Public health

A video monitor shows school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, center, making an appearance before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica in Broward County Court, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cruz is accused of opening fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing more than a dozen people and injuring several. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
February 16, 2018 - 12:38 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: BREAKING: Second Parkland Shooter in custody THE FACTS:...
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, lab technologist Sharda Modi tests a patient's swab for a flu infection at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Ga. On Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the flu season may finally be leveling off. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 16, 2018 - 12:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's no reason for health officials to celebrate yet:...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. Most doses of vaccine are made in a production process that involves growing viruses in chicken eggs. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 15, 2018 - 4:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor'...
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A woman cooks at a restaurant in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Korean food is some of the world’s finest - savory, salty soups with fish so tender it falls off the bone; thick slabs of grilled pork and beef backed with spicy kimchi that many Korean grandmothers swear cures the common cold. But it’s very different from what many foreign Olympians are used to. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 15, 2018 - 3:08 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — First, U.S. snowboarding star Chloe Kim tweeted about being "down for some ice cream" while competing in Pyeongchang, then about being "hangry" because she hadn't finished her breakfast sandwich. Clearly, food is a big deal for Olympians, and it's usually much more...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. Most doses of vaccine are made in a production process that involves growing viruses in chicken eggs. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 15, 2018 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting the flu shot won't make you spread the disease more, doesn't weaken your immune system but it does offer some protection from getting infected, despite misleading claims on social media. A post on a site called thewilddoc claimed that being vaccinated does more harm than...
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February 14, 2018 - 6:53 am
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A community blood center in North Carolina says widespread flu is causing a shortage of blood supply. The Blood Connection's medical director, Dr. Robert Rainer, tells The Greenville News that donors have been unable to keep scheduled appointments because of the flu, and the...
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February 13, 2018 - 6:36 am
LONDON (AP) — The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the number of measles cases across the continent tripled last year and is continuing to cause new outbreaks due to low immunization rates. In an update published this month, the agency said more than 14,400 cases were...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report released Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, contributed the most money to the groups, funneling $4.7 million to organizations and physicians from 2012 through last year, according to the report. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
February 12, 2018 - 10:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds...
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In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to the Senate chamber early shortly before midnight Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The weeklong drama over the hourslong government shutdown set loose overblown rhetoric from both parties while President Donald Trump wrestled inartfully with turmoil in the stock market, one of his favorite bragging points until it tanked. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
February 12, 2018 - 12:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — That blink-of-an-eye government shutdown last week produced a torrent of words leading up to it, not all of them loyal to reality. Misshapen rhetoric surrounded the stock market dive, too, as President Donald Trump struggled with the loss, at least for now, of bragging rights over...
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In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to the Senate chamber early shortly before midnight Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The weeklong drama over the hourslong government shutdown set loose overblown rhetoric from both parties while President Donald Trump wrestled inartfully with turmoil in the stock market, one of his favorite bragging points until it tanked. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
February 10, 2018 - 5:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The weeklong drama over the hourslong government shutdown set loose overblown rhetoric from both parties while President Donald Trump wrestled inartfully with turmoil in the stock market, one of his favorite bragging points until it tanked. On the sidelines of the budget battle,...
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