- Probe into mold at UPMC transplant hospital completed Updated: Oct-09-15 9:08 am
- Ohio district cancels class amid outbreak of skin infection Updated: Oct-09-15 7:16 am
LONDON, Ohio - An outbreak of a highly contagious skin infection called impetigo has canceled all classes in a central Ohio school district.
- Johnson & Johnson starts Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone Updated: Oct-09-15 7:01 am
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.
- Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking Updated: Oct-09-15 4:48 am
BEIJING - Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.
- Measure to repeal California vaccine law won't be on ballot Updated: Oct-08-15 9:48 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Proponents of an effort to repeal California's new stricter law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children failed to submit enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative asking voters to repeal the law.
- UN: Polio vaccines in Ukraine safe despite local concerns Updated: Oct-08-15 1:26 pm
LONDON - The World Health Organization says it's worried that millions of doses of polio vaccine might be wasted in Ukraine after a patient group raised concerns that the doses are unsafe.
- License suspended for nurse accused of reusing syringes Updated: Oct-08-15 12:35 pm
WEST WINDSOR, New Jersey - A nurse accused of reusing syringes while giving flu shots to 67 patients at a pharmaceutical company voluntarily surrendered her license, New Jersey officials said Thursday.
- Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation Updated: Oct-08-15 4:26 am
TOKYO - A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.
- Paul Allen gives more money for Ebola related work Updated: Oct-07-15 6:31 pm
SEATTLE - A year after donating $100 million to fight against Ebola, billionaire Paul Allen has announced seven more grants totaling $11 million to build infrastructure to prepare for future health crises.
- Arkansas health department to offer flu shots statewide Updated: Oct-07-15 3:57 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Department of Health is announcing plans to provide flu vaccines statewide in preparation for the 2015-16 flu season.
- UN: No new Ebola cases reported last week Updated: Oct-07-15 2:18 pm
LONDON - The World Health Organization says there were no Ebola cases reported last week - the first time an entire week has passed without any new confirmed patients since the devastating outbreak began last March.
- Indiana legislative panel focuses on e-cigarette regulation Updated: Oct-07-15 11:42 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Public health advocates told an Indiana legislative committee there's no scientific consensus on whether electronic cigarettes pose any health risks, even as a growing number of Indiana youths are trying the devices.
- U. of Michigan Health System makes flu vaccines mandatory Updated: Oct-07-15 6:04 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The University of Michigan Health System says all its employees are being required to get flu vaccines as part of an effort to ensure patient safety.
- Alabama judge awards family $3.5M in TVA plant asbestos case Updated: Oct-07-15 4:31 am
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The family of a Florence woman has been awarded $3.5 million after the woman died of a lung disease that the family says was caused by her having laundered clothes that had been exposed to asbestos.
- Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil Updated: Oct-07-15 12:06 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter was born via cesarean, Faria was being pampered at an upscale Rio de Janeiro maternity clinic.
- Salmonella Poona infection reported in Maryland Updated: Oct-06-15 8:37 pm
BALTIMORE - Federal health officials say the outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections from imported cucumbers has reached Maryland.
- 1 dead in Oklahoma from multistate salmonella outbreak Updated: Oct-06-15 5:03 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - One person has died in Oklahoma as a multistate outbreak of salmonella infection linked to imported cucumbers continues.
- Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing Updated: Oct-06-15 4:36 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois has notified more than 100 jails, health departments and family planning programs that the state will no longer provide free testing for HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases at state labs, a move that shifts the cost to local jurisdictions.
- Evidence of bedbugs found at Topeka library Updated: Oct-06-15 2:57 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A pesticide company has found evidence of bedbugs at a Topeka library.
- FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth Updated: Oct-06-15 2:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.
- About 100 sugar buns being recalled over milk powder Updated: Oct-06-15 2:32 pm
NEW YORK - A Brooklyn bakery is recalling about 100 sugar buns after realizing the baked treats contained milk.
- Health concerns abound in aftermath of flooding Updated: Oct-06-15 1:43 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Many areas in South Carolina's capital city - a metropolitan area home to more than 800,000 - have been covered by record amounts of water this week in historic flooding. The rain subsided, but as families returned to their homes to assess damage, officials warned them about health-related problems, too.
- High court won't hear challenge to NY school vaccine rules Updated: Oct-05-15 5:22 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to New York state's requirement that all children be vaccinated before they can attend public school, upholding an appeals court ruling that said the policy does not violate students' constitutional right of religious freedom.
- Rhode Island Blood Center to lay off 10 percent of staff Updated: Oct-05-15 4:48 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Blood Center is cutting about 10 percent of its staff and eliminating smaller blood drives to offset the costs of screening for an emerging tickborne disease.
- FDA orders safety studies from scope manufacturers Updated: Oct-05-15 1:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are ordering manufacturers of specialized medical scopes to study how the reusable devices are cleaned following a series of life-threatening bacterial outbreaks at U.S. hospitals.