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San Francisco wants to offer free drug recovery books at its public libraries

The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are those about recovering from addiction
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Supervisor Matt Dorsey speaks during a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2024. The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are not the hottest new novels or juicy memoirs, they are books about recovering from addiction. Supervisor Dorsey on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, introduced legislation to create a program to distribute free addiction recovery books at the city's 27 public libraries. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20

5th case of measles at elementary school in this state identified: Officials

The first patient was a third-grade student without a history of travel.
February 20
Manatee Bay Elementary School is seen on Google Maps Street View, April 2023, in Weston, Fla.
February 20

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected three cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines
February 20
FILE-- In this file photo, a Somali baby receives a polio vaccine, at the Medina Maternal Child Health center in Mogadishu, Somalia. Zimbabwe has started an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio after health authorities detected 3 cases caused by a rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in January. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
February 20

Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are 'children' under state law

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos created during fertility treatments should be considered children under state law
February 20
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 photo, containers holding frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
February 20

Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort

According to the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, men need to work out twice as hard to get the same benefits.
February 20
VIDEO: Study finds women get same benefits from exercise with less effort
February 20

South Korean doctors walk out to protest medical training push, causing surgery cancellations

South Korean trainee doctors have collectively walked off their jobs to protest a government medical policy, triggering cancellations of surgeries and other medical treatments at hospitals
February 20
A medical worker leaves Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. South Korean trainee doctors collectively walked off their jobs Tuesday to escalate their protest of a government medical policy, triggering cancellations of surgeries and other medical treatments at hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 19

Medical experts sound the alarm on growing diabetic amputations among Black patients

Doctors say early detection and medication can prevent amputations.
February 19
Doctors perform surgery on a patient.
February 19

Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

Research shows it also can cause injuries that damage developing brains.
February 19
This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows a Maryland Heat youth tackle football team practicing in Fort Washington, Md., Nov. 9, 2023. Some parents are opting to enroll their children in leagues that play flag football, which limits contact on the field. But youth tackle leagues remain popular in many parts of the country. (Univ. of Maryland/Freddy Wolfe via AP)
February 19

'Soaring' over hills or 'playing' with puppies, study finds seniors enjoy virtual reality

Even seniors like virtual reality, whether it is flying in a plane, soaring over mountains or playing with puppies
February 19
Retired Army Col. Farrell Patrick, 91, wears a Mynd Immersive virtual reality headset at John Knox Village, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, in Pompano Beach, Fla. John Knox Village was one of 17 senior communities around the country that participated in a recently published Stanford University study that found that large majorities of 245 participants between 65- and 103-years-old enjoyed virtual reality, improving both their emotions and their interactions with staff. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
February 19

South Korea doctors submit resignations in a spat with the government over school admission quotas

Trainee doctors in South Korea have begun resigning en masse in protest of a government plan to increase the number of medical students
February 19
Medical workers walk inside a general hospital in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Trainee doctors in South Korea began resigning en masse Monday in protest of a government medical policy, causing reported delays in surgeries and other treatments at hospitals though no major disruption in the country's medical service has yet occurred.(Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)
February 18

A year after Jimmy Carter entered hospice care, advocates hope his endurance drives awareness

Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in south Georgia one year ago, the former U.S. president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and lost his wife of 77 years
February 18
FILE - Former President Jimmy Carter, right, and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, hold hands as they walk from a state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. In the year since Jimmy Carter first entered home hospice care, the 39th president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy and outlived his wife of 77 years. Rosalynn Carter, who died in November 2023 after suffering from dementia, spent just a few days under hospice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
February 17

ECU baseball player appears in game with prosthetic leg after boating accident

East Carolina sophomore Parker Byrd appeared in Friday’s season-opening win against Rider with a prosthetic leg after having part of his right leg amputated following a 2022 boating accident
February 17
This photo provided by East Carolina University shows Parker Byrd during an NCAA college baseball game against Rider, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024 in Greenville, N.C. East Carolina sophomore Parker Byrd appeared in Friday’s season-opening win against Rider with a prosthetic leg after having part of his right leg amputated following a 2022 boating accident. The school said he is the first NCAA Division I athlete to play in a game with a prosthetic leg. (East Carolina University via AP)
February 17

