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Tainted alcohol kills 20, sickens 21 others in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health on Friday, July 19, confirmed it was investigating 19 deaths linked to methanol poisoning from tainted alcohol.

Limited recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste cans due to potential mold

Doctors say pale is the new tan

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

  Charlotte organization aims to get children vision screenings before age 6

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GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

Ohio teen defies mother and gets vaccinated after turning to strangers online

FDA: Six patients reportedly die due to defibrillator malfunction, Stryker recalls

Suicide rates among Marines, Navy reached 10-year high in 2018

  Healthcare facility where vegetative woman gave birth ordered to find new management

State regulators issued a letter ordering the facility to hire a third-party manager following visits that they say raised “several significant concerns.”

After a young man, 23, died in a car accident, his kidney donation saved his father’s life

The 23-year-old's heart, liver and second kidney will be donated to other patients in need.

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

For the first time in U.S. History, Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle accident, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.

Doctor mistakenly removes Florida woman’s kidney, which he thought was a tumor

The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman’s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumor.

Boy, 9, saves grandfather’s life during diabetic episode

Couple grateful for Apple watch that alerted them to husband’s irregular heartbeat

Strips that can test for fentanyl touted for overdose-reduction potential

NYC pharmacies can't sell cigarettes starting Jan. 1

The Latest: WHO warns against Congo 'prolonged insecurity'

AP-NORC Poll: Edit baby genes for health, not smarts

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

The legal marijuana industry exploded in 2018, with legalization spreading in the U.S. and across Canada, billions invested in cannabis companies and a cannabis-based drug getting regulatory approval.

Florida woman arrested after committing robbery with toy gun, fleeing on tricycle

According to the Naples Daily News, while being handcuffed, Crisostomo "yelled that she was God" and that "voices were telling her to do things."

Israel to allow medical marijuana exports

Israel's parliament has unanimously approved a law to permit exports of medical marijuana, allowing Israel to tap the lucrative global market

Congo delays Sunday's election for months in Ebola zone

Congo delays Sunday's presidential election for months in Ebola zone, well after inauguration

Thailand's legislature legalizes medical use of marijuana

Thailand's legislature has agreed to amend the country's drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as the kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.

Congolese boy dies in US after surgery for facial tumor

A Congolese boy who traveled to Los Angeles to undergo surgery to remove a large tumor on his face has died after having an adverse reaction to anesthesia

Pope expands efforts to help needy with a health station

The pope's official almsgiver has opened a health station beneath St. Peter's Square to serve the homeless, expanding Pope Francis' efforts to care for the needy living close to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church

South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery

South African musician plays guitar during brain surgery for 'real-time feedback'

FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop

State audit slams San Diego response to hepatitis A outbreak

State audit finds city and county of San Diego failed to quickly contain a hepatitis A outbreak last year that became among the largest of its kind seen in the United States in decades

Stem cell shots linked to bacterial infection outbreak

Health officials are reporting an outbreak of bacterial infections in people who got injections of stems cells derived from umbilical cord blood

Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds

Affordable Care Act sign-ups beat expectations and a court ruling that Obama's health law is unconstitutional

US debuts childhood-lead plan that critics say falls short

The Trump administration has released a plan to reduce dangerous lead exposure for millions of American children, but it is already drawing criticism

Glaxo, Pfizer to merge consumer health care divisions

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer are merging their consumer health care divisions, creating a business with combined sales of 9.8 billion pounds ($12.7B)

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother has won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban that would allow her to go to California to see her dying 2-year-old son

Romania maternity hospital hit by superbug to reopen

Romania's health minister says a maternity hospital in the capital where 45 babies were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug has been given the all-clear to reopen

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

US surgeon general urges swift action to prevent nicotine addiction amid surge in teenage vaping

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released, but only when grades arrive on Friday, a study in Florida suggests

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

A startup is trying to shake up the health insurance industry with on-demand coverage

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Higher percentage of California marijuana products clear safety tests but questions remain after sudden closing of lab the state found was falsifying test results for pesticides

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed

Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

A ruling by a federal judge in Texas declaring the Obama health law unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, putting them in a political quandary.

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to demand it enforce the cleanup of polluted air around the state's second-largest city

Steps taken to address Walter Reed shooting alert error

Two Maryland congressmen say Navy officials are taking steps to correct deficiencies that wrongly led to reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington last month

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak; mother died in childbirth

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

US officials trace E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in California

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Science, ethics and politics spark clash at House hearing on using fetal tissue for critically important medical research

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital

5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted

Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people were convicted on charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

The head of the U.N. agency AIDS says he'll leave his post in June, an early departure date that comes a week after an independent report looking into sexual harassment at the body blasted UNAIDS' "defective leadership."

German coalition tries to resolve dispute over abortion law

Germany's governing coalition is trying to resolve a long-running dispute over a ban on doctors advertising abortions

Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary

More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle thanks to a later start of the school day

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, and it's happening even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

Victims of alleged molestation by a physician at Rockefeller University Hospital want to know what happened to photos they say the doctor took while the abuse was occurring

New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

New Zealand's government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children

Justices won’t hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad says that the only prize that can restore dignity of sexual violence victims is justice

Romania hospital says 39 babies now diagnosed with superbug

Romania hospital says 39 babies now diagnosed with drug-resistant superbug, triple last month

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as at 'very high risk' in neighboring Congo's outbreak

UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him

A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok says he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade

Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses

Italian police question witnesses in deadly disco stampede

Italian police are questioning more witnesses to find who sprayed an irritant, triggering a deadly disco stampede

Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing

A man who uses a wheelchair and takes marijuana for back pain has been evicted from his federally subsidized apartment in upstate New York

UNAIDS found in 'crisis' after sex harassment claims

Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment inside UNAIDS says the U.N agency's leadership is "in crisis" and says it should consider whether its top official must go

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

Deadly Ebola outbreak spreads to major Congo city as vaccine supply becomes a concern

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

Refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk will be allowed back on U.S. school lunches

Correction: Cheaper EpiPen Rival story

Correction: Cheaper EpiPen Rival story

Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah

Advocacy groups in Utah sued to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional interference in the gutting of a measure approved by voters

Obama health law sign-ups lagging for 2019

Obama health law sign-ups lag for 2019; number of new customers down about 18 percent

Study that took aim at 'Joy of Cooking' is retracted

Another study by a prominent food researcher is being retracted

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.