Latest Epidemics News

Faces of concussions: NHL's head-on battle with an epidemic

May. 23, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — Wearing a black shirt with "Fight for your happiness" on the front and "Sick not weak" on the back, Daniel Carcillo eats an apple as his wife makes a cappuccino nearby and their oldest daughter scampers around the kitchen. This is the family he always wanted, just not the life he...

New Mexico Little League park plagued by hypodermic needles

May. 20, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region's ongoing opioid epidemic. Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque is racing to clean up syringes littering fields and the...

Aid group: More funds needed for Ebola safe burials in Congo

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international aid organization says it only has enough funding to continue safe burials for Ebola victims in eastern Congo for two more weeks. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Thursday that unless it gets more funding it won't be able to...

Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit

May. 14, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The company that makes OxyContin did not stop pitching the powerful opioid painkiller to doctors even when its sales representatives raised concerns that they were prescribing the drug inappropriately, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office said in a lawsuit announced Tuesday. The...

Drugmaker will donate meds for US push to end HIV epidemic

May. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday that California-Based Gilead Sciences Inc. has agreed to donate medications that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year. "Will help us achieve our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in America!"...

Experimental brain implants studied as opioid deaths rise

May. 8, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital,...

Warren releases $100 billion plan to combat opioid epidemic

May. 8, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the public health consequences of addiction. Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990 law...

Head of embattled UNAIDS to leave post immediately

May. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' AIDS agency said Wednesday its executive director is leaving the post immediately, following allegations he mishandled sexual assault claims at the agency that is tasked with helping end the HIV epidemic. UNAIDS said Michel Sidibe will become health minister in his native...

Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims

May. 7, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails, saying "abusers aren't victims," according to a court filing announced Tuesday in Connecticut. The emails from Richard Sackler...

West Virginia settles opioid lawsuit with McKesson for $37M

May. 2, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $37 million settlement with the drug distributor McKesson in a lawsuit accusing the company of shipping millions of suspicious painkiller orders to the state as it was being ravaged by the opioid epidemic. A Thursday news release from Gov. Jim Justice...