State governments looking to protect health-related data as it's used in abortion battle

State governments across the U.S. are adopting or considering laws that would block the sale of personal health data or information about who visits sensitive sites such as sexual health facilities
February 17
FILE - Supporters of Issue 1, the Right to Reproductive Freedom amendment, attend a rally in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2023. Some state governments and a federal agency are moving to block companies from selling geolocation data that shows who's been to abortion providers, among other places. (AP Photo/Joe Maiorana, File)
February 16

Tackling Mental Health | Michael Strahan Reports

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan talked with a group of top Black athletes about their experiences and struggles with mental health.
February 16
VIDEO: Tackling Mental Health | Michael Strahan Reports
February 16

Ukrainian man pleads guilty in cyberattack that temporarily disrupted major Vermont hospital

The U.S. Department of Justice says a Ukrainian man has pleaded guilty to involvement in two separate malware schemes, including a cyberattack that temporarily shut down some vital services at a major hospital in Vermont
February 16
February 16

NBA champion, 'Survivor' contestant Scot Pollard is feeling great after heart transplant, wife says

NBA champion and “Survivor” contestant Scot Pollard is “awake and feeling great” a day after a heart transplant, according to his wife
February 16
FILE - Former Sacramento Kings player Scot Pollard signs an autograph during the half time of the Kings NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. NBA champion and “Survivor” contestant Scot Pollard has had a heart transplant, his wife said on social media on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 16

'High,' 'very high' levels of respiratory virus activity seen in half of states: CDC

COVID, flu hospitalizations remained steady compared to last week.
February 16
Doctors look over a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, Aug. 31, 2021.
February 16

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions
February 16
FILE - This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
February 16

New generation of doctors learning to spot measles

Measles was eliminated in 2000, so many new doctors may not have the experience to know what it looks like when an outbreak occurs.
February 16
Measles was eliminated in 2000, so many new doctors may not have the experience to know what it looks like when an outbreak occurs.
February 16

Patients see 1st savings from Biden's drug price push

The Biden administration has been attempting to drive down out-of-pocket costs.
February 16
David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs, sits in his home office. Beside him are some of the many drugs he takes to treat multiple myeloma and other conditions.
February 16

The Census Bureau is considering how to ask about gender identity. People have their opinions

The U.S. Census Bureau is thinking about how to ask about sex
February 16
FILE - Pride flags are held at the Tennessee Capitol, Jan. 22, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. Dozens of health officials, civil rights groups, individuals and businesses have weighed in about how the U.S. Census Bureau should ask about sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time on its most comprehensive survey of American life. An Associated Press review of the 91 written public comments posted in January 2024 shows them to be largely supportive of the proposed additions, though not without constructive criticism. (AP Photo/George Walker IV, File)
February 16

Measles was once an easily recognized disease. Doctors are relearning how to spot it

A recent outbreak that began in December 2023 has led to 23 cases of measles.
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February 16

Brazil's health agents scour junkyards and roofs for mosquitos to fight dengue epidemic

Local public health officials in Rio de Janeiro have been scouring the city's neighborhoods and even its junkyards for signs of standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs
February 16
Zuleida greets and speaks with municipal health workers and volunteers who are inspecting the Tabajaras favela for standing water where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can breed, in an effort to stop the spread of dengue in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 16

14 GOP-led states have turned down federal money to feed low-income kids in the summer. Here's why

Most Republican governors turned down federal money to provide grocery help for low-income families with school-age kids over the summer
February 16
February 16

Tribes in Washington are battling a devastating opioid crisis. Will a multimillion-dollar bill help?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Native Americans and Alaska Natives in Washington state die of opioid overdoses at five times the state average
February 16
Dr. Jesse Davis, of the Lummi Healing Spirit opioid treatment program, talks with nurse manager Edna Revey, right, at the program's seven-bed facility on the Lummi Reservation, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, near Bellingham, Wash. The tribe declared a state of emergency due to the fentanyl crisis in 2023. Washington State tribal leaders are urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that would send at least $7.75 million in funding to tribal nations to help them stem a dramatic rise in opioid overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
February 15

Lawsuits ask courts to overturn Virginia's new policies on the treatment of transgender students

