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Doctors stay in Ukraine's war-hit towns: 'People need us'

Across Ukraine, 900 hospitals have been damaged and 123 have been destroyed.
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Dr. Ilona Butova stands in front of the therapy department which was destroyed after a Russia attack on the hospital in Zolochiv, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Ukraine's health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the war with Russia has only made things worse, with facilities damaged or destroyed, medical staff relocating to safer places and many drugs unavailable or in short supply. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
1 hour ago

Doctors stay in Ukraine's war-hit towns: 'People need us'

Ukraine’s health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic
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Dr. Ilona Butova stands in front of the therapy department which was destroyed after a Russia attack on the hospital in Zolochiv, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Ukraine's health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the war with Russia has only made things worse, with facilities damaged or destroyed, medical staff relocating to safer places and many drugs unavailable or in short supply. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
2 hours ago

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
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FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
2 hours ago

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
2 hours ago
FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
3 hours ago

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
3 hours ago
FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
3 hours ago

Biden bill to help millions escape higher health care costs

Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces
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FILE - The healthcare.gov website is seen, on Dec. 14, 2021 in Fort Washington, Md. Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
4 hours ago

Arizona judge to hear state request to enforce abortion ban

An Arizona judge is set to hear arguments on the state’s request to allow it to enforce a near-total ban on abortions under a law that has been blocked for nearly 50 years
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Protesters shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision Friday, June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans' lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
August 18

‘It certainly is a concerning figure’: WHO monkeypox expert on US cases

ABC News’ Deirdre Bolton spoke to the World Health Organization’s technical lead on monkeypox, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, as U.S. cases climb past 13,500.
August 18
VIDEO: ‘It certainly is a concerning figure’: WHO monkeypox expert on US cases
August 18

Insurer Centene changes course on East Coast HQ in Charlotte

Government health insurance provider Centene Corp. says it no longer plans to create an East Coast campus in Charlotte, North Carolina
August 18
August 18

COVID-19's negative impact on caregivers

Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18
Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18

Brain-eating amoeba suspected in 2nd Midwest death

Health officials say a child likely died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska on Sunday
August 18
Josh The Elkhorn River, just west of Omaha, Neb., is pictured on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
August 18

US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events

U.S. health officials are making extra monkeypox vaccine available to places with upcoming gay pride events
August 18
FILE - A nurse administers a monkeypox vaccine at a walk-in clinic at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, U.S. health officials said they were making extra monkeypox vaccines available to places with events expected to draw crowds of men who have sex with men. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 18

CDC director Rochelle Walensky orders agency overhaul after pandemic missteps

ABC News medical contributor and Standford Children’s Health Physician Dr. Alok Patel discusses the CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 18
VIDEO: CDC director Rochelle Walensky orders agency overhaul after pandemic missteps
August 18

FDA targets illegal nicotine gummies in new warning letter

U.S. regulators have issued a warning letter to the maker of illegal nicotine gummies
August 18
FILE - A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., on Dec. 10, 2020. On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, the FDA issued a first-of-a-kind warning to the maker of nicotine gummies, saying the illegal candies pose a growing risk to teenagers and younger children. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 18

Kentucky Supreme Court denies request to block abortion ban

Kentucky’s Supreme Court is keeping the state’s near-total abortion ban in effect
August 18
FILE - Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, that the state's near-total abortion ban will remain in place while it reviews arguments by abortion clinics challenging two state laws. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
August 18

Popular period-tracking apps raise privacy concerns after overturning of Roe v. Wade

OB-GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd and Senior National Policy Reporter Anne Flaherty discuss the legal implications of using period-tracking apps in some states that have banned abortions.
August 18
VIDEO: Popular period-tracking apps raise privacy concerns after overturning of Roe v. Wade
August 18

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 18
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 18

WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia

New coronavirus cases reported globally in the last week dropped by nearly a quarter while deaths fell by 6%
August 18
Residents wearing face masks wait in line to get their routine COVID-19 throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
August 18

How do mifepristone and misoprostol work?

Patients can take two pills to induce an abortion up to 11 weeks into pregnancy.
August 18
Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol are seen at the Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, June 17, 2022.
August 18

COVID-19's negative impact on caregivers and 4 ways to help them

Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18
August 18

Nevada gov vows to codify order protecting patients into law

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said that he would seek to codify in law an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients next legislative session if he wins re-election
August 18
FILE - Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference on April 29, 2021, in Las Vegas. Sisolak said Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, that if he wins re-election he would seek to codify in law next legislative session an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 17

Medical groups, 20 states weigh in on Idaho abortion lawsuit

Medical groups and states across the U.S. are watching as a legal battle over abortion rights pits the deep-red state of Idaho against the Department of Justice
August 17
August 17

9th child in US tests positive for monkeypox

An additional pediatric monkeypox case has been confirmed in Oregon.
August 17
Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
August 17

CDC director announces organization shake-up aimed at speed

The head of the nation’s top public health agency is shaking up the organization with the goal of making it more nimble
August 17
August 17

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

A federal judge in Cleveland has awarded $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued CVS, Walgreens and Walmart over the way the national pharmacy chains distributed opioids to their communities
August 17
FILE - This undated combination of file photos show the signs of CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in in damages on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities. (AP Photo/File)
August 17

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina
August 17
August 17

Monkeypox vaccine is not 'a silver bullet,' WHO says, as breakthrough cases emerge

