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Stories with subject: Public health
  • new storyRadioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 7:18 pm

    BUCHANAN, New York - An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk.

  • new storyDoctors: Meningitis threat not high for use of new vaccine 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 6:18 pm

    SANTA CLARA, California - Despite the severe health risks of meningitis, health officials say the public health threat isn't high enough to justify the widespread use of a vaccine approved for use in the United States in 2014.

  • Editorials from around New England 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm

    Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:

  • Drinking long intertwined in Dubuque's culture 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:49 am

    DUBUQUE, Iowa - Wherever Sue Greene looks, she sees alcohol ingrained into the fabric of Dubuque's culture and history.

  • Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:19 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.

  • Woman dies following home fire in Adams County 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:11 pm

    DENVER - Investigators say it appears that a 55-year-old woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a fire at a home in Adams County.

  • Snyder defends office's handling of Legionnaires' outbreak story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:58 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended how his office responded to an email flagging a potential link between a surge in Legionnaires' disease and Flint's water, saying an aide asked for further investigation but a state agency did not bring forward the issue again.

  • Utah legislators back plan to declare pornography a health crisis story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 8:29 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as pornography becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

  • As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return home 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:45 pm

    LOS ANGELES - With a possible end in sight to a massive 15-week gas leak, anxious residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes.

  • 10 arrested on drug charges tied to Indiana HIV outbreak 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:29 pm

    SCOTTSBURG, Indiana - Ten people were arrested Friday on charges alleging they distributed drugs that helped fuel the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history, authorities said.

  • Alabama governor authorizes tuberculosis response funding 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:05 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced the authorization of more than $200,000 in emergency funding to help public health officials continue responding to a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County.

  • Dubuque library requests funds for dog to sniff out bedbugs 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:20 pm

    DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque officials have asked for increased funding to continue bringing a dog to sniff out bedbugs at a public library.

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:42 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

  • CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:54 pm

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.

  • Carbon monoxide probed as possible cause of man's death 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 1:25 pm

    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Michigan - A 43-year-old man has died -- possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning -- in southwestern Michigan.

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:46 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • Tucson Rodeo to continue as planned despite equine herpes 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:58 am

    TUCSON, Arizona - Officials with the Tucson Rodeo say the festivities will go forward as planned despite a herpes outbreak spreading through Tuft Paradise racetrack.

  • Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:38 am

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it.

  • Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 11:48 pm

    HONOLULU - After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines.

  • Possible wood slivers prompt H-E-B ice cream recall 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 10:12 pm

    SAN ANTONIO - H-E-B supermarkets have issued a voluntary recall for its Creamy Creations Caramel Pecan Turtle ice cream over possible wood pieces in the product.

  • New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 8:11 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.

  • Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:49 pm

    MIAMI - Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks before they become widespread.

  • Cruz: border security needed to stop addiction 'epidemic' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:08 pm

    HOOKSETT, New Hampshire - Republican Ted Cruz shared the deeply personal story of his sister's overdose death as he campaigned across New Hampshire on Thursday, describing "an epidemic" of addiction that has destroyed lives in his family and across the nation.

  • Officials warned of water, Legionnaires' link 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:15 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.