Latest Epidemics News

Oklahoma's top court hearing request to delay opioid lawsuit

Mar. 20, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drugmakers are trying to persuade Oklahoma's top court to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, a week after rejecting drugmakers' request to immediately postpone the scheduled May...

APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund

Mar. 20, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play 'epidemic'

Mar. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy says slow play on the PGA Tour has become an epidemic. McIlroy and playing partners Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar waited on nearly every tee box and in nearly every fairway during the second round at The Players Championship on Friday. Even with daylight saving...

Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO

Mar. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported. Nearly 600 people have died...

WHO: Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight

Mar. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The director-general of the World Health Organization says recent attacks on Ebola treatment centers in Congo threaten to reverse the gains that have been made in fighting the epidemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has just returned from a visit to eastern Congo, noted reports on Thursday...

Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects immediate opioid trial delay

Mar. 13, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of what is expected to be the first state trial in lawsuits accusing the companies of fueling an opioid epidemic. The court instead set a March 20 hearing on whether to grant a...

The Latest: Oklahoma court: No immediate opioid trial delay

Mar. 13, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a request to delay a civil trial in Oklahoma accusing opioid manufacturers of fueling a deadly epidemic (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the May start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses...

US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettes

Mar. 13, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed by the Food and...

Response to Ebola in Congo hampered by violence, says group

Mar. 7, 2019 6:14 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers battling Ebola in eastern Congo are facing "a climate of deepening community mistrust" nearly seven months after the outbreak began, Doctors Without Borders warned Thursday. The medical aid group has temporarily suspended its operations at two treatment centers located...

Political feud complicates Kentucky's fight against opioids

Mar. 6, 2019 12:35 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For every 100,000 people in Kentucky, 23 are killed by opioid overdoses — nearly double the national rate. But a political feud is complicating the state's effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the epidemic. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and...