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Pastor to face trial in granddaughter’s faith healing death

The pastor of a fundamentalist congregation that eschews modern medicine will stand trial on a charge he should have alerted authorities when his 2-year-old granddaughter was dying of pneumonia last year, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug

Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said Wednesday.

Merck says new type of cholesterol drug worked in big study

The result was a welcome surprise after three previous experimental drugs of the same type had failed.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 14: Pedestrians walk by a sign that is displayed in front of the Genetech headquarters July 14, 2008 in South San Francisco, California. Biothech firm Genentech will release its second quarter earnings today and will be relying on the popularity of its cancer drug Avasatin to boost profits. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision.

No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States.

In this frame grab, a man comforted his child as she was treated for possible food poisoning in Hassan Sham U2 camp.

Iraq: Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced

Iraqi Health Minister Adila Hamoud said that 752 people in the camp became ill following a Monday night iftar — the meal breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.

FILE - This Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, file photo shows a drone at a testing site in Lincoln, Neb. An experimental study in Sweden suggests drones equipped with heart defibrillators could help with response times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Drones arrived at the scene of cardiac arrests almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances in a study in rural Sweden. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Drones with defibrillators could soon fly to the rescue in cardiac arrests

It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.

A doctor tended to a small girl staying at an Iraqi camp for displaced persons who may have suffered food poisoning.

Hundreds sickened by mass food poisoning in Iraqi camp

At least two people died, Iraq’s health minister said.

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in children

The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, according to a new study.

Missouri lawmakers return for special session on abortion

Governor Eric Greitens wants more abortion restrictions and seeks to undo a St. Louis ordinance that bans abortion discrimination.

A NaloxBox installed at Amos House, which provides drug recovery services, in Providence, RI.

R.I. group wants to make drug overdose boxes as common as defibrillators

The NaloxBox is meant to give bystanders in public areas easy and quick access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

Zika birth defects in US territories similar to other places

A new report shows Zika birth defects were about the same in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as in other places hit by the epidemic.

Missouri governor calls special session on abortion

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Wednesday he is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to work on abortion policies, including looking at a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination based on abortions and pregnancies.

Study finds pregnancy seems safe for breast cancer survivors

A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby.

Quickly reporting cancer complications may boost survival

A study found that the reports surprisingly improved survival — by almost half a year, longer than many new cancer drugs do.

Cholera-infected Yemenis receive treatment at a hospital inSana’a in late May.

3,000 to 5,000 new cholera cases in Yemen each day, says UN

A cholera outbreak is spreading quickly in war-ravaged Yemen, the UN children’s agency said on Saturday.

Bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV gel

Researchers have found a kind of reproductive tract bacteria breaks down protective medication.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper displayed a dosage of Naloxone during a training session with his K-9 Drako in Revere, Mass.

A tool to protect police dogs in drug raids from overdosing

Massachusetts State Police started carrying naloxone for their K-9s in March.

In the poll, only 8 percent said the Senate should pass the House health care bill as it is.

Poll finds most think GOP health bill is a far cry from Trump promises

President Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a “great plan,” but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises.

Kansas lawmakers OK new abortion rule with font requirement

Kansas legislators approved a new requirement for abortion providers Tuesday that calls for them to disclose doctors’ histories to their patients — and specifies that it be done on white paper in black, 12-point Times New Roman type.

Dozens arrested after health-care protest in North Carolina

North Carolina NAACP leader Rev. William Barber is among more than 30 people arrested inside the state Legislative Building as they protested Republican lawmakers’ refusal to expand Medicaid coverage.

Yemenis with cholera are treated at a Sana’a hospital. About 55,000 cases have been reported in the past month.

UN aid chief in Yemen warns of cholera rise without more aid

Millions of civilians have been caught up in the country’s two-year-old civil war.

Ohio had more than 4,000 overdose deaths in 2016

The state’s 4,149 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 are a 36 percent increase from the previous year.

Scientists say US role in curbing pollution is key to earth’s future

Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That’s because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in ‘80s

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time.

Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits.

Vermont governor sends back marijuana bill

Governor Phil Scott won’t sign off on recreational marijuana in his state and is sending the bill back to the legislature with suggestions for another path forward.

Health agency spends more on travel than on AIDS

The World Health Organization has routinely spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses.

Pope embraces those afflicted with Huntington’s disease

Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned.

Vaccine might cut HPV infections in men

This is the first study of whether the vaccine might prevent oral HPV infections in young men, and the results suggest it can.

Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

The ‘‘financial toxicity’’ of treatments that can cost more than $100,000 a year is growing, and some say talks about that aren’t happening enough.

Bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486. Pills used at home to induce abortion were found to be safe.

Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

Medical abortions done at home with online help and mailed pills appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic.

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up “eating crap” instead.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, center, flanked by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Hound and Urban Development Secretary Ben. Carson sit on the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, prior to President Donald Trump signing an executive order aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for churches. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s health secretary to discuss Maine’s opioid crisis

US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is heading to Maine to hear about the state’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Back on TV, Jimmy Kimmel takes on critics of his health care plea

Kimmel again argued that Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son.

Iowa Supreme Court blocks new waiting period for abortions

The justices blocked the abortion law less than two hours after Governor Terry Branstad signed it.

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‘Gray death’ is the lastest opioid threat

The new and dangerous opioid mixture underscores the ever-changing nature of the US addiction crisis.

House members walked down the steps of the Capitol in Washington after Thursday’s health care overhaul vote.

Roll call: Who voted for the GOP health bill?

The 217-213 roll call Thursday by which the House passed the Republican bill to repeal major parts of Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law.

Measles outbreak sickens dozens of Minnesota Somalis

An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state’s large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the measles vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.

Human Rights Watch slams Hamas for holding two mentally ill Israelis

The rights watchdog slammed the group as ‘‘cruel’’ and ‘‘torturous’’ over its continued incarceration of two Israelis.

Rabid fox repeatedly attacks golfer at R.I. country club

The fox came charging from the woods and bit the golfer’s pant leg on the second hole of the Westerly golf course.

FILE - In this July 1, 2010 file photo, Dr. Charmaine Yoest testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing Yoest, the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Health and Human Services Department. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Dr. Charmaine Yoest was president of Americans United for Life, which campaigned at the federal and state level for tough restrictions on abortion.

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it.

Mysterious illness kills 11 in Liberia, where Ebola raged

The symptoms appear to mimic those of Ebola in the early stages, specimens came back negative for the virus.

Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors.

High numbers of humpback whales dying off Atlantic coast

Federal officials say humpback whales have been dying in unusually large numbers along the Atlantic Coast.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies.

Arkansas executes Jones; plans 2nd lethal injection of night

Inmate Jack Jones was put to death by lethal injection in what would be the nation’s first double-execution since 2000.

3 African countries chosen to test first malaria vaccine

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children