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Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn

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.

Saturday 02/13/2016
Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home
Updated: February 13, 2016 - 6:47 am

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.

Friday 02/12/2016
Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
Posted: February 12, 2016

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.

Hawaii declares emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses
Updated: February 12, 2016 - 10:04 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.

No classes at Pennsylvania college as 185 students sickened
Updated: February 12, 2016 - 11:45 am

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.

Thursday 02/11/2016
Health officials: Zika low risk for coalfield
Posted: February 11, 2016

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.

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 7:32 pm

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.

Dems seek drug abuse funds as election-year issue sharpens
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 3:33 pm

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.

Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 2:17 pm

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.

CDC ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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.

USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 8:47 am

The U.S. Olympic Committee will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil.

Wednesday 02/10/2016
Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:07 pm

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.

Report: Harmful gas levels in Lumber Liquidators flooring
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 5:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found.

China reports first case of imported Zika virus
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:16 am

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.

England's junior doctors strike as contract talks fail
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 6:05 am

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of junior doctors throughout England have gone on strike after the failure of contract negotiations.

Tuesday 02/09/2016
Ohio EPA: Town failed to notify some of lead in recent tests
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 9:00 pm

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.

Email: Bacteria worries influenced Flint corrosion decision
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 8:31 pm

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.

Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap: Study
Updated: February 09, 2016 - 1:00 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other developed nations, a study found.

Monday 02/08/2016
Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 10:04 pm

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."

Citing huge patient load, NY nurses seek rules on staffing
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 6:04 pm

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.

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.

Sunday 02/07/2016
Duchess of Cambridge: Support children's mental health
Updated: February 07, 2016 - 6:32 pm

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.

When truths collide: genetic editing of human embryos
Posted: February 07, 2016

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."

Eat like royalty -- on a budget
Posted: February 07, 2016

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.

Saturday 02/06/2016
Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 10:46 pm

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 moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 10:02 pm

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.

Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 4:32 pm

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.

Tests show few high lead readings in Ohio village's water
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 2:01 pm

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.

Friday 02/05/2016
Nortonville pup is 'Happy' to see Westminster
Posted: February 05, 2016

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.

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 10:45 pm

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.

Doctor gets 30 to life after painkiller overdose deaths
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 7:01 pm

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.

CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 3:14 pm

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.

The Latest: UN chief backs review of birth control rules
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 2:32 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 12:05 pm

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.

Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 5:05 am

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.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Johnson & Johnson, Viacyte testing possible diabetes cure
Posted: February 04, 2016

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.

Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 12:01 am

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.

Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 4:30 pm

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.

Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 2:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.

Brazil health union cancels strike to battle Zika outbreak
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 9:45 am

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.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Mom seeks medical expenses for child with cystic fibrosis
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 11:06 pm

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.

Expert: Parents often won't take surrogate kids with defects
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 11:03 pm

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 lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 6:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.

APNewsbreak: Few Zika samples being shared by Brazil
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 6:47 pm

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.

Report: It's ethical to test embryos from DNA of 3 people
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 3:32 pm

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.

Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread disease more
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 12:30 pm

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?

French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 8:15 am

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.

Jimmy Carter hopeful for Guinea worm eradication in Africa
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 7:12 am

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.

Tuesday 02/02/2016
House GOP to vote to repeal Obama's health care law
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 5:32 pm

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.

Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely, study finds
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:06 pm

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.

Monday 02/01/2016
The Latest: IOC chief confident about Rio Games despite Zika
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 10:15 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding the Zika virus (all times local):

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Pair of Centenarians to celebrate their wedding anniversary
Posted: August 18, 2015

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Two centenarians are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary at a Maryland retirement community.

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Monday 02/01/2016
The Latest: IOC chief confident about Rio Games despite Zika
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 10:15 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding the Zika virus (all times local):

Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B in Obama budget
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 7:00 pm

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.

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:55 pm

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.

What we know: WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:32 pm

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:

AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study
Posted: February 01, 2016

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.

Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 11:32 am

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.

