Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy
City police officers with specialized training will be able to refer anyone having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to a hospital or treatment facility rather than arrest them for minor crimes, according to federal court documents filed late Thursday.
1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.
George H.W. Bush battles pneumonia, wife has bronchitis
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, on Thursday remained hospitalized in Houston.
Squeeze from experimental robotic sleeve could keep a flabby heart pumping
Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital scientists have tested the device in pigs.
New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974
Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.
60-year-old gorilla, 1st to be born in a zoo, dies in Ohio
The world’s first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday.
North Dakota lawmakers want more time on medical marijuana rules
A rare House and Senate meeting was held to consider a proposal to delay the law until the end of July.
Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive
Senator Bernie Sanders, at a gathering in Michigan, said the country is wealthy and should get its priorities right.
Pope demands protection for migrants as sea search continues
Italy’s coast guard said only four people survived the sinking off Libya of a migrant ship carrying about 100 people.
Sanders rally against repealing Obamacare draws thousands in Michigan
Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures to hear Bernie Sanders denounce efforts to repeal President Obama’s health care law.
Peter Nowell, 88; revolutionized cancer research by accident
Dr. Nowell helped uncover the first clear sign of a genetic cause of cancer in the simple process of cleaning slides bearing leukemic cells.
Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare
“We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said.
National Cancer Institute and drug companies aim to speed up clinical trials
The National Cancer Institute launched an effort Wednesday to speed up clinical trials by getting researchers quicker access to the drugs they want to test.
LePage after surgery: ‘There’s 50 less pounds of me to hate’
On Wednesday, Maine Governor Paul LePage revealed that he had weight loss surgery in late September.
Anxiety in Istanbul after series of extremist attacks
For Ethem Salli, life in what he still calls one of the greatest cities on earth has been pared back to little more than his commutes to and from work.
Trump asks Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine skeptic, to chair vaccine safety panel
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a vocal advocate for the belief that trace amounts of minerals in vaccines cause autism, a claim for which there is no evidence.
A long-lasting flu shot may emerge — but not this year
Wouldn’t it be easier if a flu shot were a once-in-a-lifetime event, or even once or twice in a decade?
Federal prosecutor tackles heroin scourge that claimed son
Bruce Brandler, a veteran federal prosecutor, was recently promoted to interim US attorney in Pennsylvania.
US taps N.M. mentoring model for physicians
The heart of an unborn child beat strong and steady through an amplified monitor, as physician Leslie Hayes examined a pregnant 40-year-old who recently was weaned from heroin with help from anti-craving medication.
State report reveals barriers in opioid addiction treatment
More than half of the adults entering residential addiction treatment centers in Mass. do not complete their treatments.
South Korea shuts website mapping women of childbearing age
The website had gone offline after just a few hours following criticism the government was trying to shame women for not having babies.
Tips for teaching daughters about body kindness
Cooking dinner with kids is “one of the best things I can do for their well-being for their life.”
Pollution from dead Dartmouth College lab mice worries neighbors
The site has contaminated the well water of at least one family in Hanover, New Hampshire.
N.H. lawmaker proposes involuntary commitment for drug treatment
Those struggling with drug addiction could be hospitalized against their will under a bill being proposed by a New Hampshire lawmaker.
As first lady, Michelle Obama charted her own course
When Michelle Obama considered the daunting prospect of becoming first lady, she purposely avoided turning to books by her predecessors for guidance.
Happy birthday to Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60
The mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12, and great-great-grandmother of three recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well.
Nearly 400 people with drug addiction helped in police effort in Gloucester
The Angel program has been replicated in some form by more than 150 police departments in 28 states since it was launched in June 2015.
Happy birthday to Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60
She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well.
Teen pot use declines in Colorado after legalization, study finds
Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show.
Don’t cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns
New recommendations for US obstetricians suggest waiting at least 30 seconds to 60 seconds after birth before cutting the umbilical cord, for all healthy newborns.
Study suggests strict rest may not be answer for concussions
The Canadian researchers’ results challenge the idea that physical activity should be avoided until symptoms disappear.
Newsweek reporter with epilepsy suffers seizure after Twitter user sends spiteful image
The image was apparently sent in response to Kurt Eichenwald’s outspoken criticism of President-elect Donald Trump.
Chicago’s toll is driving up the murder rate for the 30 biggest US cities
Even though several cities have seen homicides go up, the situation in Chicago stands out, both through sheer numbers and the impact it is having on murder rates nationwide
More women are using marijuana for morning sickness
The data presents potentially serious medical concerns because infants exposed to marijuana suffer negative effects.
Henry Heimlich, life-saving maneuver creator, dies at 96
The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.
Oklahoma abortion restrictions blocked
The state law that would have required abortion providers to have special relationships with hospitals.
Police fatally shoot unarmed 73-year-old California man, who family said suffered from dementia
Police in Bakersfield, California, shot and killed an unarmed 73-year-old man whose family claimed was suffering from dementia.
John Kasich signs one abortion bill in Ohio but vetoes a more restrictive measure
The governor signed into law a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but vetoed a measure that would have barred abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected.
Ohio governor vetoes ban on abortions after first fetal heartbeat, signs 20-week ban
John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure.
More people died from opioids than gun homicides in 2015
Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.
California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery
Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data.
Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions
Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state.
Trump’s DHS pick believes pot is a gateway drug but is cool with medical marijuana
President-elect Donald Trump chose retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday.
Forget those occasional cigarettes: There is no safe smoking level
A recent study found that people who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetimes had a higher risk of earlier death.
Think food allergy warnings are confusing? You’re not alone.
A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing.
Webster man sues neighbor over mess left by seagulls
A Webster man says his neighbor feeds the seagulls that hang around his neighborhood, leaving droppings all over his property.
Denton Cooley, 96, pioneering heart surgeon
Dr. Cooley performed some of the nation’s first heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart.
The Ebola outbreak may have been bigger than believed, with ‘invisible’ infection
A significant number of people may have been infected with the virus but showed minimal or no symptoms.