Health

Cathleen Dacey, right, a Quinnipiac University law student, talks to Jeanne Piccirillo, 90, and Cairisse Miessau, 85, at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, a retirement community in Wallingford, Conn. Dacey will live at the center this school year as part of an intergenerational learning program. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
August 17, 2018 - 11:00 am
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Victoria Kozar, like many students, met one of her best friends while in college. The now 23-year-old, who attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, says she and Beth lived in the same building and spent hours talking about everything from boyfriends to baking. Her...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, paramedics and EMT members respond to one of three simultaneous drug overdose victims on the New Haven Green, a city park in New Haven, Conn. Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
August 17, 2018 - 9:30 am
A decade after first appearing in the United States, fake weed is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing...
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August 17, 2018 - 8:29 am
HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) — Federal regulators say Westinghouse Electric Co. has no plans to clean a plume of uranium under its nuclear fuel factory despite evidence it could reach South Carolina's water supply. Instead, Westinghouse wants a new 40-year extension from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is shown during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn said he's had a spot "removed or checked on" in annual skin cancer checks during physical exams. He and some of his assistants normally wear long shirts under their T-shirts during practice _ despite the Georgia heat and humidity. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
August 17, 2018 - 2:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, a nurse practitioner prepares to start the first human gene editing treatment for Hunter syndrome, an inherited metabolic disease, at a hospital in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, federal officials said that gene therapy is becoming an established form of medical care and carries no special risks that warrant special regulation, as they revised rules for vetting such experiments and products. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm
U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks. A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, a smoker extinguishes a cigarette in an ash tray in Sacramento, Calif. If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study released on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 finds you’re still better off in the long run. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 15, 2018 - 2:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you're still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk...
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August 15, 2018 - 4:05 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark will erect a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to stop wild boars from crossing, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's big pork industry. Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency said...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. In an innovative experiment, doctors prescribed fewer opioids after learning of their patient's overdose death in a letter from a county medical examiner. More than 400 “Dear Doctor” letters, sent in 2017 in San Diego County, were part of a study that put a human face on the U.S. opioid crisis for many doctors. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
August 09, 2018 - 11:10 am
In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner's office telling them of their patient's fatal overdose. The response: They started prescribing fewer opioids. Other doctors, whose patients also overdosed, didn't get letters. Their opioid prescribing didn't change. More than...
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Pro-life demonstrators against decriminalizing abortion celebrate outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Argentine Senate rejected the bill to legalize elective abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. (AP Photo/Luisa Balaguer)
August 09, 2018 - 9:15 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours...
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Dr. Sanjay Sharma, professor of cardiology at St. George's University of London, speaks during an interview on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2018 about a study he led which found procedures that can help identify athletes who are at risk for heart-problems. He said the British soccer program will start re-checking players' hearts at ages 18, 20 and 25. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens)
August 08, 2018 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every so often a seemingly healthy young athlete suddenly collapses and dies of cardiac arrest. What kind of heart check-up is best at finding players at risk? Experts debate whether it's time to add routine EKGs to the pre-sports check-up. Now a study of more than 11,000 top teen...
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