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Inquiry finds Britain was ill-prepared for COVID-19 pandemic and failed its citizens

An inquiry into the U.K. government's response to COVID-19 found it was ill-prepared for a pandemic and serious errors in planning failed its citizens
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FILE - Protesters show pictures of COVID victims and placards outside Dorland House as Britain's former Prime Minister Boris Johnson testifies at Britain's COVID-19 public inquiry in London, on Dec. 7, 2023. The U.K. government was ill-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and serious errors in planning failed its citizens, an inquiry found Thursday, July 18, 2024. Retired judge Heather Hallett, who is leading the ongoing inquiry, said the government wrongly believed in 2019 that it was one of the best-prepared countries in the world for an outbreak and it anticipated the wrong pandemic — influenza. “This belief was dangerously mistaken," Hallett said in releasing her first report. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
July 18

Bedwetting, nightmares and shaking. War in Gaza takes a mental health toll, especially on children

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are struggling to maintain their mental health, with few resources and no safe places to recover after nine months of war
July 18
Palestinians displaced by the Israeli air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip are seen at a United-Nation run school, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are struggling to maintain their mental health with few resources and no safe places to recover after nine months of war. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
July 17

No significant risk of birth defects after 1st trimester COVID vaccine: Study

Birth defects were not linked to COVID infection in the first trimester either.
July 17
In this undated stock photo, a pregnant woman is seen receiving a vaccine injection.
July 17

EPA watchdog investigating delays in how the agency used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

The EPA's internal watchdog will investigate why the agency didn’t get its specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors into the air over East Palestine until four days after the disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment last year
July 17
FILE - Whistleblower Robert Kroutil poses for a photo May 13, 2024, in Olathe, Kan. The EPA's Inspector General announced Tuesday, July 16, 2024, an investigation into why the agency didn't get its specialized plane loaded with advanced sensors into the air over East Palestine until four days after the derailment last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
July 17

Rural hospitals built during baby boom now face baby bust

More than half of rural U.S. hospitals now lack labor and delivery units.
July 17
The Mahaska Health hospital in Oskaloosa, Iowa, includes a building built in 1928. The facility was expanded in the 1960s, during a rural-hospital building boom fueled by federal incentives.
July 17

Don't work in bed, and other tips for creating a peaceful sleep zone in a studio apartment

There’s a lot to be said for the work/play energy of a nice studio or other small apartment during the day
July 17
This photo provided by Resource Furniture shows the company's Oslo Sofa wall bed in a studio apartment designed by JG Neukomm Architecture in The Norfolk building in New York. Fold-down beds are good space savers in small apartments, where it's important to try to define a restful sleep zone. (Adam Macchia/The Suffolk by Gotham Properties via AP)
July 17

European Commission didn't provide enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says

The EU general court says the European Commission did not allow the public enough access to information about COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreements it secured with pharmaceutical companies during the pandemic
July 17
July 17

The European Commission did not give the public enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says

The European Commission did not give the public enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says
July 17
July 17

With Haitian migration growing, a Mexico City family of doctors is helping out

At a clinic in the working class neighborhood, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl on the outskirts of Mexico City, Doctor Hernández Pacheco attends to Haitian migrants
July 17
Dr. Sarahí Hernández Pacheco and Haitian Bellantta Lubin embrace at the Bassuary medical clinic in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, east of Mexico City, Thursday, June 20, 2024. Hernández Pacheco has turned her family-run clinic into a safe haven for Haitian migrants whether they are planning to stay in Mexico or continue the journey north toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Mariana Martínez Barba)
July 17

As Gaza’s doctors struggle to save lives, many lose their own in Israeli airstrikes

Israel’s 9-month-old war with Hamas in Gaza has decimated the territory’s medical system
July 17
FILE - Palestinians wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip are brought to Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, on March 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Ismael abu dayyah, File)
July 16

FACT FOCUS: Trump falsely claims babies can be seen to change 'radically' after vaccination

In an excerpt of a recent conversation between former President Donald Trump and independent presidential candidate Robert F
July 16
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump appears during the Republican National Convention Monday, July 15, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 16

How extreme heat can impact your mental health as high temperatures sweep across US

Studies have shown that extreme heat can exacerbate anxiety and depression.
July 16
Children play in a water fountain during a summer heat wave in the Bronx borough of New York on July 11, 2024.
July 16

Arkansas is sued for rejecting petitions on an abortion-rights ballot measure

Arkansas is being sued for rejecting petitions in favor of a proposed ballot measure to scale back the state’s abortion ban
July 16
FILE - A demonstrator holds a sign protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside the Arkansas Capitol, June 24, 2022, in Little Rock, Ark. Supporters of a proposal to ask voters scale back Arkansas’ abortion ban sued the state on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, for rejecting their petitions to get the measure on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
July 16

