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Extreme heat and the danger to your health

ABC News chief climate correspondent Ginger Zee explains the health dangers from rising temperatures.
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VIDEO: Extreme heat and the danger to your health
1 hour ago

Russian authorities arrest 3 people after dozens are hospitalized with botulism symptoms

Russian authorities have detained three people in connection with a suspected botulism outbreak
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June 18

FDA rule change allowing gay, bisexual men to give blood made a difference

Last year the FDA approved a new blood donation risk assessment that made donation more inclusive for LGBTQ donors. Early data suggests it has made a difference.
June 18
Last year the FDA approved a new blood donation risk assessment that made donation more inclusive for LGBTQ donors. Early data suggests it has made a difference.
June 18

FDA rule change allowed gay, bisexual men to donate blood. Did it make a difference?

Nearly 10% of deferred donors returned to American Red Cross Centers to donate.
June 18
Dominguez donates blood for the first time ever in Greenwich, Connecticut, March 13, 2024.
June 18

South Korea orders doctors who joined protracted strike over medical school plan to return to work

South Korean officials issued return-to-work orders for doctors participating in a one-day walkout as part of a protracted strike against a government plan to sharply boost medical school admissions
June 18
A flag of Seoul Medical Association flutters in the wind during a rally against the government's medical policy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. South Korean officials issued return-to-work orders for doctors participating in a one-day walkout Tuesday as part of a protracted strike against government plans to boost medical school admissions, starting next year. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 18
FILE - A group prays at the site of a memorial for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. When violence comes to a public place a delicate question lingers afterward: What should be done with the buildings where blood was shed? (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex, File)
June 17

US Surgeon General sounds alarm on social media

The U.S. Surgeon General is now calling for warning labels on social media platforms, similar to warnings issued for cigarettes or alcohol.
June 17
VIDEO: US Surgeon General sounds alarm on social media
June 17

An Oregon nurse faces assault charges that she stole fentanyl and replaced IV drips with tap water

A former nurse at an Oregon hospital is facing criminal charges that she harmed nearly four dozen patients by stealing fentanyl and replacing it with non-sterile tap water in intravenous drips
June 17
June 17

Vermont Legislature overrides governor and passes a law allowing for the creation of a drug overdose prevention center

Vermont Legislature overrides governor and passes a law allowing for the creation of a drug overdose prevention center
June 17
June 17

139 people in Russia seek medical help with botulism symptoms. Ready-to-eat salads may be to blame

Authorities say at least 139 people in Russia have sought medical assistance with symptoms of botulism over the past few days, an outbreak that could be linked to ready-to-ear salads
June 17
June 17

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota sues to take an abortion rights initiative off the ballot

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit to block an abortion rights measure from the November ballot
June 17
FILE - South Dakota Republican state Rep. Jon Hansen, shown here Feb. 21, 2024, in the state House of Representatives in Pierre, S.D., is a co-chair of Life Defense Fund, an anti-abortion group which filed suit, June 13, 2024, to block an abortion rights initiative from the November ballot. (AP Photo/Jack Dura, file)
June 17

If you can't stay indoors during this US heat wave, here are a few ideas

It’s hot and getting hotter for workers and everyone else outdoors as the first significant heat wave of the year makes its way eastward across the United States
June 17
A woman walks in parking lot area at Heritage Park during hot weather in Riverwoods, Ill., Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
June 17

Surgeon general calls on Congress to require warning labels for social media

Doctor Vivek Murthy said the warning label would be similar to those on tobacco or alcohol labels.
June 17
VIDEO: Surgeon general calls on Congress to require warning labels for social media
June 17

Lost chances to treat overdose survivors are documented in new Medicare study

People on Medicare who survived a drug overdose were much more likely to later receive opioid painkillers than any medication to treat addiction — and some went on to die of an overdose
June 17
Packages of the overdose antidote naloxone await use on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at OnPoint NYC, an overdose prevention center in New York. According to a study published Monday, June 17, 2024, in JAMA Internal Medicine, people on Medicare who survived a drug overdose in 2020 were much more likely to later receive opioid painkillers than any medication to treat addiction — and some went on to die of an overdose. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson)
June 17

