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East, Southeast Asia had record methamphetamine seizures last year. Profits remain in the billions

A new United Nations report says East and Southeast Asia are awash in record amounts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs
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FILE - A Thai officer displays seized crystal methamphetamine which were disguised as packages of tea during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 1, 2023. The U.N. drug fighting agency says East and Southeast Asia are awash in record amounts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs, originating largely from the cross-border area known as the Golden Triangle, historically known for growing opium and hosting many of the labs that converted it to heroin. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
May 28

UN report says that education, social safety nets vital for Asia to grow rich, cope with aging

A report by the United Nations says that as economies in Asia and the Pacific slow and grow older, countries need to do more to ensure that workers get the education, training and social safety nets needed to raise incomes and ensure social equity
May 28
FILE - Laborers carry wood piles for preparations of the Make In India summit in Mumbai, India, on Feb. 9, 2016 . As economies in Asia and the Pacific slow and grow older, countries need to do more to ensure that workers get the education, training and social safety nets needed to raise incomes and ensure social equity, a United Nations report said Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
May 28

Uganda tackles yellow fever with new travel requirement, vaccination campaign for millions

Uganda has rolled out a nationwide yellow fever vaccination campaign to help safeguard its population against the mosquito-borne disease that has long posed a threat
May 28
A Ugandan woman receives a dose of yellow fever vaccine at Kiswa Health Center III in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Uganda has rolled out a nationwide yellow fever vaccination campaign to help safeguard its population against the mosquito-borne disease that has long posed a threat. (AP Photo)
May 28

After a deadly heat wave last summer, metro Phoenix is changing tactics

Officials in America’s hottest big metro are working to better protect people amid temperatures already hitting the triple digits this spring
May 28
St. Vincent de Paul allows a first look at the nearly-completed, longer-term, 100-bed shelter for older adults, military veterans and people with disabilities who will be able to keep their companion animals at a nearby center designed for them, Thursday, May 9, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 28

Last year's deadly heat wave in metro Phoenix didn't discriminate

The victims of last summer's staggering 31-day streak of daily temperatures reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit and over were old and young, male and female, homeless and well-to-do, Black, white, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American
May 28
The parking lot of a shopping plaza where Priscilla Orr died due to extreme heat in 2023, is shown Friday, April 5, 2024, in Avondale, Ariz. Orr, 75, was living in her old, white Kia in a supermarket parking lot after telling her family she lost her money and home to a romance scam, but the car couldn't protect her from the dangerous desert heat after it broke down, rendering its air conditioner useless. Orr collapsed July 10 as she walked on the lot's scalding asphalt, which registered 149 degrees Fahrenheit (65 C). (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 27

1 in 9 children now have ADHD, with surge in diagnoses since 2016, CDC study finds

7 million kids from ages 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point.
May 27
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May 27

World Health Assembly hopes to reinforce pandemic preparedness after bold treaty project stalls

The World Health Organization is beginning its annual meeting with government ministers and other top envoys hoping to reinforce global preparedness for the next pandemic in the devastating wake of COVID-19
May 27
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), observes the assembly, during the opening of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 27, 2024. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
May 27

A synthetic drug ravages youth in Sierra Leone. There's little help, and some people are chained

Sierra Leone this year declared a war on the cheap synthetic drug called kush, calling it an epidemic and a national threat
May 27
Kush users rest in a room where they receive care in an unconventional rehabilitation centre in the Bombay community, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, April 25, 2024. Some youth in the Bombay community are helping Kush addicts stop by rehabilitating them. (AP Photo/ Misper Apawu)
May 26

Grayson Murray's parents say the two-time PGA Tour winner died of suicide

Grayson Murray’s parents say their 30-year-old son took his own life
May 26
FILE -Grayson Murray celebrates winning the Sony Open golf event, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray died Saturday morning, May 25, 2024 at age 30, one day after he withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Challenge at Colonial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
May 24

Bird flu virus detected in beef from an ill dairy cow, but USDA says meat remains safe

Bird flu has been detected in beef for the first time, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the nation's food supply and beef remains safe to eat
May 24
FILE - Dairy cattle feed at a farm on March 31, 2017, near Vado, N.M. Bird flu has been detected in beef for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday, May 24, 2024, but officials said the meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the nation's supply and beef remains safe to eat. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
May 24

Weekly medical rundown with Dr. Alok Patel

This week Dr. Patel breaks down the numbers on weight loss prescription drug use, daily marijuana use and shares his weekend prescription on staying safe this Memorial Day.
May 24
VIDEO: Weekly medical rundown with Dr. Alok Patel
May 24

A woman took her dog to a shelter to be euthanized. A year later, the dog is up for adoption again.

