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Vaping-related illnesses in the United States are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace.

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.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, 6-year-old elementary school students go through the lunch line in the school's cafeteria in Paducah, Ky. Nearly a million students could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that's expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis finding as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)

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 urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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.

In this image taken from video, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks we reporters outside his home, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. His wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders listens at right. Sanders says he was

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.

President Donald Trump attends an event hosted by Turning Point USA at the White House in Washington, Oct. 4, 2019. In a surprise announcement made Friday night, the Trump administration said it will deny visas to immigrants who cannot prove they will have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs as permanent residents. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

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.

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

(FILES) This photo illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC on September 12, 2019. - Lung biopsies from 17 people affected by a US outbreak of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping have revealed the injuries are consistent with exposure to noxious chemical fumes, scientists reported on October 2, 2019. The research, carried out by the Mayo Clinic, a medical nonprofit, and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found no evidence of tissue injury caused by the accumulation of fatty substances, a prevailing theory until now. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP) (Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

A customer exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette at the NXNW Vapor store in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, June 28, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris.

US vaping illnesses top 1,000, death count is up to 18

The outbreak of US vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000 cases.

Jimmy Carter has worked with Habitat for Humanity for more than 35 years. The organization builds houses for low-income people. Here, Carter helps at a Habitat project in Washington, D.C., in October 2010. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 95th birthday

Carter celebrated his 95th birthday on Tuesday, becoming the first US president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally weighs in on politics and policy.

In this Aug. 28, 2019 photo, a giant African snail makes its away along a tube inside a building in Havana, Cuba. With their shiny, brilliantly striped shells and bodies up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long, the snails have become public enemy No. 1 for epidemiologists on the island as many frightened citizens grow to fear their ability to transmit diseases and harm crops. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuba battling a plague of giant snails

Silently and without pause, the giant African snail has been invading Cuba.

Thai prime minister advises masks against Bangkok smog

Thailand’s prime minister urged residents of Bangkok to wear face masks on Monday after smog covered parts of the capital in what some fear is a harbinger of more pollution to come.

A box of Maximum Strength Zantac tablets is shown at a pharmacy, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla. CVS has halted sales of the popular heartburn treatment and the store generic version after warnings by U.S. health regulators. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

CVS stops sale of heartburn drug Zantac due to potentially dangerous contaminant

CVS has halted sales of popular heartburn treatment Zantac and the store generic version after warnings by US health regulators.

Patrick Dempsey talks with Lewiston, Maine, Mayor Kristen Cloutier and Auburn, Maine, Mayor Jason Levesque prior to the start of the Dempsey Challenge cycling event in Lewiston, Maine, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

‘McDreamy’ has dream of expanding cancer care in Maine

Former ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ star Patrick Dempsey wants to help more people who are dealing with cancer in his home state.

US investigation of vaping-related illnesses focuses on THC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found two-thirds who got sick in Illinois and Wisconsin said they vaped prefilled THC cartridges from one brand.

Some striking workers are hopeful that GM’s action means a contract agreement may be close.

GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverage

General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Essex Junction, Vt., where he said he supported an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Donald Trump. Scott is the first Republican governor to publicly come out in favor of the impeachment inquiry, but says he wants to know the facts before any further actions are taken. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont considering banning sale of vaping products

Officials say Vermont Governor Phil Scott is exploring whether the state should institute a ban on the sale of vaping products.

A man smokes using a vaporizer in Denver, on Sept. 13, 2019. The number of vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 530 probable cases, and seven deaths are associated with the sickness, according to an update on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Theo Stroomer/The New York Times)

US vaping illness count jumps to 805, deaths rise to 12

Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 12, health officials said Thursday.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 file photo, a salesman at a vape shop exhales while using an e-cigarette in Maine. On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported from 38 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine to eye potential ban on vaping products

A state senator in Maine says she’s going to introduce a bill to ban the sale of vaping products in the wake of concerns about illnesses and deaths stemming from them.

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a man exhales a puff of smoke from a vape pipe at a shop in Richmond, Va. During a Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 congressional subcommittee hearing, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said she believes “hundreds more” cases have been reported to health authorities since the previous week. The CDC then put the tally at 530 confirmed and probable cases of the serious lung illnesses. Nine deaths have been reported. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Minnesota man charged in massive vaping cartridge seizure

A Minnesota man faces two felony charges after a seizure of almost 77,000 vaping cartridges that authorities say contained dangerous levels of THC.