How to navigate the end of your pet's life

There are a number of options available to help aging pets and their caregivers, including hospice and palliative care, at-home euthanasia and a growing community of so-called pet death doulas
June 17
River, a pitbull mix, lays on the floor of Dr. Lisa Walling's office in Brewster, N.Y., on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Mary Conlon)
June 17

Vermont Legislature overrides governor, passing overdose prevention, renewable energy, tax measures

The Democratic-controlled Vermont Legislature on Monday overturned a number of the Republican governor’s vetoes, passing measures to prevent drug overdoses, restrict a pesticide that’s toxic to bees and to require state utilities to source all renewabl...
June 17
June 17

Lawmakers seek health care and retirement protections for Steward Health Care workers

A group of Democratic members of Congress is seeking reassurances that workers at hospitals owned by Steward Health Care will have their health care and retirement benefits protected
June 17
FILE - Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., talks during a news conference, Jan. 25, 2024, at the Capitol in Washington. A group of Democratic members of Congress, led by Sen. Markey, is seeking reassurances that workers at hospitals owned by Steward Health Care will have their health care and retirement benefits protected. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, file)
June 17

Surgeon general calls for warning labels on social media

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said health warnings labels should be applied to social media platforms.
June 17
VIDEO: Surgeon general calls for warning labels on social media
June 17

Drug shortages keep on growing. Older, injectable medicines are among the most vulnerable

Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run
June 17
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June 17
FILE - A child holds an iPhone at an Apple store on Sept. 25, 2015 in Chicago. Parents — and even some teens themselves — are growing increasingly concerned about the effects of social media use on young people. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 17

Tobacco-like warning label for social media sought by US surgeon general who asks Congress to act

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes
June 17
FILE - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 31, 2024, to discuss child safety. In a Monday, June 17, 2024, opinion piece for The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 16

The anti-abortion movement is making a big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights

They fight proposed ballot initiatives intended to protect reproductive rights.
June 16
FILE - Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic organizer, Emma Horst-Martz, discusses the groups' canvassing goal of knocking at one million doors during a press conference at Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh, N.C., April 25, 2024. Reeling from a string of defeats, anti-abortion groups and their Republican allies in state governments across the country are deploying an array of strategies to counter proposed ballot initiatives intended to protect reproductive rights or prevent voters from having a say in the fall. (AP Photo/Makiya Seminera, File)
June 16

In South Africa, traditional healers join the fight against HIV. Stigma remains high in rural areas

More than 300 traditional leaders in South Africa will be trained to do HIV tests and educate their largely rural patients about the disease
June 16
Traditional healer Florence Khoza reads results from a rapid HIV blood test in Bushbuckridge, South Africa, Thursday, May 9, 2024. While South Africa has made strides in fighting HIV, prevalence remains high and stigma is widespread in many communities with researchers hoping the relationship of trust between villagers and traditional healers will bring more people to HIV testing, counseling and care. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
June 15

Missouri abortion ban wasn't about lawmakers imposing religious beliefs, judge says

A Missouri judge has rejected the argument that lawmakers intended to “impose their religious beliefs on everyone” in the state when they passed a restrictive abortion ban
June 15
FILE - Clergy who filed suit seeking to overturn Missouri's abortion law and other opponents of the law hold a March through downtown St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. On Friday, June 14, 2024, a judge in Missouri said lawmakers who passed a restrictive abortion ban weren't trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone in the state, rejecting a case filed by more than a dozen Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist leaders who support abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jim Salter, File)
June 15

UK royals unite on palace balcony, with Kate back at her first public event since cancer diagnosis

Britain has put on a display of birthday pageantry for King Charles III with a military parade that marked the Princess of Wales’ first appearance at a public event since her cancer diagnosis early this year
June 15
Soldiers from the Irish Guards march along the Mall as they take part in the Trooping the Color ceremony, in London, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Trooping the Color is the King's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
June 15

Agency to distribute more than 4,000 robotic pets among seniors to combat loneliness

The robotic pets will be distributed by the New York State Office For Aging.
June 15
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June 15

Some hawking stem cells say they can treat almost anything. They can't

Attorneys general across the U.S. have a new fight on their hands: protecting Americans from unproven and expensive stem cell treatments that salespeople claim can cure almost anything
June 15
A court exhibit from a lawsuit filed by Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird is seen on a laptop computer, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Urbandale, Iowa. The flyers descended upon Iowa mailboxes promising "Life Without Pain!" -- thanks to injections or IVs filled with stem cells that could be administered in a patient's own home for thousands of dollars. But experts call these treatments quackery, and last fall, Bird sued a Minnesota man who hosts a Christian entrepreneurship podcast and his Florida business partner, alleging they misled and deceived consumers, many of them elderly. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file)
June 15

A few midwives seek to uphold Native Hawaiian birth traditions. Would a state law jeopardize them?

