Latest Epidemics News

State: More than 1,500 opioid deaths in 2018 so far

Nov. 16, 2018 3:58 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts remains in the throes of an opioid crisis with more than 1,500 deaths through the first nine months of 2018, most linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to new state figures released Friday. The Department of Public Health's latest quarterly report on...

North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic

Nov. 16, 2018 3:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the...

Indiana sues Purdue Pharma over the state's opioid crisis

Nov. 15, 2018 7:46 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Indiana is suing the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, alleging that its actions played a role in fueling the state's opioid epidemic. The lawsuit filed Wednesday against Purdue Pharma Inc., Purdue Pharma, L.P., and The Purdue Frederick Company says the Stamford,...

Former Nazi guard testifies he wasn't involved in killings

Nov. 15, 2018 9:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial on hundreds of counts of accessory to murder has testified he was aware that inmates were dying but says he didn't know they were being killed. Johann Rehbogen told the Muenster state court Thursday he knew the conditions of the Stutthof camp...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Nov. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials: ___ Nov. 9 The Lexington Herald-Leader on a Kentucky county's drinking-water crisis: Martin County's drinking-water crisis has been used to spotlight the effects of failing infrastructure, rural poverty, pollution, the power of the coal industry and weather. CNN...

Report: Opioid crisis costing Massachusetts $2.5B a year

Nov. 14, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The opioid crisis is costing Massachusetts $2.5 billion a year in lost productivity from employees who aren't showing up for work because of their addiction or who are showing up, but are so distracted by their addiction or need to care for an addicted family member they can't concentrate on...

New program targets substance abuse among Native Americans

Nov. 11, 2018 3:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A new state program seeks to lower rates of substance abuse among young Native Americans in Massachusetts. The state Department of Public Health says the $1.2 million, federally-funded initiative was launched as a result of recommendations from an opioid working group formed by Republican...

Congo ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history

Nov. 10, 2018 7:41 AM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. The deadly virus has killed about 198 people since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the volatile east, the ministry said. Those dead...

Democrats promise congressional action on gun control

Nov. 9, 2018 12:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the...

Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

Nov. 8, 2018 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the...