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Tourist may have brought measles to Southern California

A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland and other Southern California tourist spots last week brought along more than just her luggage. She brought measles.

A mother held her baby receiving a new malaria vaccine as part of a trial at the Walter Reed Project Research Center in Kombewa in Western Kenya. The World Health Organization said Thursday it’s theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment.

UN says it’s possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Dr. Pedro Alonso, the UN health agency’s global malaria director, said WHO is ‘‘unequivocally in favor’’ of eradication, but that major questions about its feasibility remain.

Migrants stood aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it arrived near the Lampedusa coast in the Mediterranean Sea last week.

Charity suggests plane could resolve migrant boat standoff

Italy’s fierce battle over immigration raged on Monday, with fights and panic attacks reported among migrants who have been stranded on a rescue ship for up to 18 days at sea.

London teen lost at Malaysian resort died from ulcer bleed

Malaysian police said Thursday there were no signs of foul play in the death of a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort, with an autopsy showing she succumbed to intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis.

Planned Parenthood sets exit from family planning program

Raising the stakes in a standoff over women’s health, Planned Parenthood said Wednesday it will leave the federal family planning program unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring patients for abortions.

Esperance Nabintu and her one-year-old son, Ebenezer Fataki, after the two had been declared cured of Ebola, in Goma, Congo Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. The two were treated with new anti-Ebola drugs by top doctors who said that the disease can be cured if people seek proper care. (AP Photo/Justin Katumwa)

Doctors say 2 Ebola patients in Congo ‘cured’ with drugs

Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared “cured” and returned to their home.

A man’s dentures got stuck in his throat during surgery — and they weren’t discovered for 8 days

Here’s why it’s best to remove false teeth before surgery: You just might swallow them.

File-In this July 13, 2019 file photo, health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo. Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives. More than 1,800 people have died in the African country’s yearlong outbreak. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Early study results suggest 2 Ebola drugs saving lives

Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives.

Paris child at risk of lead poisoning after Notre Dame fire

Health officials in Paris said Wednesday that a young boy needs medical monitoring because tests conducted after the Notre Dame Cathedral fire showed that he was at risk of lead poisoning.

Leslie Siu posed in July for a portrait next to her cannabis products geared toward women that were on display in Groundswell dispensary in east Denver.

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

Mainstream medicine advises against use in pregnancy because of studies suggesting it might cause premature birth, low birthweight, and infant brain deficits. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse is pressing for more solid evidence.

Mike Moulin, key police figure during LA riots, dies at 70

Mr. Moulin was in charge of officers at an intersection in South Los Angeles when rioting began on April 29, 1992, following the acquittal of four officers in the Rodney King beating

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)

Officials in Portland, Maine, propose marijuana retail licensing rules

Officials in Maine’s largest city are proposing licensing regulations for recreational and medical marijuana businesses.

Maine health officials say they’re aware of cases of chickenpox at a Portland facility being used to house asylum seekers, and they’re working to contain the viral disease.

Maine works to limit chickenpox exposure at migrant shelter

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement Saturday that individuals staying at Portland Expo are considered exposed to the disease.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - AUGUST 02: Cannabis plants grown in an indoor planting area at the Medicinal Cannabis Research Institute at Rangsit University on August 2, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to move toward cannabis liberalization for medical use by legalizing medical marijuana in early 2019. Thailand plans to make its first distribution of 10,000 bottles of cannabis oil beginning on August 7, 2019 to hospital patients who can provide a prescription from their doctor. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Vermont town considering medical marijuana dispensary ban

A Vermont town is considering a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

AP FACT CHECK: Democratic debate rhetoric under scrutiny

Ten more Democrats jousted on a Detroit stage Wednesday in what was probably the last of the traffic-jammed, double-barreled presidential debates.

Bangladesh grapples with country’s worst dengue outbreak

Bangladesh is facing its worst-ever dengue fever outbreak as hospitals are flooded with patients, putting a severe strain on the country’s already overwhelmed medical system.

