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The brain activity of the patient before (top row) and after (bottom row) vagus nerve stimulation.

Treatment restores signs of consciousness in brain-injured man

The 35-year-old patient hadn’t showed any awareness in 15 years, but responded after researchers electrically stimulated the vagus nerve.

Senator Rand Paul.

Rand Paul remains opposed to GOP health bill, despite revisions

A spokesperson said the GOP senator from Kentucky opposes the bill, the latest blow to Republican hopes of passing it.

Claims of staff misconduct at the Whiting Forensic Division maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Middletown, Conn., are mounting after a whistle-blower complaint.

Abuse claims spur 9 arrests at Conn. mental hospital

Thirty-one staff members at the Whiting Forensic Division hospital in Middletown have been suspended, and nine have been arrested.

New England Compounding supervising pharmacist Glenn A. Chin, right leaves the Moakley Federal Courthouse with his lawyer Stephen Weymouth after being released on bail. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, allen)

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

Glenn Chin is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Dr. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was the lead author of the follow-up report.

Study shows hormone pills don’t shorten older women’s lives

Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn’t shorten older women’s life spans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research.

Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer

Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus.

In this July 9, 2017 photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a

Bernie Sanders’ health care plan puts Democrats on the spot

The proposal, which Sanders plans to unveil Wednesday, is thrilling the progressive base, but Democratic leaders are stopping short of embracing it.

A proposed law in Nome, Alaska, would prohibit intoxication in public places such as the city’s main street.

Alaska Gold Rush town struggles with hard-drinking legacy

The old Gold Rush town of Nome on Alaska’s western coast is trying again to address hard drinking that’s deeply entrenched there.

Officials in Miami detain a person who is homeless into shelters on Friday, ahead of powerful Hurricane Irma.

For Miami’s homeless, a choice: Take shelter or be held

Miami’s estimated 1,100 homeless people have a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation.

People check out the smoky view of the Eagle Creek fire from North Bonneville Dam and Beacon Rock in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Fire officials say an Oregon wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge has grown to nearly 16 square miles and is threatening homes. Residents of about 400 homes have been forced to evacuate, while others have been warned to get ready.( Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes US West

Scenic areas like the Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, Washington’s Mount Rainier, and California’s Yosemite National Park are all being threatened by fire.

Calif. county declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak

Infections have killed 15 people and hospitalized nearly 400 more, with the homeless population hit hardest.

Prosecutors expect to charge German nurse with more killings

German official determined that Niels Hoegel might have killed another 84 patients, if not more, a prosecutor said.

German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

The male nurse was convicted of killing two patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication.

Hospital cited in death of boy placed under heating blanket

The Health Department has cited a Pennsylvania hospital in the death of a 6-year-old boy whose temperature topped 107 degrees (41.7 Celsius) while he was under a special heating blanket.

Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers fed Beau the giraffe at Franklin Park Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo euthanizes 18-year-old giraffe after health declines

The Masai giraffe, named Beau, leaves behind six offspring — including 1-year-old Amari, who still lives at the Boston zoo.

France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks

France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks like the one in which a mentally unstable man drove into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman, the country’s interior minister said Tuesday.

Jury awards $417m in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo’s school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 12, 2017 shows Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaking as Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC. A Republican senator said on August 1, 2017 that US President Donald Trump has told him he would go to war to destroy North Korea rather than allow it to develop a long-range nuclear-armed missile. Influential lawmaker Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, told NBC's Today Show:

Graham says GOP in trouble if Obama’s health care law stands

Senator Lindsey Graham said that if Republicans can’t deliver, ‘‘We’re all going to be in trouble, including the president.’’

Patients outside of Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire after the emergency department was evacuated.

Flu-like symptoms among 19 staff prompt evacuations at N.H. hospital

The cause of the staff members’ sickness at the New Hampshire hospital remained a mystery Friday afternoon.

Representative David Young spoke with a Chamber of Commerce leader during a visit to Glenwood, Iowa.

Democrats target vulnerable Republicans on health care

The goal is to deprive the GOP of its congressional majority in next year’s midterm elections.

Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile

Nepal’s parliament has passed a bill toward making women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks along with the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating.

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

Tourists rode in classic American convertible cars past the United States embassy, right, in Havana, Cuba.

Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba is blamed on covert device

A string of bizarre incidents left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device.

Mom accused of lying about being doctor, faking son’s cancer

A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, following a closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Earlier, President Donald Trump signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia which passed Congress with overwhelming support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP senator suggests brain tumor affected McCain health care vote

Ron Johnson said that John McCain has ‘‘a brain tumor right now. That vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in.’’