A woman is seeking answers after the sick dog she took to a shelter to have euthanized turned up more than a year later on a rescue adoption site
May 24
Kristie Pereira and her dog Beau pose for a photo in Laurel, Md., in January 2023. Pereira is seeking answers after the sick dog she took to a shelter to have euthanized turned up more than a year later on a rescue adoption site. (Kristie Pereira via AP)
May 24

Several states weighing legislation to curtail teen social media addiction

The U.S. surgeon general has warned social media is creating a youth mental health crisis. The panel discusses what state lawmakers are doing to address the issue.
May 24
VIDEO: Several states weighing legislation to curtail teen social media addiction
May 24

Louisiana governor signs bill making two abortion drugs controlled dangerous substances

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry has signed a first-of-its-kind bill to classify two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances
May 24
FILE - Boxes of the drug mifepristone sit on a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 2022. Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry has signed a first-of-its-kind bill Friday, May 24, classifying two abortion-inducing drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, as controlled and dangerous substances. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
May 24

Louisiana governor signs bill to classify two abortion drugs as controlled dangerous substances

Louisiana governor signs bill to classify two abortion drugs as controlled dangerous substances
May 24
May 24

Kansas clinic temporarily halts abortions after leadership shakeup

A Kansas women’s health clinic that has often served as an epicenter of conflict over abortion rights has temporarily stopped offering the procedure
May 24
FILE - The Trust Women clinic is pictured Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Oklahoma City. A Kansas women's health clinic that has often served as the epicenter of conflict over abortion rights has temporarily stopped offering the procedure, setting off a scramble for services in one of the few states in the region allowing abortions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
May 24

What to look for in mosquito repellents

Mosquito season is starting to rev up across much of the United States
May 24
A mosquito sits in the bottom of a bottle containing a particular insecticide as part of a test during a tour of the Center for Disease Control laboratory Thursday, April 4, 2024, in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 24

A blood test to detect colon cancer is 1 step closer to FDA approval. What to know

The test's maker said the FDA will likely decide on approval later this year.
May 24
Guardant Health, Inc. announced the availability of Shield, the company’s first blood-based test for the detection of early-stage colorectal cancer.
May 24

CDC preparing for 'possibility of increased risk to human health' from bird flu

The CDC says the current risk to the general population is low.
May 24
A line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a dairy farm in Idaho on March 11, 2009.
May 24

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency

A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic
May 24
FILE - The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, June 11, 2019. A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
May 24

How to manage pre-operative anxiety

Dr. Alok Patel answers this question and more on "Patel It Like It Is"
May 24
VIDEO: How to manage pre-operative anxiety
May 24

Despite surging demand for long-term care, providers struggle to find workers

Despite growing demand for long-term care, the industry struggles with labor shortages, and experts worry about whether there will be enough workers in the future to care for America’s aging population
May 24
Culix Wibonele poses for a portrait on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Wibonele is a certified nursing assistant working in long-term care. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 24

A British neonatal nurse convicted of killing 7 babies loses her bid to appeal

A British neonatal nurse who was convicted of murdering seven babies and the attempted murder of six others has lost her bid to appeal
May 24
This undated handout issued by Cheshire Constabulary shows of nurse Lucy Letby. A British neonatal nurse who was convicted of murdering seven babies and the attempted murder of six others has lost her bid to appeal. Lucy Letby had asked for permission to challenge the verdict after she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year. (Cheshire Constabulary via AP)
May 24

Clues from bird flu's ground zero on dairy farms in the Texas panhandle

Dairy farmers and veterinarians in northern Texas noticed illness among cattle.
May 24
Genomic sequences from H5N1 viruses suggest the current bird flu epidemic started with a spillover from birds into cows in Texas, and then spread to other states within cattle. Routes and timing remain uncertain because of limited data.
May 24

Extreme weather. A lack of lifesaving vaccines. Africa's cholera crisis is worse than ever

Extreme weather events have hit parts of Africa relentlessly in the last three years, with tropical storms, floods and drought causing crises of hunger and displacement
May 24
Mildred Banda holds a phone showing a picture of her one-year-old son who died of Cholera in Lilanda township in Lusaka, Zambia, Saturday, March, 9, 2024. Lilanda, an impoverished township on the edge of the Zambian capital of Lusaka, is a typical cholera hotspot. Stagnant pools of water dot the dirt roads. Clean water is gold dust. Extreme weather events have hit parts of Africa relentlessly in the last three years, with tropical storms, floods and drought causing crises of famine and displacement, and leaving another deadly threat in their aftermath: some of the continent's worst outbreaks of cholera. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
May 23

