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New York midwife pleads guilty to destroying 2,600 COVID-19 vaccines and issuing fraudulent cards

Jun. 17, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York midwife pleaded guilty on Monday to federal fraud charges for her role in giving out thousands of COVID-19 immunization cards to people who never received the vaccine, prosecutors said. Kathleen Breault, 66, of Cambridge, admitted in Brooklyn...

Lower your risk of falling as you get older with these simple steps

Jun. 15, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

One in four older adults in the U.S. will fall each year, putting them at risk of injury, broken bones and even death. Falls are a growing public health concern as the country's population sees record numbers of people turn 65 — now and in the future. But common as falls may be,...

AP PHOTOS: Myriad people flock to Indian city to swallow live fish with 'miracle cure' to asthma

Jun. 13, 2024 23:00 PM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A mother encourages her daughter to fully open her mouth to swallow a live fish holding “the medicine” she believes will help cure her child's asthma, as scores clamor about, gulping down their own fish and hoping for the best. Each summer, on a day...

Executives of telehealth company accused of fraud that gave easy access to addictive Adderall drug

Jun. 13, 2024 20:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Top executives of a California-based online mental health company were arrested on allegations of improperly prescribing addictive stimulants like Adderall during the coronavirus pandemic and exacerbating the shortage of the drugs for those who medically need them, officials...

Abortion pill access is unchanged after the Supreme Court's decision. Here's what you need to know

Jun. 13, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Access to the abortion pill mifepristone will not change after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort Thursday by anti-abortion groups to roll back its availability, a win for abortion rights supporters and millions of women in states where abortion is legal. ...

Past COVID infections may help protect against certain colds. Could it lead to better vaccines?

Jun. 12, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

If you’ve been sick with COVID-19, you may have some protection against certain versions of the common cold. A new study suggests previous COVID-19 infections lower the risk of getting colds caused by milder coronavirus cousins, which could provide a key to broader COVID-19...

Highly potent opioids are showing up in drug users in Africa for the first time, report says

Jun. 12, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Traces of highly potent opioids known as nitazenes have for the first time been found to be consumed by people who use drugs in Africa, according to a report released Wednesday by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a nonprofit organization. ...

Oregon man who drugged daughter's friends with insomnia medication at sleepover gets prison term

Jun. 11, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who drugged his daughter and her friends with fruit smoothies laced with a sleeping medication after they didn’t go to bed during a sleepover was sentenced to two years in prison. Michael Meyden, a 57-year-old from the Portland suburb of Lake...

Community health centers' new crisis: The need for backup power

Jun. 11, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center’s clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit community health center with burns,...

Alzheimer's drug that can slow disease gets backing from FDA advisers

Jun. 10, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched Alzheimer's drug from Eli Lilly won the backing of federal health advisers on Monday, setting the stage for the treatment's expected approval for people with mild dementia caused by the brain-robbing disease. Food and Drug Administration advisers...