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FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study released on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 finds you’re still better off in the long run. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Is quitting cigarettes worth the weight gain? Here’s what a new Harvard-led study says

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.

An internal watchdog said the EPA was too slow and passive in responding to the Flint crisis

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

In a 74-page report, the EPA’s inspector general report pointed to ‘‘oversight lapses’’ at the federal, state, and local levels in the response to Flint’s contaminated drinking water.

FDA aims to make it easier to get some common drugs without a prescription

The Food and Drug Administration is evaluating ways to make sure patients don’t take an inappropriate over-the-counter drug.

Democratic lawmakers are joining scientists in denouncing an industry-backed proposal to dramatically limit what kind of science the Environmental Protection Agency can consider.

EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

The rule would allow an EPA administrator to reject study results in making decisions about health risks if underlying research data is not made public.

A N.H. woman suffered head injuries after a bear got inside her home

The bear somehow got inside the woman’s home about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Groton, N.H.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Emergency workers in protective suits search around John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living after a major incident was declared when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on July 6, 2018 in Salisbury, England. The couple, named locally as Dawn Sturgess 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45 were taken to Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday and remain there in a critical condition. In March, Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were poisoned with the Russian-made Novichok in the town of Salisbury. British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the attack on the former spy and his daughter, expelling 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation.(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Victim’s son calls on President Trump to raise UK poisoning with Putin

The son of a British woman who died after being exposed to a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet Union has called on Trump to discuss his mother with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Report blasts Georgia solitary confinement as ‘draconian’

Georgia’s most restrictive solitary confinement facility deprives prisoners of basic human needs and risks causing them psychological harm, according to an expert report filed in federal court.

Planned Parenthood closes Indiana center, citing harassment

Planned Parenthood has closed its health center in Indiana’s second-largest city, blaming what it called years of growing intimidation and harassment of the center’s staff by supporters of anti-abortion groups.

Official says Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun

A commission investigating the Florida high school massacre heard Tuesday the suspect’s late mother allowed him to buy a gun even though his mental health counselors opposed the idea.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A police cordon in place around male and female public toilets at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, thought to be connected to a man and woman in Amesbury who are in hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance on July 4, 2018 in Salisbury, England. The pair, who are in their 40s, are in a critical condition after being found unconscious at an address in Muggleton Road, Amesbury. The town is around 10 miles from Salisbury where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in a suspected nerve agent attack. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

UK police open murder probe as 1 of 2 nerve agent victims dies

A woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found.

2 sets of hikers are rescued in White Mountains

Two sets of hikers had to be rescued from the White Mountains because they were unprepared for the terrain and cold, windy conditions.

UN: June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of deaths in sea off Libya

Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, UN.refugee agency officials said on Friday.

Police at Muggleton Road in Amesbury where a couple, now hospitalized, was exposed to a military-grade nerve agent.

2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy

A couple fell critically ill from exposure to a military-grade nerve agent a few miles from where the spy and his daughter were stricken.

A cup of coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles.

Drinking up to 8 cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, new study says

Go ahead and have that cup of coffee: New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

Palestinians say 13-year-old is killed along border with Israel

More than 130 wounded were evacuated to hospitals for treatment with at least three in serious condition.

Federal judge blocks Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements

The court chastised the Trump administration for not considering how many people would lose their health coverage.

Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion

The state Supreme Court said “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.”

Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to contaminated canal water

Health officials say tainted canal water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

Congo says countdown toward end of Ebola outbreak begins

Congo’s health ministry says the countdown toward the end of its latest Ebola outbreak has begun, as all people who were in contact with the last confirmed case have passed the 21-day incubation period with no sign of the virus.

GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant.

FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana

The FDA approved Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood.

UK panel finds lives shortened by hospital’s opioid use

As many as 650 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital’s institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after years of pressure from family members who demanded answers about the deaths of their loved ones.

Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on Tuesday in Tornillo, Texas.

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Three centers have been rapidly repurposed to serve the needs of children — including some under 5.

Officials confirm whooping cough outbreak at N.H. high school

New Hampshire state officials say there are currently 22 diagnosed cases of whooping cough at a school in Exeter.

Pope Francis on Friday.

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Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

The state did a review based on more than 1,000 studies finidng inadequate evidence that coffee causes cancer.

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too.

Argentine Congress OK’s elective abortion; bill now goes to Senate

The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved.

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest.

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

Judge asked to again halt Arkansas abortion law

Planned Parenthood says the state’s restrictions on abortion pills effectively constitutes a ban.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot in Atlanta. On Friday, June 8, 2018, health officials said the flu killed more children in the past year that during any other regular flu season in recent history. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Flu season was one of the deadliest for US children

The past flu season was the deadliest for US children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday.

Nursing home resident dies trying to descend makeshift rope

An 87-year-old nursing home resident fell to his death after trying to climb down a makeshift rope from a third-floor window.