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Zika illnesses are mild at worst in US teens, young children

The report seems to confirm health officials’ belief that infections after birth in children are similar to infections in adults — most people don’t feel sick, and some develop only mild symptoms.

Baby born with DNA from 3 people

A new technique that combines DNA from three people was used to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from the mother.

Aboriginal women vote in a remote voting station in the western New South Wales outback town of Enngonia, Australia, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray SEARCH

Aboriginal DNA points to an earlier human exodus from Africa

Aboriginal people appear to be the oldest living civilization on the planet outside of Africa.

Man freed after getting head stuck in R.I. jetty while fetching phone

A man who got stuck head-first between two rocks on a Rhode Island jetty while trying to retrieve his cellphone has been rescued with the help of olive oil.

Belgium sees first case of minor being granted euthanasia

A senator said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide further details.


Reflective Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia

Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she’s running to be president. She vowed to close her campaign against Donald Trump by giving Americans “something to vote for, not just against.”

Hillary Clinton spoke at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton says her time off was a ‘gift’

The Democratic nominee said her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she’s running to be president.

Donald Trump.

Trump says he supports birth control without a prescription

Donald Trump says he believes women should be able to obtain birth control without a prescription.

Doctors: Israel’s Peres showing improvement

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ condition was showing slight improvements after he suffered a major stroke, with his physicians saying Wednesday that he had regained consciousness and squeezed his doctor’s hand, while the nation rallied in prayer and support for the 93-year-old elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Official didn’t publicly report Flint-area disease outbreak

Michigan’s former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water source, but that she didn’t report it to the general public.

Kissing chickens is bad for your health, CDC warns

A not-insignificant share of poultry-keepers kiss their chickens and allow them into the living room, a trend that’s raising flags for health officials.

Hillary Clinton in Florida earlier this month.

Clinton to resume campaign travel Thursday

Hillary Clinton will resume traveling on the campaign trail on Thursday following a bout of pneumonia.

Hillary Clinton spoke after a national security working session, reportedly the same day she was given a diagnosis of pneumonia, in New York.

Clinton has a history of ignoring health issues — and paying the price

Hillary Clinton’s “overheated” incident on Sunday follows a long pattern, with Clinton paying a price — both physically and politically.

Donald Trump spoke at a rally at US Cellular Arena in Asheville, N.C., on Monday.

At rally, Trump supporter punches a protester

A man in the crowd grabbed a male protester around the neck and then punched him. He then slapped at a woman being led out.

John Hinckley, shown in 2003, must follow several rules, including attending counseling sessions and getting a job.

Hinckley leaves D.C. mental hospital permanently

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan has been released more than 35 years after the shooting.

More cases of superbug precursor reported, but no spread

The latest case is a 2-year-old Connecticut girl who was diagnosed earlier this year.

In this photo taken July 13, 2016, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Frieden, the head of the government's fight against the Zika virus said that

CDC head says US ‘essentially out of money’ to fight Zika

Thomas Frieden warned that the country is “about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly” in the coming months.

California judge restores disabled man’s right to vote

A California judge has restored the voting rights of a former NPR producer who had a traumatic brain injury.

Shanthi’s footwear, made by Teva, is size 20 with an EEEEEEEEEEEE width.

These boots are made for walking: DC elephant gets footwear

An elephant at the National Zoo has received a large pair of shoes to help with her arthritis.

UN changes guidance for travelers to Zika zones

The UN health agency says both men and women should now practice safe sex or abstinence for six months.

In this Aug. 28, 2016 photo, Cabell County EMT Tabitha Perez demonstrates how medics administer naloxone to overdosing patients, in Huntington, W.Va. On Aug. 15, 28 people overdosed in Huntington and 26 survived. Without the life-saving drug, authorities suspect the death toll would have been much higher. The laced heroin was so potent, the typical dose failed to revive many of them. They used two, sometimes three doses to bring them back to life. (AP Photo/Claire Galofaro)

How the heroin epidemic choked a W. Va. city

On Aug. 15, responders saved 26 lives. They brought people back to life in apartments, on street corners, in the bathroom of a gas station.

UN says Zika remains global emergency, virus still spreading

Scientists still aren’t sure how big the risk is that pregnant women who catch the virus will give birth to brain-damaged babies.

In this photograph taken on September 1, 2016, Indian woman Monica Besra poses at her home village of Nakur in Danogram, 500 kilometres (310 miles) from the eastern city of Kolkata. Besra, a Bengali tribal woman, became an overnight sensation in September 1998 when she alleged that a picture and a medallion of Mother Teresa had cured a cancerous tumour. Known as the

Was it a miracle?

Mother Teresa was considered a living saint by many, but the story of her miracle has always been treated with skepticism.

US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders

A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

Andreas Lubitz’s training difficulties were one more ‘‘red flag’’ that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline’s Arizona flight school to discover his history of depression, asserted attorneys representing families of crash victims.