University of Georgia shoots down policy that would let students self-grade

The policy would also have allowed students to drop out of group work if they became too stressed, and allowed for all exams to be open book.

109 US salmonella cases now linked to papayas from Mexico

An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to a farm located in southern Mexico.

President Donald Trump spoke at a meeting with administration officials, including Counselor Kellyanne Conway (left) and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (center).

Trump: ‘We will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win’

President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, saying, “Nobody is safe from this epidemic.’’

Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users

The center where users inject themselves has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 31: Mike ,22, a heroin addict who began using opiates when he was 13, pauses to shoot-up by a railway underpass in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on July 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today was the first day of a long anticipated clean-up of one of the largest open air drug markets on the East Coast. Hundreds of outreach workers, city employees and Conrail workers started to clear an area of heroin users from a stretch of train tracks in Philadelphia's Kensington section known as El Campamento. Over 900 people died last year in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015. As the epidemic shows no signs of weakening, the number of fatalities this year is expected to surpass last year's numbers. Heroin use has doubled across the country since 2010, according to the DEA, part of an epidemic of opioid abuse that began in the 1990s, when doctors began prescribing higher doses of powerful painkillers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration

President Trump’s drug commission called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic.

A study showed that the quicker doctors can clear a heart patient’s artery, the better the patient’s chance of survival.

US hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

More than 93 percent of patients have their arteries opened within 90 minutes of arrival.

In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 photo, test cigarettes sit in a smoking machine in a lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. On Friday, July 28, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it wants to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

FDA to target addictive levels of nicotine in cigarettes

For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren’t so addictive.

Charlie Gard would have turned 1 next week.

Charlie Gard, focus of British legal health battle, has died

A family spokesperson said the critically ill British baby at the center of a legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and President Trump has died.

Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.

This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The parents of a critically ill infant Monday July 24, 2017 withdrew their court fight seeking permission to take the child to the United States for medical treatment. Chris Gard and Connie Yates wept as their attorney revealed the results of brain scans. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic condition, and his parents fought hard to receive an experimental treatment. Doctors said it wouldn't help and contended Charlie should be allowed to die peacefully. (Family of Charlie Gard via AP)

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

The court the child’s parents and the hospital that has been treating him until noon Thursday to come to terms on an end-of-life care plan for the infant’s final hours or days.

Chris Gard, the father of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, finishes reading out a statement flanked by mother Connie Yates, right, at the end of their case at the High Court in London, Monday, July 24, 2017. The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Charlie Gard’s parents ask court to let him die at home

They would like “a few days of tranquility” at home with the 11-month-old before he passes away.

Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

Connie Yates (left) and Chris Gard arrived at the High Court in London today.

Charlie Gard’s parents withdraw appeal to treat the infant

Their lawyer says Chris Gard and Connie Yates are withdrawing their appeal to court orders saying Charlie’s treatment should end.

Medical marijuana is rolled into a joint in Belfast, Maine.

Grass for trash: Marijuana business offers free weed on cleanup day

Dennis Meehan, the owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash in Gardiner Saturday some free flower.

(FILES) This photo taken on August 25, 2010 in Johannesburg shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela in a handout photograph released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Nelson Mandela

Book about Nelson Mandela’s medical treatment stirs dispute

The retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said the Mandela family had requested that the book be written.

Charlie Gard protesters rally as hospital reports threats

Activists gathered outside the London court where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

NYC warns about possible rabid squirrel after five people bitten

There were five reports of people being bitten by an unusually aggressive squirrel in Prospect Park in a span of a few days last week.

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005.

Jake Martinez, who has epilepsy, looks on as he stands next to his medication at his home in Murray, Utah. While Republicans in Congress failed this week to craft a new health care plan, they did succeed in shaking the confidence of those who rely on the act the most.

Health plan’s fall brings dread for ‘Obamacare’ recipients

One American was able to afford her toddler’s latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams.

Officials: Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis.

Terminally ill British man seeks right to die

Noel Conway argues that Britain’s ban on assisted suicide is incompatible with protections of human rights

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Capitol Thursday. MUST CREDIT: Katherine Frey, The Washington Post.

CBO delays analysis of latest health care bill

There’s another possible delay to the Senate’s consideration of a GOP bill to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.

epa06083552 Republican Senator from Texas John Cornyn attends the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Christopher Wray's nomination to be Director of the FBI, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 12 July 2017. Christopher Wray was nominated by US President Donald J. Trump to be the Director of the FBI after Trump fired former Director James Comey. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

No. 2 GOP senator expects health bill vote once McCain returns

Senator John Cornyn said he expects a vote on the GOP health bill once John McCain returns following surgery.