National Health

Taiwan 'angry' over not being invited to WHO assembly

GENEVA (AP) — Taiwan's health minister says the island feels "very angry" that it was not invited to the World Health Organization assembly in Geneva.

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo's health minister announced.

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo's health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm.

Congo's health minister announces three new confirmed Ebola cases in city of 1 million

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health minister announces three new confirmed Ebola cases in city of 1 million.

San Francisco to distribute addiction drug directly to users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's mayor plans to put medical teams on the streets to distribute a drug that curbs heroin cravings in opioid addicts, an initiative he says will be the first in the country.

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National Health

Correction: Hepatitis A-San Diego story

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In stories May 17, April 3, Jan. 23 and Jan. 10, 2018, as well as Dec. 19, 2017, about San Diego's Hepatitis A outbreak, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the outbreak, with 20 deaths and 577 cases, was the worst in the U.S. in 20 years. An outbreak of Hepatitis A in Michigan surpassed San Diego's in late 2017 or early 2018, with 27 deaths and 836 cases, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that caught the candidate off-guard, President Donald Trump said Friday he'll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department.

Woman admits having deadly toxin ricin at retirement home

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it.

After fumbling Ebola in 2014, Congo is key test for UN

LONDON (AP) — Nearly four years after the World Health Organization was accused of bungling its response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the U.N. agency appears to be moving swiftly to contain a flare-up in Congo, in what some experts see as a critical test of its credibility.

Prosecutors in Poland probe sewage dump into Baltic bay

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors on Poland's Baltic coast have opened a probe into potential environmental damages in the Bay of Gdansk after the sewage system of that Baltic Sea city malfunctioned.


National Health

The Latest: WHO: Ebola in Congo not global health emergency

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo (all times local):

Correction: Congo-Ebola story

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — In a story May 18 about Ebola in Congo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that this was the first time the country had encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. Ebola has twice made it to Congo's capital in the past and was rapidly stopped.

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.

Latest: San Diego mayor sees lessons from hepatitis outbreak

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a report on the handling of a Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County (all times local):

US approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines.

Gov't approves $10B deal to overhaul VA medical records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has approved a $10 billion deal to overhaul the electronic health records of millions of veterans. It's part of a bid to improve wait times and expand access to doctors outside the Veterans Affairs system.

Doctor accused of keeping human fat in closet back at work

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina doctor accused of reusing syringes and storing human fat in plastic bags can practice medicine again, even though her license was suspended.

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call "gaming tactics" to block cheaper copycat versions.

Surgeon general: Most in US think opioid abuse is not local

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said Thursday that opioid abuse occurs nationwide, but only a small percentage of Americans think it's an emergency in their own communities.

Health officials: Stay out of the pool if you have diarrhea

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say hotel pools and hot tubs are a major source of the stomach bugs people get from swimming. And they're reminding people with diarrhea to stay out of pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds.