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FACT FOCUS: Trump falsely claims babies can be seen to change 'radically' after vaccination

Jul. 16, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

In an excerpt of a recent conversation between former President Donald Trump and independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. posted online, Trump suggested vaccines given to children to protect them from disease are harmful. He also exaggerated the number of vaccines given to children...

A 'new era' in malaria control has begun with a vaccination campaign for children in Ivory Coast

Jul. 16, 2024 03:00 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Health workers in Ivory Coast began giving children the latest malaria vaccine on Monday, the beginning of a regional campaign that experts hope might curb the impact of one of Africa's top killers. The West African country became the first to start...

A Baltimore man died after being sedated and restrained by medics. His mom wants answers

Jul. 16, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — When Trea Ellinger left a Baltimore drug rehab facility last summer, he assured his anxious mother that everything was fine. He had his medications and was planning to meet up with his girlfriend. By the following afternoon, he was dead — not from the violence...

Extreme heat and some medicines can be a risky combo. Here's what to know

Jul. 12, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

Extreme heat can raise the danger of heat-related illnesses and threaten health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications. Hot weather, too, can damage medicines such as insulin that require refrigeration. Inhalers can explode. Epinephrine...

Kentucky drug crackdown yields 200 arrests in Operation Summer Heat

Jul. 11, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A sweeping investigation into suspected drug trafficking rings has produced more than 200 arrests and drug seizures valued at nearly $685,000, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. He also touted prevention and treatment programs fighting the deadly addiction epidemic. ...

The plague rarely affects humans, though the US sees about 7 cases a year. Here's why

Jul. 10, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

Colorado health officials have confirmed a human case of the plague, the rare bacterial infection infamously known for killing tens of millions in 14th century Europe. Today, it's easily treated with antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are...

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Jul. 09, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices, after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. ...

An Afghan woman wanted to be a doctor. Now she makes pickles as the Taliban restricts women's roles

Jul. 03, 2024 00:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Frozan Ahmadzai is one of 200,000 Afghan women who have the Taliban’s permission to work. She should have graduated from university this year in pursuit of her dream of becoming a doctor, but the Taliban have barred women from higher education and excluded them from...

FDA approves a second Alzheimer's drug that can modestly slow disease

Jul. 02, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have approved another Alzheimer’s drug that can modestly slow the disease, providing a new option for patients in the early stages of the incurable, memory-destroying ailment. The Food and Drug Administration approved Eli Lilly’s Kisunla on...

The US will pay Moderna $176 million to develop an mRNA pandemic flu vaccine

Jul. 02, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

The U.S. government will pay the vaccine maker Moderna $176 million to accelerate development of a pandemic influenza vaccine that could be used to treat bird flu in people, as concern grows about cases in dairy cows across the country, federal officials announced Tuesday. Moderna...