- Animal protection group: suspected dog flu in Massachusetts Updated: May-22-15 7:23 pm
BOSTON - A Boston-based animal protection group says it's preparing for a possible influx of canine influenza after a terrier in Massachusetts came down with symptoms resembling those of a dog flu strain that has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest.
- Animal shelter closes dog kennel over illness concerns Updated: May-22-15 6:04 pm
ANDERSON, Indiana - A central Indiana animal shelter that has closed its dog kennel was awaiting test results Friday after two dogs died and more than a dozen others became ill with respiratory troubles.
- Plague in Idaho ground squirrels prompts health warning Updated: May-22-15 5:26 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Ground squirrels south of Boise have tested positive for plague, and humans and pets should avoid the area, Idaho health officials say.
- Iowa reports new bird flu turkey case in Pocahontas County Updated: May-22-15 4:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa agriculture officials say an additional turkey farm in Pocahontas County has tested positive for bird flu. If confirmed, the case will be the third in that county. The case brings the Iowa total to 64 farms with bird flu.
- Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu Updated: May-22-15 4:43 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa.
- Ebola-free Liberia cleared to host football games again Updated: May-22-15 4:21 pm
CAIRO - The Confederation of African Football has cleared Liberia to host international football games again after it was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
- Settlement to change New Mexico's disability waiver system Updated: May-22-15 3:58 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims of wrongly denied or limited services for people with developmental disabilities after the state adopted a new assessment system.
- US appeals court upholds delay in Alzheimer's drug swap Updated: May-22-15 2:00 pm
ALBANY, New York - A federal appeals court has rejected a drug manufacturer's appeal and affirmed a judge's order that Actavis PLC keep distributing its widely used Alzheimer's medication until after its patent expires this summer.
- Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help Updated: May-22-15 1:27 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.
- Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis Updated: May-22-15 12:41 pm
CONAKRY, Guinea - Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.
- Rockland County executive is undergoing cancer treatment Updated: May-22-15 9:17 am
NEW CITY, New York - Rockland County executive Ed Day is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
- EXCHANGE: Harvard nurse honored for helping migrant workers Updated: May-22-15 6:23 am
HARVARD, Illinois - The first treatment that Elizabeth Rios administered at the Harvard Area Community Health Center didn't come in a bottle, but in a sentence.
- 1st human Texas case of West Nile virus reported this year Updated: May-22-15 5:02 am
DALLAS - A Harris County resident has contracted the first human case of the West Nile virus in Texas this year.
- Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list Updated: May-22-15 4:13 am
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Michigan - Lisa Smith says her son's behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.
- Carr family to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer Updated: May-21-15 7:50 pm
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - The family of 4-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor has announced a new foundation to raise public awareness.
- Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant Updated: May-21-15 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON - A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.
- Largest Minnesota farm hit by bird flu to lay off 39 workers Updated: May-21-15 5:55 pm
RENVILLE, Minnesota - The largest Minnesota farm to be hit by bird flu is temporarily laying off 39 full-time employees.
- Iowa cancels bird shows at Iowa State Fair, county fairs Updated: May-21-15 5:45 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa State Fair and county fairs will not have poultry shows this year, Iowa agriculture officials said Thursday, as the state continued to struggle with a bird flu outbreak that has claimed more than 25 million chickens and turkeys.
- Bird flu crisis slows in Minnesota, focus now on recovery Updated: May-21-15 5:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota has notched six straight days without a new bird flu case. And though state officials aren't ready to say the outbreak is over, they're beginning to stand down.
- Indiana approves 1st needle-exchange program under new law Updated: May-21-15 4:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users.
- Doctors group issues guidelines on pain medications Updated: May-21-15 3:29 pm
BOSTON - A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts issued new guidelines Thursday for prescribing pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the state last year.
- Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South Updated: May-21-15 3:29 pm
NEW YORK - Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South.
- WHO: Cholera kills 30 Burundi refugees in Tanzanian camp Updated: May-21-15 9:40 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - A cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian refugee camp for Burundians, a World Health Organization official said Thursday, underscoring the dire circumstances of masses of people who are fleeing political unrest.
- Salmonella outbreak grows to 60 cases Updated: May-21-15 8:44 am
KENOSHA, Wisconsin - Kenosha County health officials say the number of salmonella cases has grown to 60.
- Indiana official to testify in Congress about HIV outbreak Updated: May-21-15 8:44 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's health commissioner is set to testify before Congress about Indiana's largest HIV outbreak and the drug abuse that's behind that epidemic.