Public health

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
August 29, 2019 - 7:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to settle a crush of lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across the country, The Associated Press has learned. The...
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FILE - This Friday, May 17, 2019 file photo shows a vial of a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in Mount Vernon, Ohio. On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, the first U.S. government report on mumps in migrant detention facilities say the virus has spread through 57 facilities in 19 states since September with new cases continuing as detainees are taken into custody or transferred. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
August 29, 2019 - 1:02 pm
A government report says mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday new mumps cases continue as migrants are taken into custody or transferred between facilities. As of last week, outbreaks...
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FILE- This June 14, 2018, file photo shows cartons of Marlboro cigarettes on the shelves at JR outlet in Burlington, N.C. Altria confirmed Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, that it is in talks to merge with Philip Morris International more than a decade after splitting itself into two companies. Altria has exclusively sold Marlboro and other cigarette brands in the U.S., while Philip Morris has handled international sales. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
August 27, 2019 - 12:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Altria confirmed Tuesday that it is in talks to merge with Philip Morris International more than a decade after splitting itself into two companies. Altria has exclusively sold Marlboro and other cigarette brands in the U.S., while Philip Morris has handled international sales. Both...
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August 26, 2019 - 1:31 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Prescriptions for opioids, as well as possible indicators of abuse, continue to fall in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports new figures released by the state Public Health Department show prescriptions for opioids fell 13% from 2016 to 2018. Preliminary numbers show...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, visitors walk toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. A teenage girl traveling from New Zealand to Southern California this month was infectious with highly contagious measles and may have exposed others at Disneyland and a nearby hotel, health officials said Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
August 24, 2019 - 3:05 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Public health officials say people who visited Disneyland and other Southern California tourist spots last week may have been exposed to measles. Officials say a teenage girl from New Zealand had the highly contagious disease and may have spread it during her visit —...
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FILE - This Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 file photo, shows an entrance to "The State Central Navy Testing Range" near the village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy's testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons. Over Russian 100 medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Yakovlev, File)
August 23, 2019 - 11:12 am
MOSCOW (AP) — More than 100 Russian medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday. The Aug. 8 incident at the Russian navy's range in Nyonoksa on...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2009 file photo, a mother holds her baby receiving a new malaria vaccine as part of a trial at the Walter Reed Project Research Center in Kombewa in Western Kenya. The World Health Organization said Thursday Aug. 22, 2019, it’s theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)
August 23, 2019 - 4:51 am
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the imperfect vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocally in favor"...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2019 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal health officials are proposing to update 1970s-era patient confidentiality rules to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught up in the nation’s opioid epidemic. The idea is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors treating that person for other problems. That can stave off serious errors, such as unwittingly prescribing opioid painkillers to someone with a past history of dependence. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 22, 2019 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the...
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FILE - In a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits for an interview with The Associated Press in Columbus. West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer money from any national opioid settlement to hospitals and health-based research. Gee and Kasich will announce Citizens for Effective Opioid Treatment on Thursday, August 22, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
August 22, 2019 - 4:11 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, calls on lawmakers to approve his measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions in Sacramento, Calif. An anti-vaccine activist has been cited for assault after pushing Pan on a sidewalk near the Capitol. Kenneth Austin Bennett livestreamed the confrontation on his Facebook page. It shows him shoving Pan in the back after questioning him on vaccinations. The Sacramento Police Department say they cited Bennett on a misdemeanor assault charge then released him. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 21, 2019 - 7:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An anti-vaccine activist was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday after shoving a California lawmaker who has worked to limit exemptions for childhood vaccinations. Kenneth Austin Bennett, 54, livestreamed the confrontation on his Facebook, which shows him shoving state...
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