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Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

Boston, MA - February 18 2019: - Isabella Devincenzo plays fetch with her dog Daisy at the M Street Beach in Boston, MA on February 18, 2019. Snow began early Monday morning and fell steadily across Massachusetts overnight, coating southern New England and likely to eventually result in 3-6 inches of accumulation by the end of the day. Forecasters expect the snow to mix with periods of freezing rain and sleet all day, making for messy roadways. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Connecticut vet issues warning after dogs hospitalized for marijuana

A veterinarian in Connecticut is warning pet owners to be careful after she treated two dogs for likely ingesting marijuana.

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act.

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a case about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections, as the Trump administration spars with conservation groups on the same crucial environmental question.

Philippine National Red Cross and Health Department volunteers conducted house-to-house measles vaccinations to children at an informal settlers community in Manila on Saturday.

Philippine official says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

A measles outbreak that has been blamed partly on vaccination fears has killed 136 people, mostly children, and sickened 8,400 others, an official said.

President Trump gains weight, now considered obese

President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese.

8 die of measles in Ukraine this year as outbreak worsens

Eight people have died of measles in Ukraine since the start of the year, already half as many as died in the whole of 2018, authorities said on Wednesday.

In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra a dispensary in Portland, Ore. A U.S. senator from Oregon has proposed legislation that would give states a free hand to allow legal marijuana markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Man sues over job rejection due to medical marijuana

A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued.

Antiabortion activists Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden spoke outside of a courtroom in San Francisco on Monday.

Pair who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood fight charges

Planned Parenthood has made an unusual legal demand to join California’s criminal prosecution of two antiabortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization.

A marijuana plant grows at Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. In December, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez inaugurated a $12 million laboratory owned by Canada's International Cannabis Corporation, which aims to produce and export medicine from hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains CBDs but has no psychoactive effects. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs.

About 9 percent of US adults have forms of heart disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries, according to the American Heart Association.

Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

The high numbers are mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

Marijuana plants are ready for harvest at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NY Mental Health Association urges caution on legalized pot

The Mental Health Association of New York State is urging state officials to proceed cautiously as they consider proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

More than 400 schools in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution.

Marijuana on display at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Eviction upheld for Maine man who grew medical marijuana

The Supreme Court sidestepped the conflict between state and federal law by noting that there was cause for eviction above and beyond the fact he was growing marijuana.

Joie Henney and his emotional support animal, Wally.

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney says his registered emotional support animal likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator.

A photo of the nurse, Nathan Sutherland, who has now been charged with rape of a vegetative patient at the long-term health facility at which he worked, provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Nurse arrested in rape of incapacitated woman who gave birth

Police said Wednesday that one of the nurses who had been charged with the long-term care of an incapacitated woman who gave recently birth, much to the surprise of her family and caregivers, has now been charged with sexual assault.

Nathan Sutherland.

Nurse arrested in rape of woman who gave birth at Arizona facility

Nathan Sutherland, a nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility, has been charged with raping her, weeks after she gave birth to a baby boy.

Workers inspected an off-ramp that collapsed during the November earthquake in Anchorage.

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety.

UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year.

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

N.H. child advocate office says state must better protect kids

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Doctors find no remaining cancer after Ginsburg’s surgery

Doctors for the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice confirmed their initial evaluation.

Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

A four-day-old baby is a surprise bright spot in Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country’s health ministry on Thursday called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus.

Passengers relaxed on the deck of the Oasis of the Seas in 2009.

Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on Oasis of the Seas

More than 150 passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas were hit by the outbreak of Norovirus as the ship sailed from Florida to Jamaica.

Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease.

Psychiatrist Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the doctor who approved De Troyer’s ethanasia request is estimated to be involved in one third of all euthanasia deaths for psychiatric reasons in Belgium.

Europe’s top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

Europe’s top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium’s leading euthanasia doctors.

The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

The US cancer death rate has been declining over the past 25 years, report says

The nation’s cancer death rate has fallen 27 percent between 1991 and 2016, the American Cancer Society reported.

New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver, and kidney each needed — and a new friendship they never expected.

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country’s troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization said he has asked the supplier of an experimental vaccine to produce more of it.

FILE - This June 9, 2014 file photo shows a dish of steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. Two major studies in 2018 provided more fuel for the debate around carbs and fats, yet failed to offer a resolution to the polarizing matter of the best way to lose weight. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Trying to lose weight in 2019? Here’s what the latest dieting studies say

Before embarking on a weight loss plan for the new year, here’s a look at some of what was learned last year.

In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 photo a bud tender shows off her cannabis product at a farmers market style cannabis event Kushstock 6.5 in Adelanto Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Maine doesn’t protect against contaminated medical marijuana

Maine has no testing program for medical marijuana used by 50,000 certified patients who purchase $50 million of cannabis a year.

Congolese participate in a mock voting in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. The delay of Sunday's election until March for Beni and Butembo city is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. The rest of the country will vote on Sunday Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

Delays, frustrations as Congo’s presidential election begins

Polling center problems and an Ebola virus both threatened to hamper what could be the first credible election in the country in decades.

New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.

Autopsy says dead Guatemalan boy had influenza

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting, and a fever. Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on Dec. 8.

Congo delays Sunday’s election for months in Ebola zone

Some in the opposition called it a ploy to hurt their chances at the polls, with more than 1 million voters affected.

Female doctor with a medical mask concentrating while operating

More than 3,000 patients in N.J. possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 photo Crystal Feldman an event organizer takes a puff off a cannabis vape pen during a party in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Thailand’s legislature legalizes medical use of marijuana

Thailand’s legislature has agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as the kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.

More than 3,000 patients were possibly exposed to HIV and hepatitis at New Jersey surgery center

The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday. The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung. It is Ginsburg’s third bout with cancer since joining the court in 1993. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working after surgery

Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung.

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US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the United States, urging swift action to p1revent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Eastlake. One of Ohio's large-scale medical marijuana cultivators expects to sell the state's first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. Buckeye Relief LLC, planted its first seeds July 31 after the state granted the company permission to begin growing pot for Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana industry. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries

Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state.

Buds of marijuana.

New Zealand passes law to make medical marijuana widely available

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

A December 10, 2018 photo shows the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. - The US Supreme Court declined to hear appeal cases by Kansas and Louisiana to end public funding through Medicaid to Planned Parenthood. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons.

Nobel laureates Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege posed during a press conference on Sunday in Oslo.

Nobel recipients demand action against sexual violence

One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

Michigan’s chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Cabinet to go before a jury.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigrants walk into a building at South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Half a dozen families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are still detained in Texas months after reuniting with their children. Immigrant advocates say the government has violated a longstanding legal agreement that bars it from detaining children in unlicensed facilities like the South Texas Family Residential Center past 20 days. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

81 migrant children separated from parents since June

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice.

Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Disneyland misting tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source

A cooling tower that provides mist to make visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak last year near the theme park, an official testified.

Utah patients can use medical pot; but concerns still loom

Utah patients can use medical marijuana legally after a compromise agreement was signed into law, but they likely won’t be able to buy it legally until at least 2020, officials said Tuesday.

Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Officials investigating scabies outbreak at Maine nursing facility

Officials say the outbreak at the Falmouth, Maine, facility started in October.

A fentanyl user held a needle in Philadelphia.

Suicide, drug overdose push down US life expectancy

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up US deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.