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Boy with cerebral palsy receives adaptive car

Jul. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Four-year-old Jack Carroll loves to move. The Pensacola preschooler barely sat still in his stroller as his parents, Mike and Danielle Carroll, rolled him into the University of West Florida's Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering on a recent afternoon. As soon as he got...

Florida's 'pill mills' were a gateway to the opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Millard program teaches social skills to autistic students

Jul. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Millard Public Schools District in Omaha intends to offer new programs this coming school year to enhance the social skills of students with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities. The programs will use recreation specialists and volunteer peers to teach basic...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

West Nile virus found in 4 mosquito pools around Omaha-area

Jul. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials are warning those in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County to take precautions after West Nile virus is found in mosquitoes in the county. The Douglas County Health Department says in a news release that four local mosquito pools at two locations have tested positive for the...

Legionnaires' disease bacteria found in Maine water samples

Jul. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it has detected bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease in samples from the Orono-Veazie Water District. The agency said Friday that chlorine will be added to eliminate the bacteria. The CDC is investigating a cluster of...

Ruling keeps alive Abu-Jamal's lawsuit over hepatitis drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday kept alive a lawsuit brought by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, that alleges his rights were violated when he was denied hepatitis C drugs. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a...

Tennessee must mediate with prisoners over hepatitis C drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Tennessee to mediate with a group of prisoners who are demanding treatment for their hepatitis C infections. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw came after a four-day trial that included emotional testimony from a...

2 new vaccines required for some Kansas school students

Jul. 19, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Students in certain grades at Kansas public and private schools will be required to have two new vaccinations this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday that students entering kindergarten and first grade will need two doses of a hepatitis A vaccine....

Health officials confirm measles case in Detroit resident

Jul. 19, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Health officials in Detroit have confirmed a case of measles in a city resident who recently returned from overseas travel. The Detroit Health Department says the person with the highly contagious disease went to the emergency department Tuesday of Children's Hospital of Michigan as well as...