Sunday 01/31/2016
For Brazil's rich and poor, disparate response to Zika
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 4:02 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Brazilian women, two pregnancies, one nightmare. But two very different stories.

Community is reality -- not an ideal!
Posted: January 31, 2016

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.

Posted: January 31, 2016

Carleigh Jo LaMarr was born at Baptist Health in Madisonville on Jan. 4, 2016.

Saturday 01/30/2016
Sunday night deadline for 2016 health insurance enrollment
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 10:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sunday night is the sign-up deadline for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Asian countries urge sick travelers to report Zika symptoms
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 9:31 am

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.

Friday 01/29/2016
Asian countries urge sick travelers to report Zika symptoms
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 11:46 pm

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.

Brazil leader vows to win war against Zika-carrying mosquito
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 7:06 pm

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-area couple in body parts business accused of fraud
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 7:46 pm

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.

Thursday 01/28/2016
FDA OKs Merck hepatitis C drug, adding to patient choices
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 7:25 pm

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.

UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively'
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 10:03 pm

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.

EPA: New York village should test water for Teflon chemical
Posted: January 28, 2016

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.

Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 3:44 pm

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.

Want to feel better? Move to Hawaii, Alaska
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 4:31 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the Lower 48.

Obama creates new cancer task force, blessing Biden's effort
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 11:04 am

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.

Health official doubts Zika virus poses major threat to US
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 7:15 am

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.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
The Latest: Nicaragua reports first 2 cases of Zika virus
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 6:07 pm

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):

High lead levels in 5 kids in Ohio town with tainted water
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 12:17 pm

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.

Things to know about the mosquito villain in Zika outbreaks
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 6:07 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Behind the tropical disease outbreaks that have exploded in Latin America is a tiny menace that just won't go away.

Tuesday 01/26/2016
AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 11:07 pm

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.

UN: Zika virus link to babies' small heads 'circumstantial'
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 11:18 am

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.

Health care fines press millenials as sign-up deadline nears
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 5:41 pm

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.

Task force urges doctors to screen all adults for depression
Posted: January 26, 2016

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.

Avalanche educators target safety message at younger crowds
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 1:04 pm

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.

Friday 01/22/2016
Battleground Colorado enters 2016 with abortion debates
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 4:45 pm

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.

US Virgin Islands reports its first Zika virus case
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 12:06 pm

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands is reporting its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

CDC expands tropical virus alert; 22 destinations on list
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 12:06 pm

Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes.

Thursday 01/21/2016
China busts 35 restaurants using opium poppies as seasoning
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 11:02 pm

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.

Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic believed over
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 12:48 pm

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.

Sanders health plan would be far more generous than Medicare
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 2:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls his plan for a government-run health care system "Medicare for all." But it's not.

Wednesday 01/20/2016
Gas leak pollution monitoring took months to put in place
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 7:06 pm

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.

Snyder appeals Obama's denial of disaster aid for Flint
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 2:05 pm

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.

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 1:06 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

Tuesday 01/19/2016
CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 5:32 pm

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 to cut about 3,000 jobs in medical devices
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 2:31 pm

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.

White House appoints federal official to lead Flint response
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 2:04 pm

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.

UK doctors suspend planned 2-day strike amid talks
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 7:22 am

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.

First lady, school meal directors may be headed for truce
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 12:32 am

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.

Monday 01/18/2016
Effort to curb overuse of antibiotics amid cold, flu seasons
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 3:03 am

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.

Sierra Leone identifies more than 100 contacts in Ebola case
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 12:46 pm

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.

5 hospitalized in fatal drug trial recovering, 1 sent home
Updated: January 18, 2016 - 10:45 am

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.

Sunday 01/17/2016
Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial
Updated: January 17, 2016 - 7:15 pm

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.

World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016
Updated: January 17, 2016 - 12:30 pm

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.

Saturday 01/16/2016
In Flint, Michigan, daily life revolves around lead fears
Updated: January 16, 2016 - 2:51 pm

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.

Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus
Updated: January 16, 2016 - 9:47 am

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.

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