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Mother, son survive tough kidney transplant surgery

Dec. 8, 2019 10:17 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Noah Broadway has three kidneys. The Memphis teenager has the two kidneys he was born with, which don't work well. He also has a third one, healthy, that was transplanted into his body in an operation that could have killed him. The operation could have killed his mother, too, because...

Clothing study aims to help people with Down syndrome

Dec. 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — When Jayden Niblett wakes up each morning, his mind races to remember what he is doing that day, and what he can wear to impress his friends. The last often leads to annoyance. Jayden, 11, who has Down syndrome, struggles to find clothes that fit his unique body type and are...

UCF medical students give free Hep A shots, care to homeless

Dec. 8, 2019 3:00 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando...

American Samoa declares measles outbreak, closes schools

Dec. 7, 2019 8:52 PM EST

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks. In its announcement Friday of the measles outbreak, the government says...

Hepatitis A on rise in Colorado with nearly 300 known cases

Dec. 7, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Almost 300 people have contracted hepatitis A in Colorado since an increase in the contagious liver disease began in 2018. At least two of those people have died, according to the state health department. The rise in hepatitis A is part of a nationwide increase that has sickened at least...

Officals say the flu is 'prevalent' in New York

Dec. 6, 2019 8:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have declared that the flu is “prevalent” in the state. This declaration initiates a state regulation that will require healthcare professionals who are not vaccinated for influenza to wear masks in areas where patients are present. “Getting...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Melania Trump befriends 18-year-old former leukemia patient

Dec. 6, 2019 5:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Caoilinn McLane met Melania Trump she had no idea it wouldn't be the last time. Fighting leukemia from her bed at Children's National Hospital, Caoilinn McLane, then 15, met the first lady in 2017. Mrs. Trump had quietly visited the hospital to help with preparations for a...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against New Mexico health provider

Dec. 6, 2019 4:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of cancer doctors against a New Mexico health care provider after she found no violations of federal antitrust laws. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that New Mexico Oncology and Hematology Consultants Ltd....

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

Dec. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...