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Music Review: Alanis Morissette dazzles on 9th album

Jul. 29, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Alanis Morissette, “Such Pretty Forks in the Road" (Epiphany Music) The piano is back. The voice is back. The angst is back. A genre onto herself, Alanis Morissette comes out in force with her ninth studio album “Such Pretty Forks In the Road,” where she untangles some of the thornier...

Traditional birth attendant Emily Owino, left, prepares to help Veronica Atieno, right, deliver her baby in Emily's one-room house during a dusk-to-dawn curfew, late at night in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, May 28, 2020. Kenya already had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and though data are not yet available on the effects of the curfew aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, experts believe the number of women and babies who die in childbirth has increased significantly since it was imposed mid-March. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Pregnant women at risk of death in Kenya's COVID-19 curfew

Jul. 25, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Veronica Atieno remembers feeling her way through the dark alleys between the shacks that make up Nairobi’s slums, picking her way past raw sewage and rusty, razor-sharp metal roofing with trepidation. Her labor pains had crescendoed during Kenya’s coronavirus...

Colorado Rockies left fielder David Dahl puts on a face mask while taking part in drills as the team practiced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Dahl's health, wife's pregnancy gave him pause before season

Jul. 23, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

On deck: Baby Dahl! Colorado Rockies outfield David Dahl announced on social media Thursday that he and his wife are expecting a baby in January. That news, coupled with being considered high risk with his health, caused him to give serious consideration to whether he would to play this season in light of...

In this June 26, 2020, photo, Astrid Galvan poses for a photo with her sonogram for her second child in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

VIRUS DIARY: Perfect pregnancy plans, ruined by a pandemic

Jul. 16, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It was the day after April Fool’s when I stared at a tiny window on a pregnancy test and watched a very clear plus sign quickly appear. I sprinted from my side of the house to my husband’s office (see: bathroom), banged on the door like a crazed person and jumped up and down as...

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Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?

Jul. 16, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? It’s possible, but it seems to be relatively rare and scientists think they know why that is. Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too. Researchers in...

Hospital settles suit over infection that killed preemies

Jul. 15, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

A major Pennsylvania hospital where three premature infants died in a bacterial outbreak last year has taken the extraordinary step of admitting fault as a condition of a civil settlement announced Wednesday. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, acknowledged the process it was using to prepare...

Missouri governor signs bill for free COVID-19 testing

Jul. 13, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday signed a number of bills into law, including legislation to ensure free COVID-19 testing and a requirement that hospitals perform rape kits when needed. Here's a glance at what Parson approved: ALLERGY MEDICINE Local governments soon will no longer...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries with hundreds during a food pantry sponsored by Healthy Waltham for those in need due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass. A small study in Italy strengthens evidence that pregnant women infected with the coronavirus might be able to spread it to a fetus before birth. Research was released on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Jul. 9, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

A small study strengthens evidence that a pregnant woman infected with the coronavirus might be able to spread it to her fetus. Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April. They found signs of the virus in several samples of umbilical cord...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries with hundreds during a food pantry sponsored by Healthy Waltham for those in need due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe cases of COVID-19, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

U.S. officials change virus risk groups, add pregnant women

Jun. 25, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency on Thursday revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also changed the list of underlying conditions that...