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Charles Flagg of Jamestown, R.I. (above, with his wife, Cynthia), had received Biogen’s aducanumab until the studies were halted in March. Since he was taken off the medicine, “his cognition, his alertness, his interactions have definitely diminished,’’ Cynthia Flagg said.

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.

A health care worker from the World Health Organization prepared vaccines to give to front-line aid workers, in Mbandaka, Congo. The vaccine alliance GAVI announced on Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines

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  spoke at the B'More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday, drawing boos and cheers.

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.”

This photo illustration shows a customer smoking at a vape store in Manila on November 20, 2019. - Just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarette use, police were ordered on November 20 to begin arresting people caught vaping in public and to confiscate the devices. (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR / AFP) (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

US First Lady Melania Trump addresses the B'More Youth Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 26, 2019. - The purpose of the summit is to promote healthy choices and educate students about the dangers of opioid use. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

A New Zealand health official prepared a measles vaccination at a clinic on Monday in Apia, Samoa. Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25.

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.

Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an “urgent, important crisis” and demands “aggressive action,” but he said he wants to review more data before deciding on an approach.

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.

Surgeons performed a non-emergency angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

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.

Speaking in the Roosevelt Room Friday, President Trump discussed transparency in health care prices.

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.

Dr. Hassan Nemeh, Surgical Director of Thoracic Organ Transplant, shows areas of a patient's lungs during a news conference at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. A Henry Ford Health System medical team performed a double lung transplant for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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.

Former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. on Nov. 3.

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.

Linda Birnbaum said the plan “will practically lead to the elimination of science from decision-making.”

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.

This 1971 microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In a report released Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017 _ down about 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013. Though deaths may be going down, non-fatal infections increased nationally from 2013 to 2017, from 2.6 million to 2.8 million. Dramatic increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, and group A strep were largely to blame. (CDC via AP)

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.

Demonstrators vape during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban in Washington DC on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP via Getty Images)

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 announced Thursday that it is halting sales of its popular mint flavor e-cigarette after the release of two studies that showed a surge in teen use.

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.

TOPSHOT - A man crosses a street in smoggy conditions in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. - Millions of people in India's capital started the week on November 4 choking through

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 teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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.

A judge granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the Trump administration health insurance requirement from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule on the merits of the case.

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.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 photo, college student, Sheida Assar, poses for a photo in Chandler, Ariz. Assar said she was expelled from GateWay Community College in Phoenix last month for violating the school’s drug policy after she tested positive for marijuana, which she uses to treat chronic pain from polycystic ovary syndrome. Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, foreground, speaks alongside Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimond, center, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, left, after a private meeting to discuss issues of regional importance, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, on the campus of Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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.

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, a man exhales vapor as he demonstrates the use of his electronic cigarette in Salt Lake City. Several Utah vape shops are suing the state's Department of Health over its emergency rule restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The retailers claim in a lawsuit filed Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Utah state court that there is no evidence to suggest flavored e-cigarettes are causing lung damage and that the new rule could hurt business. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 6, 2019, vaping store is seen in Los Angeles. - Massachusetts on September 24, 2019, officially became the first US state to ban -- if temporarily -- the sale of all electronic cigarettes, going further than states that only prohibited flavored products. The ban is effective immediately and will run until January 25, said Governor Charlie Baker, who declared a public health emergency in the northeastern state. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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.

View of an illegal marijuana plantation located by the Mexican Army in the municipality of Cosala, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on October 2, 2019. - The Mexican Army located a total surface of 30,000 square meters of marijuana plantations. (Photo by RASHIDE FRIAS / AFP) (Photo by RASHIDE FRIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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 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.