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A child sits on the floor while watching a public hearing on vaccine exemption legislation on close circuit television, in an overflow room at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. Nearly 500 were signed up to address lawmakers at the hearing. Proponents of ending the exemption, including the Department of Public Health commissioner and Gov. Ned Lamont, have voiced concern about the growing number of religious exemptions in Connecticut and the potential risk that could place on the rest of the population. (AP Photo/Sue Haigh)

Hundreds urge lawmakers to keep religious vaccine exemption

Feb. 19, 2020 5:01 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of parents who are skeptical about the safety of vaccines turned out in force Wednesday, hoping to squash the latest proposal to end Connecticut's religious exemption from certain childhood vaccines. But members of the medical and science community urged members of the...

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. ...

By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65

Feb. 13, 2020 7:04 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — By 2060, almost a quarter of all U.S. residents will be over age 65, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 years, according to new reports the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. The growth in life expectancy in the U.S. over the next four decades is expected to be...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, girls play on a rooftop in Boulaq El Dakrour district of Giza, Egypt. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, the official statistics agency announced Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million people, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census results in 2017. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt's booming population officially hits 100 million

Feb. 11, 2020 1:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million Tuesday, the official statistics agency announced, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The staggering figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census...

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...

Analysis: Louisiana health department targeting disparities

Feb. 2, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a poverty-ridden state plagued with dismal health outcomes, Louisiana's health department has set a big goal to improve citizens' health, trying to help people access services no matter their racial, economic or geographic backgrounds. The agency last year created a health equity...

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...