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Dr. Linda Vorvick examined appendicitis patient Heather VanDusen at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Smokey Point clinic in Arlington, Wash.

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

A new study from Finland shows antibiotics are a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis.

Susan Harkema (left), associate scientific director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville, worked with Kelly Thomas, who was paralyzed in a car accident and is learning to walk with the help of a trainer and an implanted device.

Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure; the patients walk only with assistance.

A health worker in protective gear worked at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo, earlier this month.

Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola

A Congolese civil society group says the attacks in the eastern city of Beni are an added threat to the city and region battling an Ebola outbreak.

Harvard University in Cambridge.

Harvard’s ‘Outbreak Week’ marks centennial of 1918 flu pandemic

Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak.

A child helps her brother drink treated water at a watering point in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Cholera is Zimbabwe’s latest crisis

Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn.

An ATF police officer walked out of the Maryland industrial complex where a woman killed three people before killing herself.

Sheriff: Shooter had mental illness but legally owned gun

The woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage, a law enforcement official said Friday.

Bottles of wine at a supermarket in Beijing.

UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Legionnaires’ disease reported at Rhode Island nursing home

Health officials have confirmed three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a Rhode Island nursing home.

Teens accused of cutting Christmas decorations for ill boy

Police say two teens accused of slashing Christmas decorations set up in an Ohio neighborhood to help a child diagnosed with terminal cancer celebrate the holiday early have been arrested.

Microbead researcher among 6 recipients of Heinz Awards

A scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions

The banned procedure was carried out on girls and young women ranging from 10 months to 24 years old in four communities.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech on the reform of the French health care system at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday.

Macron announces changes to France’s health care system

French President Emmanuel Macron announced organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies.

An unidentified 15-year-old high school student used a vaping device in Cambridge, Mass.

Survey shows 2m US teens are vaping marijuana

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana.

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, an unidentified 15-year-old high school student uses a vaping device near the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday, Sept. 17, mean a little more than 2 million middle and high school students have used the devices to get high. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana, survey finds

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 US students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new trend.

A member of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wades through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Florence ‘has never been more dangerous’ N.C. warns, as death toll rises to 17

The state confronted a spiraling statewide crisis as the storm slowly ravaged the region, flooding cities, endangering communities, and leading to more than 1,000 rescues.

US survey shows some progress in opioids fight

The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017.

FDA plans meeting to discuss safety data on breast implants

The Food and Drug Administration said it would hold the meeting even as its officials and several independent experts disputed the new work.

Diplomats at the US Embassy in Havana have been affected by mysterious health incidents that began in the fall of 2016. Workers in China have also felt ill effects.

US, Cuba meet on mysterious ‘health attacks’ in Havana

As American authorities search for answers into mysterious “health attacks” that began two years ago in Havana, U.S. and Cuban officials on Thursday renewed efforts to determine the method and motive behind incidents that have left some diplomats with brain injuries.

Various models of semi-automatic rifles were displayed at a store in Pennsylvania.

Active shooter study finds semi-automatic rifles more deadly

Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows.

NYC mayor’s office: People from quarantined jet have the flu

The New York City mayor’s office says 10 people hospitalized after a large commercial jet arrived from Dubai have tested positive for influenza.

In this frame from video, a person walks off an Emirates plane at JFK International Airport to a waiting bus on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York, as emergency response crews gather outside the plane amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai. (WABC 7 via AP)

Plane from Dubai is quarantined at JFK amid reports of up to 100 sick passengers

On social media, passengers — including rapper Vanilla Ice — posted photos and videos of a large-scale emergency response when the aircraft touched down in New York.

New advice on kids’ concussions calls for better tracking

New guidelines from the US government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most children’s symptoms clear up within one to three months.

Mom’s opioid use in pregnancy can stunt child’s learning, study concludes

Learning disabilities are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to a big US study.

One dead, 12 infected with Legionnaires’ disease in Hampton, N.H.

The 12 people likely acquired the illness at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton, public health officials said.

Worldwide gun deaths reach 250,000 yearly; US ranks high

Gun deaths worldwide total about 250,000 yearly and the United States is among just six countries that make up half of those fatalities, a study found.

More evidence of pot use found in moms’ breast milk

Experts say THC could disrupt brain development and potentially cause harm, although solid evidence of that is lacking.

