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Health agency spends more on travel than on AIDS

The World Health Organization has routinely spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses.

Pope embraces those afflicted with Huntington’s disease

Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned.

Vaccine might cut HPV infections in men

This is the first study of whether the vaccine might prevent oral HPV infections in young men, and the results suggest it can.

Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

The ‘‘financial toxicity’’ of treatments that can cost more than $100,000 a year is growing, and some say talks about that aren’t happening enough.

Bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486. Pills used at home to induce abortion were found to be safe.

Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

Medical abortions done at home with online help and mailed pills appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic.

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up “eating crap” instead.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, center, flanked by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Hound and Urban Development Secretary Ben. Carson sit on the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, prior to President Donald Trump signing an executive order aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for churches. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s health secretary to discuss Maine’s opioid crisis

US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is heading to Maine to hear about the state’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Back on TV, Jimmy Kimmel takes on critics of his health care plea

Kimmel again argued that Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son.

Iowa Supreme Court blocks new waiting period for abortions

The justices blocked the abortion law less than two hours after Governor Terry Branstad signed it.

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‘Gray death’ is the lastest opioid threat

The new and dangerous opioid mixture underscores the ever-changing nature of the US addiction crisis.

House members walked down the steps of the Capitol in Washington after Thursday’s health care overhaul vote.

Roll call: Who voted for the GOP health bill?

The 217-213 roll call Thursday by which the House passed the Republican bill to repeal major parts of Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law.

Measles outbreak sickens dozens of Minnesota Somalis

An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state’s large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the measles vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.

Human Rights Watch slams Hamas for holding two mentally ill Israelis

The rights watchdog slammed the group as ‘‘cruel’’ and ‘‘torturous’’ over its continued incarceration of two Israelis.

Rabid fox repeatedly attacks golfer at R.I. country club

The fox came charging from the woods and bit the golfer’s pant leg on the second hole of the Westerly golf course.

FILE - In this July 1, 2010 file photo, Dr. Charmaine Yoest testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing Yoest, the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Health and Human Services Department. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Dr. Charmaine Yoest was president of Americans United for Life, which campaigned at the federal and state level for tough restrictions on abortion.

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it.

Mysterious illness kills 11 in Liberia, where Ebola raged

The symptoms appear to mimic those of Ebola in the early stages, specimens came back negative for the virus.

Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors.

High numbers of humpback whales dying off Atlantic coast

Federal officials say humpback whales have been dying in unusually large numbers along the Atlantic Coast.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies.

Arkansas executes Jones; plans 2nd lethal injection of night

Inmate Jack Jones was put to death by lethal injection in what would be the nation’s first double-execution since 2000.

3 African countries chosen to test first malaria vaccine

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children

A Planned Parenthood location in Boston.

Abortions in Massachusetts down nearly 11 percent since 2010

As the political fight in Washington over Planned Parenthood intensifies, the number of abortions performed in Massachusetts continues to fall.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has been removed by the Trump administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.

Trump administration opens door to demanding work for Medicaid

Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump.

At Yale, a meeting of anti-Trump mental health professionals

A group of mental health professionals that believe President Donald Trump is mentally unfit to be president is convening at Yale despite criticism from both Trump supporters and professionals working in their field.

Trump signs bill extending private-sector health care program for vets

The program lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector. President Donald Trump signed the bill as part of an effort to deliver on a campaign promise.

epa05914165 (FILE) - A file picture dated 15 July 2015, showing former US President George H.W. Bush in his office in Houston, Texas, USA, 29 March 2012. According to media reports on 18 April 2017 former US President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized for pneumonia. Bush was also hospitalized for pneumonia in January 2017. EPA/

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

The 92-year-old has been hospitalized since Friday for observation because of a persistent cough.

Lawsuit says Army should factor trauma in discharge decisions

The suit contends that the Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for service members without considering their disorders.

On pot, Trump’s homeland chief and attorney general are far apart

Two high ranking Trump administration officials; two vastly different positions on marijuana.

