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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Charla Nash smiles as her care worker washes her face at her apartment in Boston. The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting the transplant. Nash says doctors have decided to end an experimental drug treatment and put her back on her original medication in the hopes of reversing the rejection. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Chimp victim who underwent face transplant back in Boston hospital

The Connecticut woman’s body is rejecting tissue from the transplant.

A man held a dead rat at the main garbage dump in the city of Peshawar.

Pakistani city struggles to end rat rampage

More than 400 people in Peshawar have been bitten over the past month.

FILE - In this March 11, 2011 file photo, children take advantage of warmer weather, as they play on a playground at sunset in Armstrong Park, in Lafayette, Ind. Playground concussions are on the rise, a government study found, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries were mild, but the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns. (Jordan Kartholl /Journal & Courier via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; TV OUT; RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Monkey bars, swings most often involved in playground concussions, CDC study finds

The research also found that playground concussions, a potentially serious injury, are on the rise.

Teen birth rate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

WASHINGTON — The birth rate among teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia governor OKs state funds for anti-abortion centers

Georgia can give state money to “pregnancy resource centers” that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions, under legislation signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas

MEXICO CITY — With a swipe of his pen last week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

This judge sentenced a veteran to a night behind bars, and served it with him

A veteran suffering from PTSD was sentencedto 24 hours in jail for failing a urine test, but the judge who sentenced him decided to serve the time with him.

In this photo taken January 28, 2014, a french commercial jet, rear, taxis past the M’Poko refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, where thousands had seek refuge from sectarian violence. The U.N. has reported it is now investigating more than 100 cases of sexual misconduct from peacekeepers here in Central African Republic, where violence exploded in late 2013. Peacekeepers from France, who are not part of the U.N. mission here, and other soldiers from a now repatriated European mission, are also facing accusations. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Raped, then left with nothing but the taunts

The stories of survivors at a refugee camp in Central African Republic are harrowing and suggest attacks by peacekeepers were more frequent than previously known.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stood at a podium with (left to right) Chief Investigator Andy Arena, Special Prosecutor Todd Flood, Deputy Chief Investigator Ellis Stafford, and Geneses County Prosecutor David Leyton, as they announced 13 felony charges and 5 misdemeanor charges against two state officials and one city official in the City of Flint's lead water contamination crises.

3 officials charged in Flint water crisis

The Michigan attorney general warned there will be more charges — ‘‘That I can guarantee’’ — and added: ‘‘No one is off the table.’’

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, women run as the sun sets in San Diego. Life expectancy for white women has fallen a little, according to a new government report. The dip is small - white women lost about five weeks from their predicted lifespan in 2014, compared to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Life expectancy for white females dips, according to CDC

Life expectancy at birth for white, non-Hispanic females in the United States declined slightly from 2013 to 2014.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder drinks a glass of water as he testifies before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder promises to drink Flint water for 30 days

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pledges to drink filtered Flint water for 30 days.

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

Researchers say the transplants can protect seriously ill patients from a dangerous complication.

As clinic access tightens, group touts pregnancy-ending drug

The outreach effort has raised some concerns in the abortion-rights movement.

N.C. judge orders breast-feeding mother to cover up or leave

Under North Carolina law, mothers are allowed to breast-feed their children in public.

Canada to seek legalization of assisted suicide

The new law will only apply to Canadians and permanent residents, meaning Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.

Zika definitely causes severe birth defects, CDC says

The conclusion confirms the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America.

Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, was examined by a neurologist in Brazil.

No doubt now that Zika virus causes rare birth defects, CDC says

Experts had been cautious about making a definitive link despite a surge of babies born with a rare birth defect in Brazil during a Zika outbreak.

Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, was examined by a neurologist in Brazil.

No doubt now that Zika virus causes rare birth defects, CDC says

Experts had been cautious about making a definitive link despite a surge of babies born with a rare birth defect in Brazil during a Zika outbreak.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Center for Disease Control, spoke about the Zika virus in front of a US map of the ranges of two different types of mosquito.

The more we learn about Zika, the scarier it is, US health officials say

Top health officials say they still need more money to fight the mosquitoes that spread the disease — and for research into vaccines and treatments.

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead

An analysis of EPA data found that nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans violated the standard.

Doctors stunned by rare twins born more than five weeks apart

A pregnant Tennessee woman underwent a rare procedure to save the lives of her twin children.

Sentencing of Northern Ireland woman for abortion revives old and bitter debate

She was 19 years old, just over a couple months pregnant, and she didn’t want to have a baby.

