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Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts

Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak.

University of Southern California to pay $215 million over sex abuse scandal

The school announced a tentative agreement for a class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated hundreds of students over decades.

Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black man, contradicting an initial police description of an armed confrontation and echoing devastating dashcam video evidence against a white Chicago officer who claimed Laquan McDonald tried to stab him before he fatally shot the black teen.

Mitt Romney joined Martha McSally, a GOP Senate candidate, at a rally in Arizona Friday. Congresswoman McSally voted for a bill that would have shrunk Medicaid.

Political notebook

New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

Trump is on a rally blitz as he tries to stave off Democratic gains; New York’s Cuomo blasts Trump and Republicans in protest clash.

Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials.

Nebraska toddler dies of trauma in wind-tossed inflatable

A 2-year-old Nebraska boy was killed and his sister was injured when wind tore a giant inflatable from its moorings and tossed it 30 feet in the air.

Philippine leader says there’s a possibility he has cancer

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might have cancer and added that “I don’t know where I’m now physically” as he awaited the result of recent medical tests.

Polish lawmakers approve more talks on banning vaccinations

Lawmakers from Poland’s conservative ruling party have approved further parliamentary discussion over a controversial plan to abolish compulsory vaccinations for children, including those against serious diseases such as polio, measles, tuberculosis, rubella and whooping cough.

HIV-positive mother donates liver to critically ill child

Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.

Putin calls poisoned ex-spy “scumbag,” traitor

With a contemptuous grin, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called a former double agent who was sickened by a military grade nerve agent in Britain a traitor and “scumbag” — but dismissed the idea that Russia would target him in a poison attack.

A screen showed portraits of Frances H. Arnold and George P. Smith, of the United States along with Gregory P. Winter of Great Britain, winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Three scientists awarded chemistry Nobel Prize ‘harnessed the power of evolution’ in work

Work by two scientists from the United States and a scientist from England led to the first drug used against rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

US regulators OK updated version of decades-old antibiotic made by Boston company

Paratek Pharmaceuticals’ Nuzyra was designed to overcome the problem of resistance to tetracycline, an antibiotic widely used until recent years.

The Pentagon.

Packages that may contain ricin found on Pentagon grounds; one addressed to Mattis

One envelope was addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is traveling in Europe this week, and the other to the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson.

India's Supreme Court on Friday lifted the temple's ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple that is one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world.

India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

India’s Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temple’s ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.

US sees most flu deaths in decades

The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades.

Dr. Linda Vorvick examined appendicitis patient Heather VanDusen at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Smokey Point clinic in Arlington, Wash.

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

A new study from Finland shows antibiotics are a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis.

Susan Harkema (left), associate scientific director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville, worked with Kelly Thomas, who was paralyzed in a car accident and is learning to walk with the help of a trainer and an implanted device.

Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure; the patients walk only with assistance.

A health worker in protective gear worked at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo, earlier this month.

Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola

A Congolese civil society group says the attacks in the eastern city of Beni are an added threat to the city and region battling an Ebola outbreak.

Harvard University in Cambridge.

Harvard’s ‘Outbreak Week’ marks centennial of 1918 flu pandemic

Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak.

A child helps her brother drink treated water at a watering point in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Cholera is Zimbabwe’s latest crisis

Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn.

An ATF police officer walked out of the Maryland industrial complex where a woman killed three people before killing herself.

Sheriff: Shooter had mental illness but legally owned gun

The woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage, a law enforcement official said Friday.

Bottles of wine at a supermarket in Beijing.

UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Legionnaires’ disease reported at Rhode Island nursing home

Health officials have confirmed three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a Rhode Island nursing home.

Teens accused of cutting Christmas decorations for ill boy

Police say two teens accused of slashing Christmas decorations set up in an Ohio neighborhood to help a child diagnosed with terminal cancer celebrate the holiday early have been arrested.

Microbead researcher among 6 recipients of Heinz Awards

A scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions

The banned procedure was carried out on girls and young women ranging from 10 months to 24 years old in four communities.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech on the reform of the French health care system at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday.

Macron announces changes to France’s health care system

French President Emmanuel Macron announced organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies.

An unidentified 15-year-old high school student used a vaping device in Cambridge, Mass.