The ACLU of Virginia is suing the state Department of Education to challenge Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s policies on the treatment of transgender students
February 15
FILE - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The ACLU of Virginia filed two separate lawsuits Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, against the state Department of Education challenging Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's policies on the treatment of transgender students. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 15

US Justice Department sues over Tennessee law targeting HIV-positive people convicted of sex work

The U.S. Justice Department has sued the state of Tennessee over its decades-old felony aggravated prostitution law, arguing that it illegally imposes tougher criminal penalties on people who are HIV positive
February 15
February 15

More people die after smoking drugs than injecting them, US study finds

A new government study suggests smoking has surpassed injecting as the most common way of taking drugs in U.S. overdose deaths
February 15
February 15

Lyme disease case counts in the US rose by almost 70% in 2022 due to a change in how it's reported

Lyme disease cases in the United States jumped nearly 70% in 2022
February 15
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, a carrier of Lyme disease. U.S. Lyme disease cases jumped nearly 70% in 2022, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. But health officials say it’s due to a change in reporting requirements, and not an explosion of new infections. (CDC via AP, File)
February 15

FDA approves 1st medication to treat severe frostbite

The drug reduced the risk of finger or toe amputations.
February 15
February 15

New Hampshire Senate rejects enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution

Another attempt to enshrine abortion rights in the New Hampshire Constitution has failed
February 15
February 15

Iowa's abortion providers now have some guidance for the paused 6-week ban, if it is upheld

Iowa’s medical board has approved some guidance abortion providers would need to follow if the state’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court
February 15
FILE - Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her inaugural address, Jan. 13, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa’s medical board on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, approved the guidance abortion providers would need to follow if the state’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
February 15

A Republican plan to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin is dead

A Republican proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin is dead
February 15
FILE - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos watches Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers give his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Madison, Wis. A Republican proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin is dead. Vos said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, that there will still be a public hearing to build support for passage next session, but it won't occur until after the Assembly has adjourned for this year. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
February 15

FDA approves 1st medication to treat severe frostbite

The drug reduced the risk of finger or toe amputations.
February 15
The drug reduced the risk of finger or toe amputations.
February 15

South Korean doctors rally against government plans to increase the number of medical students

Hundreds of South Korean doctors have rallied in the capital Seoul and other cities against a government plan to boost the number of medical students
February 15
Doctors stage a rally against the government's medical policy near the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Hundreds of South Korean doctors rallied in the capital, Seoul, and other cities on Thursday in protest of a government plan to boost the number of medical students in the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 14

Things to know about California's Proposition 1

California voters will decide on a statewide ballot measure that Gov. Gavin Newson says would address the state's ongoing homelessness issue
February 14
Members of the Resiliency Empowerment Support Team (REST) Letha Croff, left, and Torie Baxter, second from left, talk to a homeless person sleeping under a bridge in Chico, Calif., Feb. 8, 2024. A measure aimed at transforming how California spends money on mental health will go before voters in March as the state continues to grapple an unabated homelessness crisis. The REST Program does daily visits to homeless encampments to get them into treatment or housing. Butte County officials fear the REST program would lose its funding if California voters approve Proposition 1 (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 14

Nebraska Republican gives top priority to bill allowing abortions in cases of fatal fetal anomalies

A Republican Nebraska lawmaker has given top priority to a bill that would allow abortions beyond the state’s 12-week ban in cases of fatal fetal anomalies
February 14
February 14

Missouri high court says Planned Parenthood can receive funding; cites failed appeal by state

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that lawmakers illegally blocked Medicaid funding from going to Planned Parenthood
February 14
FILE - A Missouri and American flag fly outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, June 24, 2022. The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, rejected the latest attempt by Republican state officials to block taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, citing a failure in the state's legal appeal. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
February 14

West Virginia bill defining gender is transphobic and 'political rubbish,' Democrats say

West Virginia’s Republican-led House of Delegates has overwhelmingly passed legislation to narrow the definitions of gender
February 14
This photo made available by the West Virginia Legislature shows Mike Pushkin, a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, speaking during the floor session of the House Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. (Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislature via AP)
February 14

New report from the CDC warns vaping among teens is on the rise

There is increasing concern as many of these young adults are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes.
February 14
VIDEO: New report from the CDC warns vaping among teens is on the rise
February 14

Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks

A fiery debate over public health and personal rights has gripped Puerto Rico as legislators clash with medical experts
February 14
FILE - A nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Tomas Dones Coliseum, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Jan. 8, 2022. A debate over public health and personal rights intensified on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, as Puerto Rican legislators clashed with medical experts on the use of masks and vaccines. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
February 14

Mississippi inmates were exposed to dangerous chemicals and denied health care, lawsuit says

A federal lawsuit says inmates at a Mississippi prison were forced to mix raw cleaning chemicals without protective equipment
February 14
FILE - A watch tower stands high on the grounds of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, March 20, 2019, in Pearl, Miss. Incarcerated women in Mississippi were forced to mix raw cleaning chemicals without protective equipment, with one alleging she later contracted terminal cancer and was denied timely medical care, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, alleges. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
February 14

COVID-19 patients develop chronic fatigue at higher rate, CDC report finds

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that women and older people were at a higher risk.
February 14
VIDEO: COVID-19 patients develop chronic fatigue at higher rate, CDC report finds
February 14

Proposed TikTok ban for kids fails in Virginia's Legislature

A GOP legislative effort to prevent Virginia children from using the video-sharing app TikTok died this week in the Democratic-controlled Legislature
February 14
FILE - The icon for the video sharing TikTok app is seen on a smartphone, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, in Marple Township, Pa. A GOP legislative effort to prevent Virginia children from using the popular video-sharing app TikTok — an idea backed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin — died this week in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 14

CDC report finds COVID patients 4.3 times more likely to develop chronic fatigue

Women and older people were at higher risk of developing chronic fatigue.
February 14
In this undated stock photo, a man is seen resting his head in his hands.
February 14

Cyberattacks on hospitals are likely to increase, putting lives at risk, experts warn

Cybersecurity experts are warning that hospitals around the United States are at risk for attacks such as the one that's crippling operations at a premier Midwestern children’s hospital
February 14
FILE - The Lurie Children's Hospital sign is displayed at the hospital, Feb. 5, 2024, in Skokie, Ill. A cyberattack on a renowned children’s hospital in Chicago has left some parents scrambling. They've had to reschedule surgeries on babies or scramble to get prescriptions filled for their sick kids. Experts warn this is just the start of a growing trend of foreign criminals attacking U.S. hospitals for hefty ransoms. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
February 14

Bayer fights string of Roundup trial losses including $2.25B verdict in Philadelphia

The Bayer Corporation has spent more than $10 billion to settle lawsuits that claim the popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer
February 14
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco. The Bayer Corporation has spent more than $10 billion to settle lawsuits that claim the popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer. But a single verdict in Philadelphia this year has topped $2 billion and thousands of cases are still to come. Bayer calls the recent verdict "excessive" and insists Roundup is safe. However, it has reformulated the consumer version to remove a pesticide called glyphosate. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
February 14

Pet owner catches bubonic plague from their cat in Oregon, officials say

The plague spreads to humans or animals through a bite from an infected flea or by contact with an animal sick with the disease, health officials say.
February 14
The plague spreads to humans or animals through a bite from an infected flea or by contact with an animal sick with the disease, health officials say.
February 14

Some worry California proposition to tackle homelessness would worsen the problem

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging voters to approve a ballot initiative that he says is needed to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis
February 14
Windy Click, right, director of community engagement, and Cherie Davis, program manager, stand outside the Hospitality House in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. A measure aimed at transforming how California spends money on mental health will go before voters in March as the state continues to grapple with an unabated homelessness crisis. Hospitality House's programs are among a slew of prevention services that would face significant budget cuts if Proposition 1 passes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
February 13

California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

California cities and counties still don’t know how much they’ll have to pay for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic program to house homeless people in hotel rooms
February 13
FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives an update on the state's initiative to provide housing for homeless Californians to help stem the coronavirus, during a visit to a Motel 6 participating in the program in Pittsburg, Calif., June 30, 2020. California cities and counties still don't know how much they'll have to pay for Newsom's pandemic program to house homeless people in hotel rooms after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in October 2023 that it was limiting the number of days eligible for reimbursement. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)