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New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

Rabid bobcat attacks golfer on Mohegan Sun golf course

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

Blanco’s time in office included the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was diagnosed and treated for a rare eye cancer in 2011. It returned and spread to her liver in 2017.

An unidentified scientist with a golden eagle, the first golden eagle to be fitted with a tracking device in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Joey Hoofdman, who after DNA testing is one of 49 confirmed children of Dutch fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, posed for a portrait in Alkmaar, Netherlands, on Monday.

Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.

A full facial reconstruction model of a head based on the skull of Britain's oldest complete skeleton was on display.

Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain, study indicates

A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, a study suggests.

A woman received a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y.

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.

In this Jan. 25, 2019 photo, Neb. State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln testifies during a legislative hearing in Lincoln, Neb., on LB 110, a bill that proposes to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska. Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are poised to once again reject measures calling for allowing limited and highly regulated use of medical marijuana, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska’s tough approach to medical marijuana may backfire

Year after year, Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana.

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, a customer tries a free sample of a pain cream that contains cannabidiol (CBD) for her arthritis at Minnesota Hempdropz in Maplewood, Minn. Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep. The key ingredient is CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high. (Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press via AP, File)

Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana’s less taboo cousin

Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep.

A volunteer nurse examined 6-moth-old Sarobidy, who was infected with measles, while her mother Nifaliana Razaijafisoa looked on at a health care center in Larintsena, Madagascar.

Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 21, 2019, mothers wait to have their babies vaccinated against measles, at a healthcare center in Larintsena, Madagascar. As the island nation faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, the problem is not centered on whether to vaccinate children. Many parents would like to do so but face immense challenges including the lack of resources and information. (AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain)

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force.

Aber Evaline (left) and another midwife assist a woman in labor at Juba’s Teaching Hospital in South Sudan’s capital.

In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds

Despite a civil war that killed almost 400,000 people, South Sudan’s maternal health has shown improvement.

AMA blasts reasoning for military’s transgender policy

A new Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday directs military secretaries to kick out transgender service members who refuse to serve in their birth sex after being “given an opportunity to correct those deficiencies.”

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows legal cannabis plants growing under eavy light in a greenhouse of a Switzerland's cannabis producer in Koelliken. - Is the Cannabidiol (CBD), the new

Maine drug counselor pleads guilty to marijuana conspiracy charges

A Maine woman who worked as a certified drug counselor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 marijuana plants.

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works

Opponents of New York City’s emergency declaration ordering everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles will file a lawsuit this week, a lawyer said.

Ohio Representative Allison Russo, a Democrat, proposed amendments to the

States push antiabortion ‘heartbeat’ bills, target Roe v. Wade

Staci Fox, Atlanta-based CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said these bans are ‘‘blatantly unconstitutional and lawmakers know it — they just don’t care.’’

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 09: National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Oval Office of the White House April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. President El-Sisi is visiting Washington for bilateral talks with President Trump. Trump answered questions from the press about his immigration policy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Acting head of Homeland Security resigns as turmoil continues over immigration policy

Facing bipartisan pushback to his immigration shake-up, President Trump said Tuesday he’s not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families.

Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines.

NYC declares public health emergency amid measles outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood.

Signs advertised free measles vaccines and information about measles at the Rockland County Health Department, in Pomona, N.Y., last month.

US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

US measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

Sniffling, sore-throated kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study.

A pedestrian looked at smoking aids on display at a smoke shop in New York City. As a growing number of states around the country legalize marijuana, some officials, researchers, and antismoking advocates wonder what that means for one of the country’s biggest public health successes: curbing cigarettes.

Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up

As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health successes : curbing cigarette smoking.

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes

U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices.

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

CBD is getting buzz, but does it work? And is it legal?

With CBD showing up everywhere, US regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Cheese can be part of a low-carb diet.

US experts reviewing low-carb, other diets for guidelines

With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming US dietary guidelines that advise Americans on what to eat.

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a worker adds CBD oil to a drink at a coffee shot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 compounds found in marijuana. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

US regulators exploring ways CBD products could be legal

US regulators say they’re exploring ways CBD could be used legally in foods and dietary supplements, and will hold a public hearing on the cannabis compound next month.

A young girl splashed water on her body at a watering point in Beira, Mozambique, Monday.

Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases

Mozambican and international health workers raced Monday to contain a cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where the number of cases has jumped to more than 1,000.

