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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.

Utah set to become 19th state banning ‘conversion therapy’

Utah is set to become the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials came up with a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Melania Trump  spoke at the B'More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday, drawing boos and cheers.

Melania Trump draws some boos at youth summit in Baltimore

Melania Trump was greeted by some boos Tuesday when she spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore, a city her husband has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.”

This photo illustration shows a customer smoking at a vape store in Manila on November 20, 2019. - Just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarette use, police were ordered on November 20 to begin arresting people caught vaping in public and to confiscate the devices. (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR / AFP) (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR/AFP via Getty Images)

More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses.

US First Lady Melania Trump addresses the B'More Youth Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 26, 2019. - The purpose of the summit is to promote healthy choices and educate students about the dangers of opioid use. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Melania Trump is both booed and cheered as she encourages students to avoid drugs

The first lady was met with cheers and boos from a Baltimore audience of middle and high school students, which remained noisy throughout her entire five-minute address.

A New Zealand health official prepared a measles vaccination at a clinic on Monday in Apia, Samoa. Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25.

Samoa measles epidemic worsens with 24 children now dead

Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children.

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, Calif.

U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak.

Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an “urgent, important crisis” and demands “aggressive action,” but he said he wants to review more data before deciding on an approach.

FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

Senators from both parties pressed Dr. Stephen Hahn on reports that the Trump administration is backing away from the September announcement that it would remove most vaping flavors, which are popular among underage users.

Surgeons performed a non-emergency angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.

Speaking in the Roosevelt Room Friday, President Trump discussed transparency in health care prices.

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science

Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity.

Thick, noxious smog covers New Delhi, forcing the closure of schools

Schools in India’s capital are shut on Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for holding an annual children’s race.

Dr. Hassan Nemeh, Surgical Director of Thoracic Organ Transplant, shows areas of a patient's lungs during a news conference at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. A Henry Ford Health System medical team performed a double lung transplant for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan teen who had vaping illness received double lung transplant

A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.

Former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. on Nov. 3.

Jimmy Carter ‘up and walking’ post brain surgery, pastor says

Jimmy Carter’s pastor says the former president is already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls.

Linda Birnbaum said the plan “will practically lead to the elimination of science from decision-making.”

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the United States regulates threats to public health.

This 1971 microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In a report released Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017 _ down about 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013. Though deaths may be going down, non-fatal infections increased nationally from 2013 to 2017, from 2.6 million to 2.8 million. Dramatic increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, and group A strep were largely to blame. (CDC via AP)

US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

Demonstrators vape during a rally outside of the White House to protest the proposed vaping flavor ban in Washington DC on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / AFP) (Photo by JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping.

Juul announced Thursday that it is halting sales of its popular mint flavor e-cigarette after the release of two studies that showed a surge in teen use.

Juul halts US sales of popular mint-flavored e-cigarettes

Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt US sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.