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In this April 2020 photo provided by The Wound Treatment Center, two COVID-19 patients are treated in hyperbaric chambers at a hospital in Opelousas, La. The therapy involves delivering 100% oxygen straight to patients inside a pressurized chamber. (Marcus Speyrer/The Wound Treatment Center via AP)

Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight

Jul. 31, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

As a New York University medical researcher who works once a week in an emergency room, Dr. David Lee had the luxury of time to think like a scientist while also treating coronavirus patients whose lungs kept giving out. In every case, he saw the same thing: Their blood was starved of oxygen. One day an idea hit...

A group of plaintiffs and supporters celebrate during a meeting following the court ruling in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. A court has recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain” that fell after the U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors, ordering the government to provide the same medical benefits it gives other survivors. (Kyodo News via AP)

Hiroshima court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims

Jul. 29, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday for the first time recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain" that fell after the 1945 U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors, ordering the city and the prefecture to provide the same government medical benefits as given to...

Private settlement reached in asbestos lawsuit

Jul. 29, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A private settlement has been reached in a West Virginia asbestos lawsuit. Ohio County Clerk of Courts Brenda Miller and court employees for Judge Ronald Wilson confirmed the settlement, but said details weren't available, The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reported. The...

FILE - This July 16, 1945 photo, shows an aerial view after the first atomic explosion at Trinity Test Site, N.M. Nuclear weapons continue to be a hot political topic in Utah and elsewhere 75 years after the U.S military detonated the world’s first atomic bomb in New Mexico, ushering in the nuclear age. The Deseret News reports the Trump administration has talked about resuming nuclear bomb testing as politicians consider renewing compensation for those still suffering from dangerous radiation exposure during the years of nuclear tests.  (AP Photo/File)

Nuclear weapons testing hot topic 75 years after test

Jul. 18, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — On July 16, 1945, the U.S military detonated the world’s first atomic bomb in New Mexico, ushering in the nuclear age. And now on the 75th anniversary of the test code-named Trinity, nuclear weapons continue to be a hot political topic, including in Utah. The Trump...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District biologist Nadja Reissen examines a mosquito in Salt Lake City. “Mosquitoes are the biggest nuisance and pest on this planet. Hands down,” says Ary Faraji, the president of the American Mosquito Control Association. “They are responsible for more deaths than any other organism on this planet, including humans.”  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mosquitoes flying free as health departments focus on virus

Jul. 16, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Bug spray, swollen welts, citronella. It’s mosquito season. And in a normal year, the health department serving Ohio’s Delaware County would be setting out more than 90 mosquito traps a week — black tubs of stagnant water with nets designed to ensnare the little buggers. But this year,...

Demolition of public housing complex where 2 died starts

Jul. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Workers are preparing to start the demolition of an 80-year-old South Carolina public housing complex where two men died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a poorly maintained heater. The 400 residents of Allen Benedict Court in Columbia were never allowed back into their homes after...

Propane leak at daycare center sends contractors to hospital

Jul. 2, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say four contractors were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning from a propane leak at a daycare center in Mount Horeb Thursday at a time when about 50 children were in the facility. None of the children were hurt. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says first...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...

Jennifer Gottschalk, environmental health supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, walks down a hallway of the department’s offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier in the year, the county’s department was so short-staffed that her duties included overseeing campground and pool inspections, rodent control and sewage programs, while also supervising outbreak preparedness for a community of more than 425,000 people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Jul. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue...

Madison area restaurants adapt to pandemic dining

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Patio or bar stool, sidewalk cafe or upholstered banquette, sitting or standing — safety recommendations for public dining are the same. Stay six feet apart from people you don’t live with. Sanitize your hands. Wear a mask when you can. “Outdoor seating rules are...