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Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

The UN is concerned about keeping a cholera epidemic from getting out of control in the country.

Medical marijuana bill in South Carolina bolstered by conservatives

Some conservatives believe marijuana may deter prescribing of opioids or help wean addicts from dependence.

Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer, research says

Cancer patients often wonder “why me?” Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet?

Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age?

Maine GOP Representative says health overhaul must protect rural, elderly

Maine Representative Bruce Poliquin says he’s making the case for any replacement of the Affordable Care Act to include protection for rural families and the elderly.

In new report, doctors urge more exercise for pregnant women

Fifty years ago, gynecological medicine emphasized the need for women to gain enough weight to provide for healthy fetal growth. Now the coin has been flipped.

Patients’ reports may aid prostate cancer treatment choice

The research bolsters evidence that sexual and urinary problems are more common after surgery than after radiation or monitoring.

Kurt Eichenwald, in his Dallas home on Friday. He has been a prominent online critic of President Trump.

Maryland man accused of sending seizure-inducing tweet to Newsweek writer who has epilepsy

A Maryland man was arrested Friday on a cyberstalking charge in connection with allegedly sending a person who has epilepsy a strobe-enhanced Twitter message telling the victim that ‘‘you deserve a seizure,’’ federal officials said.

The endangered black-footed ferret is a fierce predator.

The key to saving ferrets from plague may be a peanut-butter treat

A vaccination for the black-footed ferrets’ favorite food — prairie dogs — is being tested out west.

New England pain management doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud

A doctor who prescribed opioids at an alarming rate has pleaded guilty to health care fraud and other charges for running a pill mill.

Fact check: Trump’s promise of ‘insurance for everybody’ seems unrealistic

The Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health care bill set off an intense reaction in Washington, and some on both sides of the debate are playing loose with the facts.

‘‘The thought of putting the baby in a box, I was like ‘wow that’s weird,’’’ said Dolores Peterson, of Camden, New Jersey, who became a first-time mom recently and was among the first to bring home a box. Her daughter Ariabella is 3 months old.

Forget cribs. A cardboard box may be the safest place for your baby to sleep

Parents are beginning to take baby boxes home from hospitals along with their newborns.

Rookie docs can work longer, 24-hour shifts under new rules

Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite.

Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in US

Health officials first warned US clinicians last June to be on the lookout for the emerging pathogen.

Doctors tie Zika virus to heart problems in some adults

For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults.

Bacon, soda, and too few nuts tied to a big portion of US deaths

Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.

Dr. Starzl’s performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967.

Dr. Thomas Starzl, 90, liver transplant surgery pioneer

Dr. Starzl performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967.

Maryland Governor Hogan declares opioid ‘state of emergency’

The Governor of Maryland responded to the opioid-addiction crisis by committing an additional $50m to augment enforcement, prevention and treatment services.

Fact check: Trump actions threaten those he wants to help

A claim by President Donald Trump from his speech and how it stacks up with the facts.

US attorney general wants to know the science on marijuana and opioids

The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed doubt that marijuana could help mitigate the opioid abuse epidemic.

Pediatricians warn against marijuana use

An influential doctors group warn about marijuana’s potential harms for teens because of its effects on developing brains.

Ms. Horn, shown on Long Island, was 2 pounds at birth.

Lucille Horn, 96, infant who survived in sideshow incubator

Ms. Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, but her parents put their faith in a doctor at Coney Island.

FILE - This May 4, 2001, file photo shows Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, escorted by Japanese police officers at the airport in Narita, Japan. Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half brother of North Korea's leader, told medical workers before he died Feb. 13, 2017, that he had been attacked at a Malaysian airport with a chemical spray, according to Malaysian officials. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place Feb. 13 amid crowds of travelers at the airport, appeared to be a well-planned hit.

 Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio spoke during a news conference.

Former House speaker predicts Obamacare will not be repealed

Former House Speaker John Boehner said a full repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” is “not going to happen.”

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men’s memories

In the latest results from landmark government research, testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s mental function but helped strengthen bones and alleviate anemia.

Research found declines in teen suicide attempts in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide.

Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

In states that enacted same-sex marriage laws during the study, suicide attempts dropped 7 percent among all students and 14 percent among gay kids.

CDC temporarily halts work at biosafety labs because of air hose concerns

About 100 employees have worked in the labs, at CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, since 2008 when the air hoses were introduced.

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 9, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was targeted Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in a shopping concourse at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, and died on the way to the hospital, according to a Malaysian government official. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E, File)

More arrests in death of N. Korean leader’s half brother

South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said Wednesday that North Korea had been trying for five years to kill Kim Jong Nam.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, during a meeting with parents and teachers on Tuesday.

Ethics office recommends investigation of Kellyanne Conway

The government’s ethics watchdog said there’s reason to believe that Kellyanne Conway violated the standards of ethical conduct for executive employees.

Kenyan doctors shouted slogans and held placards outside a Nairobi court after their Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentist Union officials were jailed.

7 Kenyan doctors jailed for not ending strike

During the two-month strike by doctors at public hospitals, several people have die for lack of medical care.

White House declines to publicly defend embattled Flynn

Aides sidestepped repeated chances Sunday to publicly defend the national security adviser.

President Trump earlier this month at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Senator Al Franken says Trump’s mental health is questioned by GOP colleagues

A Democratic senator claims that ‘‘a few’’ of his GOP colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Trump’s mental health.

Asked how it felt to be the oldest American, Ms. Dunlap said, ‘‘I don’t feel any different.’’

Adele Dunlap, 114, oldest American

Ms. Dunlap became the country’s oldest person in July 2016 following the death of 113-year-old Goldie Michelson, of Worcester.

They told him ‘you’re just fat.’ But it was actually a 130-pound abdominal tumor.

While Roger Logan sat in an armchair, as he spent too much of the last decade, the mass rested on the floor.

An employee of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden swaddled a female Nile hippopotamus calf born to 17-year-old mother Bibi and 35-year-old father Henry six weeks before the anticipated March 2017 due date.

Cincinnati Zoo’s prematurely born hippo takes first steps

The Cincinnati Zoo says a baby hippo born prematurely has taken her first steps.

Anti-Trump protesters shut down Conn. highway, delay ambulance

More than 100 people protesting President Trump’s travel ban blocked Route 34 in New Haven.

People protested the appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Wednesday in Berkeley, Calif.

Breitbart editor’s talk at UC Berkeley canceled amid protests

Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News editor, was on the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on campuses.

Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen attends a meeting of EU trade ministers at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on November 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands seeks to counter Trump’s reinstatement of anti-abortion policy

The Dutch government wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion, and education for women in developing countries.

Man died in fire trying to save son with Down syndrome, wife says

A 53-year-old father went back into his burning home and died trying to save the couple’s 25-year-old son.

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

CDC abruptly cancels conference on climate change and health

The summit was focused on mounting evidence of the risks to human health posed by the changing climate.

Bush leaves intensive care, wife goes home

The 92-year-old former president was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital.

Activist Alyona Popova’s online petition against the bill has attracted more than 180,000 signatures.

Russia set to move closer to decriminalizing domestic violence

Battery is a criminal offense, but nearly 20 percent of Russians open say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child.

How Trump’s executive order affects future of health care law

President Trump gave federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure, but Congress would have to repeal it.

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.

Former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara.

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.

Colo opened presents in her enclosure during her 60th birthday party last month.

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.