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UNAIDS chief says won't quit over agency harassment claims

Jul. 18, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. "I need to deliver on my job," Michel Sidibe said in response to questions from The Associated Press during a Paris press conference...

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

Jul. 16, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. "For me, it's personal. I almost lost one of my...

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

Jul. 14, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. It's called the GeneXpert and it's about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea's National...

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

Jul. 14, 2018 1:10 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dr. O Yong Il swings open a glass door with an orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. As chief of North Korea's tuberculosis laboratory, Dr. O saw it as a godsend. Tuberculosis is North Korea's biggest public health...

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions discusses opioid crisis

Jul. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions put in a plug for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on Friday as he touted the role of law enforcement in reducing addiction and overdose deaths plaguing Maine and New England. Sessions said Brett Kavanaugh is the son of a prosecutor...

'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

Jul. 13, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis. Waiting his turn, a man named Robert is frank about why he's there, instead of one of the stairwells, parks, rooftops or porches where he has used heroin in...

Lawyer to officials: Return spoon sculpture used in protest

Jul. 10, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The lawyer for an art gallery owner asked Connecticut authorities on Tuesday to drop charges against him and return a steel sculpture of drug spoon that was seized after being placed in front of a drug maker's headquarters in protest of the opioid overdose crisis. Fernando Alvarez...

Research warns Indonesia gay bashing is fueling HIV epidemic

Jul. 2, 2018 2:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Disowned by his father and ill-equipped to deal with the stigma of HIV/AIDS, a young man who died in the central Indonesian city of Yogyakarta early this year had "effectively committed suicide" by stopping anti-viral medication, according to a doctor familiar with the case. The...

Health official who urged abstinence says views have changed

Jun. 29, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation's top public health agency once opposed condoms and needle exchange programs as ways to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. This week, in one of his first media interviews since taking office, Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. said his views have changed. "I think...

Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration

Jun. 28, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring. It's a marvel of ecology as shorebirds migrating from South America to the Arctic time a stop critical to their survival to this mass crab...