Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug
A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.
Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile
The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out of control.
1 year later, mystery surrounds China’s gene-edited babies
Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world by claiming he had helped make the first gene-edited babies. One year later, mystery surrounds his fate as well as theirs.
Rebel attacks in eastern Congo kill several Ebola responders
The World Health Organization warned the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone.
Utah set to become 19th state banning ‘conversion therapy’
Utah is set to become the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials came up with a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Melania Trump draws some boos at youth summit in Baltimore
Melania Trump was greeted by some boos Tuesday when she spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore, a city her husband has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.”
More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses
Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses.
Melania Trump is both booed and cheered as she encourages students to avoid drugs
The first lady was met with cheers and boos from a Baltimore audience of middle and high school students, which remained noisy throughout her entire five-minute address.
Samoa measles epidemic worsens with 24 children now dead
Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children.
US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, Calif.
U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak.
FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban
Senators from both parties pressed Dr. Stephen Hahn on reports that the Trump administration is backing away from the September announcement that it would remove most vaping flavors, which are popular among underage users.
Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures
The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.
White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices
New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science
Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity.
Thick, noxious smog covers New Delhi, forcing the closure of schools
Schools in India’s capital are shut on Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for holding an annual children’s race.
Michigan teen who had vaping illness received double lung transplant
A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.
Jimmy Carter ‘up and walking’ post brain surgery, pastor says
Jimmy Carter’s pastor says the former president is already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls.
Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal
A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the United States regulates threats to public health.
US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling
Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.
Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital
Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.
Juul halts US sales of popular mint-flavored e-cigarettes
Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt US sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.
US health officials link childhood trauma to adult illness
US health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life.
India’s capital restricts cars as people choke in dirty air
New Delhi restricted many private vehicles from the roads Monday to try to lessen pollution as people gasped and their eyes burned in toxic smog that exacerbated a public health crisis.
Former president Jimmy Carter is back teaching Sunday school
‘‘Morning, everybody,’’ he said cheerfully before teaching a 45-minute lesson based on the book of Job.
US judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
A federal judge in Portland, Ore., on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas.
Medical marijuana on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits
Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws as students who use medical marijuana challenge decades-old campus drug policies.
Mass., R.I., and Conn. governors interested in regional approach for vaping rules
The governors of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut said Thursday that they’re interested in taking a regional approach to regulating vaping in the future.
Vaping-related illnesses in US still rising, but more slowly
Fewer reports of vaping illnesses are coming in, but US health officials say they are not sure what to make of it.
Vaping group challenges Rhode Island’s flavored vape products ban
A vaping industry association is challenging Rhode Island’s ban on the sale of flavored vaping products.
Additional medical conditions OK’d for medical marijuana in Connecticut
Connecticut lawmakers have approved the use of medical marijuana for additional conditions.
Vaping-related illnesses still rising, though at slower pace
Health officials Thursday said there have been 1,479 cases and at least 33 deaths in the mysterious outbreak.
Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch
The US Department of Agriculture has released details of an analysis that found that as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change.
Postwar Liberians are demanding better mental health care
More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a mental health crisis.
California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches
California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
This day in history
Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year.
US vaping illnesses rise to nearly 1,300, cause still a mystery
The number of vaping-related illnesses in the United States continues to rise, now reaching about 1,300 cases and at least 26 deaths.
Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth
A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide.
Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year
More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world’s largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children’s agency said Wednesday.
Sanders says he misspoke when he mentioned slowing campaign pace
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that he “misspoke” when he told reporters he may slow his frenetic campaigning pace after a recent heart attack.
3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US
US infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.
Rainè Riggs, neuropsychologist and Bernie Sanders’ daughter-in-law, dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis
Rainè Riggs, the director of behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School for several years, died Saturday — two days after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.
Hospital where 3 preemies died seeking source of bacteria
A Pennsylvania hospital is racing to determine the source of a waterborne germ that appears to have infected at least eight infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, three of whom have died, officials said Monday.
Three infants dead after bacterial infection, Pa. hospital says
A Pennsylvania hospital says it is transferring some infants following a bacterial infection in its neonatal intensive care unit that affected eight newborns, three of whom have died.
Trump signs proclamation restricting visas for uninsured
Immigrants applying for U.S. visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Donald Trump.
Trump signs proclamation restricting visas for uninsured
Immigrants applying for US visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Trump.
Michigan reports its first suspected vaping-related death
Michigan’s health department has announced the state’s first death associated with an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses.
Connecticut reports 1st death from vaping-related illness
Connecticut health officials are reporting the state’s first death associated with lung injuries related to vaping.
Twin births in US now going down, at lowest level in decade
Fewer U.S. families are seeing double, according to a government report that finds a drop in new twins.
US vaping illnesses top 1,000, death count is up to 18
The outbreak of US vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000 cases.