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In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a nurse prepares medicines for patients at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Is the new virus more 'deadly' than flu? Not exactly

Feb. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EST

What's more deadly — the flu, SARS or the new coronavirus discovered in China? There are different ways to look at it and even knowledgeable folks sometimes say "deadly" when they may mean "lethal." Lethality means the capacity to cause death, or how often a disease proves fatal. Chinese scientists who...

Drug overdose deaths in Connecticut reach record-high

Feb. 14, 2020 11:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials announced drug overdose deaths in the state increased by nearly 20% last year. Exactly 1,200 people died of some sort of drug overdose in 2019, an increase mostly attributed to the continued rise in fentanyl use, the Hartford Courant reported Friday. ...

Indiana governor says he'll keep up pregnancy protection bid

Feb. 11, 2020 4:17 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor said Tuesday he would keep pushing for a law requiring more businesses to provide workplace accommodations for pregnant women, even though the state Senate rebuffed his proposal last week. Republican senators stripped from a bill the requirement that businesses...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 5, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 31 The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh on the state's rate of black infant mortality: State programs and efforts by private organizations have reduced North Carolina’s infant mortality rate to its lowest ever, but the...

Indiana push for pregnant worker protections gets sidelined

Feb. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday threw a roadblock in front of a proposal that would require more Indiana businesses to allow pregnant women to take longer breaks, transfer to less physical work and take unpaid time off after childbirth. The GOP-dominated Indiana Senate voted 34-15 to...

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

New China virus details show challenge for outbreak control

Feb. 2, 2020 8:46 AM EST

It can spread person to person, even if someone is showing no symptoms. The next in line can continue to pass it on. The incubation period is so long that people may not know where or when they picked it up. Details that emerged last week about the new virus from China show how challenging it could be to control...

Birth defects 2nd-leading cause of infant deaths in Indiana

Feb. 2, 2020 12:01 AM EST

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — In October 2011, Amber Broman remembers sitting in the doctor’s office bawling, screaming and crying out. Minutes earlier, she had learned that the baby girl she was carrying would likely never have the chance to talk or walk, ride a bike or drive a car or be walked down the...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, two joggers run through Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, Pa. Data released on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 shows that U.S. life expectancy has improved for the first time in four years, thanks to a sharp decline in the cancer death rate and to a drop in fatal drug overdoses. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

For 1st time in 4 years, US life expectancy rises — a little

Jan. 30, 2020 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses. "Let’s just hope it...

Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020.  The passengers will undergo additional screenings in California and be placed in temporary housing. Officials have not said how long they will stay there.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

Jan. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 10 a.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday it plans to bring back 58 South...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 28 The Post and Courier on the new CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority: It’s bad enough that the Charleston County Aviation Authority has chosen a political insider with no relevant experience for its $290,000-a-year top job. Worse is...