Health

Sri Lankans walk past the National Hospital during a day long token strike by the members of Government Medical Officers Association in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The trade union action is to demand the government resolve salary anomalies faced by the doctors serving at state-run hospitals. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
September 18, 2019 - 5:44 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Doctors at state-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary "injustice." Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. 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, Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights,...
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Inam Rehman, manager of Jubilee Vape & Smoke Inc., vapes while discussing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns, Monday Sept. 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
September 17, 2019 - 5:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A state health panel has approved an emergency ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes in New York. The vote Tuesday by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the ban goes into effect immediately. The ban does not cover tobacco- or menthol-flavored e-cigarettes...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Lynn Wencus of Wrentham, Mass., holds a sign with a picture of her son Jeff and wears a sign of others' loved ones lost to OxyContin and other opioids during a protest at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Some of the money in Purdue Pharma’s proposed multibillion-dollar opioid settlement would come from the continued sale of opioids. “It’s blood money paying for blood money,” said Wencus. “It’s ludicrous. The whole thing would be almost comical if we weren’t talking about human lives here.” (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Matt Dwyer
September 17, 2019 - 4:42 pm
The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it's one reason two dozen states have rejected the deal. "The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. A new study released Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t understand why. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
September 17, 2019 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, file photo, a guest takes a puff of a cannabis vape pen during a marijuana event in downtown Los Angeles. A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit, and potentially dangerous, marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market and possibly sickened dozens of people. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
September 17, 2019 - 1:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 16, 2019 - 9:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Purdue Pharma, the company which makes OxyContin and other drugs, filed court papers in New York on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
AP
September 16, 2019 - 5:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a business and a charity. Whether the company can pull it off...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2018, file photo, a pharmacist in San Francisco poses for photos holding a bottle of OxyContin. In court papers filed in New York on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, Purdue Pharma, the drug's manufacturer, flied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
AP
September 16, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before...
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September 16, 2019 - 11:41 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and...
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