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Hepatitis A outbreak over in northern Kentucky

Dec. 10, 2019 4:10 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — The hepatitis A outbreak in northern Kentucky has been declared over by local health officials. No new cases have been reported in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in the last four months, the Northern Kentucky Health Department said Monday in a statement. The outbreak began...

Scientist: Complaints about rodent infestation led to firing

Dec. 10, 2019 12:20 AM EST

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico scientist says she was fired from a New Mexico Tech lab job after complaining about a rodent infestation. Chemical engineer Glenanne Johnson was terminated from her position as a lab manager at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center following her complaints...

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Dec. 9, 2019 5:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement....

American Samoa to begin mass measles vaccination this week

Dec. 9, 2019 2:07 PM EST

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. territory of American Samoa say they will begin mass measles vaccinations later this week. At a meeting Sunday, officials said the vaccinations would be given for seven days starting Friday. There are nine confirmed cases of measles in the...

Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34

Dec. 9, 2019 2:03 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34.

Flu blamed for 3 deaths in Missouri

Dec. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The cold and flu season is just beginning, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that three deaths are blamed on the flu. The health department did not release any information about the victims but said the total number of influenza cases in the...

Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says

Dec. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EST

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function. Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain regions that regulate planning and impulse control? Is obesity a result of that brain difference? Or are...

More than 1,000 vaccinated as hepatitis A strikes Virginia

Dec. 9, 2019 12:33 PM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — A confirmed case of hepatitis A in a Virginia restaurant worker prompted a health division to launch a public vaccination effort for the first time this year as the state fights its outbreak status. More than 1,000 people were vaccinated in southwest Virginia on Thursday and Friday, the...

West Virginians head to Canada to find affordable insulin

Dec. 9, 2019 7:50 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A group of West Virginians left the country Sunday in search of affordable insulin — they went to Canada, where insulin prices are reported to be about a tenth of what it costs people in the United States. Across the border, no prescription is even necessary to purchase the...

7 sickened by carbon monoxide during DC boat parade

Dec. 9, 2019 2:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least seven people, including three children, were sickened by an apparent carbon dioxide leak while taking part in an annual holiday boat parade in Washington, D.C., authorities say. Authorities responded to a parading 32-foot boat Saturday night after someone aboard fell unconscious...