FILE - This Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo shows marijuana buds ready for harvest in Akron, Ohio. A study shows marijuana is sending more people to the emergency room in one large Denver hospital. Inhaled weed caused the most severe problems. Marijuana-infused foods and candies also led to trouble.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Rhode Island sales of medical marijuana hits new highs

Regulator Norman Birenbaum says Rhode Island’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are on pace to sell about $56 million worth of medicinal pot in fiscal 2019.

In this Dec. 11, 2017 photo provided by Anna Carlstrand, her husband, Richard, receives the first of 20 Keytruda infusions at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Carlstrand, 76, of Long Key, Florida, underwent the immunotherapy treatment for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs, and is now in remission. Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday, March 31, 2019, at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta. (Anna Carlstrand via AP)

Immune system therapy shows wider promise against cancer

A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors.

Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives.

CORRECTS NAME TO BRITTNEY VERVILLE - In this March 23, 2019 photo, eight labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center hold up cards with their due dates in Portland, Maine. Nine nurses at the Portland hospital’s labor and delivery unit are pregnant. The pictured nurses, from left to right, are Erin Grenier, Rachel Stellmach, Brittney Verville, Lonnie Souci, Amanda Spear, Samantha Giglio, Nicole Barnes and Holly Selby. Nicole Goldberg is not pictured. (Alicia Wilson/Maine Medical Center via AP)

After Maine obstetric nurses announce baby boom, ER nurses up the ante

Nine labor and delivery nurses at Maine Medical Center are pregnant, but the emergency department has a dozen expectant parents.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media after leaving the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Washington, en route to Michigan. Trump will speak at a rally in Michigan before spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

A federal judge struck down a small-business health insurance plan touted by President Trump, the second setback in a week for his administration’s health care initiatives.

Study: Many in Ebola outbreak don’t believe virus is real

One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are facing in what has become the second-deadliest outbreak in history.

Tay'Lor Smith fights back tears as she is escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced at the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Teen who pushed 16-year-old friend off bridge sentenced to 2 days in jail

Jordan Holgerson fell 50 feet after she was pushed by Tay’lor Smith. Holgerson suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs.

Federal judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump

A federal judge is blocking Medicaid work requirements in two states, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency.

A boy walks after receiving food destribution from a local supermarket at an evacuation center in Dondo, about 35km north from Beira, Mozambique, on March 27, 2019. - Five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique following the cyclone that ravaged the country killing at least 468 people, a government health official said on March 27, 2019. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique on March 15, unleashing hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that flooded much of the centre of the poor southern African country and then battered eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

1st cholera cases confirmed in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit city

The first cases of cholera have been confirmed in the cyclone-ravaged city of Beira, Mozambican authorities announced on Wednesday, raising the stakes in an already desperate fight to help hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in increasingly squalid conditions.

In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, marijuana buds are locked on display at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue

To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day

New York county bans unvaccinated minors in public as measles spreads

A county in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert gestured during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, setting the stage for a legal showdown.

Specialists weigh breast implant safety amid new concerns

US medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in an ongoing debate about their potential health effects.

Dallas-area woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Police say a Dallas-area woman was mauled to death by her two pit bull terriers as she tried to feed them at a veterinary clinic where the dogs were in quarantine for a prior attack.

Unsafe water, not climate change, is the bigger threat in the world, EPA chief says

Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.

This undated microscope photo provided by Thomas Boothby in March 2019 shows a tardigrade, also known as a

Researchers believe tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

Tardigrades can weather extreme heat, cold and radiation. Now the US military hopes these tiny critters can unlock a way to preserve our crops, medicine, even our skin.

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo, a customer shows the 1/8th-ounce container of indica medical marijuana delivered by Mr. Nice Guys Caregivers at his Macomb County residence, in Roseville, Mich. Nearly four dozen medical marijuana delivery businesses are operating in Detroit, even though Michigan regulators haven't yet approved any home delivery licenses. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)

Connecticut judge rejects motion to dismiss medical marijuana lawsuit

A Connecticut man who sued after his application to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana will have his day in court.

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.(AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

14-week-old Labrador retriever Rommy at the at the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog on Wednesday.

Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on US dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity.

New on the high court: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh.

Newest justices show they don’t march in lock-step

The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but on Tuesday, they did not march in lockstep.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country.

Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

A new report says pills often contain so-called ‘‘inactive’’ ingredients capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal reactions in small numbers of people sensitive to specific compounds.