- Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect Updated: May-25-16 5:15 pm
NEW YORK - As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?
- Maine senator proposes fees on prescription opioids Updated: May-25-16 2:20 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A U.S. senator from Maine is co-sponsoring a bill that would impose a fee on prescription opioids to help pay for programs that would alleviate the country's opioid epidemic.
- Cuomo: Campaign finance reform, heroin plan top priorities Updated: May-24-16 5:20 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a new proposal to close a campaign finance loophole linked to Albany's culture of corruption, naming it one of his top legislative priorities as lawmakers enter the final days of their session.
- Concern in Haiti over emerging condition linked to Zika Updated: May-23-16 11:08 pm
MIREBALAIS, Haiti - Berny Saint-Sauveur was moaning and incoherent when his family carried him into a hospital in central Haiti. He was unable to move, he later found out, because of an unusual paralysis syndrome linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
- The cost of an overdose in Massachusetts Updated: May-23-16 10:14 am
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: May-21-16 11:54 am
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- Connecticut's fatal drug overdoses on pace to top 2015 total Updated: May-20-16 6:54 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The number of fatal drug overdoses in Connecticut is on pace to exceed last year's total, but there are signs the epidemic might be levelling off.
- WHO: Zika virus off West Africa coast came from Americas Updated: May-20-16 1:03 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The Zika virus that is believed to have infected more than 7,500 people in an island nation off the western coast of Africa is the same strain spreading through the Americas, the World Health Organization said Friday.
- UN: Yellow fever outbreak is "serious" but not an emergency Updated: May-19-16 2:36 pm
LONDON - The World Health Organization says the ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in central Africa is "serious and of great concern" but does not warrant being declared a global emergency.
- NY Senate GOP unveils plan to fight heroin, opioid abuse Updated: May-17-16 3:42 pm
ALBANY, New York - The New York state Senate's Republican majority has released a list of 35 recommendations for addressing the state's heroin and opioid epidemic.
- Summit addresses issue of drug-impaired driving in Maine Updated: May-17-16 12:04 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Authorities say more education about drug-impaired driving is needed in Maine as the state deals with a heroin epidemic and considers legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
- Officials hold forum to discuss drug epidemic Updated: May-16-16 12:45 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - State officials are hosting a community forum to educate people about the ongoing drug epidemic.
- House, Senate hope to craft quick anti-drug abuse compromise Updated: May-13-16 11:18 am
WASHINGTON - Congress is ready to start crafting compromise legislation addressing the nation's opioid abuse crisis, which should be an easier lift than other issues facing lawmakers. The reason: Both parties have an election-year incentive to show they're tackling a problem that is killing people in America's biggest cities and smallest towns.
- House approves $2.5 million prescription database overhaul Updated: May-12-16 4:16 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan's database tracking prescriptions of powerful painkillers may be on track for an overhaul amid a national addiction epidemic after the House approved a bill Thursday to spend about $2.5 million to revamp the system.
- When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion? Updated: May-11-16 11:56 am
NEW YORK - There's little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects - and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.
- Urine test could simplify Zika virus detection Updated: May-10-16 1:51 pm
NEW YORK - A urine-based test for Zika virus infection has shown to be more effective than the common blood-based one for many patients, a development that could make testing for the infection easier.
- The Latest: Sister elated after 'Grim Sleeper' verdicts Updated: May-05-16 5:59 pm
LOS ANGELES - The Latest on the verdicts in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings (all times local):
- Study: Tree disease might be unstoppable in California Updated: May-05-16 2:21 pm
DAVIS, California - An epidemic of the tree disease "sudden oak death" has surged beyond control in California, a new study shows.
- Prince's death: The view from front lines of drug epidemic Updated: May-04-16 9:56 am
NEW YORK - On the front lines of America's fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose.
- Zika researchers hold conference in Atlanta amid outbreak Updated: May-02-16 5:07 pm
ATLANTA - While Zika may be on the minds of researchers right now, little is known about what viruses could be on the horizon, making it a challenge to identify epidemics before they spread around the globe, a top researcher said Monday.
- Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak Updated: Apr-29-16 1:52 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.