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The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision.

Feds reverse decision ending immigrant medical relief

The Trump administration reversed its decision Thursday to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships, following weeks of public outcry and a congressional inquiry into the decision.

Mariela Sanchez of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (left), her son Jonathan Sanchez, 16, and husband Gary Sanchez prepared for questions from reporters after the press conference on termination of medical deferred action in Boston on Monday, Aug. 26. Jonathan has cystic fibrosis.

US officials reverse decision ending medical relief to immigrants

The Trump administration has reversed its decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships.

View of medical marijuana plants during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Ravena, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

US awards $3 million to fill gaps in medical marijuana research, including CBD

The US government is spending $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018 a man exhales smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on September 18, 2019, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. (Photo by EVA HAMBACH / AFP)EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images

Youth in Canada is diagnosed with illness related to vaping

A high school student in Canada has been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping, officials said Wednesday, in what’s believed to be the first reported case in the country.

New Hampshire sent 300 families erroneous letters saying their children had elevated lead levels

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services apologized for the error, saying the false notification was the result of a processing error.

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

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)

N.H. House overrides veto of home-grown medical pot bill

New Hampshire House lawmakers have overridden Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of a bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own supply.

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus.

American swimmer Sarah Thomas, 37, became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times in a row completing the remarkable feat Tuesday morning.

American cancer survivor swims English Channel 4 times

An American cancer survivor has succeeded in her remarkable quest to swim across the English Channel four times in a row.

More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from the controversial Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua tiger temple have died, park officials said on Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to inbreeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction.

More than half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

Officials blamed genetic problems linked to in-breeding as the cause of the disease that killed the tigers. The animals were rescued three years ago from a popular tourist attraction.

Health care has been the defining issue for Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears

Overall, the number of uninsured in the United States rose by 1.9 million people in 2018, the first jump in nearly a decade.

Netherlands court clears doctor in euthanasia death of a patient with dementia

The court ruled that in rare cases of patients with severe dementia — and who had earlier made a written request for euthanasia — the doctor ‘‘did not have to verify the current desire to die.’’

Maria Isabel Bueso, (left) 24, is among those who will testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Democrats slam decision to end immigrant medical relief

Three of those testifying are from Massachusetts, where opposition to the decision has been strong.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, an illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - A third person has died in the United States as a result of a severe lung illness that has sickened hundreds of e-cigarette users, or vapers, health authorities in Indiana said on September 6, 2019.

Kansas confirms state’s first death linked to vaping, sixth vaping-related death nationwide

Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping.

In a letter to Juul’s CEO, the FDA said it is ‘‘concerned’’ that the vaping company’s advertising campaign suggests ‘‘that using Juul products poses less risk or is less harmful than cigarettes.’’

Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer than smoking

Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products.

View of flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Ravena, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

9 Florida students hospitalized for eating ‘THC-laced candy’

Authorities say nine students from a Florida charter school ate marijuana-infused candy and were hospitalized with stomach pains.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. Federal health authorities say vaping giant Juul Labs illegally promoted its electronic cigarettes as a safer option to smoking, including in a presentation to school children. The Food and Drug Administration issued a stern warning letter to the company Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, flagging various claims by Juul, including that its products are “much safer than cigarettes.” The FDA has been investigating Juul for months but had not previously warned the company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer than smoking

Federal health authorities say vaping giant Juul Labs illegally pitched its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, including in a presentation at schools.

FILE - This Aug. 15, 2019 file photo shows a marijuana plant in an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. A survey released on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 says U.S. college students are using marijuana at the highest rates in 35 years. Marijuana use continues to be higher in college-age adults than any other age group. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Marijuana use by US college students up, highest in 35 years

US college students are using marijuana at the highest rates in 35 years, according to a report released Thursday.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 2, 2018, an illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC. - A third person has died in the United States as a result of a severe lung illness that has sickened hundreds of e-cigarette users, or vapers, health authorities in Indiana said on September 6, 2019.

US health officials report 3rd vaping death, repeat warning

US health officials are again urging people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses.

The unnamed panda twins at Zoo Berlin.

Photos: Panda twins born in Germany doing well, gaining weight, zoo says

A Berlin zoo that announced the first ever birth of two giant panda cubs in Germany this week says the twins are doing well thanks to the skillful help of a Chinese keeper.

A woman prayed while attorneys in Albany, N.Y., argued during a hearing challenging the constitutionality of the New York State Legislature's repeal of the religious exemption to vaccinations.

Clock is ticking on NY deadline for student vaccinations

When New York lawmakers revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations, the change sent thousands of the state’s parents scrambling to get their kids shots — or get them out of the classroom entirely.

President Donald Trump, joined by student Carson Abt, right, and Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., bowed their heads during the opening prayer of a listening session with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room of the White House last February.

Trump eyes mental institutions as answer to gun violence

His approach is drawing pushback from many in the mental health profession who say that approach would do little to reduce mass shootings in the United States.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Under the Trump administration, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb kicked off his tenure in 2017 with the goal of making cigarettes less addictive by drastically cutting nicotine levels. He also rebooted the agency’s effort to ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes. But those efforts have been largely eclipsed by the need to respond to an unexpected explosion in e-cigarette use by teens. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

THC found in Wisconsin vaping cases that led to illnesses

Nearly nine out of 10 cases where vaping led to people developing a severe lung disease in Wisconsin involved the use of THC products, such as waxes or oils.

“Jeopardy!” posted a video Thursday on Twitter showing Alex Trebek back on set and promising ‘‘a good year’’ ahead.

Alex Trebek, saying he’s on the mend, is back at ‘Jeopardy!’

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has returned to work, saying he’s “on the mend” following treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Citing health, Georgia GOP Senator Isakson says he’ll retire

Facing health challenges, Republican Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year’s end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state’s Senate seats will be on the ballot.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant awaits transplanting at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing their most ambitious overhaul yet of the way the industry is regulated, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, spreading out oversight among a range of state agencies, and letting the smallest cannabis producers increase the size of the operations in an effort to help them become more competitive. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

An ugly breakup shines light on marijuana business in Maine

Maine’s biggest medical marijuana dispensary is trying to end its relationship with a company behind its fast-growing edibles operation.

A motorist entered Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented.

FILE - In this Aug.14, 2014, file photo, a man exhales vapor as he demonstrates the use of his electronic cigarette, in Salt Lake City. Utah health officials say they are investigating 21 cases of a severe lung disease linked to vaping. The state Department of Health announced the new number Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, a jump from the five cases in teenagers and young adults reported last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah investigates 21 cases of lung disease linked to vaping

Utah health officials say they are investigating 21 cases of a severe lung disease linked to vaping.

In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo, chemist David Dawson holds a cannabis-infused chocolate bar as he demonstrates testing for THC and other chemicals at CW Analytical Laboratories in Oakland, Calif. Chemists are trying to solve a scientific mystery involving marijuana brownies. Chocolate seems to throw off test results for potency. That could be dangerous for consumers looking to relax, not hallucinate. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests

How much marijuana is really in that pot brownie? Chocolate can throw off potency tests so labels aren’t always accurate, and now scientists are trying to figure out why.

Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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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.