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Your COVID vaccine booster might be a patch or a pill. Or it might come with your flu shot.

CDC says vaccine guidance for pregnant people has not changed despite director’s comments

Some long-haul COVID patients report vaccines are easing their lingering symptoms

  Chauvin trial causes stress and emotional trauma, but there is help

Biden says son Hunter’s book “gave me hope”

CDC estimates 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a sexually transmitted infection

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Demand for convalescent plasma triples as COVID-19 cases rise

Obituary of Kansas COVID-19 victim blasts anti-maskers

Fauci says herd immunity possible “reasonably quickly” if enough Americans take vaccine

Chris Christie writes op-ed on masks: “Wear it or you may regret it—as I did”

England puts U.S. on travel “red list” as it drops quarantine requirements for other countries

Beyonce pens open letter to Ky. Atty. General Daniel Cameron calling for justice for Breonna Taylor

Letter in honor of critically injured trooper prays for safety over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a holiday when many spend time with family on a road trip. Although most will have a relaxing weekend with loved ones, it can be a difficult time for those working in law enforcement.

What parents should know about the mysterious illness appearing in kids, according to doctors

While an understanding of the illness is still evolving, children with the syndrome also experience a prolonged fever, rashes, change in the color of their skin or their lips, swollen glands and red eyes.

Losing your sense of smell or taste could mean you have coronavirus, even if you have no other symptoms

Health experts suggest that adults should self-quarantine if they exhibit a loss of sense of smell — even if they don't feel sick and haven't tested positive yet for coronavirus.

Saints head coach Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

Payton said he came forward with his coronavirus diagnosis because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly

Enoki mushrooms recalled after deadly listeria outbreak claims 4 lives

NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare

Italy imposes nationwide restrictions to contain new virus

Employee who worked Feb. 22 Seattle Dragons XFL game tests positive for coronavirus, per report

Brutal allergy season on the way for many Americans, experts say

CDC confirms 14th coronavirus case in U.S.

4-year-old dies from flu after members of anti-vax Facebook group advise his mom to use thyme and elderberries instead of Tamiflu

Just days after a 4-year-old boy's death, questions are swirling about whether more could have been done to save him amid reports that his mother followed misguided advice from members of an online anti-vaccine group.

First U.S. coronavirus patient had at least 16 close contacts before he was placed in isolation, officials say

The Washington man who developed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. had at least 16 close contacts before he was placed in isolation, health officials said Wednesday.

  N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

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.

Mother warns about dangers of heat after son dies from heat stroke

On a hot August day in 2008, when the heat index was 94 degrees, 15-year-old Max Gilpin, was at football practice.

80-year-old woman completes Tough Mudder competition

An 80-year-old Sikeston woman competed in the Tough Mudder competition in St. Louis this past weekend.

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

The recall stated after the canning process, it is possible that the product was damaged creating the potential for mold.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

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

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

  Charlotte organization aims to get children vision screenings before age 6

According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual. So, if children can’t see well, they can’t learn well. Yet - most children don’t have a vision screening until they have problems learning or paying attention in school.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

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

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Pollen season is expected to be aggressive in 2019.

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

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

A high school student recently defied his mother and got vaccinated, saying his parents' misguided beliefs put his health, and the health of his younger siblings, at risk.

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

The device reportedly locks up after shock.

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

Many of the cases are young Marines who have not been deployed overseas nor been in combat, a situation that has also been seen in other military branches.

  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

The 9-year-old was in the backseat of the car, waiting for his grandfather to start it up and head out for some pizza, when something went wrong.

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

The man thought he was experiencing anxiety around traveling for the holidays, but his watch alerted him it was actually something much more serious.

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

Street drugs have been known to be laced with the powerful opioid, making overdose an even greater risk.

NYC pharmacies can't sell cigarettes starting Jan. 1

New York City pharmacies, and big stores that include pharmacies, won't be allowed to sell cigarettes starting Tuesday

The Latest: WHO warns against Congo 'prolonged insecurity'

The Latest: WHO chief warns against 'prolonged insecurity' in Congo amid Ebola outbreak

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

AP-NORC Poll: Public supports gene editing of embryos to prevent disease but not to create 'designer babies'

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