Survey shows 2m US teens are vaping marijuana

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana.

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, an unidentified 15-year-old high school student uses a vaping device near the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday, Sept. 17, mean a little more than 2 million middle and high school students have used the devices to get high. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana, survey finds

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 US students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new trend.

A member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wades through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Florence ‘has never been more dangerous’ N.C. warns, as death toll rises to 17

The state confronted a spiraling statewide crisis as the storm slowly ravaged the region, flooding cities, endangering communities, and leading to more than 1,000 rescues.

US survey shows some progress in opioids fight

The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017.

FDA plans meeting to discuss safety data on breast implants

The Food and Drug Administration said it would hold the meeting even as its officials and several independent experts disputed the new work.

Diplomats at the US Embassy in Havana have been affected by mysterious health incidents that began in the fall of 2016. Workers in China have also felt ill effects.

US, Cuba meet on mysterious ‘health attacks’ in Havana

As American authorities search for answers into mysterious “health attacks” that began two years ago in Havana, U.S. and Cuban officials on Thursday renewed efforts to determine the method and motive behind incidents that have left some diplomats with brain injuries.

Various models of semi-automatic rifles were displayed at a store in Pennsylvania.

Active shooter study finds semi-automatic rifles more deadly

Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows.

NYC mayor’s office: People from quarantined jet have the flu

The New York City mayor’s office says 10 people hospitalized after a large commercial jet arrived from Dubai have tested positive for influenza.

In this frame from video, a person walks off an Emirates plane at JFK International Airport to a waiting bus on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York, as emergency response crews gather outside the plane amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai. (WABC 7 via AP)

Plane from Dubai is quarantined at JFK amid reports of up to 100 sick passengers

On social media, passengers — including rapper Vanilla Ice — posted photos and videos of a large-scale emergency response when the aircraft touched down in New York.

New advice on kids’ concussions calls for better tracking

New guidelines from the US government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most children’s symptoms clear up within one to three months.

Mom’s opioid use in pregnancy can stunt child’s learning, study concludes

Learning disabilities are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to a big US study.

One dead, 12 infected with Legionnaires’ disease in Hampton, N.H.

The 12 people likely acquired the illness at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton, public health officials said.

Worldwide gun deaths reach 250,000 yearly; US ranks high

Gun deaths worldwide total about 250,000 yearly and the United States is among just six countries that make up half of those fatalities, a study found.

More evidence of pot use found in moms’ breast milk

Experts say THC could disrupt brain development and potentially cause harm, although solid evidence of that is lacking.

A study found that aspirin did not help prevent first strokes or heart attacks in people at moderate risk for one.

In study, aspirin disappoints as a way to avoid a first heart attack or stroke

The risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most folks, according to research led by a Brigham and Women’s Hospital doctor.

Belviq didn’t raise heart risks but didn’t lower them.

Weight-loss drug Belviq is first without heart risks, study says

For the first time, a drug has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems.

FILE - In this April 1, 2016, file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks during a news conference in Atlanta. The New York Police Department says Frieden, who also is a former New York City health commissioner, was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn on a sex abuse charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Ex-CDC director arrested on sex abuse charge

Dr. Thomas Frieden, who headed the agency under President Barack Obama, was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse, and harassment.

Dr. Tom Frieden.

Former CDC director Frieden arrested on sex abuse charge

The New York Police Department says Thomas Frieden, who also is a former New York City health commissioner, was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn.

Senator John McCain.

Tributes for John McCain posted as he ceases treatment

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CAPE COD, MA - 4/13/2017: Basking in the sun are miles of seals on Monomoy Island ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photos

Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths

Two common diseases, avian flu and distemper, may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths.

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another.

Medical workers disinfected the coffin of a deceased unconfirmed Ebola patient inside an Ebola treatment center run by The Alliance for International Medical Action on Monday in Beni, Congo.

Congo’s health ministry says Ebola spreads to second province

Congo’s latest deadly Ebola outbreak has spread into a neighboring province, the health ministry said Tuesday, as health workers began using an experimental treatment for the disease.

Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind

The man’s ring fell off his finger while he was dropping his donation into a large boot the Gloucester firefighters were using to collect for charity.