Lawsuit seeks to block Washington parental rights law that critics call a 'forced outing' measure

Youth services and civil rights groups are suing to block a new Washington state parental rights law that is set to take effect next month
May 23
FILE - The Washington State Capitol building is seen on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 8, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)
May 23

HPV vaccines prevent cancer in men as well as women, new research suggests

New research suggests the HPV vaccine is preventing cancers in men, as well as in women
May 23
FILE - A doctor holds a vial of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in Chicago on Aug. 28, 2006. Research published Thursday, May 23, 2024, by the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggests the HPV vaccine is preventing throat cancer in men, as well as cervical cancer in women, but fewer boys than girls are getting the shots in the United States. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
May 23

He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill

Vincent Wasney was billed $2,500 by the ship's medical center.
May 23
Vincent Wasney had three epileptic seizures near the end of a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas. The ship's medical facility billed him directly for his care of $2,500.
May 23

North Carolina wants to tighten mask restrictions. Disabled residents are concerned.

Other states are also either enforcing or considering mask restrictions.
May 23
Simone Hetherington, a speaker during public comment, urges lawmakers not to pass the masking bill during the state Senate Rules Committee in the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., May 15, 2024.
May 23

Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind bill that would classify two abortion-inducing drugs as a controlled and dangerous substances
May 23
FILE - Boxes of the drug mifepristone sit on a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 2022. Louisiana lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind bill that would classify two abortion-inducing drugs as a controlled and dangerous substance. The final Senate vote Thursday, May 23, 2024, came despite widespread criticism from doctors, who note that the drugs have other critical reproductive health care uses. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)
May 23

Louisiana Legislature votes to make abortion pills controlled dangerous substances under first-of-its-kind measure

Louisiana Legislature votes to make abortion pills controlled dangerous substances under first-of-its-kind measure
May 23
May 23

Danish court throws out claim that a patient's rights were violated when she wasn't given vegan food

A woman in Denmark did not have her human rights violated when she was not given vegan food by a hospital when hospitalized two years ago
May 23
May 23

Older Americans often don't prepare for long-term care, from costs to location to emotional toll

Many Americans are unprepared for what can be an emotional, costly and guilt-inducing process of finding long-term care for a loved one
May 23
Nancy Gag Braun points to a small urn holding the ashes of her late husband Steve Braun, in her Mankato, Minn., bedroom on May 13, 2024. After caring for Steven at home became too much for her to handle, he was at the hospital while they waited on a long-term care placement. “I cried many nights,” Braun said. “I felt so guilty.” (Casey Ek/CNHI News via AP)
May 23

Adult day services provide stimulation for older Americans, and respite for full-time caregivers

Thousands of older Americans are in adult day services that provide safe, stimulating places for those who have physical or cognitive disabilities and also give respite to their caregiver
May 23
VNA Caring Center Director Angela Loeper, left, sings an oldies tune with client Marilyn Vargo of Milton, Pa., during at the center in Shamokin, Pa., on Thursday, May 9, 2024. The facility is the only adult day services program for cognitively impaired seniors in the Susquehanna Valley. (Robert Inglis/CNHI News via AP)
May 23

Black Americans are underrepresented in residential care communities, AP/CNHI News analysis finds

Nearly half of Americans over 65 will pay for some version of long-term health care, the landscape of which is quickly transitioning away from nursing homes and toward community living situations
May 23
Jay Cossey plays bingo with other residents during activity time at The Retreat at Kenwood assisted living facility in Texarkana, Texas on Friday, May 17, 2024. The former lawyer moved here after multiple strokes more than seven years ago that caused him to lose most of his short-term memory. He’s one of a handful of Black residents at a facility that is blocks away from his old apartment. (AP Photo/Mallory Wyatt)
May 23

Black Americans are underrepresented in residential care communities, AP/CNHI News analysis finds

Nearly half of Americans over 65 will pay for some version of long-term health care, the landscape of which is quickly transitioning away from nursing homes and toward community living situations
May 23
Jay Cossey plays bingo with other residents during activity time at The Retreat at Kenwood assisted living facility in Texarkana, Texas on Friday, May 17, 2024. The former lawyer moved here after multiple strokes more than seven years ago that caused him to lose most of his short-term memory. He’s one of a handful of Black residents at a facility that is blocks away from his old apartment. (AP Photo/Mallory Wyatt)
May 23

Doctors, beauty queen in DC to advocate for CPR training and AEDs in schools

Advocates will meet with lawmakers about federal bills the AHA is supporting.
May 23
Miss North Texas Chloe Burke testifying on behalf of the American Heart Association during the 88th Texas Legislative Session in 2023.
May 23

Three little piggies at a yoga class = maximum happiness

If goat yoga is a trend, piglet yoga may not be far behind
May 23
May 23

Attempts to regulate AI’s hidden hand in Americans’ lives flounder in US statehouses

State lawmakers first attempts at regulating discrimination from artificial intelligence have floundered in states across the country
May 23
FILE - The OpenAI logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen displaying output from ChatGPT, March 21, 2023, in Boston. State lawmakers’ first attempts at curtailing discrimination in artificial intelligence programs that play a hidden role American's lives are floundering across the country. Only Colorado's bill has been signed by the governor. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
May 23

A comment from Trump and GOP actions in the states put contraceptive access in the 2024 spotlight

Republican state lawmakers across the U.S. have been knocking down efforts by Democrats to ensure access to various forms of birth control
May 23
FILE - Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., center, speaks during an event with Democratic women House members and advocates for reproductive freedom ahead of the vote on the Right to Contraception Act, at the Capitol in Washington, July 20, 2022. She is joined from left by Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., Rep. Kathy Manning, D-N.C., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill. Republican lawmakers in states across the U.S. have been rejecting Democrats' efforts to protect or expand access to birth control, an issue Democrats are promoting as a major issue in this year's elections along with abortion and other reproductive rights concerns. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 22

Texas health department appoints anti-abortion OB-GYN to maternal mortality committee

Texas’ health department has appointed an outspoken anti-abortion OB-GYN to a state committee that reviews pregnancy-related deaths
May 22
May 22

Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

The Supreme Court's decision regarding Idaho's abortion ban may hinge on whether federal spending power can protect doctors against a state's criminal code
May 22
FILE - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare bill in Independence, Mo., July 30, 1965. At right is former President Harry Truman. The Supreme Court's pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state's criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded hospitals in the Jim Crow South to desegregate. (AP Photo, File)
May 22

2nd human case of bird flu confirmed in Michigan, health officials say

This is the third case ever reported in the United States.
May 22
A line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a dairy farm in Idaho on March 11, 2009.
May 22

Michigan farmworker diagnosed with bird flu, becoming 2nd US case tied to dairy cows

A Michigan farmworker has been diagnosed with bird flu in what is the second human case associated with an outbreak in U.S. dairy cows
May 22
This 2005 electron microscope image shows an avian influenza A H5N1 virion. On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Michigan health officials said a farmworker has been diagnosed with bird flu, the second human case connected to an outbreak in U.S. dairy cows. (Cynthia Goldsmith, Jackie Katz/CDC via AP)
May 22

A person in Michigan has been diagnosed with bird flu, the second human case connected to an outbreak in US dairy cows

A person in Michigan has been diagnosed with bird flu, the second human case connected to an outbreak in US dairy cows
May 22
May 22

Brazil's flooded south sees first deaths from disease, as experts warn of coming surge in fatalities

Health officials in Brazil say the first two deaths from waterborne bacterial disease have been reported in the country's south, where floodwaters are slowly receding
May 22
A boat navigates through a flooded street after heavy rain in Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Carlos Macedo)
May 22

By the numbers: There are now more daily marijuana users in the US than daily alcohol users

New research based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, published Wednesday in the journal Addiction, compares Americans’ use of cannabis and alcohol over the past 40 years
May 22
FILE - A man smokes marijuana in lower Manhattan outside the first legal dispensary for recreational marijuana in New York on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common than similar levels of high-frequency drinking in the U.S., according to an analysis of survey data over four decades, according to research published Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in the journal Addiction. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
May 22

Tennessee, Delaware to become first states to offer free diapers for Medicaid families

Tennessee will soon become the first state in the country to offer free diapers to families enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program after receiving federal approval, state officials have confirmed
May 22
FILE - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building is seen, April 5, 2009, in Washington. Tennessee will soon become the first state in the country to offer free diapers to families enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program after receiving federal approval May 17, 2024, state officials have confirmed. Similarly, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also approved extending a pilot program in Delaware that provides free diapers and wipes to postpartum parents for the first three months after giving birth. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 22

Use of Wegovy and other weight-loss drugs soars among kids and young adults

Use of diabetes and obesity medications such as Ozempic, Wegovy and other so-called GLP-1 drugs has soared among teens and young adults
May 22
FILE - This image provided by Novo Nordisk in January 2023, shows packaging for the company's Wegovy drug. Even as millions of older adults clamor for drugs such as Ozempic and Wegovy, monthly use of the medications known as GLP-1 receptor agonists soared nearly 600% between 2020 and 2023 in people under 25 – and as young as 12. (Novo Nordisk via AP, File)
May 22

How social media impacts children’s brains

A look into the short- and long-term effects social media has on mental health.
May 22
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