Supporters of a proposal to scale back Arkansas abortion ban sue state for rejecting ballot measure petitions

Supporters of a proposal to scale back Arkansas abortion ban sue state for rejecting ballot measure petitions
July 16
July 16

Women diagnosed with ADHD as adults open up about the life-changing event

"I believed the lies that I was lazy, dumb, unmotivated," a woman told ABC News.
July 16
VIDEO: Inside ADHD: More adult women are being diagnosed
July 16

Judge refuses to extend timeframe for Georgia's new Medicaid plan, only one with work requirement

A federal judge has ruled that the Biden administration complied with the law when it declined to grant an extension to Georgia’s year-old Medicaid plan, which is the only one in the country that has a work requirement for recipients of the publicly fu...
July 16
FILE - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, right, sign healthcare waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Oct. 15, 2020. Pathways to Coverage launched last July and is the only Medicaid plan in the country that requires beneficiaries to work or engage in other activities to get coverage. As of June, it had about 4,300 members. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)
July 16

Detroit-area county to pay $7 million to family of man killed while jailed for drunken driving

A Detroit-area county has agreed to pay $7 million to the family of a man who was severely beaten by another man while in jail for drunken driving
July 16
July 16

A sweet, native and nutritious snack from the garden? Look no further than blueberries

AP gardening writer Jessica Damiano has been growing dwarf blueberries for three years and her plants outside New York City are covered in green fruits right now
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This July 11, 2024 image provided by Jessica Damiano shows blueberries ripening on a potted plant on Long Island, New York. (Jessica Damiano via AP)
July 16

A Baltimore man died after being sedated and restrained by medics. His mom wants answers

The mother of a Baltimore man who died in police custody after being sedated by medics wants to know whether the actions of first responders caused his death
July 16
Lori Ellinger wears a heart-shaped ring that holds the ashes of her late son, Trea Ellinger, Monday, July 1, 2024, in her home in Glen Burnie, Md. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
July 15

Tuskegee syphilis study whistleblower Peter Buxtun has died at age 86

The whistleblower who exposed the Tuskegee syphilis study that left hundreds of Black men untreated has died at age 86
July 15
July 15

Ruling keeps abortion question on ballot in South Dakota

A judge's ruling keeps an abortion-rights question on the South Dakota ballot in November
July 15
FILE - South Dakota Republican Rep. Jon Hansen stands in the House of Representatives in the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., on Feb. 21, 2024. A judge rejected the lawsuit in a ruling Monday, July 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Jack Dura, File)
July 15

3 hikers die in Utah parks as triple-digit temperatures linger in western US

Three hikers have died in suspected heat-related cases at state and national parks in Utah
July 15
FILE - A sign for Canyonlands National Park is seen, May 6, 2003, in Moab, Utah. Three hikers died over the weekend in suspected heat-related incidents at parks in Utah, including a father and daughter who got lost on a strenuous hike in Canyonlands National Park in triple-digit temperatures. The Canyonlands hikers died Friday, July 12, 2024, while a third deceased hiker was found in Utah's Snow Canyon State Park. (AP Photo/Mickey Krakowski, File)
July 15

A 'new era' in malaria control has begun with a vaccination campaign for children in Ivory Coast

Health workers in Ivory Coast have begun giving children the latest malaria vaccine
July 15
A woman waits to administer the malaria vaccine Oxford-Serum R21 to her child in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday, July. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)
July 15

How witnessing traumatic events affects the mind

Psychiatrist and trauma specialist Dr. Frank Anderson discusses how watching traumatic events, in person or on video, can have lasting effects.
July 15
VIDEO: How witnessing traumatic events affects the mind
July 15

Celebrities are getting $2,000 MRI scans to learn about their health. Should you?