Globally, more than 38,000 cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed.
August 17
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Gabriela Solis prepares a dose of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at an L.A. County vaccination site in East Los Angeles, Aug. 10, 2022, in Los Angeles.
August 17

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

The South Carolina “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks is no longer in effect after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked it
August 17
State Sen. Richard Cash, center, a leading supporter of South Carolina's recently implemented Fetal Heartbeat law banning abortion around six weeks, sits during a Senate Medical Affairs Committee meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/James Pollard)
August 17

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina
August 17
August 17

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

The South Carolina “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks is no longer in effect after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked it
August 17
State Sen. Richard Cash, center, a leading supporter of South Carolina's recently implemented Fetal Heartbeat law banning abortion around six weeks, sits during a Senate Medical Affairs Committee meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/James Pollard)
August 17

How to protect your pets from monkeypox as US cases rise

ABC News contributor and dermatologist Dr. Mark Abdelmalek discusses the latest amid monkeypox, including the CDC’s warning that the disease can spread to animals.
August 17
VIDEO: How to protect your pets from monkeypox as US cases rise
August 17

How do medication abortions work?

According to data gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions account for the majority of all abortions performed in the U.S.
August 17
According to data gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions account for the majority of all abortions performed in the U.S.
August 17

Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution

Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution
August 17
August 17

Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

The nation's leading abortion rights advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November’s midterm elections
August 17
August 17

2 deaths in Florida linked to raw oysters from Louisiana

A restaurant customer in Fort Lauderdale has died of a bacterial infection after eating raw oysters
August 17
August 17

World Health Organization renames 2 known lineages of monkeypox virus

There are more than 35,000 reported cases around the world.
August 17
People line up to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a walk-in clinic at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative in Newark, N.J., Aug. 16, 2022.
August 17

Global vets in Pakistan for surgery on Karachi zoo elephants

Veterinarians from a global animal welfare organization are in Pakistan for a series of surgeries on a pair of elephants at a zoo in the port city of Karachi
August 17
Veterinarians from the global animal welfare organization Four Paws conduct dental surgery on an elephant at a zoo, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. The veterinarians began a series of surgeries on a pair of elephants. During a previous visit last year, vets from Four Paws examined four elephants in Karachi and determined that one of the animals needs a “complicated” surgery to remove a damaged and infected tusk. A second elephant has dental problems and a medical issue with a foot, the vets said at the time. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
August 17

Victims of UK tainted blood scandal to get government payout

The British government says thousands of people who contracted HIV or hepatitis from transfusions of tainted blood in the 1970s and 1980s will receive 100,000 pounds, about $120,000, in compensation
August 17
August 17

What went wrong with the monkeypox vaccine rollout in America's largest city?

More than 77,000 vaccine doses have been sent to New York City.
August 17
People line up to speak with healthcare workers at intake tents where individuals  register to receive the monkeypox vaccine on Aug. 5, 2022 in New York City.
August 16

Novavax asks FDA for emergency authorization of its COVID-19 booster

More than 110 million Americans have yet to receive their first booster shot.
August 16
A vial of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine arranged at a pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, Aug. 1, 2022.
August 16

Kansas abortion vote: Why recount with such a large margin?

Kansas has begun a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights
August 16
Hannah Joerger, left, Amanda Grosserode, center, and Mara Loughman hug after a Value Them Both watch party after a question involving a constitutional amendment removing abortion protections from the Kansas constitution failed, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 16

Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US

U.S. regulators have finalized a long-awaited rule that's expected to allow millions of Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription
August 16
August 16

1st case of human-to-pet transmission of monkeypox: How to protect your pets

First reported case of it spreading to a household pet was discovered in France.
August 16
A woman plays with a dog at sunset, Nov. 6, 2021, at a park in Kansas City, Mo.
August 16

Over-the-counter hearing aids can be sold following FDA ruling

The hearing aids could be available as soon as October, the FDA said.
August 16
Jennifer Nealon, Marketing Director at Hear Again America, holds a hearing aid that they sell, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boca Raton, Fla.
August 16

New COVID bivalent vaccine expected in US in the fall

The UK just became the first country to approve the new booster shot.
August 16
A medical workers holds a vial of the new Moderna Covid-19 vaccine before filling syringes with it in Needham, Mass., June 21, 2022.
August 16

Doctor on back-to-school safety as coronavirus variants, monkeypox spread

ABC News medical contributor and Stanford Children’s Health physician Dr. Alok Patel discusses COVID-19 and monkeypox safety as schools and universities reopen.
August 16
VIDEO: Doctor on back-to-school safety as coronavirus variants, monkeypox spread
August 16

Monkeypox can spread to pet dogs, doctors report

Health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus
August 16
FILE - A woman plays with a dog at sunset, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at a park in Kansas City, Mo. In August 2022, health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 16

What to know about monkeypox transmission

Doctors are learning more about how this virus spreads in real-time.
August 16
An automated system extracts DNA for Monkeypox virus testing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory, July 12, 2022, in Seattle.
August 16

Honor or cultural appropriation? Hospital name spurs debate

While segregation was still casting its ugly shadow over the U.S., the Homer G
August 16
The old Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, pictured on Aug. 9, 2022, now serves as senior housing. For decades, Homer G. Phillips Hospital served the Black community and trained Black doctors and nurses who went on to work around the world. Now, some former nurses and other Black leaders are upset that a developer is using the Homer G. Phillips name on a three-bed medical center that is expected to open next year. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
August 16

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has 'mild' symptoms

First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms.”
August 16