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Andreas Lubitz’s training difficulties were one more ‘‘red flag’’ that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline’s Arizona flight school to discover his history of depression, asserted attorneys representing families of crash victims.

Germanwings pilot had struggled in flight school

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had failed a key test of his skills during training in the United States.

Chelsey Russell.

Former Boston Marathoner dies while saving her son

It started with a splash and a scream, and then another splash.

‘Healthy’ sweeteners, protein-packed quinoa, and other nutrition myths, debunked

Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths.

Pulse employees embrace at a memorial in front of the club in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Employees went inside the club Thursday for the first time since the shooting. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Orlando police ended their control of the property on Wednesday and turned it back over to the club's owners.A gunman killed 49 and wounded others June 12 during a Latin night at the gay venue.(Loren Elliott/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

2 Orlando hospitals won’t bill nightclub shooting victims

The hospitals that treated victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre are not billing the survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Five new non-travel cases of Zika found in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is allocating another $5 million to Miami-Dade County for Zika preparedness and mosquito control.

Children in Ghana infected with Guinea worms welcomed Jimmy Carter in 1989 as part of his bid to end the disease.

World is closer than ever to eradicating Guinea worm

The final stage of an eradication program can be the most difficult. The biggest obstacle is that Guinea worm is infecting not just people but also dogs.

In NYC, 49 pregnant women had Zika, 1 baby born with defect

Officials say 49 pregnant women have tested positive for Zika in New York City since April, and one baby has been born with microcephaly due to the mosquito-borne virus.

Huge yellow fever vaccination campaign begins in Africa amid fears of global spread

The World Health Organization is embarking on a massive vaccination campaign to stem a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo that public health experts say threatens to expand beyond Africa.

Court bars US from prosecuting medical marijuana cases

A federal appeals court said the Justice Department can’t prosecute if no state laws are broken.

Federal judge blocks Ohio law to divert Planned Parenthood money

The measure was aimed at keeping public money from going to the group.

Nigeria reports first 2 cases of polio in years, WHO says

Nigeria has reported the first two cases of polio after more than two years, in an area newly liberated from Islamic extremists who attacked polio vaccinators in the past, the government and the World Health Organization said Thursday.

An employee places marijuana for sale into glass containers at The Station, a retail and medical cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. The DEA announced Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 that the Obama administration will keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization, but will allow more research into its possible medical benefits. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

US government won’t reclassify marijuana, allows research

The decision to expand research into marijuana’s medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category

Americans are still not worried about Zika, poll finds

Zika’s first mosquito-borne transmission in the United States has not sparked alarm for the vast majority of Americans, who do not fear infection by the disease, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton to call for emergency congressional action against Zika

The Democratic nominee is visiting a health clinic near the Miami neighborhood where 17 cases of locally contracted Zika have been reported.

This June 2016 photo provided by David Strickland shows Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Scott Schwab, a Kansas state lawmaker from Olathe. Caleb died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, while riding the Verruckt, a water slide that's billed as the world's largest, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan. (David Strickland via AP)

Kan. boy killed while riding waterslide died of neck injury

Details still remain unclear as to how the 10-year-old boy suffered a fatal neck injury while riding a waterslide.

Schumer says Congress should return from recess to address Zika

The New York Democrat said ongoing work on a vaccine could be jeopardized unless lawmakers act.

Mark Short Sr., 40; Megan Short, 33; and their children — 8-year-old Lianna, 5-year-old Mark Jr., and 2-year-old Willow — were found dead in their home.

Girl who had heart transplant among 5 dead in Pa. murder-suicide

A couple featured in stories about getting medication for a daughter who had a heart transplant were found shot to death in their home.

Murder-suicide note found with 5 dead family members

A couple who faced difficulties getting medication for a daughter were found shot to death along with their three children.

English Bulldogs often have a litany of health problems because selective breeding.

Why breeding bulldogs is borderline inhumane

Bulldogs often have a lot of health problems because we breed them to look a certain way.

A natural resources officer with Broward County, Fla., Mosquito Control took water samples to check for the presence of larvae in Pembroke Pines.

10 new Zika cases in Fla. likely caused by mosquitoes

The new cases bring the total of locally-contracted Zika infections in the Sunshine State to 14.

Electricity as medicine

Electroceuticals are new devices that aim to treat medical conditions by interrupting or enhancing the body's electrical system.

