Public health

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo provided by Yale University, Onyema Ogbuagu, second from right, of the Yale School of Medicine meets with faculty at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. A Yale project is working to build up the health care system that was devastated by the Ebola epidemic in the West African nation. (Laura Crawford/Yale University via AP)
November 23, 2017 - 12:01 pm
The Ebola epidemic that ravaged Liberia took a heavy toll on the country's medical ranks, leaving the West African nation with one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios in the world. To build the country's health care system back up, teams from American universities and hospitals, with backing...
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November 23, 2017 - 10:10 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite having one of the toughest bans on lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting weights and lures in New Hampshire. The 2016 law prohibits the sale and use of lead tackle as part of an effort to revive the state's loon population. But a Loon Preservation...
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FILE - This Friday, April 7, 2017, file photo, shows cigarette butts discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building. Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies are returning to prime-time television, but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
November 21, 2017 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2015, file photo, a patron smokes a cigarette inside a bar in New Orleans hours before a smoking ban takes effect in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. Cigarette smoking, over-eating and other unhealthy behaviors can be blamed for nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths each year, according to a new American Cancer Society study released Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
November 21, 2017 - 12:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That's less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking...
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November 21, 2017 - 5:39 am
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are trying to determine why more than 100 students at a primary school were sickened last week. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that state Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Tim Kelly said Monday that Westview...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump declared opioid abuse a national public health emergency at the White House in October. Trump announced an advertising campaign to combat what he said is the worst drug crisis in the nation's history, but he did not direct any new federal funding toward the effort. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
November 20, 2017 - 2:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many American families and communities." It also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released Monday. The White House Council of Economic Advisers pegs...
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Kyle Graves, who is in recovery for opioid addition, sits in the home he shares with his mother in Franklin, Tenn., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Graves' troubles began more than a decade ago when he sought relief for degenerative arthritis in his hips, shoulders, feet and back. He was prescribed oxycodone, an opioid drug that works best for short-term pain but is risky and potentially addictive when used long-term. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
November 20, 2017 - 10:46 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump declared opioid abuse a national public health emergency at the White House in October. Trump announced an advertising campaign to combat what he said is the worst drug crisis in the nation's history, but he did not direct any new federal funding toward the effort. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
November 19, 2017 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The...
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November 19, 2017 - 2:39 pm
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Five current and former students are seeking $55 million in damages in a lawsuit that says they were exposed to toxic mold while living in three dormitories at a South Carolina college. Multiple media outlets report the five have sued Morris College, a historically black liberal...
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November 17, 2017 - 4:37 am
CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group says 1 million people in three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases because of the closing of airports and sea ports by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels. The International Committee of the...
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