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Nebraska woman charged with helping daughter have abortion

A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter have an abortion
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August 09

US will stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with smaller doses

U.S. health officials have authorized a plan to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose
August 09
FILE - A man holds a sign urging increased access to the monkeypox vaccine during a protest in San Francisco, July 18, 2022. U.S. health officials on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, authorized a new monkeypox vaccination strategy designed to stretch limited supplies by allowing health professionals to vaccinate up to five people — instead of one — with each vial. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
August 09

Justice Department asks judge to pause Idaho abortion ban

Idaho instituted a near-total abortion ban.
August 09
FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during an event in Washington, Aug. 2, 2022. The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP,File)
August 09

Governor will not call special session to discuss abortion ban due to lack of support

An abortion ban didn't have support of enough senators to overcome a filibuster.
August 09
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks during a news conference, Sept. 30, 2020, in Lincoln, Neb.
August 09

Fewer than 1 in 3 insured hepatitis C patients getting cure

A new government study found that fewer than 1 in 3 people infected with hepatitis C are getting the treatments that can cure them
August 09
This photo provided by Gilead Sciences, Inc. shows the drug Epclusa for treatment of hepatitis C. According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, fewer than 1 in 3 people infected with hepatitis C are getting the expensive treatments that can cure them. (Gilead Sciences via AP)
August 09

New monkeypox vaccine strategy underway to increase availability

Health officials called it a "game changer."
August 09
A registered nurse prepares a dose of a monkeypox vaccine at the Salt Lake County Health Department Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
August 09

China closes Potala Palace after COVID-19 reported in Tibet

Chinese authorities have closed Tibet's famed Potala Palace after a minor outbreak of COVID-19 in the Himalayan region
August 09
A woman rubs her nose as she rides on an electric bike, crossing an intersection in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
August 09

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tested positive for COVID-19
August 09
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the press before signing the final piece of a $76 billion state budget into law, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in Detroit. Whitmer largely backed the plan she signed off on Wednesday but nixed money that Republicans had funneled toward anti-abortion causes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
August 09

How to prevent and treat monkeypox post-infection scarring

Monkeypox lesions should be covered in their active phase.
August 09
A vial of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine sits on a table at a pop-up vaccination clinic opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library, Aug. 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, Calif.
August 09

Nagasaki marks A-bombing anniversary amid nuclear war fears

Nagasaki is paying tribute to the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing.
August 09
Doves fly over the Peace Statue during a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP)
August 08

Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

Researchers are seeking thousands of volunteers in the U.S. and Europe.
August 08
August 08

How to support transgender youth

Advocates say transgender people are at a higher risk of suicide than cisgender people, but that family support can make a positive impact on their mental health and possibly lower that risk.
August 08
VIDEO: How to support transgender youth
August 08

CDC sends team to this state to probe polio after a case was found last month

The case was detected in an unvaccinated 20-year-old man.
August 08
A sign marks the entrance for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., August 6, 2022.
August 08

CDC issues new guidance as monkeypox cases reaches over 7,500 in US

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Alok Patel discusses the latest on the monkeypox outbreak in the U.S. as the CDC issues new guidance on safer sex and social gatherings.
August 08
VIDEO: CDC issues new guidance as monkeypox cases reaches over 7,500 in US
August 08

Hearing delayed for vegan mom in starvation death of son

She was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.
August 08
August 08

BioNTech reports strong first half, expects demand to grow

BioNTech, which teamed with Pfizer to develop a powerful COVID-19 vaccine, has reported higher revenue and net profit in the first half of the year
August 08
FILE - The headquarters of the German biotechnology company "BioNTech" is pictured in Mainz, Germany, March 30, 2022. BioNTech, which teamed with Pfizer to develop the first widely used COVID-19 vaccine, has reported higher revenue and net profit in the first half of the year. The German pharmaceutical company said Monday Aug. 8, 2022, that it expects demand to grow as it releases updated vaccines to target new omicron strains. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
August 08

Hong Kong cuts COVID hotel quarantine to 3 days for arrivals

Hong Kong will reduce the mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals to three days from a week
August 08
Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. Lee said Monday that the length of mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals will be reduced to three days from a week. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 08

China's Hainan beach resort expands COVID-19 lockdowns

The capital of China’s Hainan province has locked down its residents for 13 hours as a COVID-19 outbreak grows on the tropical island during the summer school holidays
August 08
A resident gets his routine throat swabs at a COVID-19 testing site in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
August 07

Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden

The Senate has approved Democrats' big election-year economic package
August 07
FILE - President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on his way to his Rehoboth Beach, Del., home, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a compromise less ambitious than Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 07

Report: Dozens got sick after visiting Kansas splash park

A new federal study said dozens of people got sick after visiting a splash park near Wichita, Kansas, last summer
August 07
August 07

Senate Democrats push Biden's health, climate bill to passage in stunning election-year turnaround; House to vote next

Senate Democrats push Biden's health, climate bill to passage in stunning election-year turnaround; House to vote next
August 07
August 07

Biden leaves White House for 1st time since getting COVID-19

The president was headed to a reunion with first lady Jill Biden in Delaware.
August 07
President Joe Biden speaks before signing two bills aimed at combating fraud in the COVID-19 small business relief programs Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
August 07

Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin see abortion as the issue that will carry them to election wins in November, but efforts to reach Black voters on the topic are sparse
August 07
Valeri Langston is seen at a rally for Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes at John Marshall High School Friday, July 15, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
August 07

Dems' climate, energy, tax bill clears initial Senate hurdle

A divided Senate has voted to start debating Democrats’ election-year economic bill
August 07
FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate parliamentarian narrowed Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left it largely unscathed Saturday, Democrats said, as party leaders prepared to start moving their sprawling economic bill through the chamber. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)
August 06

Adult at Illinois day care tests positive for monkeypox

Several children may have been exposed to the virus, according to health officials in Illinois.
August 06
Several children may have been exposed to the virus, according to health officials in Illinois.
August 06

Biden team, Eli Lilly condemn new Indiana abortion ban

Eli Lilly and Co. and the administration of President Joe Biden have condemned Indiana’s new ban on abortions
August 06
Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers)
August 06

Biden tests negative for COVID, isolating until 2nd negative

President Joe Biden's doctor says the 79-year-old president has tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue to isolate at the White House until a second negative test
August 06
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks before signing two bills aimed at combating fraud in the COVID-19 small business relief programs Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at the White House in Washington. Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday morning but will continue to isolate until a second negative test, his doctor said. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)
August 06

Indiana governor signs bill banning nearly all abortions into law

The bill replaces the current 22-week ban in the state.
August 06
Demonstrators shout outside the Senate chambers before the start of special session at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 30, 2022.
August 06

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Some 80,000 tourists are stranded in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya, after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown
August 06
A woman has her throat swabbed for a COVID-19 test at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 06

What went right -- and wrong -- in the US public health response to monkeypox

Experts say the U.S. should have rapidly distributed tests and vaccines.
August 06
People line up at a monkeypox vaccination site, July 28, 2022, in Encino, Calif.
August 06

Some South Carolina Republicans pause at abortion ban brink

Some South Carolina lawmakers who oppose abortion are being cautious when it comes to tightening the state's already restrictive laws even further
August 06
August 06

The monkeypox vaccination technique that could save doses

Intradermal vaccination can save supplies and protect more people.
August 06
A registered nurse prepares a dose of a Monkeypox vaccine at the Salt Lake County Health Department, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
August 06

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

A ship bringing corn to Lebanon is offering hope after becoming the first to depart a Ukrainian Black Sea port since Russia invaded
August 06
FILE - Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. officials arrive to the cargo ship Razoni for inspection while it is anchored at the entrance of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, loaded up with 26,000 tons of corn, is the first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion, and set sail from Odesa Monday, August 1, 2022. Its final destination is Lebanon, with estimated arrival date on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
August 05

Indiana Legislature 1st to approve abortion ban post Roe

Indiana has become the first state in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that overturned Roe v. Wade
August 05
Indiana Republican House Speaker Todd Huston, left, and Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara, right, speak with reporters after the Indiana House approved a near-total abortion ban at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. The legislation returns to the Senate to confer on the House changes. (AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers)
August 05

Officials: Central Illinois day care worker has monkeypox

Health officials say a central Illinois day care worker has monkeypox but that it has not spread to others at the center
August 05
August 05

Parents of child who died from fentanyl charged with murder

Prosecutors in Northern California have filed murder charges against the parents of a 15-month-old who died in May after she ingested fentanyl authorities believe her mother had been using
August 05
Evan Frostick talks to his public defender after he was taken into custody and charged with murder and child cruelty in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Prosecutors in Northern California filed murder charges against the parents of a 15-month-old toddler who died in May after she ingested fentanyl authorities believe her mother had been using. Prosecutors on Thursday also charged Evan Frostick, 26, and Madison Bernard, 23, with child cruelty and tacked on a sentence-enhancing charge alleging their actions willfully caused the suffering of a child, the Press Democrat reported. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat via AP)
August 05

