Public health

January 23, 2019 - 5:27 am
LONDON (AP) — In a story Jan. 22 about polio in Mozambique, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of polio cases. There is one case, not two. A corrected version of the story is below: Global health officials say they have identified one case of polio in Mozambique caused by a...
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FILE- In a Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, defendant Liane Shekter-Smith, 57, listens during a preliminary examination in the cases of four defendants, all former or current officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Flint, Mich. Shekter-Smith, Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch of the MDEQ recently accepted plea deals in the Flint water criminal investigation. Some Flint residents are upset, saying key people who could have stopped the lead disaster in 2014-15 are getting off easy. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
January 18, 2019 - 2:14 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health officials are scrambling to keep e-cigarettes away from teenagers amid an epidemic of underage use. But doctors face a new dilemma: there are few effective options for weening young people off nicotine vaping devices like Juul. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
January 16, 2019 - 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk...
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January 10, 2019 - 7:42 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A four-day-old baby is a surprise bright spot in Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country's health ministry on Thursday called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus. "Baby Sylvana" is healthy and does not have Ebola, the health ministry said...
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January 09, 2019 - 6:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government isn't doing routine food inspections because of the partial federal shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week. The Food and Drug Administration says it's working to bring back about 150 employees to inspect riskier foods such as...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2007 file photo, a worker harvests romaine lettuce in Salinas, Calif. U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
January 09, 2019 - 5:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California. From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized. Illnesses were also reported in Canada...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, chemotherapy drugs are administered to a patient at a hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 08, 2019 - 1:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say. But it's not all good...
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January 06, 2019 - 1:55 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Several drug manufacturers targeted in lawsuits over the nation's opioid epidemic have asked a federal judge in Cleveland to sanction the man who is Ohio's attorney general and governor-elect, along with two other lawyers, for statements they made in recent television interviews...
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Congolese election officials get the voting machine ready before voting starts Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Kinshasa, Congo. Forty million voters are registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 30, 2018 - 9:49 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rich in the minerals that power the world's mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power. But a last-minute...
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Congolese participate in a mock voting in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. The delay of Sunday's election until March for Beni and Butembo city is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. The rest of the country will vote on Sunday Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
December 30, 2018 - 8:21 am
BENI, Congo (AP) — They were barred from voting in Congo's presidential election. They voted anyway. On Sunday, thousands of men and women gathered in Beni to cast paper ballots they hoped that someone, somewhere, might take seriously. Last week, the electoral commission made the surprise decision...
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