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Porter County to offer genetic tests for juvenile offenders

Sep. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — The juvenile court for northwestern Indiana's Porter County is partnering with a laboratory to offer genetic testing for young offenders to help see what psychiatric medications might help them. The county's juvenile court will collaborate with Valparaiso-based Great Lakes Labs to...

Army recruit dies before training exercise in South Carolina

Sep. 21, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson in South Carolina has died before a training exercise. Fort Jackson spokesman Patrick Jones said in a statement that the recruit died Friday while preparing for outdoor physical training with his battalion. When the recruit showed signs...

WV horse therapy program aids those with disabilities

Sep. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Despite heavy storm clouds rolling in above 1952 Files Cross Road, Aiden Sowers, 4, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), shouted to his father, Don, from their vehicle parked on the gravel roadway that the rain had not started falling and they should be able to...

Drexel, Tower to buy St. Christopher's Hospital for $50M

Sep. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Drexel University and Tower Health have agreed to pay $50 million to buy St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, edging out a for-profit California hospital company in negotiations that lasted until early Friday. "This will ensure that the hospital remains a vital resource to families...

Boston zoo's beloved 14-year-old white tiger dies

Sep. 20, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston zoo's 14-year-old white tiger has died after a brief battle with cancer. The Franklin Park Zoo says its tiger Luther was recently diagnosed with an "undifferentiated round cell tumor" and stopped responding to medication. The zoo decided to euthanize him Thursday as Luther's health...

Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Sep. 20, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country's first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said authorities...

8-year-old cancer survivor throws first pitch at Braves game

Sep. 20, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Ga. (AP) — An 8-year-old diagnosed with cancer whose father recently succumbed to his own cancer threw out the first pitch at an Atlanta Braves game. Sam Rosa told news outlets Thursday he could feel his dad's love surrounding him on the mound at SunTrust park. Sam was diagnosed with cancer in...

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

4 families sue over Missouri vaccine requirements

Sep. 19, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four Missouri families who don't want to vaccinate their children allege in a lawsuit that the children's schools and state health officials have made it increasingly difficult to file religious exemptions. The Kansas City Star reports that a federal judge has already ruled that one...

State: 300 families sent erroneous lead test letters

Sep. 19, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says about 300 families were sent an erroneous letter saying a blood test for their children showed elevated levels of lead. The department's Division for Public Health Services apologized for the error in a news release...