Conn. man in golf course bobcat attack can still see ‘miserable animal coming at me’
Mike Popkowski says he remembers a guttural growl and a faint skunk-like smell before the rabid creature jumped on his back, bit his left arm and nearly severed his earlobe.
US judge in Oregon to block new Trump abortion policy
Judge Michael McShane said Tuesday he intends to at least partially block a federal rule change that could cut off funding for providers who refer patients for an abortion.
Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria
The World Health Organization said Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.
Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame
Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found.
Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons
A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.
New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed
Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.
Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade
Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.
Rabid bobcat attacks golfer on Mohegan Sun golf course
The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague.
Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease
‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care
Blanco’s time in office included the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was diagnosed and treated for a rare eye cancer in 2011. It returned and spread to her liver in 2017.
Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker
Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.
Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children
A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.
Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain, study indicates
A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, a study suggests.
US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York
U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.
Nebraska’s tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire
Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana.
Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana’s less taboo cousin
Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep.
Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar
Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor.
Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people
As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force.
In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds
Despite a civil war that killed almost 400,000 people, South Sudan’s maternal health has shown improvement.
AMA blasts reasoning for military’s transgender policy
A new Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday directs military secretaries to kick out transgender service members who refuse to serve in their birth sex after being “given an opportunity to correct those deficiencies.”
Maine drug counselor pleads guilty to marijuana conspiracy charges
A Maine woman who worked as a certified drug counselor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 marijuana plants.
Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works
Opponents of New York City’s emergency declaration ordering everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles will file a lawsuit this week, a lawyer said.
States push antiabortion ‘heartbeat’ bills, target Roe v. Wade
Staci Fox, Atlanta-based CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said these bans are ‘‘blatantly unconstitutional and lawmakers know it — they just don’t care.’’
Acting head of Homeland Security resigns as turmoil continues over immigration policy
Facing bipartisan pushback to his immigration shake-up, President Trump said Tuesday he’s not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families.
NYC declares public health emergency amid measles outbreak
New York City declared a public health emergency over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood.
US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids
US measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.
Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds
Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study.
Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up
As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health successes : curbing cigarette smoking.
US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes
U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices.
CBD is getting buzz, but does it work? And is it legal?
With CBD showing up everywhere, US regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
US experts reviewing low-carb, other diets for guidelines
With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming US dietary guidelines that advise Americans on what to eat.
US regulators exploring ways CBD products could be legal
US regulators say they’re exploring ways CBD could be used legally in foods and dietary supplements, and will hold a public hearing on the cannabis compound next month.
Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases
Mozambican and international health workers raced Monday to contain a cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where the number of cases has jumped to more than 1,000.
Rhode Island sales of medical marijuana hits new highs
Regulator Norman Birenbaum says Rhode Island’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are on pace to sell about $56 million worth of medicinal pot in fiscal 2019.
Immune system therapy shows wider promise against cancer
A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors.
Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan
A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives.
After Maine obstetric nurses announce baby boom, ER nurses up the ante
Nine labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center are pregnant, but the emergency department has a dozen expectant parents.
Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan
A federal judge struck down a small-business health insurance plan touted by President Trump, the second setback in a week for his administration’s health care initiatives.
Study: Many in Ebola outbreak don’t believe virus is real
One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are facing in what has become the second-deadliest outbreak in history.
Teen who pushed 16-year-old friend off bridge sentenced to 2 days in jail
Jordan Holgerson fell 50 feet after she was pushed by Tay’lor Smith. Holgerson suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs.
Federal judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump
A federal judge is blocking Medicaid work requirements in two states, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency.
1st cholera cases confirmed in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit city
The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions.
Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue
To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white.
New York county bans unvaccinated minors in public as measles spreads
A county in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall.
Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown.
Specialists weigh breast implant safety amid new concerns
US medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in an ongoing debate about their potential health effects.
Dallas-area woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls
Police say a Dallas-area woman was mauled to death by her two pit bull terriers as she tried to feed them at a veterinary clinic where the dogs were in quarantine for a prior attack.
Unsafe water, not climate change, is the bigger threat in the world, EPA chief says
Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.
Researchers believe tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival
Tardigrades can weather extreme heat, cold and radiation. Now the US military hopes these tiny critters can unlock a way to preserve our crops, medicine, even our skin.