Latest Public health News

A ship carrying 19,000 cattle caused a big stink in the South African city of Cape Town

Feb. 20, 2024 15:55 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — What stinks? Authorities in Cape Town launched an investigation Monday after a foul stench swept over the South African city. City officials inspected sewage facilities for leaks and an environmental health team was activated before the...

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Feb. 20, 2024 11:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Feb. 19, 2024 15:11 PM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. February 15, 2024. Editorial: Raiding funds a bad way to start tax relief Gov. Jim Pillen wants to cut Nebraska’s property taxes by 40%. But he and his legislative allies can’t find an acceptable way to pay for the $2 billion reduction. ...

Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks

Feb. 14, 2024 16:23 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A fiery debate over public health and personal rights gripped Puerto Rico this week, intensifying Wednesday when legislators clashed with medical experts. The debate began earlier this month after the administrator of Puerto Rico’s House of...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 14, 2024 07:31 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 10, 2024. Editorial: Set modest goals for legislative session After four years of major policy changes — and big spending — here’s hoping for a return to normalcy in even-year work at the State Capitol. After...

Biden administration expands program to help rural towns plagued by sewage problems

Feb. 13, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is expanding a program to help rural communities with serious sewage problems get technical help to plan improvements and apply for funding. Eleven communities in the South and Southwest were chosen in 2022 for a...

Here's how to beat the hype and overcome loneliness on Valentine's Day

Feb. 10, 2024 08:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elise Plessis hasn't been in a long-term relationship for 26 years. It's by choice, yet she still suffers FOMO when Valentine's Day rolls around. “I'm the singleton of the family and the friend group,” said the 53-year-old Plessis, who lives in Manitoba, Canada....

Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution from tailpipes, smokestacks

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health...

Getting a dental X-ray? A new recommendation says you don't need a lead apron

Feb. 01, 2024 17:18 PM EST

Those heavy lead aprons may be on their way out at the dentist office, depending on where you live. The nation's largest dental association said Thursday it will no longer recommend the use of lead aprons and thyroid collars on patients who are getting dental X-rays. ...

New Mexico justices hear challenge to public health ban on guns in public parks and playgrounds

Jan. 08, 2024 16:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for gun rights urged the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to block emergency orders by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham restricting people from carrying guns at public parks and playgrounds in the state's largest metro area and address gun violence as a public health...