Health

April 19, 2019 - 2:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued the order at the request of a coalition of farmworker and...
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FILE - This 2011 electron microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows H3N2 influenza virions. In January 2019, the flu season was shaping up to be one of the shortest and mildest in recent U.S. history. But a surprising second viral wave has just made it the longest, according to the flu statistics released on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)
April 19, 2019 - 11:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. flu season is dragging on, and is now the longest in recent history. Health officials on Friday said this flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks. That makes it the longest U.S. flu season in 10 years, and among the longest seen since the government started...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 18, 2019 - 2:57 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...
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In this April 11, 2019 photo, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, listens to debate on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Jinkins is the sponsor of a measure that has Washington poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, pending a final vote in the House. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 18, 2019 - 12:43 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for...
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FILE - This Tuesday, June 25, 2013 file photo shows a secure patient treatment room in a housing unit at the California Correctional Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif., during dedication day festivities. Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, April 17, 2019, citing new test results. Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in Stockton and at two neighboring youth correctional facilities, said Corrections Department spokeswoman Vicky Waters. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 17, 2019 - 9:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results. Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, rests on a plant. Non-native ticks, including some with significant veterinary and medical importance, are showing up in Alaska and health officials fear a warmer climate may allow them to become established. A collaborative project between the University of Alaska and state wildlife and veterinary officials is working to understand the risk of non-native ticks such as blacklegged ticks and pathogens they could carry. (CDC via AP, File)
April 17, 2019 - 6:08 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah...
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In this April 2019 photo provided by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 2-year old Gael Jesus Pino Alva is held by his mother, Giannina Alva, at the hospital in Memphis. Gael was one of eight babies with "bubble boy disease" who have had it corrected by gene therapy that ironically was made from one of the immune system's worst enemies _ HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Barta/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 5:01 pm
Eight babies who were born without a working germ-fighting system had their disease corrected by a gene therapy that was made from one of the immune system's worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The boys had severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, caused by lack of a gene that helps...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, He Jiankui speaks during the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong Kong. On Tuesday, April 17, 2019, Stanford University said they had cleared three faculty members of any wrongdoing in dealings with He who claims to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
April 17, 2019 - 1:37 pm
Stanford University has cleared three faculty members of any wrongdoing in dealings with a Chinese scientist who claims to have helped make the world's first gene-edited babies. In a statement Tuesday, Stanford said the faculty members did not participate in or have financial or other ties to the...
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US Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman, of the Southern District of Ohio, speaks beside members of Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, during a news conference, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Cincinnati. Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
April 17, 2019 - 1:08 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other dangerous drugs. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of Cincinnati described the action as the...
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April 17, 2019 - 11:42 am
BOSTON (AP) — The nation's longest-running multigenerational study of cardiovascular disease has received a $38 million grant that will help researchers explore the biology of aging. The six-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to the Framingham Heart Study was announced...
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