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019, file photo shows marijuana buds in Akron, Ohio. Six companies are challenging Utah's decision to award a smaller number of medical marijuana grower licenses. The state's Division of Purchasing said Monday, July 29, they received appeals from six applicants who did not receive a license prior to Friday's deadline. Some applicants have said Utah is granting licenses to unqualified cultivators and will create a cannabis shortage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Doctor sentenced for distributing steroids, possessing marijuana

A doctor who improperly wrote numerous prescriptions for anabolic steroids and possessed marijuana with intent to distribute has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Oklahoma marijuana dispensary owner arrested for meth sales

The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in eastern Oklahoma is under arrest after being accused of selling methamphetamine from his business.

Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health, study says

Guidelines released this year ruled out routine aspirin use for many older adults who don’t already have heart disease.

High school principal Dr. Derrick Nelson died after donating bone marrow.

Fiancee sues over principal's death in bone marrow procedure

A hospital failed to adequately monitor and treat a New Jersey high school principal as his oxygen level plummeted during a bone-marrow donation procedure in February, a lawsuit filed Monday by his fiancee alleges.

Sam Adamson, Lori Riddle, Hailey Hardcastle, and Derek Evans (left to right) at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The teens introduced legislation to allow students to take

Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences.

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids

The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools.

A health worker wearing protective suits enters an isolation pod to treat a patient at a treatment center in Beni.

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of two million people.

Dr. Jori Fleisher, neurologist, examined Thomas Doyle, 66, at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Doyle hopes blood tests may someday replace the invasive diagnostic testing he endured to be diagnosed 4.5 years ago with Lewy body dementia.

Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer’s

Medical professionals around the country are looking to develop a “quick and dirty” blood test that can be administered at routine checkups to help increase early Alzheimer’s detection.

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, a bud tender holds two marijuana buds on his fingers on the way to a customer at the Denver Kush Club in north Denver. The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote on June 20, 2019, represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the idea in the past under GOP control of the House. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

N.H. governor signs 1 marijuana bill, vetoes another

New Hampshire residents who were convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana in the past will be able to annul their convictions.

This 2014 photo provided by the University of Mississippi shows marijuana plants growing at the Ole Miss medicinal gardens in University, Miss. The plants are used for research under a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The planned NIDA grow for 2019 will be divided between high THC and high CBD varieties with “recent interest (in CBD) as a potential medicine for a number of medical conditions,” NIDA said. (Robert Jordan/University of Mississippi via AP)

US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The US government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD.

Germany’s Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the visiting Danish prime minister sat through their countries’ national anthems at a ceremony in Berlin Thursday, a day after Merkel shook as she stood at a similar event in the latest of three incidents that have raised concern about her health.

This Monday, May 20, 2019 photo shows a mature marijuana plant flowering prior to harvest under artificial lights at Loving Kindness Farms in Gardena, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

A Florida appellate court ruled that the state’s approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country’s most lucrative.

Yazmin Juárez reacted as a photo of her daughter, Mariee, who died after being released from detention by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was placed next to her at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing  Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Migrant mother speaks to House panel about daughter’s death

A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration custody.

(FILES) A file photo taken on May 17, 2019 shows an aerial view over a chemically deforested area of the Amazon jungle caused by illegal mining activities in the river basin of the Madre de Dios region in southeast Peru, during the 'Mercury' joint operation by Peruvian military and police ongoing since February 2019. - Climate change combined with galloping tropical deforestation is cutting off wildlife from life-saving cooler climes, heightening the risk of extinction, researchers said on July 8, 2019. Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asia and Africa currently allow for animals and plants to avoid potentially intolerable increases in temperature, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images

UN report: Climate change is undermining poverty eradication

Hunger is growing, and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday.

(FILES) A file photo taken on January 4, 2013 shows a Cannabis plants which grow in a private house in Esvres, near Tours. - A group of French economists recommended on June 20, 2019 to legalise marijuana, arguing it would add billions to state coffers, but President Emmanuel Macron's government again ruled out letting recreational users get legally high. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors debate whether chronic pain is a reason for medical marijuana in Connecticut

A state board is divided over whether to add “chronic pain” as one of the approved conditions for registration in Connecticut’s medical marijuana program.

FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, marijuana plants sit in a grow room under green lights that are used to not wake the plants during their night cycle at Loving Kindness Farms in Gardena, Calif. A retired cardiologist, an attorney with a high-profile law firm, a city councilman and large multi-state sellers are among the more than 500 names on applications to sell medical marijuana in Missouri. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

15 Maine communities opt into legal pot, more expected

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.

Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment

Experts say the new results stand out because they’re from a respected national cancer database and the men were tracked for a long time — eight years on average.

In border crisis, pregnant teens are especially vulnerable

Immigrant advocates say the young mothers don’t get special medical consideration while they’re being crammed into US facilities.

Marshae Jones.

Alabama DA won’t prosecute woman who lost fetus after being shot

An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday she is dropping charges against a woman who was indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight.

1 child dies, 3 sickened by E. coli linked to San Diego fair

Authorities say E. coli bacteria encountered at the San Diego County Fair has killed one child and sickened three others.

Vaccine no match against flu bug that popped up near end

The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again.

Alabama woman charged in fetal death while the woman who shot her goes free

Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation.

FILE - This June 20, 2019, file frame from video shows the entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has told a Texas congresswoman Monday, June 24, that the agency is quickly removing children from the patrol station following reports that children locked inside were in a perilous situation. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)

Government moves migrant kids after bad treatment is exposed

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Border Patrol stations are no place for children. But because the entire system is overwhelmed, Border Patrol is routinely holding children for about five days or longer, well beyond the 72-hour mandated window, because the government agency that takes care of minors who cross the border is also overwhelmed and can’t come get them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Head of US border agency steps down amid outrage over migrant children’s treatment

John Sanders, the acting commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, said he’s stepping down amid outrage over his agency’s treatment of detained migrant children.

US moves migrant kids after harsh conditions, including lack of food and water, are exposed

Most of the infants, toddlers, and teens at the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, were to be moved to shelters and other facilities run by a separate federal agency by Tuesday.

Death toll in Indian encephalitis outbreak rises to 152

India’s Supreme Court on Monday directed state and national authorities to file reports to the court on an encephalitis outbreak in the eastern state of Bihar this month in which 152 children have died.

The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas.

Government moves migrant children after poor conditions exposed

Most of the children living in a remote Border Patrol station in Texas were moved following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

(FILES) A file photo taken on January 4, 2013 shows a Cannabis plants which grow in a private house in Esvres, near Tours. - A group of French economists recommended on June 20, 2019 to legalise marijuana, arguing it would add billions to state coffers, but President Emmanuel Macron's government again ruled out letting recreational users get legally high. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Physician assistants given OK to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire

Physician assistants soon will be able to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

This image provided by Amag Pharmaceuticals in June 2019 shows packaging for their drug Vyleesi. The medication OK'd Friday, June 21, 2019 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase sexual desire in a women, a market drugmakers have been trying to cultivate since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. (Amag Pharmaceuticals via AP)

Waltham-based Amag’s sex-drive drug for women gets FDA approval

Women can give themselves a shot in the thigh or abdomen; it raises sexual interest for several hours.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws

The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Appeals court allows Trump abortion rules to take effect

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court said Thursday new Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them.

$4.5m in settlements over deaths tied to Ohio doctor

An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder.

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows marijuana plants in a grow room using green lights during their night cycle in Gardena, Calif. An alliance of large cannabis businesses in the growing global marketplace has a message for the public: We're good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other major companies issued guidelines Tuesday, June 18, 2019, aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

Marijuana use in pregnancy has doubled among US women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows.

A study released on Tuesday found US preschoolers on government food aid were tipping scales at lighter weights, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of shrinking obesity weren’t a fluke.

Study finds US preschoolers are less pudgy

Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a US study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.