APNewsBreak: Watchdog says EPA delayed Flint emergency order
The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA’s inspector general said Thursday.
NY mayor calls police shooting unacceptable
Bill de Blasio said the victim’s death was “tragic” and “unacceptable” and her shooting violated department policy.
Preteens can have fewer HPV shots, panel says
It may soon be easier for preteens to get the vaccine against cervical cancer. A government panel is recommending they get fewer shots spaced further apart.
Seven things I wish I’d known before I had a miscarriage
Because of the silence around miscarriage, we don’t know what to expect, what it means for the future, or why losing something so small makes us feel so sad.
Texas board suspends license of vet who killed cat
A Facebook post showed the cat dangling from an arrow as the woman held it up.
Here’s why you need vitamin B12, and where you can find it
Symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and forgetfulness might point to a B12 deficiency, and should not be ignored.
Flight attendant to black female doctor: ‘We’re looking for actual physicians’
Tamika Cross, a physician, has accused Delta Air Lines of “blatant discrimination.’’
Mother of formerly conjoined twins says future is uncertain
Nicole McDonald described the atmosphere as ‘‘one of celebration mixed with uncertainty.’”
Images show addiction’s effect on kids, but to what end?
Widely shared, heartbreaking images of children dealing with the effects of their loved ones’ heroin addiction are raising questions about whether the pictures and videos can scare addicts straight or simply exploit the youngest victims of the epidemic.
Democratic governor: Health law ‘no longer affordable’
Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable,” a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.
Study questions value of mammograms, breast cancer screening
The study concludes that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than she is to have a true problem spotted early.
Should you replace olive oil with coconut oil?
Coconut oil has a lot going for it from a culinary perspective, but it also raises bad cholesterol.
Haitians await aid, help each other regain some normalcy
People throughout Haiti’s devastated southwest peninsula formed makeshift brigades as anger grew over the delay in aid.
Zika ‘syndrome’: Health problems mount as babies turn 1
Learning how to eat is just one of the problems as infants born with Zika virus maladies struggle to grow.
Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits Yemen funeral, kills 82
Nasser al-Argaly, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary, said the strike in Sana lso left 534 people wounded.
British lawmaker hospitalized after party clash
Feuding in Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party erupted into violence Thursday that left a member of the European Parliament hospitalized with a head injury.
First lady going all-out to preserve White House garden
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is going all-out to make sure the White House kitchen garden that she created in 2009 and expanded twice doesn’t get plowed under by the next first family.
She needed treatment to save her life. Instead, she chose to live it.
A Michigan woman who decided to take a cross-country RV trip instead of undergoing cancer treatment has died at the age of 91.
Some women feel vindicated as study links birth control to depression
‘‘It’s not in your head,’’ one woman wrote on Twitter, sharing the study results.
Trump suggests military members with mental health issues aren’t ‘strong’ and ‘can’t handle it’
“We have a politically correct military, and it’s getting more and more politically correct everyday,” Donald Trump said Monday.
Study suggests Democratic, Republican doctors treat patients differently
Instead of looking at your doctor’s résumé or diploma, you might want to check their voting record.
Kelly Ayotte’s campaign hands out condoms at N.H. colleges
Republican US Senator Kelly Ayotte’s campaign is aiming to highlight a birth control bill she sponsored.
Black-clad Poles protest proposal to completely ban abortion
Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion.
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 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 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.
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.
Clinton to resume campaign travel Thursday
Hillary Clinton will resume traveling on the campaign trail on Thursday following a bout of pneumonia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.