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UK patient plays violin during unusual brain surgery

Surgeons at King’s College Hospital in London removed a brain tumor from a woman who played the violin during the procedure.

This photo taken on February 18, 2020 shows medical personnel walking among patients with mild symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus resting at night in the temporary Fangcai Hospital set up in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. - The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 2,000 on February 19 after 136 more people died, with the number of new cases falling for a second straight day, according to the National Health Commission. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China’s virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

The city of Wuhan, where the new form of coronavirus emerged, was in the final day of a campaign to root out anyone with symptoms whom authorities may have missed so far.

Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads

With attention focused on quarantined cruise ships and evacuees housed on US military bases, those in their own homes have largely escaped notice.

Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

A staff worker of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding stood amid the remains of the charred home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. One worker at the home said it took an hour and a half for firefighters to arrive.

Haiti health workers say 13 children died in residence fire

A fire swept through a Haitian children’s home run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, health care workers said Friday.

Virus cases surge after China revises way count is tallied

China reported a surge in deaths and infections from a new virus Thursday after changing the way the count is tallied, further clouding an epidemic that has stirred fear as it spread to more than two dozen countries.

Pentagon says 109 troops suffer brain injuries from Iran strike

The number of US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries has shot up to more than 100, the Pentagon said Monday, as more troops suffer the aftereffects of the Iranian ballistic missile attack early last month in Iraq.

China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS’, but new cases fall

New cases were reported in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Britain, and Spain. More than 360 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China.

Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data.

Senator Kelly Stargel gave her closing statements after debate over her bill requiring parental consent for abortion for minors, at the Florida Capitol.

Abortion measure clears another key hurdle in Florida

Republican lawmakers in Florida moved closer to enacting legislation to require parental consent before a minor can get an abortion, clearing a key hurdle Thursday in the state Legislature.

Advocates allege ICE disregarding symptoms of sick child, 5

A 5-year-old boy from Guatemala who fractured his skull in an accident and suffered bleeding around his brain is not being properly treated at an immigration detention center in Texas for what could be a traumatic brain injury, family members and advocates have alleged.

HONG KONG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 03: Medical workers hold a strike near Queen Mary Hospital to demand the government shut the city's border with China to reduce the spread of the coronavirus on February 3, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 15 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 17,000 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 300 lives. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

China opens virus hospital; market plunges as toll grows

China opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into its tumbling financial markets, and further restricted people’s movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.

Ed Markey discusses response to coronavirus

Democratic US Senator Ed Markey discussed steps he thinks the federal government should take to address the threat of a new virus Sunday, the day after confirmation of the first case in Massachusetts.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announces new travel restrictions in Washington on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. In reaction to the novel coronavirus that was deemed a public health emergency by the World Health Organization, the Trump administration will put into place temporary travel restrictions that will bar entry into the United States by any foreign national who has traveled to China in the past 14 days, administration officials announced on Friday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

US, others impose restrictions as virus toll spikes further

China reported Saturday that 259 people have died of a new virus, which has now infected nearly 11,800 people.

View of St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on January 24, 2020 where a Chicago woman affected by the coronavirus is treated in isolation. - Officials announced the second confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States is a woman in the Chicago area. (Photo by Derek R. HENKLE / AFP) (Photo by DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP via Getty Images)

US reports 1st case of person-to-person spread of new virus

Health officials Thursday reported the first US case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.

A plan chartered by the US government to bring US citizens back from China arrived in Anchorage on Tuesday.

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

The 201 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak are undergoing three days of monitoring at a Southern California military base to make sure they do not show signs of the virus, officials said Wednesday.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo taken from a helicopter shows Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Pentagon says 50 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike

The Pentagon on Tuesday raised to 50 the number of US service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran’s missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base. Thirty-one have returned to duty.

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A health worker checks the temperature of women entering the subway on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.(Photo by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5

The United States has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday.

Top Arizona court: Divorced woman can’t use frozen embryos

A woman can’t use her frozen embryos to have a baby over opposition from her ex-husband under terms of the contract they signed with a fertility clinic, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Lee to pitch sweeping abortion bans in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to enact some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, which would include banning women from undergoing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it.

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

The US government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family’s advocates.

A worker removed sawdust from

Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public.

Relative: Woman rescued from snow after 6 days has dementia

A stepdaughter of a woman who survived six days in her snowbound SUV in Northern California says she suffers from dementia.

Utah stops distribution of condoms with cheeky slogans

An HIV-awareness campaign featuring condom wrappers with cheeky slogans that put a sexy spin on state pride met a quick end in Utah as the governor ordered the health department to stop distributing them.

Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association.

German parliament votes against new system for organ donors

German lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have made most people potential organ donors unless they objected, instead backing a less radical plan to tackle a shortage of donor organs.

Wong Ka-hing, the controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health held a Wuhan Municipal Health Commission press statement of the new type of coronavirus, during a press conference at the Health Department in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China

A Chinese visitor to Thailand has been confirmed to be infected with a new strain of coronavirus that has been linked to a pneumonia outbreak in central China, health officials said Monday.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, suspected illegal immigrants are transferred out of the holding area after being processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths. The lawsuit was first filed in June 2015 and applies to eight Border Patrol facilities in Arizona where attorneys say migrants are held in unsafe and inhumane conditions. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Suit over Border Patrol detention conditions goes to trial

A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths.