FILE -- Women and children gather at a clinic for a talk about the Zika virus in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Feb. 25, 2016. In an effort to break the two-month deadlock, Obama administration officials announced on April 6 the transfer of $510 million originally intended to protect against Ebola to help combat the Zika virus -- as congressional Republicans had demanded. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)

White House directs Ebola money to Zika fight

President Obama has been rebuffed by Congress in his call for emergency funds.

A patient advocate worked at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in San Antonio, which conducts abortions. Threats and violence directed at US abortion clinics increased sharply in 2015, according to the National Abortion Federation

Increase in threats reported at US abortion clinics

Death threats targeting abortion providers increased from one in 2014 to 94 in 2015.

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The siesta’s going to the dogs in Spain

The country’s prime minister wants to do away with a long-standing and well-recognized tradition.

Global research sees statin benefits in lower risk patients

The results bolster recommendations in recent guidelines on who should consider taking the drugs.

Doctors applaud the end of Tennessee’s fetal assault law

They say it encouraged women to avoid prenatal care and expose their babies to more risks.

New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia, first case there since Dec.

The World Health Organization says the case comes days after it declared the outbreak no longer qualifies as a global emergency.

Bat-killing disease found in Washington state, first in West

The fungal disease that has killed millions of bats nationwide.

Man arrested after doing yoga on Japan-bound airplane

A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said.

Appeals court halts execution of Texas man

The inmate will be given time to argue that he is not mentally competent.

CDC issues more detailed guidelines on Zika prevention

Among the guidelines: If a woman has received a Zika diagnosis or has symptoms of Zika, she should wait at least eight weeks after symptoms appear before trying to become pregnant.

Indiana governor signs fetal defects abortion ban into law

Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

Medicare could soon pay for services to keep diabetes from developing

It is the first time an experimental prevention initiative has met the test to become part of the huge federal health care insurance program for older Americans.

Zika in Brazil: More than 2,500 births with microcephaly, WHO predicts

To date, 863 babies have been born in Brazil with the characteristic abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Fire act accident at Florida pep rally leaves performer burned

Fire-breather Ricky Charles accidentally set himself ablaze and suffered second-degree burns to his face, but is expected to recover.

Another round of finger-pointing over Flint water crisis

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday blamed career bureaucrats in Washington and his state.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified about the lead water in Flint during a House committee hearing.

Michigan governor responsible for Flint crisis, lawmaker says

A Democratic lawmaker said that Gov. Rick Snyder would likely face criminal charges if he were running a business.

Patrons become sick after meal at R.I. restaurant

State health officials say norovirus likely caused more than two dozen people to fall ill at a Harrisville restaurant.

Fumigation fog fills the Vedado neighborhood after soldiers sprayed to kill mosquitos in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Authorities are fumigating in an attempt to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Cuba reports first case of Zika

In recent days the streets of Havana have been crisscrossed by teams of green-clad soldiers fumigating houses with mosquito-killing fog.

CDC warns doctors about the dangers of prescribing opioids

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released final guidelines warning doctors to be more cautious about prescribing opioids to adults as concern grows over the abuse of painkillers across the country.

Virtual voices not reliable in health crises

Technology’s potential remains untapped, smartphone researchers say.

Head of Records for Guinness World Records Marco Frigatti (right) presented Israel Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man.

Holocaust survivor, 112, world’s oldest man, Guinness says

112-year-old Israel Kristal lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

Health officials warn that more than 20 percent of the island’s 3.5 million people overall could be affected.

Puerto Rico reports 201 confirmed Zika cases

Health officials say they expect thousands of pregnant women in Puerto Rico to become infected.

Dr. Young served as a personal physician to Martin Luther King

Dr. Quentin Young, longtime health advocate, dies at 92

A former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Young pushed for decades to promote single-payer national health insurance.

Cleveland Clinic says first uterus transplant in US fails

The nation’s first uterus transplant has failed, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday, saying doctors had removed the organ.

Lawmakers loosen raw milk rules, then get sick after drinking some

They blamed their illness on an unrelated stomach virus circulating the West Virginia Capitol.

Dorian Murray looked up to applause and cheers at a community birthday party for him at Mel's Downtown Creamery in January.

Rhode Island boy with cancer dies after receiving his last wish

The hashtag #DStrong became a global social media trend for Dorian Murray, who wanted to be famous in China.

Vigil held for Westerly boy battling with cancer

Members of the Westerly community gathered over the weekend for a prayer vigil in support of an 8-year-old boy dying of cancer.

Former South African president criticized for AIDS comments

Thabo Mbeki was ousted in a political shakeup in 2008.