A study found that aspirin did not help prevent first strokes or heart attacks in people at moderate risk for one.

In study, aspirin disappoints as a way to avoid a first heart attack or stroke

The risks don’t outweigh the benefits for most folks, according to research led by a Brigham and Women’s Hospital doctor.

Belviq didn’t raise heart risks but didn’t lower them.

Weight-loss drug Belviq is first without heart risks, study says

For the first time, a drug has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems.

FILE - In this April 1, 2016, file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaks during a news conference in Atlanta. The New York Police Department says Frieden, who also is a former New York City health commissioner, was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn on a sex abuse charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Ex-CDC director arrested on sex abuse charge

Dr. Thomas Frieden, who headed the agency under President Barack Obama, was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse, and harassment.

Dr. Tom Frieden.

Former CDC director Frieden arrested on sex abuse charge

The New York Police Department says Thomas Frieden, who also is a former New York City health commissioner, was arrested on Friday morning in Brooklyn.

Senator John McCain.

Tributes for John McCain posted as he ceases treatment

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CAPE COD, MA - 4/13/2017: Basking in the sun are miles of seals on Monomoy Island ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photos

Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths

Two common diseases, avian flu and distemper, may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths.

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another.

Medical workers disinfected the coffin of a deceased unconfirmed Ebola patient inside an Ebola treatment center run by The Alliance for International Medical Action on Monday in Beni, Congo.

Congo’s health ministry says Ebola spreads to second province

Congo’s latest deadly Ebola outbreak has spread into a neighboring province, the health ministry said Tuesday, as health workers began using an experimental treatment for the disease.

Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind

The man’s ring fell off his finger while he was dropping his donation into a large boot the Gloucester firefighters were using to collect for charity.

Kids swapping outdoor play for TV as smoke chokes California

A dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes have blanketed many California cities for two weeks, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving cars covered with ash.

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids caesarean for some moms

NEW YORK — Move over, Mother Nature. First-time mothers at low risk of complications were less likely to need a caesarean delivery if labor was induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting for it to start on its own, a large study found. Their babies fared better, too.

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo’s latest deadly outbreak

Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday in Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.

Boston, MA - 2/22/2017 - A poppy seed bagel from Exodus Bagels in Jamaica Plain sits in a studio in Boston, MA, February 22, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Maryland mom tested positive for opiates after eating bagel

A Maryland woman has discovered that eating a poppy seed bagel before giving birth carries serious consequences.

University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias said Tuesday he was stepping down.

USC president steps down in wake of sex-abuse scandal

C. L. Max Nikias resigned amid a scandal in which school administrators faced criticism they ignored decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist.

Managing director of Tokyo Medical University, Tetsuo Yukioka (left) and vice-president Keisuke Miyazawa bowed at a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday.

Japanese medical school confirms altering test scores to limit women

An internal investigation confirmed that the school systematically altered entrance exam scores for years to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors.

NYC enlists former gang members as ‘violence interrupters’

David Gaskin steps into the street armed with a bullhorn. Cars swerve. He glares.

Congo announces 4 new Ebola cases in country’s northeast

At least four new cases of the Ebola virus have emerged in Congo’s northeast, just a week after an outbreak in the northwest was declared over, the country’s health ministry said Wednesday.

Last October, a woman held a sign with the words “Rape culture” during a demonstration in Lyon.

Fines for sex harassment on streets approved in France

French lawmakers gave final passage to a bill that expands the criminal definition of child rape and outlaws sex harassment on the street.

Kentucky drug overdose deaths jump 11.5 percent in 2017

Since 2011, a year when Kentucky was flooded with 371 million doses of opioid painkillers, state officials have cracked down on pain clinics, sued pharmaceutical companies and limited how many pills doctors can prescribe.

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease

Biogen, based in Cambridge, said an experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who got the highest dose.

Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak

Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city of more than 1 million people.

A young girl stood at the foot of a makeshift memorial in Toronto’s Greektown neigborhood on Tuesday

Authorities say Toronto rampage suspect had no link to terror groups

Investigators continue to search for clues to what prompted the attack that targeted diners at restaurants and cafes in a popular Toronto neighborhood.

Woman may have spread Ebola a year after infection

A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives, a study said.

UK faces calls to liberalize Northern Ireland abortion laws

Having an abortion remains a criminal offense in Northern Ireland, even as strict prohibitions are being repealed in Ireland.