Ex-officer sentenced in rough arrest of woman with dementia

A former Colorado police officer who did not stop another officer from being rough with a 73-year-old woman with dementia has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation
August 05
FILE - This video from Loveland Police Department body camera footage shows Karen Garner on the ground while being arrested on June 26, 2020. A former Colorado police officer who did not stop another officer from being rough with the 73-year-old woman with dementia has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation. Daria Jalali was sentenced Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Fort Collins, Colo. (Loveland Police Department via AP, File)
August 05

How public health policy has struggled with monkeypox response

Public health officials were slow to respond to COVID-19 and have also been slow in the response to growing monkeypox concerns, some experts said.
August 05
Public health officials were slow to respond to COVID-19 and have also been slow in the response to growing monkeypox concerns, some experts said.
August 05

Adult at day care tests positive for monkeypox, children potentially exposed

No additional cases of monkeypox have been discovered yet.
August 05
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.
August 05

5th abortion clinic opened in Kansas in lead up to vote

Planned Parenthood quietly opened another abortion clinic in Kansas in the lead up to a decisive statewide vote in favor of protecting abortion access
August 05
August 05

3 more ships with grain depart Ukraine ports under UN deal

Three more ships carrying thousands of tons of corn have left Ukrainian ports
August 05
Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. officials arrive to the cargo ship Razoni for inspection while it is anchored at the entrance of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, loaded up with 26,000 tons of corn, is the first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion, and set sail from Odesa Monday, August 1, 2022. Its final destination is Lebanon. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
August 05

US monkeypox cases surpass 7,000 amid public health emergency

Dr. John Brownstein, epidemiologist and ABC News contributor, discusses details of the monkeypox outbreak and questions surrounding vaccines.
August 05
VIDEO: US monkeypox cases surpass 7,000 amid public health emergency
August 05

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 05
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 05

Novavax's COVID vaccine rollout off to sluggish start with just 7,000 doses

There are still 26 million American adults who remain completely unvaccinated.
August 05
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pa., Aug. 1, 2022. Novavax's protein-based Covid-19 vaccine received long-sought US emergency-use authorization in July.
August 05

ABC News Live: Biden administration declares monkeypox a public health emergency

Plus, Democrats secure key support for the climate and tax bill, and the DOJ indicts four officers involved in a raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor.
August 05
VIDEO: ABC News Live: Biden administration declares monkeypox a public health emergency
August 05

United States reports over 7,000 monkeypox cases

ABC News’ medical contributor and epidemiologist Dr. John Brownstein has the latest on the monkeypox emergency and the FDA’s approach to allocating vaccinations.
August 05
VIDEO: United States reports over 7,000 monkeypox cases
August 05

UK: 'Early signs' that monkeypox outbreak may be peaking

British health authorities say the monkeypox outbreak across the country may be peaking and that the epidemic’s growth rate has slowed
August 05
This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. The World Health Organization recently declared the expanding monkeypox outbreak a global emergency. It is WHO’s highest level of alert, but the designation does not necessarily mean a disease is particularly transmissible or lethal. (NIAID via AP)
August 05

United States declares monkeypox a public health emergency amid a rise in cases

ABC News’ medical contributor, Dr. Alok Patel, discusses the latest on the monkeypox emergency as the Biden administration looks for ways to ramp up vaccine production.
August 05
VIDEO: United States declares monkeypox a public health emergency amid a rise in cases
August 05

Spain leads Europe in monkeypox, struggles to check spread

Spain is struggling to curtail Europe's leading monkeypox outbreak since the disease spread beyond Africa
August 05
FILE - Registered pharmacist Sapana Patel holds a bottle of Monkeypox vaccine at a Pop-Up Monkeypox vaccination site on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in West Hollywood, Calif. Spain is struggling to curtail Europe's leading monkeypox outbreak since the disease spread beyond Africa. The southern European nation counts over 4,500 cases and two men have died from the disease. Authorities and groups in the LGBTQ community are honing their campaigns to get vaccines to the most needy members of the most affected demographic so far. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
August 05

German police raid home over threats made to Austrian doctor

German prosecutors say they have conducted a search at the home of a man suspected of threatening a doctor whose death shocked neighboring Austria
August 05