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Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

Sep. 22, 2018 10:03 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams. The Rincon...

Italy extends time for vaccine proof for young school kids

Sep. 22, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian parents have more time before having to produce proof to schools that their children have received 10 mandatory vaccinations. The Italian Senate has extended until March a requirement that families provide vaccination documentation so their children can attend nursery school or...

Health officials warn of e-cigarette use among teens

Sep. 22, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Health officials in Vermont are warning parents that teens are becoming addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes. Ann Gilbert, director of the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, tells the Times Argus "a number of young people" are using electronic cigarettes who would not...

State to review children mental health system

Sep. 22, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state has hired a private consulting firm to review how Maine provides mental health services to children after an advocacy group urged the state to improve such services. The Boston-based Public Consulting Group is working with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on...

Bus driver charged with assaulting autistic rider

Sep. 21, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — A Maine school district has fired a bus driver caught on surveillance video smacking a teenager who has autism. Melissa Seavey tells WMTW-TV that she's thankful that an aide reported the assault on her 19-year-old son. Surveillance video captured the driver hitting her son on...

Survey of 104 countries says 1.3 billion live in poverty

Sep. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty — including 662 million children. The Multidimensional Poverty Index released Thursday by the U.N....

Teens accused of cutting Christmas decorations for ill boy

Sep. 20, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say two teens accused of slashing Christmas decorations set up in an Ohio neighborhood to help a child diagnosed with terminal cancer celebrate the holiday early have been arrested. Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain Township said Thursday the juveniles were caught after a...

Officials say 15-year-old boy killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Sep. 19, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire during a protest near the perimeter fence with Israel. The ministry said early Thursday that Moumin Abu Eiada was shot in the head as he participated with dozens in an overnight protest in...

Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your wallet

Sep. 19, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet. Health officials recommend that nearly all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions. Roughly 145 million Americans get flu shots each year, according to...

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

Sep. 17, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services...