Celebrities and influencers are helping promote high-tech medical scans that companies claim can help catch deadly diseases, including cancer
July 15
This image provided by Prenuvo in July 2024 shows an MRI scan. Magnetic resonance imaging uses magnetic fields to produce detailed images of organs, bones and other structures inside the body. Unlike many other types of scans, MRIs don't use radiation. (Prenuvo via AP)
July 15

Childhood vaccine coverage not yet back to pre-pandemics levels: WHO, UNICEF report

Coverage for the DTP and measles vaccines stagnated from 2022 to 2023.
July 15
July 15

Gambia upholds its ban on female genital cutting. Reversing it would have been a global first

Lawmakers in the West African nation of Gambia have rejected a bill that would have overturned a ban on female genital cutting
July 15
FILE - A Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) run in Kilgoris, Kenya, on April 21, 2007. Lawmakers in the West African nation of Gambia on Monday July 15, 2024 rejected a bill that would have overturned a ban on female genital cutting. The attempt to become the first country in the world to reverse such a ban had been closely followed by activists abroad. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim, File)
July 14

US health officials confirm four new bird flu cases, in Colorado poultry workers

Four poultry workers in Colorado have been diagnosed with bird flu
July 14
FILE - Chickens stand in their cages at a farm, in Iowa, Nov. 16, 2009. Four more people, all Colorado poultry workers, have been diagnosed with bird flu infections, health officials said late Sunday, June 14, 2024. The new cases are the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth in the United States diagnosed with the bird flu, which so far has caused mild illness in humans. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
July 14

Can a Medicaid plan that requires work succeed? First year of Georgia experiment is not promising

By now, Georgia officials expected their new Medicaid plan to provide health insurance to 25,000 low income residents
July 14
FILE - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, right, sign healthcare waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Oct. 15, 2020. Pathways to Coverage launched last July and is the only Medicaid plan in the country that requires beneficiaries to work or engage in other activities to get coverage. As of June, it had about 4,300 members. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)
July 13
FILE - Richard Simmons at St. Patty's Day Slimdown benefiting the Lollipop Theatre Network held at Slimmons on Sunday, Mar., 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Simmons, a fitness guru who urged the overweight to exercise and eat better, died Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the age of 76. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Lollipop Theatre Network/AP Images, File)
July 13

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died
July 13
FILE - Talk show host Phil Donahue, center, poses with several other prominent television personalities after the taping of "Donahue: The 25th Anniversary," in New York, Oct. 1992. From left, Jenny Jones, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Faith Daniels, Larry King, Donahue, Connie Chung, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer and Montel Williams. Westheimer, the sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, died on Friday, July 12, 2024. She was 96. (AP Photo/Joe Major, File)
July 13

Historically Black town in Louisiana's Cancer Alley is divided over a planned grain terminal

In a clash over the past versus the future, some descendants of enslaved people in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, are fighting to keep a grain terminal from being built in their historic Black neighborhood
July 13
A sign that reads "Stop the Wallace Grain Elevator" sits in the front lawn of Fee-Fo-Lay Café, March 13, 2024, in Wallace, La. (AP Photo/Stephen Smith)
July 12

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Mental health experts, community clinics and politicians are working to create new programs to break down barriers that Latinos might face to getting therapy or treatment
July 12
Dr. Fernando Taveras, a psychiatrist and Hispanic mental healthcare expert with SOMOS Community Care Clinic, stands for a portrait in New York on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Mental health experts, community clinics and politicians are working to create new programs to break down barriers that Latinos might face to getting therapy or treatment. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
July 12

What to know about legal battles on details of abortion rights ballot measures across US

Abortion access ballot measures are the center of a new wave of legal and procedural questions across the U.S. In Arizona, there's a dispute over language to describe a measure that could go before voters in November
July 12
FILE - Arizona abortion-rights supporters gather for a news conference prior to delivering over 800,000 petition signatures to the capitol to get abortion rights on the November general election ballot Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Phoenix. Abortion access ballot measures are the center of a new wave of legal and procedural questions across the U.S., including Arizona, where there's a dispute over language to describe a measure. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
July 12

Extreme heat and some medicines can be a risky combo. Here's what to know

This summer’s extreme heat is raising the danger of heat-related illnesses and threatening health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications
July 12
FILE - Temperature and humidity are monitored in a medicine cabinet at a medical center in California on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Extreme heat can raise the danger of heat-related illnesses and threaten health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications. Hot weather, too, can damage medicines such as insulin that require refrigeration. Inhalers can explode. Epinephrine injectors such as EpiPens can malfunction. Meds delivered in the mail can deteriorate. (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File)
July 12

North Carolina's Medicaid expansion program has enrolled 500,000 people in just 7 months

More than 500,000 North Carolina residents have enrolled in state's Medicaid expansion program in the seven months since it was launched
July 12
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Kody Kinsley discusses the impact of Medicaid expansion on prescriptions during a news conference at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, July 12, 2024. Almost 2 million prescriptions have been filled for new enrollees, and Kinsley said many of which treat chronic conditions such as asthma and heart disease. (AP Photo/Makiya Seminera)
July 12