‘Zika is now here’: Mosquitoes now spreading virus in US

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the US mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean.

Anthrax sickens 13 in western Siberia. And a thawed-out reindeer corpse may be to blame.

First a heat wave hit Siberia. Then came the anthrax.

Utah Planned Parenthood pulls condoms with Mormon symbol

Utah’s Planned Parenthood branch won’t hand out condom packages printed with a symbol associated with Mormon youth teachings after an image of the wrappers on its Facebook page generated backlash.

Anti-abortion duo behind Planned Parenthood videos cleared

A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.

Ethan Dean worked with a trash crew in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Wish granted: 6-year-old boy is garbage man for a day

When asked his favorite part of the day, Ethan Dean said it was ‘‘cleaning up garbage.”

Complex jobs, social ties help ward off Alzheimer’s, study finds

Ccomplex work and social engagement help counteract the effects of unhealthy diet and cerebrovascular disease.

New York’s Dr. Mary Bassett said the Zika virus “is not a theoretical risk.”

NYC reports 1st Zika-related birth defect case

The infant was born this month to a mother who was infected elsewhere.

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS//File Photo

Feds sue to stop insurance mergers, see threat to consumer

The health insurance industry has five major companies, and if these deals went through, that number would be reduced to three.

Analysis: The real reason that so many more Americans are using heroin

The study found that the timing of the prescription opioid and heroin epidemics is not consistent with the narrative that increased controls on the former instigated use of the latter.

Los Angeles sewage spill shuts down beaches 20 miles away

At least 1.5 million gallons of sewage spewed from a 90-year-old pipe that burst in an industrial area near downtown Los Angeles, leading beaches to close 20 miles downriver in Long Beach, officials said Tuesday.

In medical mystery, caregiver gets Zika from man who died

A Utah man who became the first person in the continental US to die after being infected with the Zika virus passed it to a caregiver.

Bill Gates delivered a lecture at the University of Pretoria for the 14th Nelson Mandela annual lecture Sunday.

Gates foundation to invest $5b in Africa over next 5 years

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates is also in South Africa to attend a global AIDS conference that starts Monday.

Dr. Alfred G. Knudson Jr.

Alfred G. Knudson Jr., 93, cancer researcher

The scientist helped develop a groundbreaking theory of how cancer develops.

In rare show of unity, governors vow to fight opioid crisis

Nearly every U.S. governor pledged Wednesday to combat the opioid crisis that is leaving a trail of overdose deaths and misery in their states.

Dr. Brian H. Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital, treated some of the Dallas police officers who were shot Thursday night.

Black doctor’s conflict: Saving officers, distrusting police

Expressing regret at the Dallas officers’ deaths, Dr. Brian Williams also gave voice to the intense racial turmoil roiling the country.

Superbug gene detected in a second person in the US

A patient who had surgery at New York hospital last year carried a strain of E. coli that was resistant to the antibiotic colistin.

Clinton offers community health funding plan

Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and expand access to Medicare.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can lead to severe birth defects.

1st death related to Zika virus seen in continental US

Utah health officials say a person infected with Zika has died, and while the exact cause is unclear, it marks the first death related to the virus in the continental U.S.

U.S. is much worse than other rich countries at preventing road deaths

Americans don’t wear seat belts as much and are killed more often in crashes caused by drunk drivers, making them twice as likely to die on the road compared with people in other relatively wealthy countries.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks in Washington. Two years after a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs still has

VA health care still has ‘profound deficiencies’

Two years after a scandal over long wait times, a congressional commission says problems with health care access remain.

Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law

A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus’ genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman’s reasons for ending a pregnancy.

There’s great news for women who dread that annual pelvic exam.

The days of the dreaded annual pelvic exam for women may be numbered

A panel said that there’s not enough evidence to support doing them for women who are healthy and not pregnant.

A deadly, drug-resistant yeast infection is spreading around the world

US health officials are warning clinicians in hospitals around the country to be on the lookout for a highly drug-resistant type of yeast that is causing potentially fatal infections.

Fort Bend County Sheriffs department crime scene members bagged a gun for evidence in the Katy, Texas shooting.

‘Please, don’t shoot’: Daughters beg mom to stop in 911 calls in fatal Texas shooting

The 911 calls released on Tuesday revealed the true horror of the tragedy that unfolded in Katy, Texas last week.

California voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana

A successful vote would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales.

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

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.