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Mannequins help students learn ins and outs of health care

Jul. 20, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Lying on the table, surrounded by two nurses, a woman shrieks in pain, "There's something horribly wrong!" She's in labor, and nurse Shanti Fernandez is helping to deliver her baby. While another nurse assures her that everything will be fine, Fernandez pulls out a healthy baby boy —...

Boy with cerebral palsy receives adaptive car

Jul. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Four-year-old Jack Carroll loves to move. The Pensacola preschooler barely sat still in his stroller as his parents, Mike and Danielle Carroll, rolled him into the University of West Florida's Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering on a recent afternoon. As soon as he got...

Deer disease: No Christmas reindeer imports to Alabama

Jul. 20, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Live stand-ins for Santa's reindeer won't be allowed to come into Alabama this year, as part of the state's precautions against a deadly deer disease. So far, there hasn't been any chronic wasting disease in Alabama, and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wants...

Flavored tobacco targeted in bid to stem youth vaping

Jul. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored tobacco products like those popular with electronic cigarette users. Invoking comparisons to the "Joe Camel"...

Florida's 'pill mills' were a gateway to the opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Ohio raising age to buy tobacco products to 21

Jul. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is raising the minimum age to buy tobacco and related products from 18 to 21. Gov. Mike DeWine said tobacco use by young people is a crisis in Ohio and the nation when he signed the law Thursday. Ohio will join 17 other states that have set the age limit for purchasing tobacco...

Millard program teaches social skills to autistic students

Jul. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Millard Public Schools District in Omaha intends to offer new programs this coming school year to enhance the social skills of students with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. The programs will use recreation specialists and volunteer peers to teach basic...

Mobile clinic serves Iowa's 'invisible' farming workforce

Jul. 20, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) — Caroline Johnson is not a typical nurse practitioner. Nor are her patients typical patients. Recently, she treated people in a small room at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital's Family Resource Center. Rather than an examination table, she had a couch and kitchen table. She could not...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

West Nile virus found in 4 mosquito pools around Omaha-area

Jul. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials are warning those in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County to take precautions after West Nile virus is found in mosquitoes in the county. The Douglas County Health Department says in a news release that four local mosquito pools at two locations have tested positive for the...