Health

Wisconsin woman charged in 3 infant deaths from the '80s |Feb 23, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) A Wisconsin woman has been charged with suffocating three babies more than 30 years ago cases that investigators initially attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, prosecutors said Friday.The cases were reopened in March...

Teen battling cancer dies a month of marrying girlfriend |Feb 23, 2018

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) A Florida teen who had been battling a rare form of cancer has died less than a month after marrying his high school sweetheart.Brittany Hails said on social media that her brother, 19-year-old Dustin Snyder, "got his...

Nasty flu season showing signs of winding down in US |Feb 23, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Could this nasty flu season finally be winding down?U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week 1 out of 16 were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the previous two weeks. The...

The Latest: Health authorities say 3 men may have overdosed |Feb 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Latest on three men found dead on San Francisco street (all times local):4:15 p.m.San Francisco's public health department says the overnight deaths of three men found on a city street were likely drug-related.The bodies...

WVU team to study brain implant's ability to treat addiction |Feb 22, 2018

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) A group of researchers at West Virginia University plans to study how a brain implant could affect opioid cravings for people with substance use disorder.The Register-Herald reports that neuroscientist Dr. Ali Rezai is...

Correction: Florida Shooting-Mental Health story |Feb 21, 2018

In a story Feb. 19, The Associated Press, relying on information in an American Psychiatric Association news release, erroneously reported that the American Osteopathic Association was among medical groups that issued a statement after the...

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B |Feb 21, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B.The vaccine called Heplisav-B (HEHP'-lih-sav BEE') was licensed in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.Hepatitis B vaccines have...

The Latest: Police identify man who took poison during chase |Feb 21, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a rape suspect who killed himself during a California freeway chase (all times local):2:45 p.m.Police have identified a rape suspect who poisoned himself during a California freeway chase.Los Angeles police...

Police: Rape suspect dies after poisoning himself during Southern California freeway chase |Feb 21, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) Police: Rape suspect dies after poisoning himself during Southern California freeway chase.

Feds: Pharmacy worker took opioids meant for terminally ill |Feb 21, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A one-time pharmacy worker who pleaded guilty to taking opioid painkillers that were meant for terminally ill patients is going to prison.U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced 30-year-old Johnathan William Click...

Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health |Feb 21, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.It's...

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident |Feb 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident.The Giants gave an update Wednesday on the condition of the 80-year-old Cepeda. He was taken to a...

Federal food safety agency recalls Fareway chicken salad |Feb 21, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The federal government issued a recall of chicken salad made by an Iowa processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores which has now sickened more than 100 people in five states and prompted lawsuits in Illinois,...

The Latest: Police: Man drank cyanide during freeway chase |Feb 21, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a rape suspect who killed himself during a California freeway chase (all times local):2:20 p.m.The California Highway Patrol says a rape suspect who killed himself during a freeway chase drank cyanide.Officer...

The Latest: Police: Man drank cyanide during freeway chase |Feb 21, 2018

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a rape suspect who killed himself during a California freeway chase (all times local):2:20 p.m.The California Highway Patrol says a rape suspect who killed himself during a freeway chase drank cyanide.Officer...

US panel says it's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again |Feb 21, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again.Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn't working against...

Court: Kansas can't cut Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood |Feb 21, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Kansas can't cut Medicaid funds to a Planned Parenthood affiliate over videos anti-abortion activists secretly recorded in 2015, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision leaves in...

Correction: Peanut Allergy Treatment story |Feb 20, 2018

In a story Feb. 20 about a preventive treatment for peanut allergies, The Associated Press erroneously reported the results of previous research based on comments by Dr. Andrew Bird. Bird said he misspoke and meant to say that tolerating one...

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu...

Flu season shows signs of leveling off |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's...

Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes |Feb 20, 2018

Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand...

Carbs, fats, genes? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows |Feb 20, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' genetic or metabolic makeup.Previous research suggested that insulin levels or certain genes could...

The Latest: Idaho senator who yelled at students not sorry |Feb 20, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Latest on an Idaho lawmaker getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):2:10 p.m.An Idaho lawmaker who yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students said Tuesday his response was appropriate and has...

Carbs, fats, genes? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows |Feb 20, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' genetic or metabolic makeup.Previous research suggested that insulin levels or certain genes could...

Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid |Feb 20, 2018

The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain.Albertsons Companies is offering either a share of its stock...

New rules for nursing homes after Irma deaths move slowly |Feb 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) New rules for Florida nursing homes after 14 people died from heat exposure in an unpowered center after Hurricane Irma are moving slowly.The Tampa Bay Times reports that after the deaths, Gov. Rick Scott announced...

Oregon officials struggle to ID which pot sites are legal |Feb 20, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) An Oregon district attorney announced criminal charges arising from an illegal marijuana growing operation, which sheriff's deputies stumbled across while searching for something else.Such sites have flourished in Deschutes...

Carbs, fats, genes? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows |Feb 20, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' genetic or metabolic makeup.Previous research suggested that insulin levels or certain genes could...

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.Diners can still ask specifically for...

Jimmy Carter 'deathly afraid' as wife underwent surgery |Feb 19, 2018

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) Former President Jimmy Carter says he was "deathly afraid" as his 90-year-old wife underwent surgery over the weekend.Rosalynn Carter is recovering in Atlanta after surgeons removed scar tissue from a portion of her small...

The Latest: Twitter account says no affiliation with senator |Feb 19, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Latest on Sen. Dan Foreman getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local):7:30 p.m.The tweet that led to an ethics complaint against state Sen. Dan Foreman came from an unverified account, which has since...

2 bears badly burned in wildfire are back home in forest |Feb 18, 2018

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) Two female bears badly burned in a wildfire are back home in the Los Padres National Forest.KABC-TV reports recent photos and GPS tracking show the bears are moving around and in good health in the forest after suffering...

"Shy kid" Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves |Feb 18, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze.The 18-year-old American figure skater describes herself as a "shy kid," and her nerves were getting the best of her again. She was there hoping to...

Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta |Feb 18, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital.Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, The Carter Center said in a statement. The...

Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon |Feb 18, 2018

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon.The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the...

Lakers' Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland |Feb 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns...

Police: Man crashes truck into Planned Parenthood clinic |Feb 16, 2018

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) A Massachusetts man has been accused of deliberately crashing a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey, injuring a pregnant woman and two other people.Marckles Alcius faces numerous...

Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules |Feb 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing women no-cost birth control.Lawyers filed the...

Denver moves closer to sparking up at legal marijuana club |Feb 15, 2018

DENVER (AP) A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs.Owners of the Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space, where customers can vape or eat products.A...

Dog food is withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug |Feb 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties...

The Latest: DA urges reforms after police-shooting acquittal |Feb 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman (all times local):12:30 p.m.A New York City prosecutor, expressing disappointment over the acquittal of a police officer in the...

California officials warn of pesticide-tainted cactus |Feb 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California officials are warning people not to eat the Mexican cactus known as nopales sold at certain stores over concerns they may be tainted with unapproved pesticides.The Department of Public Health said Wednesday...

Family of woman who died after surgery blunder gets no money |Feb 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) An 81-year-old woman with a sore jaw died just weeks after a breathtaking mistake: Doctors at a Detroit-area hospital performed brain surgery on her because of a records mix-up.A jury awarded $20 million to Bimla Nayyar's...

Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit |Feb 15, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, saying claims it is an anti-discrimination...

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will work to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns |Feb 15, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will work to make sure people with mental illness do not get guns.

3rd new case of Legionnaires at vets home where 13 died |Feb 15, 2018

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) A third new case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans' home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state...

Flu kills first Delaware woman without underlying illness |Feb 15, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Delaware health officials say the flu has killed the first person in the state who didn't have an underlying condition.The New Journal of Wilmington reports the 47-year-old woman who died this week did not have this year's...

New Hampshire bill targets soda on kids menus |Feb 14, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire restaurants would no longer be allowed to offer soda as a beverage choice for children's meals under a bill before a state House committee.The bill would apply to restaurants that serve children's meals that...

Wisconsin father charged in diabetes death of teenage son |Feb 14, 2018

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin father is accused of failing to manage and treat his teenage son's diabetes, leading to the boy's death.Forty-nine-year-old Robert Glazner of Wausau is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the death of...

Flu-stricken Texas teacher's death puts focus on antivirals |Feb 14, 2018

DALLAS (AP) A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn't immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116...