery political contests over abortion and reproductive rights, which helped Democrats win several elections in this socially liberal swing state, were behind them.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands is reporting its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes.
BEIJING (AP) — China's Food and Drug Administration says it found opium poppies used as illegal seasoning in 35 restaurants across the country, including a popular Beijing hot pot chain.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the first victim testing positive for the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people, authorities said Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls his plan for a government-run health care system "Medicare for all." But it's not.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes had been out of control for more than a month when the county's acting health director said in November that long-term impacts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene should be measured.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked President Barack Obama on Wednesday to reconsider his denial of a federal disaster declaration to address the drinking water crisis in Flint, saying its severity poses an "imminent and long-term threat" to residents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have new guidance for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects.
Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it plans to cut about 3,000 jobs over the next two years as the health care conglomerate works to restructure its medical devices business.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is appointing a Health and Human Services Department official to lead federal efforts to help the city of Flint, Michigan, deal with its water crisis.
LONDON (AP) — Junior doctors in England have called off a two-day strike as union leaders continue talks with the government over a bitterly-disputed contract.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate agreement would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation's schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's cold season, and the miserable continue to trudge in, seeking antibiotics because of mucus turned green, or a cough that has nagged for weeks.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has identified 28 high risk contacts in the country's north after a new Ebola case emerged in the West African nation last week.
PARIS (AP) — Five men hospitalized after taking part in an experimental drug test that killed another volunteer are improving, with one returning home, a doctor announced on Monday.
PARIS (AP) — A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An official says the World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016, after containing outbreaks in conflict-ridden Syria, Iraq and Somalia by immunizing millions of children over two years.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The longest line at Freeman Elementary School's Family Fun Night was not for face painting or food. It was for lead testing.
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government says it is directing funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies.