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Officials confirm whooping cough outbreak at N.H. high school

New Hampshire state officials say there are currently 22 diagnosed cases of whooping cough at a school in Exeter.

Pope Francis on Friday.

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Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

The state did a review based on more than 1,000 studies finidng inadequate evidence that coffee causes cancer.

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too.

Argentine Congress OK’s elective abortion; bill now goes to Senate

The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved.

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest.

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

Judge asked to again halt Arkansas abortion law

Planned Parenthood says the state’s restrictions on abortion pills effectively constitutes a ban.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot in Atlanta. On Friday, June 8, 2018, health officials said the flu killed more children in the past year that during any other regular flu season in recent history. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Flu season was one of the deadliest for US children

The past flu season was the deadliest for US children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday.

Nursing home resident dies trying to descend makeshift rope

An 87-year-old nursing home resident fell to his death after trying to climb down a makeshift rope from a third-floor window.

A microscopic image shows pancreatic cancer cells, the nuclei in blue, growing as a sphere encased in red membranes.

Study finds rare gain for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn’t spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a single standard cancer drug.

Judge agrees to halt Iowa abortion law

The state court action, which is temporary, followed an agreement between the state and abortion rights groups.

Chef Daniel Giusti at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Conn., in 2016.

‘Throwdown’ focuses on healthy, cheap school lunches

Some top chefs are converging in Connecticut to help answer a question being asked every day in school cafeterias across the country.

Ebola vaccinations begin in northwest Congo town

The vaccine is being given in Bikoro, where Congo’s current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

New Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

The death was reported in Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province of Congo.

In this May 23, 2018, photo provided by Chris Stewart the sun sets through “vog,” or volcanic smog, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. You can also add

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’

Scientists say higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano’s summit in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog, or volcanic smog.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said, as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 30, including eight deaths.

China says no reason found for US staffer’s sonic condition

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee’s report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

The capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers or disease.

Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

N.H. nursing home resident uses bear pepper spray on employee

Bear spray is normally used to stop aggressive behavior in bears, and is not the same as human pepper spray.

Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

In a hopeful sign, two patients who were confirmed as positive for Ebola have recovered.

Mental illness led man to ram car into family, pastor says

The North Carolina attack killed the man’s daughter and daughter-in-law and critically injuring other relatives.

Congo to begin vaccinations as Ebola threatens

The vaccine will be given in Mbandaka, the northwestern city where the deadly disease has infected some residents.

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

The spread of the hemorrhagic fever in Mbandaka raised alarm among health officials.

Poisoned former spy discharged from UK hospital

Sergei Skripal was discharged more than two months after he and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a new policy barring Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health organizations from providing or mentioning abortions at any facility that receives federal family planning funds, according to two White House officials and others familiar with the matter.

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

US birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

California military base psychiatrist accused of rape

A psychiatrist hired by a U.S. Air Force base to help military veterans in California dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with raping female service members who were in therapy for the crime he is now accused of committing — sexual assault.

President Trump said Tuesday that the first lady is ‘‘doing really well’’ and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week.

Trump pays return visit to hospitalized first lady

President Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital Tuesday as she continues to recover after a kidney procedure.

Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine

The World Health Organization may start to use the new vaccine as early as the end of this week.

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is recovering after quietly undergoing surgery Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former Senator Harry Reid had surgery to remove tumor from his pancreas

Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid is recovering after undergoing surgery Monday to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 file photo, Special envoy to the United Nations for climate change Michael Bloomberg addresses the media at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France. Americans are facing an

In speech to college graduates, Bloomberg warns of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’

Speaking at Rice University in Houston, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, warned of ‘‘an endless barrage of lies” and “alternate realities” in politics.

US panel leaves prostate screening up to men, their doctors

Whether to get screened for prostate cancer is a question that men aged 55 to 69 should decide themselves in consultation with their doctors, according to finalized guidance issued Tuesday by an influential panel of health care experts.

Congo health ministry confirms two Ebola cases in new outbreak

Congo’s government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country’s rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Bikoro.

Crime drops in Germany although citizens still feel unsafe

Germany saw a drop in hate crimes in 2017 amid an overall decrease in criminal activity, but statistics released Tuesday showed an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, primarily from far-right perpetrators.

California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings

A Los Angeles judge has issued a final ruling requiring coffee to carry cancer warning labels in California.

US abortion clinics face surge of trespassing and blockades

A report chronicled a litany of actions that ranged from coordinated trespassing efforts to violence.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, reacts after signing a six-week abortion ban bill into law during a ceremony in her formal office, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. The bill gives Iowa the strictest abortion restrictions in the nation, setting the state up for a lengthy court challenge. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor signs nation’s strictest abortion regulation

Iowa’s new law bans abortions after about six weeks and sets the state up for a lengthy court fight.

Senator John McCain has been unable to return to the Senate after cancer treatment and surgery for an intestinal infection last month.

In Ariz., John McCain gets visits from Biden, Graham after surgery

A frail Senator John McCain has been receiving a stream of good wishes at his Arizona ranch as he confronts the aftermath of brain cancer treatment and surgery.

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

Britain’s health minister apologized Wednesday for what he called a “serious failure” that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer.

Lawsuits target Trump administration as it shifts family planning policy to sexual abstinence

Two major organizations that promote birth control filed lawsuits in federal court Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration.

SAN RAFAEL, CA - APRIL 23: Romaine lettuce is displayed on a shelf at a supermarket on April 23, 2018 in San Rafael, California. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising American consumers to throw away and avoid eating Romaine lettuce, especially if its origin is from Yuma, Arizona as investigators try to figure out the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 53 people in 16 states. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

First death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

Massachusetts was also added to the states with reported cases.

Dr. Harold Bornstein.

Trump’s longtime doctor describes ‘raid’ to obtain records

The White House said that President Trump’s former bodyguard did nothing out of the ordinary when he took possession of the president’s medical records.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 05, 2018, a recent handout picture released by Action4Alfie operating the facebook group alfiesarmy and the Save Alfie Evans website on April 5, 2018 shows seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on April 28, 2018 after doctors withdrew life support, the child's parents said, following a protracted legal battle and a campaign that drew support from Pope Francis. / AFP PHOTO / Action4Alfie / Action4Alfie / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies at 23 months old

The parents of Alfie Evans announced their son’s death on social media, saying they were ‘‘heartbroken.’’

Report: Chicago police not reporting mentally ill gun owners

Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, with some experts thinking it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.