A group of midwives who focus on traditional Native Hawaiian birth practices are trying to block a Hawaii law that requires midwives to obtain licenses
June 15
Pua O Eleili Pinto leads a cleansing and grounding ceremony for supporters of a lawsuit challenging a Hawaii midwife licensure law outside a courthouse in Honolulu, on Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
June 14

Lower your risk of falling as you get older with these simple steps

One in four older adults in the U.S. fall each year, putting them at risk of injury, broken bones and even death
June 14
FILE - A woman walks to her room at a senior care home in Calistoga, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 14

The Supreme Court's ruling on mifepristone isn't the last word on the abortion pill

The Supreme Court has decided to uphold federal approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, for now
June 14
FILE - A patient prepares to take the first of two combination pills, mifepristone, for a medication abortion during a visit to a clinic in Kansas City, Kan., on, Oct. 12, 2022. The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 13, 2024, unanimously preserved access to the medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
June 14

WHO confirms bird flu patient in Mexico died of other medical conditions

Mexican authorities reported the human case to the World Health Organization on May 23.
June 14
Mexican authorities reported the human case to the World Health Organization on May 23.
June 14

WHO acknowledges bird flu patient in Mexico died of other medical conditions

The patient had been hospitalized for three weeks before contracting bird flu.
June 14
This photo shows a logo of the World Health Organization with the WHO headquarters in the background in Geneva, Switzerland, May 21, 2023.
June 14

'Tis the season for swimming and bacteria alerts in lakes, rivers

With summer about to start, many people planning to flock to their favorite swimming holes may also want to read up on bacteria warnings
June 14
David Neils, the chief aquatic biologist at the New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services, inspects water of Lake Winnipesaukee at 19 Mile Beach, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Tuftonboro N.H., for signs of algae bloom. State officials have issued two warnings of potentially dangerous algae blooms along the lake, which is the state's largest. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
June 14

Bird flu is highly lethal to some animals, but not to others. Scientists want to know why

Scientists are trying to determine why bird flu kills some animals quickly but leads to mild illnesses in others
June 14
FILE - A dead sea bird lays beside a dead sea lion on the beach at Punta Bermeja, on the Atlantic coast of the Patagonian province of Río Negro, near Viedma, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. Government experts suspect that bird flu is killing sea lions along Argentina's entire Atlantic coastline, causing authorities to close many beaches in order to prevent the virus from spreading further. (AP Photo/Juan Macri, File)
June 14

Couples ask judge to find Alabama law that provides legal immunity to IVF providers unconstitutional

Alabama couples at the center of lawsuits over the destruction of frozen embryos have asked a judge to toss out the new state law that provides immunity to in vitro fertilization providers
June 14
June 14

Toddler timing: When to transition from a crib to a bed

Plus, is it safe to give your teenager creatine?
June 14
VIDEO: Toddler timing: When to transition from a crib to a bed
June 14

Converting cow manure to fuel is growing climate solution, but critics say communities put at risk

California has become a leader in curbing methane emissions from dairy farms, a major source of the greenhouse gas
June 14
Cows stand in a corral behind a digester at Van Beek Brothers Dairy on Monday, May 20, 2024, in Tipton, Calif, Dairy digesters capture methane from cow manure which generates energy in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 13

Executives of telehealth company accused of fraud that gave easy access to addictive Adderall drug

Top executives at a California telemedicine company were arrested for allegedly distributing Adderall online and conspiring to commit health care fraud through reimbursements for the medication
June 13
FILE - Adderall XR capsules are displayed on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. The founder and CEO of a California telemedicine company, as well as its clinical president, have been arrested for allegedly distributing Adderall online and conspiring to commit health care fraud through reimbursements for the medication, officials said Thursday, June 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
June 13

Gov. Hochul considering a face mask ban on New York City subways, citing antisemitic acts

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says she is considering a ban on face masks in the New York City subway system, following what she described as concerns over people shielding their identities while committing antisemitic acts
June 13
FILE - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters in the Red Room at the state Capitol, July 1, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. Hochul is considering a ban on face masks in the city subway system, following what she describes as concerns over people shielding their identities while committing antisemitic acts. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
June 13

SCOTUS unanimously strikes down legal challenge to abortion drug

The case threatened to restrict Mifepristone, a widely used abortion pill. Our panel reacts to the ruling and discusses what this might mean in the future.
June 13
VIDEO:  SCOTUS unanimously strikes down legal challenge to abortion drug
June 13

43% of US households are not storing guns securely, study says

Here are some secure storage tips that can help save lives.
June 13
June 13

FDA took months to react to complaint about Abbott infant formula factory, audit finds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took 15 months to act on a whistleblower complaint about the Abbott Nutrition factory at the center 2022's nationwide infant formula shortage
June 13
FILE - A sign at an Abbott Laboratories campus facility is displayed, April 28, 2016, in Lake Forest, Ill. A report released on Thursday, June 13, 2024, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took more than 15 months to act on a whistleblower complaint it received about conditions at an Abbott Nutrition factory that was at the center of a nationwide shortage of infant formula. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
June 13

Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon

Dozens of tourists say they became ill after visiting a popular Arizona tourist destination known for its towering blue-green waterfalls
June 13
This photo provided by Francesca Dupuy shows the Havasu Falls on the Havasupai reservation in Arizona, Sept. 4, 2023. Dozens of tourists say they fell ill on a recent visit to a popular and picturesque stretch of waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park. (Francesca Dupuy via AP)
June 13

Popular Virginia lake being tested after swimmers report E. coli infections and hospitalizations

Environmental officials are testing lake water at a popular recreational destination in central Virginia after at least 20 people reported E
June 13
June 13

Toxic garlic should have prompted EPA to warn against gardening near Ohio derailment, watchdog says

A watchdog group says the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct additional soil studies around the site of a toxic train derailment in Ohio after independent testing found high levels of chemicals in locally grown garlic
June 13
Scott Smith, whose testing in East Palestine, Ohio, has been sited in a petition by the Government; Accountability Project, tests onions grown in the garden of Tamara Lynn Freeze in East Palestine, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Freeze, lives across the street from the site of the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train earlier this year.. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
June 13

Maine shooting exposes gaps in mental health treatment and communication practices, official says

An Army health official told a panel investigating a mass shooting by a reservist experiencing a psychiatric crisis that there are health care differences for Army reservists that could limit the flow of information to commanders
June 13
FILE - A woman visits a makeshift memorial outside Sparetime Bowling Alley, the site of a mass shooting, Oct. 28, 2023, in Lewiston, Maine. Army heath expert, Col. Mark Ochoa, reported to a panel investigating the mass shooting on Thursday, June 13, 2024, that there are limitations in health care coverage for reservists compared to full-time soldiers. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 13

US surgeon general warns about the dangers of loneliness

At least one in two U.S. adults is experiencing loneliness, Murthy said.
June 13
At least one in two U.S. adults is experiencing loneliness, Murthy said.
June 13

What is mifepristone?

Medication abortions now account for more than half of the abortions performed in the U.S., according to the Guttmacher Institute.
June 13
The FDA and mainstream medical doctors insist there is no safety concerns during the 23 years mifepristone has been on the market.
June 13

Here's what to know about abortion pill mifepristone after Supreme Court decision

Mifepristone is typically used together with misoprostol to induce an abortion.
June 13
A pro-abortion rights activist holds a box of mifepristone during a rally in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2024, in Washington, DC.
June 13

South Africa's health authorities report 2 deaths from mpox this week and warn of local transmission

South African health authorities say two people have died this week after contracting mpox, and it appears there is local transmission of the disease
June 13
FILE - Vials of single doses of the Jynneos vaccine for mpox are seen from a cooler at a vaccinations site on Aug. 29, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. South African health authorities have reported two deaths from mpox in the space of three days. Health Minister Joe Phaahla says Thursday the two fatalities this week were among six recent confirmed cases of mpox in South Africa, all of them men in their 30s.(AP Photo/Jeenah Moon, File)