2 suspected coyote attacks in Chicago, several sightings

Authorities on Thursday were on the hunt for coyotes in downtown Chicago after police said a 5-year-old boy was bitten in the head by one such animal and a man went to a hospital with a wound he said came from one.

Workers collected trash during a clean-up Sunday after flooding in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.

Indonesia’s flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease

Soldiers and health workers sprayed Indonesia’s capital with disinfectant on Sunday to fend off possible diseases spread by massive flooding that has killed 60 people and affected hundreds of thousands.

Cases of mystery respiratory illness in China rise to 44

The number of cases of a new type of viral pneumonia linked to a food market in central China has risen to 44, local health authorities said Friday, in an outbreak awakening fearful memories of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.

This image provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases showed a collection of lung scans of 20 monkeys who were exposed to tuberculosis after receiving different forms of a TB vaccine. Monkeys in the top row received skin-deep shots, and those in the bottom row were given intravenous injections.

Century-old TB vaccine may work better if given in a new way

In a study with monkeys, injecting the vaccine straight into the bloodstream dramatically improved its effectiveness over today’s skin-deep shot, researchers reported Wednesday.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised that he would “immediately” replace President Obama’s health care law.

3 years in, no sign of Trump’s replacement for Obamacare

As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.”

Palliative care nurse Madeleine Mukantagara (left) used a pulse-oximeter to check on the health of Vestine Uwizeyimana, who has spinal degenerative disease and is taking oral liquid morphine for her pain, in the village of Bushekeli in western Rwanda.

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Rwanda seeks to address one of the world’s great inequities: As thousands die from addiction in rich countries awash with prescription painkillers, millions of people in the poorest nations have no access to opioids.

French officials say lead dust was not a problem they had ever had to confront until the Notre Dame fire on April 15.

Notre Dame fire wakes the world up to dangers of lead dust

It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’s most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Domingo Caal Chub, 61, holds a smartphone displaying a photo of his granddaughter, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, in Raxruha, Guatemala. The 7-year-old girl died in a Texas hospital, two days after being taken into custody by border patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Homeland Security's watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of the girl and another boy last December (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros, File)

DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog found no wrongdoing or misconduct by immigration officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December.

In this May 16, 2019 photo, A Pakistani doctor takes blood sample of a child during a screening camp in Ratodero, in southern province of Sindh in Pakistan. The worst HIV outbreak among children, many of them under 5 years old, occurred in Pakistan and a study released on Thursday, Dec. 19, blamed dirty needles and tainted blood but it also said the Pakistan government has to do more to understand how the virus went from high-risk groups like drug users and sex workers to the general population. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan study blames HIV outbreak in kids on bad healthcare

A group of Pakistani doctors blamed a recent outbreak of HIV among children in a southern city on poor healthcare practices such as using dirty needles and contaminated blood, according to a statement released Friday.

A policeman guarded a health worker as she gave a polio vaccination to a child in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. Pakistan has launched a nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign in an effort to eradicate the crippling disease as the total number of affected children rose to near 100 in 2019, an official said.

Gunmen kill 2 policemen escorting polio team in Pakistan

Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two policemen on Wednesday who were part of the most recent anti-polio drive in the country’s rugged and volatile northwest, officials said.

Protesters opposed to a bill that would eliminate a religious exemption for vaccines for schoolchildren gathered outside the New Jersey state Senate chanting slogans on Monday in Trenton.

N.J. Assembly passes bill to bar religious exemption for shots

New Jersey’s Assembly on Monday passed a measure to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, but the bill stalled in the state Senate as opponents shouted so loudly they drowned out the session.

This undated photo provided by the Anderson Family, shows Cachin Anderson, a New York prisoner who killed himself while in solitary confinement. Prisoner advocates say Anderson's death and others illustrate how New York's prison system fails to ensure the safety of inmates who might hurt themselves if left alone in a cell. (Courtesy of the Anderson Family via AP)

Inmate’s suicide shows need for reforms, advocates say

The final two months of Cachin Anderson’s life in New York’s prison system were filled with warnings he was a man in crisis.

An abortion opponent sang to herself outside a women’s health clinic in Jackson, Miss., in October. A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional.

Mississippi vows further appeal after loss on abortion ban

Mississippi’s outgoing governor vowed Saturday to ask the Supreme Court to uphold that state’s ban on abortion at 15 weeks, a day after a federal appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional.

A radiologist checked mammograms in Los Angeles.

Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term results from a big federal study suggest.

New Zealand volcano vents steam, death toll now at 16

As a New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud, authorities delayed plans to recover the bodies of victims from a deadly eruption and announced Thursday that the death toll rose after two people who had been hospitalized died.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year. Cannabis stocks have had a harsh comedown as investors' enthusiasm about the prospects for strong growth and blockbuster company mergers has dimmed.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New rule proposed in Rhode Island for out-of-state medical marijuana users

Rhode Island agencies have proposed a new regulation on the sale of medical marijuana that would require out-of-state patients to present identification from their state as proof of residency.

The US winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

The US winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.

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.