Summer sweet treats to cool down in the heat

ABC News’ Lori Bergamotto brings some of her favorite summer products that make cooling down in the summer sweeter.
July 12
VIDEO: Summer sweet treats to cool down in the heat
July 12

How to find the right ADHD medication

Board-certified psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Judith Joseph discusses what people looking for ADHD medication can do to help mitigate their symptoms.
July 12
VIDEO: How to find the right ADHD medication
July 12

For at least a decade Quinault Nation has tried to escape the rising Pacific. Time is running out

Quinault Indian Nation, in Washington state, has spent at least a decade working to relocate hundreds of people whose homes are threatened by a rising Pacific Ocean
July 12
Mold creeps up the side of the wall behind the washing machine at the Curley household Wednesday, May 22, 2024, on the Quinault reservation in Taholah, Wash. Facing increased flooding from a rising Pacific Ocean, the Quinault Indian Nation has been working for over a decade to relocate Taholah, their largest village, to a new site on higher ground. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
July 12

More than 6 in 10 U.S. adults support protecting access to IVF, AP-NORC poll finds

According to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, relatively few Americans fully endorse the idea that a fertilized egg should have the same rights as a pregnant woman
July 12
FILE - Lab staff use a microscope stand and articulated hand controls to extract cells from 1-7 day old embryos, shown on the monitor at right, that are then checked for viability at the Aspire Houston Fertility Institute in vitro fertilization lab Feb. 27, 2024, in Houston. According to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, relatively few Americans fully endorse the idea that a fertilized egg should have the same rights as a pregnant woman. But a significant share – 46% -- say it describes their views at least somewhat well. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
July 11

Inside ADHD: More adult women are being diagnosed

ABC News' Diane Macedo speaks with other women and doctors about rising numbers of women being diagnosed with ADHD as adults, and details her own recent diagnosis.
July 11
VIDEO: Inside ADHD: More adult women are being diagnosed
July 11

Developmental Psychologist Dr. Niobe Way on how society can better raise boys

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with NYU professor of developmental psychology Dr. Niobe Way about "Rebels with a Cause: Reimagining Boys, Ourselves, and Our Culture."
July 11
VIDEO: Psychologist Dr. Niobe Way on how society can better raise boys
July 11

Thousands of Oregon hospital patients may have been exposed to infectious diseases

Officials with health care companies in Oregon say more than 2,400 patients at hospitals in the Portland area may have been exposed to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV, because of a physician who may not have followed infection co...
July 11
July 11

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Backers of an Arizona abortion rights ballot initiative have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include language on material for voters referring to a fetus as “an unborn human being.”
July 11
FILE - Arizona abortion-rights supporters deliver over 800,000 petition signatures to the capitol to get abortion rights on the November general election ballot Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Phoenix. Backers of a November ballot initiative that will ask voters if abortion rights should be enshrined in Arizona's constitution have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include proposed language for the voter pamphlet that currently refers to a fetus as an "unborn human being.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
July 11

New York's top court allows 'equal rights' amendment to appear on November ballot

A proposed amendment to New York’s constitution to bar discrimination over “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” will appear on state ballots this November
July 11
FILE - The New York Capitol is seen, June 30, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. A proposed amendment to New York's constitution to bar discrimination over “gender identity” and “pregnancy outcomes” will appear on the ballot this November, the state's high court ruled Thursday, July 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
July 11

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'
July 11
July 11

Finland is offering farmworkers bird flu shots. Some experts say the US should, too

Some experts say the U.S. should vaccinate farmworkers against bird flu.
July 11
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Maternal mortality crisis leading women to skip traditional care in favor of midwives

ABC News’ Faith Abubéy takes a closer look at new initiatives expanding access to midwifery care, which experts believe can help reduce America's alarming rate of maternal mortality.
July 11
VIDEO: Maternal mortality crisis leading women to skip traditional care in favor of midwives
July 11

Lawsuit filed in case of teen who died after eating spicy chip as part of online challenge

A lawsuit has been filed in the case of a Massachusetts teen who died after participating in a spicy tortilla chip challenge on social media
July 11
Amos Wolobah, father of Harris Wolobah, participates in a press conference announcing the filing of a lawsuit in the case of a teen who died after eating a spicy tortilla chip, Thursday, July 11, 2024, in Boston. Harris Wolobah, a 10th grader from the city of Worcester, died Sept. 1, 2023, after eating the Paqui chip as part of the manufacturer’s “One Chip Challenge.” (AP Photos/Michael Casey)
July 11

Lawsuit filed in case of Massachusetts teenager who died after taking part in spicy chip challenge

Lawsuit filed in case of Massachusetts teenager who died after taking part in spicy chip challenge
July 11