Public health

Pope Francis waves to wellwishers as he leaves after a meeting at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the capital Maputo, Mozambique Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 05, 2019 - 11:16 pm
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his visit to Mozambique by meeting with HIV-infected mothers and children at a Catholic Church-run hospital in one of the countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. The Zimpeto Hospital is the latest to be opened by the Sant'Egidio community, a...
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Denise Aguilar, right, joins others in a march through the Capitol to protest the state Legislature's passage of a measure to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations, in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Lawmakers sent the bill to Newsom on Wednesday but he said he wants last-minute changes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 04, 2019 - 5:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Medical groups and a lawmaker behind California legislation to crack down on vaccine exemptions said Wednesday they were surprised by Gov. Gavin Newsom's last-minute call for changes to the bill, a move that inserted fresh uncertainty into one of the year's most...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer listens to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in Clawson, Mich. Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The Democrat announced Wednesday, Sept. 4 that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and misleading marketing of flavored nicotine vaping products. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 04, 2019 - 9:36 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine." The Democrat ordered the state health department to issue...
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits an Ebola center in Beni, eastern Congo Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Guterres is starting a three-day visit to Congo to see the work of UN peacekeepers, work on disarmament and reintegration of ex-combatants, and efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
September 01, 2019 - 10:19 am
BENI, Congo (AP) — The United Nations secretary general visited Congo's eastern city of Beni on Sunday, pledging solidarity as the region faces an Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 2,000 people in a year and ongoing insecurity that has residents skeptical of outside help. "I could not go to the...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. New York's revocation of a longtime religious exemption for vaccinations has parents scrambling to either get kids shots, or get them out of the classroom as the school year begins. Lawmakers did away with the religious exemption in June amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
September 01, 2019 - 5:52 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of New York parents are scrambling to get their kids shots — or get them out of school. That's because state lawmakers recently revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations. Lawmakers did away with the exemption in June amid the nation's worst...
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September 01, 2019 - 5:48 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Upcoming trials seen as test cases for forcing drugmakers to pay for societal damage inflicted by the opioid epidemic should be delayed until Ohio's own lawsuits against the drugmakers can be heard, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost argued in a lawsuit. Yost, a Republican, said...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, JUUL Labs co-founder and Chief Product Officer James Monsees testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 30, 2019 - 10:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company's blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens, The Associated Press...
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August 30, 2019 - 3:27 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola in neighboring Uganda has died, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The young girl's body will be repatriated with her mother back to Congo for a...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, test cigarettes burn in a smoking machine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. A decade after President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law in 2009, health advocates say the Food and Drug Administration has yet to put in place the most sweeping changes envisioned by Congress. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
August 29, 2019 - 8:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually. "The decades-long effort to protect...
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FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. Pinterest says vaccine-related searches on its site will show results from health organizations including the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and others. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 28, 2019 - 8:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest says it will try to combat misinformation about vaccines by showing only information from health organizations when people search. Social media sites have been tryingto combat the spread of misinformation about vaccines. Pinterest previously tried blocking all searches for...
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