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Florida confirms birth defects after mom gets Zika abroad

Florida confirmed its first Zika-related case of microcephaly, in a child whose mother contracted the virus in Haiti, officials said Tuesday.

Senate Democrats block GOP’s Zika funding bill

A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a more than 800 cases of Zika infection in the continental U.S.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

Senate Democrats block GOP’s Zika funding bill

The party faulted Republicans for including provisions designed to deny new funding for Planned Parenthood clinics and ease rules on pesticide spraying.

Drug overdose deaths taxing US medical examiners and coroners

Problems include a shortage of places to store bodies and delays in autopsies.

Bipartisan talks on Zika virus break down ahead recess

The House voted in the wee hours of Thursday morning to approve a $1.1 billion package without Democrats’ support.

Use both eyes when looking at your screen in the dark, a New England Journal of Medicine report said.

Temporary blindness tied to smartphone use in dark

Warning: Looking at your device while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is kept in a glass tube at the Fiocruz Institute, which has been screening for mosquitoes naturally infected with the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro.

Abortion pill requests spike in Zika outbreak countries

The spike has occurred in Brazil, Ecuador, and some other Latin American countries that ban abortions, an indication that women don’t want to risk birth defects.

Feds won’t file charges in killing by police

Federal prosecutors will not file charges against three police officers in Pasco, Washington, who shot and killed a mentally ill man last year, sparking weeks of protests.

For Democrats, a stepping stone to common ground on health care

Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan seems even less likely now but a compromise is possible.

Study: Up to 1 in 5 trauma victims may die unnecessarily

Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots, or other injuries, a stark conclusion from government advisers who say where you live shouldn’t determine if you survive. The findings take on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.

CDC: Puerto Rico may see hundreds of Zika birth defects

Dozens or hundreds of babies in the US territory could develop severe birth defects, based on how an outbreak is playing out there, a top US health official said Friday.

CDC: 3 babies with Zika-linked birth defects born in US

Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.

Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger (center) received a standing ovation after voting on his private member's bill to change the Canadian national anthem in the House of Commons in Ottawa Wednesday.

Canada’s national anthem is likely to become ‘gender neutral’

The English version of ‘‘O Canada’’ contains the words ‘‘true patriot love, in all thy sons command’’ — and the second clause would be replaced with ‘‘in all of us command.’’

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger (center) received a standing ovation after voting on his bill to change the national anthem.

Canada’s national anthem is likely to become ‘gender neutral’

Currently, the English version of ‘‘O Canada’’ contains the words ‘‘true patriot love, in all thy sons command.”

In some ZIP codes, 1 in 7 children suffer from dangerously high blood lead levels

WASHINGTON — In one city after another, the tests showed startling numbers of children with unsafe blood lead levels: Poughkeepsie and Syracuse and Buffalo. Erie and Reading. Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Zika infections late in pregnancy led to no defects in study

Women infected with the Zika virus late in their pregnancies had babies with no apparent birth defects, according to a study in Colombia that seems to confirm that the greatest risk to infants comes early in pregnancy.

Indian city on alert as polio strain found in sewage water

About 350,000 children will be vaccinated next week.

Study links opioids to deaths other than overdoses

The drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.

Items are seen in a memorial setup for the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting.

Want to buy an assault rifle in Florida? No problem

The massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub is raising questions about access to guns.

Not doing it: Fewer high school kids are having sex

The troubles with kids these days ... are not as common as they used to be. U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, they are drinking and using drugs less often, and they aren’t smoking as much, according a government survey of risky youth behaviors.

Extending hormone therapy reduces breast-cancer cases

Typically, estrogen-reducing drugs are taken for five years, sometimes after tamoxifen therapy.

A flood of innovative cancer treatments helped fuel an 11.5 percent surge in spending on oncology drugs over the past year.

We’re spending $107 billion on cancer drugs, but is it worth it?

A flood of innovative cancer treatments helped fuel an 11.5 percent surge in spending on oncology drugs over the past year.

Researchers tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age.

Marijuana’s only major possible side effect? Gum disease

People who smoked more of the drug had a higher incidence of gum disease, but marijuana use had no negative effect on any other measure of health.

Panel: Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle

A prestigious government advisory group is calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make better hearing more affordable and accessible.

Florida: Disaster coming without help on Zika fight

Florida will experience a “disaster” with the Zika virus if federal authorities don’t immediately provide money to help battle the virus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday.

Reversing long-term trend, death rate for Americans ticks upward

The long decline in US death rates has reversed course, according to preliminary 2015 numbers for all causes of mortality as compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Baby born in US to Honduran mom with Zika has birth defect

The infant is the second born in the United States with problems from the mosquito-borne virus.

Sweden sees historic gender balance shift

For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, Sweden now has more men than women.

11 hurt as lightning strikes Paris park

Eight children and three adults were struck Saturday when a sudden storm sent a bolt down on a children’s birthday party.

11 people hit by lightning in a Paris park

Eight of the people struck were children and four people have life-threatening injuries, officials said.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the maneuver he developed to help clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims, while being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Heimlich said Thursday, May 26, 2016 that he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

96-year-old Heimlich uses namesake maneuver on choking woman

The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing the Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time.

Bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort found in US

Researchers said the gene was found in E. coli retrieved from a woman from Pennsylvania.

VA restored benefits to 4,200 veterans wrongly declared dead

A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead.

Judge blocks Ohio from stripping Planned Parenthood funding

The funding will continue while a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization is being challenged.

Court hears woman’s appeal in death of infant

The Indiana woman was found guilty of killing the premature infant she delivered after ingesting abortion-inducing drugs.

UMass lab steps up tick testing as season hits high gear

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst is partnering with about two dozen towns in the state

A Tasmanian devil roared in a zoo at Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania state, Australia last month. Devils live disease-free in zoos, but healthy ones are harder to find in the wild.

Saving devils, in a single disease-free corner of Tasmania

Conservationists seek to preserve a wild population of devils threatened by cars and cancer.

Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

Congress continues to haggle over its response as federal, state, and local health officials wait for money they really need.

Pregnant women in US with Zika spikes on new counting method

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases.

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases. In a change announced Friday, May 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive, regardless of whether they had suffered symptoms. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

After change in counting method, number of pregnant women with Zika spikes

The number of pregnant women in the US infected with the Zika virus has suddenly tripled.

Trudeau apologizes again for assailing lawmakers

The Canadian prime minister apologized for a third time after elbowing a female lawmaker in the chest and grabbing another lawmaker.

People stand on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court at sunset on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute

The court is asking lower courts to take another look at the issue between faith-based groups and the Obama administration.

Larry Daughtrey with his wife, Judge Martha Daughtrey, just after her appointment to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 1975.

Larry Daughtrey, 76, longtime Tennessean political reporter

Mr. Daughtrey began his career at the paper while still studying at Vanderbilt University and spent his entire career covering politics in Nashville.

Emma Morano, 116, sat in her apartment in Verbania on Friday.

Emma Morano may be the last person alive who was born in the 1800s

Surrounded by relatives and friends, Italy’s Emma Morano greeted with a smile the news that she, at 116, is now the oldest person in the world.

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease — and those tangles may predict early symptoms, a finding with implications for better treatments.

Zika expected to hit South hard

There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects.

Bullying is a serious public health problem, report says

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said bullying should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids.

Unpack the trunk: Ringling’s elephants retire to Florida

The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread, and lots of hay.

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.