Public health

FILE - In this April 5, 2019, file photo, containers depicting OxyContin prescription pill bottles lie on the ground in front of the Department of Health and Human Services' headquarters in Washington as protesters demonstrate against the FDA's opioid prescription drug approval practices. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
July 18, 2019 - 5:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as...
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In this photograph taken Sunday July 14, 2019, a morgue employee walks with a cross past others disinfecting the entrance to the morgue in Beni, Congo DRC. The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts Wednesday July 17, 2019 to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city, Goma, this week. More than 1,600 people in eastern Congo have died as the virus has spread in areas too dangerous for health teams to access. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
July 17, 2019 - 7:58 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2004, file photo, a customer looks over color chips at a Sherwin-Williams store in Columbus, Ohio. The nation's major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly two-decade old lawsuit. The settlement announced Wednesday, July 17, 2019, comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and other states. The settlement is with the Sherwin-Williams Company, ConAgra Grocery Products Company and NL Industries, Inc. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 17, 2019 - 6:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference with Moldova's Prime Minister Maia Sandu as part of a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
July 17, 2019 - 7:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved the plan Wednesday, noting the number of measles infections has risen significantly in recent years...
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A worker from the World Health Organization (WHO) decontaminates the doorway of a house on a plot where two cases of Ebola were found, in the village of Mabalako, in eastern Congo Monday, June 17, 2019. Health officials in eastern Congo have begun offering vaccinations to all residents in the hotspot of Mabalako whereas previous efforts had only targeted known contacts or those considered to be at high risk. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
July 15, 2019 - 8:53 am
BENI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Ebola (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Geneva says the United States will "provide more in the coming months" to help respond to the Ebola outbreak, while the European Union ambassador says the bloc will examine possibilities to scale up its...
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July 14, 2019 - 5:36 pm
BENI, Congo (AP) — The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago. The health ministry said the man who had arrived...
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July 10, 2019 - 2:07 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday. The report on progress toward achieving...
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July 04, 2019 - 9:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections, officials said. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a report listing more than two dozen...
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Yu Kangzhen, China's Vice President of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, answers questions at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Yu says the death toll from a disease that struck China's pig herds has risen to 1.2 million and the government is stepping up efforts to contain outbreaks. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
July 04, 2019 - 2:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a disease outbreak in China's pig herds that has pushed up global pork prices has risen to 1.2 million animals, but its spread has "significantly slowed," a deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Authorities are stepping up efforts to contain African swine...
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July 02, 2019 - 9:43 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from Congo's border with South Sudan, a country with a weak health care system after years of civil war that is vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly disease. The 40-year-old woman had traveled nearly 500 kilometers (...
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