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses the media in New York. New York’s Democratic governor wants neighboring states to work together on recreational marijuana policies that also address vaping products. Gov. Cuomo is set to travel to Connecticut Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, to meet with the state’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NY governor wants region to work together on pot, vaping

New York’s Democratic governor this week urged neighboring states to work together on recreational marijuana policies that also address vaping products.

People waited to get family members suffering from dengue fever admitted to a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

Pakistan battles dengue epidemic, with 20 deaths so far

Pakistani health officials were battling an outbreak of dengue fever in the South Asian nation on Tuesday, a day after health officials confirmed more than 10,000 cases and 20 deaths in recent months.

France set to debate bill to extend IVF to single women

France’s parliament is set to debate a bill that would give single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization and related procedures.

Buckets were lined up to fetch water at a borehole in Harare on Tuesday. The more than 2 million residents of Zimbabwe's capital and surrounding towns are now without water after authorities shut down the city's main treatment plant.

Zimbabwe’s capital runs dry as taps cut off for 2 million people

Tempers flared on Tuesday as more than 2 million residents of Zimbabwe’s capital and surrounding towns found themselves without water.

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, a man exhales a puff of smoke from a vape pipe at a shop in Richmond, Va. During a Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 congressional subcommittee hearing, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said she believes “hundreds more” cases have been reported to health authorities since the previous week. The CDC then put the tally at 530 confirmed and probable cases of the serious lung illnesses. Nine deaths have been reported. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

US official expects ‘hundreds more’ cases of vaping illness

A public health official says the number of vaping-related illnesses in the United States could soon climb much higher.

The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision.

Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief

The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision.

Mariela Sanchez of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (left), her son Jonathan Sanchez, 16, and husband Gary Sanchez prepared for questions from reporters after the press conference on termination of medical deferred action in Boston on Monday, Aug. 26. Jonathan has cystic fibrosis.

US officials reverse decision ending medical relief to immigrants

The Trump administration has reversed its decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships.

View of medical marijuana plants during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Ravena, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

US awards $3 million to fill gaps in medical marijuana research, including CBD

The US government is spending $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018 a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on September 18, 2019, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images

Youth in Canada is diagnosed with illness related to vaping

A high school student in Canada has been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping, officials said Wednesday, in what’s believed to be the first reported case in the country.

New Hampshire sent 300 families erroneous letters saying their children had elevated lead levels

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services apologized for the error, saying the false notification was the result of a processing error.

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at an indoor facility in Portland, Maine. The number of cities and towns opting in to legalized marijuana is slowly growing in Maine as the state gets closer to accepting applications for licenses. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

N.H. House overrides veto of home-grown medical pot bill

New Hampshire House lawmakers have overridden Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own supply.

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus.

American swimmer Sarah Thomas, 37, became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times in a row completing the remarkable feat Tuesday morning.

American cancer survivor swims English Channel 4 times

An American cancer survivor has succeeded in her remarkable quest to swim across the English Channel four times in a row.

More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from the controversial Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua tiger temple have died, park officials said on Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to inbreeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction.

More than half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

Officials blamed genetic problems linked to in-breeding as the cause of the disease that killed the tigers. The animals were rescued three years ago from a popular tourist attraction.

Health care has been the defining issue for Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears

Overall, the number of uninsured in the United States rose by 1.9 million people in 2018, the first jump in nearly a decade.

Netherlands court clears doctor in euthanasia death of a patient with dementia

The court ruled that in rare cases of patients with severe dementia — and who had earlier made a written request for euthanasia — the doctor ‘‘did not have to verify the current desire to die.’’

Maria Isabel Bueso, (left) 24, is among those who will testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Democrats slam decision to end immigrant medical relief

Three of those testifying are from Massachusetts, where opposition to the decision has been strong.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, an illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - A third person has died in the United States as a result of a severe lung illness that has sickened hundreds of e-cigarette users, or vapers, health authorities in Indiana said on September 6, 2019.

Kansas confirms state’s first death linked to vaping, sixth vaping-related death nationwide

Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping.