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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
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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
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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
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World Health Organization renames 2 known lineages of monkeypox virus

There are more than 35,000 reported cases around the world.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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A woman plays with a dog at sunset, Nov. 6, 2021, at a park in Kansas City, Mo.
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Over-the-counter hearing aids can be sold following FDA ruling

The hearing aids could be available as soon as October, the FDA said.
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Jennifer Nealon, Marketing Director at Hear Again America, holds a hearing aid that they sell, Oct. 19, 2021, in Boca Raton, Fla.
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New COVID bivalent vaccine expected in US in the fall

The UK just became the first country to approve the new booster shot.
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A medical workers holds a vial of the new Moderna Covid-19 vaccine before filling syringes with it in Needham, Mass., June 21, 2022.
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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.
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VIDEO: Doctor on back-to-school safety as coronavirus variants, monkeypox spread
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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
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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.
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An automated system extracts DNA for Monkeypox virus testing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory, July 12, 2022, in Seattle.
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Honor or cultural appropriation? Hospital name spurs debate

While segregation was still casting its ugly shadow over the U.S., the Homer G
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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.”
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8th child in US tests positive for monkeypox

An additional pediatric monkeypox case has been confirmed in Texas.
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Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
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34-year-old woman is Iran's first monkeypox case

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that authorities have announced the first case of monkeypox in the country
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FILE - 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 official IRNA news agency reported announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, the first case of monkeypox in the nation. The report said health authorities quarantined a 34-year-old woman living in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. (NIAID via AP, File)
August 16

UK authorizes booster vaccine design to target omicron variant

Dr. Alok Patel, a physician at Stanford Children’s Health, discusses how the new booster could affect the fight against COVID-19 and medical experts’ concerns about monkeypox on college campuses.
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VIDEO: UK authorizes booster vaccine design to target omicron variant
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South Carolina lawmakers consider near total abortion ban

A small group of South Carolina lawmakers have given their approval to a near total abortion ban that does not include exceptions for pregnancies’ caused by rape or incest
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Several South Carolina House members confer during a break in a meeting of a special House committee looking at a stricter abortion law in the state on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
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UK authorizes variant-specific vaccine in fight against COVID-19

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton breaks down the impact the new vaccine could have, and the latest on monkeypox in the U.S.
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VIDEO: UK authorizes variant-specific vaccine in fight against COVID-19
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New Scottish law makes period products free for all

A law has taken effect in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them
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FILE - This file photo taken March 16, 2014 shows a general view of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. A law has come into force in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. The Scottish government said it became the first in the world to legally protect the right to access free period products when its Period Products Act came into force Monday. (AP Photo/Jill Lawless, File)
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Indonesian leader calls for unity, braces for global crises

Indonesia’s president has called on all citizens to remain united, vigilant and alert as they face crises caused by the war in Ukraine and coronavirus pandemic
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers his annual State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (Bagus Indahono/Pool Photo via AP)
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Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

Bill Gates is calling for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 and is stressing the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic
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South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, right, shakes hands with Bill Gates before a meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to further step up in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)
August 16

Gunmen kill 2 policemen escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say that gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on police escorting a team of polio workers in the country's northwestern Pakistan, killing two policemen
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By the Numbers: COVID-19 vaccines and variants

A look at the numbers behind the fall outlook on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and variants.
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VIDEO: By the Numbers: COVID-19 vaccines and variants
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Abortion foes tap credit cards to get partial Kansas recount

Kansas plans to do a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive vote in favor of abortion rights that won’t change the outcome
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People listen as organizers speak during 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)
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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
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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 15

US offers more monkeypox vaccine to states and cities

U.S. officials said they are able to ship out more monkeypox vaccine doses than previously planned
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WVa governor: Voters shouldn't decide abortion access issue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has rejected a suggestion by Democrats to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state
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Abortion rights protesters chant outside of the West Virginia Senate chambers prior to a vote on an abortion bill, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)
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Judge refuses to immediately block Georgia abortion ban

A state judge has refused to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia’s restrictive abortion law
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Nation's largest city hosts monkeypox town hall as outbreak keeps growing

More than 2,300 monkeypox cases have been reported in New York City.
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People line up to speak with healthcare workers with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at intake tents where individuals register to receive the monkeypox vaccine, Aug. 5, 2022 in New York City.
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‘Don’t Say Gay’ law confuses some Florida schools

Some Florida schools have moved library books and debated changing textbooks in response to a law critics call “Don’t Say Gay.”
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Gretchen Robinson, a lesbian high school teacher in Orange County, Fla., poses for a photo at the downtown library, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Educators are cautiously making changes as they wait to see how the new law governing lessons on gender and sexual orientation will be interpreted and enforced. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
August 15

New York officials assessing potential spread after polio found in wastewater

Dr. John Brownstein, epidemiologist and Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, discusses the Rockland County, New York, polio case and whether the virus could be spreading.
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VIDEO: New York officials assessing potential spread after polio found in wastewater
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British regulator 1st to OK Moderna's updated COVID booster

The new vaccine protects against the original virus and the omicron variant.
August 15
FILE - A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine rests on a table at an inoculation station next to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., on July 19, 2022. British health authorities have authorized an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that aims to protect against the original virus and the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 15

Britain says monkeypox outbreak 'shows signs of slowing'

British health officials say the monkeypox outbreak across the country “shows signs of slowing” but that it’s still too soon to know if the decline will be maintained
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FILE - Monkeypox vaccines are shown at the Salt Lake County Health Department Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Monkeypox spread typically requires skin-to-skin or skin-to-mouth contact with an infected patient’s lesions. People can also be infected through contact with the clothing or bedsheets of someone who has monkeypox lesions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 14

Activist offers to pay for Kansas' recount of abortion vote

An anti-abortion activist who heads a small hard-right Republican group said he’s offered to pay the expected $229,000 cost of a hand recount of votes from every Kansas county after a decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights
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In this photo from Friday, July 8, 2022, a sign in a yard in Olathe, Kansas, promotes a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to allow legislators to further restrict or ban abortion. Supporters call the measure "Value Them Both," arguing that it protects both unborn children and the women carrying them. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
August 13

WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

The World Health Organization is holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations
August 13
FILE - 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. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming that monkeypox hasn't been detected in Georgia drinking water. The July 26 Atlanta-area news broadcast broadcast is being mischaracterized online to push the false claim that monkeypox has been found in residents’ tap water. (NIAID via AP)
August 13

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Climate activists are pressuring President Joe Biden to declare a national climate emergency, something the White House hasn't done yet
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FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Climate activists are clamoring for President Joe Biden to declare a national climate emergency, calls the White House has so far not headed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 13

Ukrainian minister says Russia blocking access to medicines

Ukraine’s health minister has accused Russian authorities of committing a crime against humanity by blocking access to affordable medicines in areas its forces have occupied since invading the country 5 1/2 months ago
August 13
Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko speaks to The Associated Press reporters during an interview on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Liashko accused Russian authorities of blocking access to affordable medicines in areas of Ukraine it has occupied since the invasion was launched on Feb. 24. He described the action as a "crime against humanity." (AP Photo/Vasilisa Stepanenko)
August 12

Idaho Supreme Court won't block strict abortion bans

The Idaho Supreme Court says Idaho’s strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges play out in court
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Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph

Democrats have pushed their landmark climate and health care bill through Congress, handing an election-year victory to President Joe Biden
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., prepares to lead a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act in the House chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Dems push climate, health, tax bill through Congress, a landmark election-year Biden win that once seemed out of reach

Dems push climate, health, tax bill through Congress, a landmark election-year Biden win that once seemed out of reach
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Why most Americans are unlikely to be infected with polio

The CDC says 99% of fully vaccinated children are protected from polio.
August 12
A health worker administers a dose of polio vaccine to a child during a national  polio immunization drive in India, June 27, 2021.
August 12

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban
August 12
FILE - An operating room technician performs an ultrasound on a patient at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, La., on July 6, 2022. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)
August 12

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

This comes weeks after a case of polio was identified in nearby Rockland County.
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This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, New York health officials reported a polio case, the first in the U.S. in nearly a decade. (Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP)
August 12

WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

The World Health Organization is holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations
August 12
FILE - 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. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming that monkeypox hasn't been detected in Georgia drinking water. The July 26 Atlanta-area news broadcast broadcast is being mischaracterized online to push the false claim that monkeypox has been found in residents’ tap water. (NIAID via AP)
August 12

EXPLAINER: What to know about polio spreading in New York

The polio virus has been found in New York sewage, but officials are stressing that the highest risk is for people who haven't been vaccinated
August 12
FILE - This 1964 microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, health officials in the nation’s largest city said they had found the virus in wastewater samples, suggesting the virus was spreading among the unvaccinated. (Dr. Karp/Emory University/CDC via AP, File)