Germanwings pilot had struggled in flight school

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had failed a key test of his skills during training in the United States.

Chelsey Russell.

Former Boston Marathoner dies while saving her son

It started with a splash and a scream, and then another splash.

‘Healthy’ sweeteners, protein-packed quinoa, and other nutrition myths, debunked

Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths.

Pulse employees embrace at a memorial in front of the club in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Employees went inside the club Thursday for the first time since the shooting. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Orlando police ended their control of the property on Wednesday and turned it back over to the club's owners.A gunman killed 49 and wounded others June 12 during a Latin night at the gay venue.(Loren Elliott/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

2 Orlando hospitals won’t bill nightclub shooting victims

The hospitals that treated victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre are not billing the survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Five new non-travel cases of Zika found in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is allocating another $5 million to Miami-Dade County for Zika preparedness and mosquito control.

Children in Ghana infected with Guinea worms welcomed Jimmy Carter in 1989 as part of his bid to end the disease.

World is closer than ever to eradicating Guinea worm

The final stage of an eradication program can be the most difficult. The biggest obstacle is that Guinea worm is infecting not just people but also dogs.

In NYC, 49 pregnant women had Zika, 1 baby born with defect

Officials say 49 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika in New York City since April, and one baby has been born with microcephaly due to the mosquito-borne virus.

Huge yellow fever vaccination campaign begins in Africa amid fears of global spread

The World Health Organization is embarking on a massive vaccination campaign to stem a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo that public health experts say threatens to expand beyond Africa.

Court bars US from prosecuting medical marijuana cases

A federal appeals court said the Justice Department can’t prosecute if no state laws are broken.

Federal judge blocks Ohio law to divert Planned Parenthood money

The measure was aimed at keeping public money from going to the group.

Nigeria reports first 2 cases of polio in years, WHO says

Nigeria has reported the first two cases of polio after more than two years, in an area newly liberated from Islamic extremists who attacked polio vaccinators in the past, the government and the World Health Organization said Thursday.

An employee places marijuana for sale into glass containers at The Station, a retail and medical cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. The DEA announced Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 that the Obama administration will keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization, but will allow more research into its possible medical benefits. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

US government won’t reclassify marijuana, allows research

The decision to expand research into marijuana’s medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category

Americans are still not worried about Zika, poll finds

Zika’s first mosquito-borne transmission in the United States has not sparked alarm for the vast majority of Americans, who do not fear infection by the disease, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton to call for emergency congressional action against Zika

The Democratic nominee is visiting a health clinic near the Miami neighborhood where 17 cases of locally contracted Zika have been reported.

This June 2016 photo provided by David Strickland shows Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Scott Schwab, a Kansas state lawmaker from Olathe. Caleb died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, while riding the Verruckt, a water slide that's billed as the world's largest, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. (David Strickland via AP)

Kan. boy killed while riding waterslide died of neck injury

Details still remain unclear as to how the 10-year-old boy suffered a fatal neck injury while riding a waterslide.

Schumer says Congress should return from recess to address Zika

The New York Democrat said ongoing work on a vaccine could be jeopardized unless lawmakers act.

Mark Short Sr., 40; Megan Short, 33; and their children — 8-year-old Lianna, 5-year-old Mark Jr., and 2-year-old Willow — were found dead in their home.

Girl who had heart transplant among 5 dead in Pa. murder-suicide

A couple featured in stories about getting medication for a daughter who had a heart transplant were found shot to death in their home.

Murder-suicide note found with 5 dead family members

A couple who faced difficulties getting medication for a daughter were found shot to death along with their three children.

English Bulldogs often have a litany of health problems because selective breeding.

Why breeding bulldogs is borderline inhumane

Bulldogs often have a lot of health problems because we breed them to look a certain way.

A natural resources officer with Broward County, Fla., Mosquito Control took water samples to check for the presence of larvae in Pembroke Pines.

10 new Zika cases in Fla. likely caused by mosquitoes

The new cases bring the total of locally-contracted Zika infections in the Sunshine State to 14.

Electricity as medicine

Electroceuticals are new devices that aim to treat medical conditions by interrupting or enhancing the body's electrical system.

‘Zika is now here’: Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the US mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Anthrax sickens 13 in western Siberia. And a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame.

First a heat wave hit Siberia. Then came the anthrax.

Utah Planned Parenthood pulls condoms with Mormon symbol

Utah’s Planned Parenthood branch won’t hand out condom packages printed with a symbol associated with Mormon youth teachings after an image of the wrappers on its Facebook page generated backlash.

Anti-abortion duo behind Planned Parenthood videos cleared

A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.

Ethan Dean worked with a trash crew in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Wish granted: 6-year-old boy is garbage man for a day

When asked his favorite part of the day, Ethan Dean said it was ‘‘cleaning up garbage.”