Stroke rates appear to be rising steadily in young adults

Hospitalization rates for stroke increased for women between 18 and 44, and nearly doubled for men in that age range from 1995 through 2012.

Lilly’s rheumatoid arthritis pill rejected by regulators

It was the second drug development setback since November for the drug maker.

Students entering California schools in 2016-2017 were the first to be enrolled under a law that abolished the personal-belief exemption to legally required vaccines for school entry. The law was passed after the 2014-2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland.

California vaccination rate hits new high after tougher immunization law

State public health officials released data this week that showed that nearly 96 percent of this year’s kindergartners have received all the required vaccines.

Trump lets some states cut Planned Parenthood funding

President Trump signed legislation that lets states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers -- further chipping from Obama’s era.

Dog Gone: ‘General’ opens doors, flees animal clinic

A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner.

Prostate cancer tests are now OK with US panel, with caveats

An influential US government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor.

Boy killed in school shooting had survived heart surgery

The boy shot and killed in a San Bernardino special-education classroom was born with a genetic condition and had survived heart surgery, a school official said.

Moose in the area of Franconia, N.H.

N.H. drought was good for moose

Many blood-sucking ticks died because they were deprived of moisture, allowing more young moose to survive the winter.

Illnesses at Connecticut hotel, convention center under investigation

State and Hartford health officials are investigating a possible norovirus outbreak at the Connecticut Convention Center and a neighboring hotel.

More than 1 in 5 US adults were infected by a type of high-risk HPV, CDC report shows

During a recent two-year period, almost 23 percent of US adults ages 18 to 59 had a type of genital human papillomavirus that put them at high risk of certain cancers, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published Thursday.

FDA approves more drugs, and faster, than Europe, study says

Contrary to some political claims, the US Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs, and two to three months faster on average, than European regulators did in recent years, new research shows.

NAPA, CA - OCTOBER 02: Syringes with influenza virus vaccine sit on a tray before the start of a drive-thru flu shot clinic October 2, 2009 in Napa, California. The County of Napa Public Health Department held the one of eight scheduled drive-thru flu shot clinics where seasonal flu shots will be given for free to anyone who attends in an effort to vaccinate as many people in Napa County as possible before the start of the flu season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds

Using data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, researchers found that flu vaccinations reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds among healthy children.

FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, addresses a House Veterans' Affairs Committee's hearing on Captiol Hill in Washington. The Department of Veterans Affairs is telling skeptical lawmakers it has already fixed problems with its suicide hotline that were highlighted in an internal watchdog’s report released just two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

VA defends work to fix troubled veteran suicide hotline

The Department of Veterans Affairs insisted it was well on its way to fixing problems with its suicide hotline.

An Arizona woman wore an Optune device for brain cancer. The therapy supposedly works by creating low-intensity, alternating electric fields that disrupt cell division.

Electricity-based therapy fights brain tumors, study finds

A cap-like device that makes electric fields has improved survival for people with deadly brain tumors.

A doctor looked at a patient¹s evidence in Qayara hospital, 35 miles south of Mosul on Saturday. Rabaa Abdullah, 34, suffered injuries from a mortar strike in Mosul on Friday.

Hospital struggles with Mosul’s injured — and its dead

The hospital in Qayara sometimes receives so many dead bodies that they do not fit in the refrigerator unit and have to be left in the corridors.

US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women.

Opioid deaths have continued to spike, with more than 33,000 fatalities across the country in 2015 — the highest figure in recent history, according to data released by the CDC.

A spike in US heroin use has hit young white men the hardest

Heroin use has increased fivefold over a decade, and dependence on the drug has tripled, researchers say.

President Donald Trump.

Trump threatens Freedom Caucus: ‘Get on the team’

President Donald Trump warned conservative lawmakers in the House that a fight is coming if they don’t ‘‘get on the team, & fast.”

Supreme Court reverses Texas ruling on death row inmate’s mental ability

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Texas used the wrong standards in deciding that a death row inmate was not intellectually disabled and thus could be executed.