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Advocate: Changes needed at state-run center after suicide

Sep. 26, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's child advocate is calling for immediate action to improve safety and care at a state-run psychiatric treatment center for children, in response to the suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year. Child Advocate Sarah Eagan on...

UK: health worker infected with smallpox-like disease

Sep. 26, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officials say a health worker involved in treating a patient with monkeypox has been infected with the rare disease, suggesting possible lapses in the hospital's infection control procedures. Earlier this month, Public Health England reported two unconnected cases of monkeypox in...

Congo says Ebola efforts can resume after deadly attack

Sep. 26, 2018 3:49 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo's health ministry says efforts to contain the latest Ebola outbreak can resume Wednesday in a key community where a deadly rebel attack over the weekend caused work to be suspended. Civil society in Beni had demanded that commercial and other activity stop for five days to protest...

Former Israeli PM Barak to chair medical marijuana company

Sep. 26, 2018 2:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has been appointed chairman of an Israeli medical marijuana company. The company, InterCure, announced Wednesday that Barak would be coming on board as chairman. Barak, who served as prime minister in the early 2000s as well as defense minister, has...

Governments to discuss tackling tuberculosis at UN summit

Sep. 25, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Governments from around the world will gather Wednesday to discuss the persistent scourge of tuberculosis, which last year claimed more lives than any other communicable disease. About 1.3 million people worldwide died of TB in 2017. A further 300,000 people with both HIV and TB died...

Veterinarian removes eel from loggerhead sea turtle's body

Sep. 25, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A veterinarian has removed a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from the body cavity of a loggerhead sea turtle in the Florida Keys. Dr. Brooke Burkhalter needed three hours Tuesday to complete the unusual procedure to remove the goldspotted eel from Shelmore, a sub-adult turtle who...

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

Sep. 25, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for...

Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

Sep. 25, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Last week, the Minnesota Vikings were concerned enough about Everson Griffen's state of mind that they barred the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end from practice until he had a mental health evaluation. After a scary series of incidents on Saturday, Griffen remained away from the team...

Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial

Sep. 25, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded. Defense attorney Samuel Winder argued in court that Arthur Perrault was not a...

Watchdog: MDs with convictions hired to examine immigrants

Sep. 25, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One physician appointed to examine immigrants was convicted of solicitation of capital murder because he tried to hire a hit man to kill a dissatisfied patient in Houston. Another had a history of sexual misconduct and exploitation of female patients. And a third was disciplined for...