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Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US

An opioid crisis has killed more than 400,000 people in the U.S. since 2000, ravaging communities and sparking complex litigation.

25 Aug 2019 7:08 pm
Officials: Teen at dance competition in Arizona had measles

Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition

24 Aug 2019 7:39 am
Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vaping

Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States' first death tied to vaping

24 Aug 2019 3:40 am
West Virginia AG sues opioid makers, says they hid risks

West Virginia's top prosecutor says he's sued the major opioid makers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA for misrepresenting the risks of their painkilling drugs

24 Aug 2019 2:47 am
Nearly 200 people in 22 states sick, 1 dead after vaping: Officials

An adult in Illinois is being counted as the first death in the investigation.

24 Aug 2019 2:46 am
The Latest: France halts Brazil trade deal over Amazon fires

France is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and says it now opposes a trade deal with the South American bloc Mercosur because of his environmental back-peddling

24 Aug 2019 12:51 am
Democrats take a look at a practical health care approach

Democratic voters look at pragmatic approaches on health care amid weakening support for 'Medicare for All'

23 Aug 2019 10:12 pm
UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people

The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic

23 Aug 2019 7:15 pm
UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment

23 Aug 2019 3:10 pm
Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

Cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, study finds

23 Aug 2019 9:42 am
Appeals court rules South Bend abortion clinic can stay open

A federal appeals court has upheld an injunction allowing a South Bend abortion clinic to remain open without a state-required license, pending a final ruling in a lawsuit on the license

23 Aug 2019 2:43 am
Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment in an effort to promote coordinated care

23 Aug 2019 1:46 am
Utah scraps state-run dispensary system for medical cannabis

Utah legislators are drafting a bill that would scrap a planned state-run medical cannabis dispensary system after facing mounting pressure from county attorneys who said the system put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws

23 Aug 2019 1:40 am
Germany bolsters iodine supply in case of nuclear incident

German authorities are increasing their stockpile of iodine tablets as a precaution for the possibility of a nuclear incident

22 Aug 2019 9:49 pm
Spain posts international health alert for listeria outbreak

Spain issues international health alerts in light of a widening outbreak of listeria from pork meat that has affected more than 150 people and killed one woman

22 Aug 2019 6:00 pm
Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout from quitting program

Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout over its decision to quit family planning program

22 Aug 2019 3:40 pm
UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky

22 Aug 2019 5:39 am
Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

Officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases of breathing illness in people who vape

22 Aug 2019 5:10 am
Anti-vaccine activist shoves California lawmaker

An anti-vaccine activist has been cited for assault after pushing a California lawmaker on a sidewalk near the Capitol

22 Aug 2019 4:40 am
North Carolina schools add e-cigs to 'no smoking' signs

North Carolina public schools have added a picture of an electronic cigarette to their "no smoking" signs

21 Aug 2019 6:58 pm
Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

A pathologist who was fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients

21 Aug 2019 4:03 am
Jury awards $3M to fired Planned Parenthood Arizona worker

A former Planned Parenthood Arizona employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired after she reported unsafe medical practices has been awarded $3 million

21 Aug 2019 3:48 am
Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law

Georgia is asking a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure

21 Aug 2019 1:39 am
Nuclear watchdog: Russia has resumed sharing radiation data

A nuclear weapons watchdog says Russia has resumed sharing data from its radiation monitoring stations after they were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range

21 Aug 2019 1:20 am
Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test

New US guidelines say more women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer

20 Aug 2019 8:48 pm
Woman dies in Spain as listeria-in-pork outbreak sickens 114

Health authorities in Spain are on high alert after a 90-year-old woman died amid a listeria outbreak in the southern region of Andalusia that has affected more than 110 people

20 Aug 2019 8:36 pm
Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood says it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting participants from referring patients for abortions

20 Aug 2019 9:42 am
Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

Prices for brand-name prescription medicines are still climbing, just not quite as much

20 Aug 2019 2:12 am
US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center

Photos of young people lost to the opioid crisis are perched outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside weighs a plan for a medically supervised injection site in the city

20 Aug 2019 1:57 am
Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Two weeks after Louisiana patients started receiving medical marijuana, pharmacies haven't reported any supply chain problems and the program appears to be going smoothly

20 Aug 2019 12:10 am
Philippines: Still-unknown disease prompts culling of pigs

The Philippine agriculture chief says an unspecified number of pigs has died or been culled in backyard farms in recent weeks and a crisis team has been established to try to contain the still unspecified disease causing the swine deaths

19 Aug 2019 5:40 pm
Backers of rural dental care find something to smile about

The tide is starting to turn on efforts to let 'dental therapists' bring tooth care to rural areas

19 Aug 2019 1:13 am
French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed

Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher _ all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently, raising the number to 64 so far this year.

18 Aug 2019 4:20 pm
Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Texas-based company faces criticism after naming beer after site of U.S. nuclear tests that caused Marshall Islands contamination

17 Aug 2019 9:57 am
Claims: Migrant kids split at border harmed in foster care

A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages as a result of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy

17 Aug 2019 3:41 am
Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes

Close to $200 million in legal claims from dozens of families separated at the border may be just the start of litigation

17 Aug 2019 3:20 am
Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name and that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors

16 Aug 2019 9:56 pm
Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry

16 Aug 2019 9:10 pm
Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu

Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu

16 Aug 2019 4:54 pm
Newark fights push for more bottled water amid lead troubles

New Jersey's largest city faced off in court Thursday against an environmental group seeking to force officials to expand the distribution of bottled water to more residents facing potentially high lead levels

16 Aug 2019 4:19 am
Million-dollar opioid drug ring started small, No. 2 says

A Utah man who prosecutors call the second-in-command of a massive online opioid drug ring says it started with selling Adderall to pay for student loans

16 Aug 2019 3:49 am
Hidden in plain sight: California illegal pot market booming

California's struggling legal cannabis industry is expected to grow this year to $3.1 billion, but it remains far outmatched by the state's thriving illegal market

16 Aug 2019 3:49 am
Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

The New York Police Department is grappling with a spike in officer suicides that has drawn national attention to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among law enforcement

16 Aug 2019 3:40 am
EPA reverses approval for poison traps used by ranchers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawal preliminary approval for deadly sodium cyanide traps blamed for injuries to people and pets as well as predators in the U.S. West

16 Aug 2019 3:23 am
Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in US

As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to vaping

16 Aug 2019 2:50 am
US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

US makes new push to add disturbing images of smoking-related diseases to cigarettes

16 Aug 2019 2:45 am
New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law put on hold

A New Jersey judge has put a temporary hold on a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs

16 Aug 2019 1:36 am
Nurse loses license in stabbing of autistic boy with needles

New Jersey regulators have revoked the nursing license of a woman caught on security cameras stabbing an autistic teenager with needles when he failed to comply with her instructions

16 Aug 2019 1:11 am
Mexico high court to Health officials: Regulate medical pot

Mexico's Supreme Court has ordered the country's Health Department to set regulations complying with a law allowing medical use of marijuana and derivatives

15 Aug 2019 9:43 pm
UK planning post-Brexit freight service for vital medicines

The British government wants to set up an "express freight service" to ensure essential medicines are still available if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a divorce deal

15 Aug 2019 5:07 am