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October 01

Poland adds pregnancy to patients' medical data

A new regulation coming into force in Poland that requires pregnancy information to be uploaded to the national digital system has women's organizations concerned that it will be another way for the conservative government to control women's lives
October 01
October 01

NIH to fund unproven ALS drugs under patient-backed law

The U.S. government will soon spend $25 million to help patients access experimental drugs for the incurable illness known as Lou Gehrig's disease
October 01
October 01

Arizona judge won’t suspend ruling that halted all abortions

An Arizona judge has refused to suspend her order that allowed enforcement of a pre-statehood law making it a crime to provide an abortion
October 01
FILE - Celina Washburn protests outside the Arizona Capitol to voice her dissent with an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
October 01

Testing trouble adds to disorder in Uganda's Ebola response

In a remote Ugandan community facing its first Ebola outbreak, testing trouble has added to the score of challenges authorities face
October 01
A medical attendant stands by rubber boots hung up to dry after being disinfected, outside the Ebola isolation section of Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, in Mubende, Uganda, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. In this remote Ugandan community facing its first Ebola outbreak, testing trouble has added to the challenges with symptoms of the Sudan strain of Ebola now circulating being similar to malaria, underscoring the pitfalls health workers face in their response. (AP Photo/Hajarah Nalwadda)
October 01

Michigan women fight to preserve abortion, 1 chat at a time

Women are gathering across Michigan to strategize how to preserve abortion rights in their state
October 01
Kelly Dillaha, left, talks with Kathy Nitz during a Red Wine and Blue event in Utica, Mich., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 01

Michigan women fight to preserve abortion, 1 chat at a time

Women are gathering across Michigan to strategize how to preserve abortion rights in their state
October 01
Kelly Dillaha, left, talks with Kathy Nitz during a Red Wine and Blue event in Utica, Mich., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 30

Some officials now say monkeypox elimination unlikely in US

Some U.S. health officials are conceding that monkeypox is probably not going away anytime soon
September 30
FILE - A physician assistant prepares a syringe with the monkeypox vaccine for a patient during a vaccination clinic Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in New York. The disease’s spread is slowing but the virus is unlikely to be eliminated because it is widespread enough that spread of the disease is expected to continue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in late September 2022. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 30

Abortion info fight targets university but affects far more

A University of Idaho memo warning staffers not to refer students to abortion or birth control providers has placed the school at the center of a debate over First Amendment rights and access to reproductive health care
September 30
September 30

'No man's land': Long COVID knocks young workers out of the job market

Experts warn this kind of 'mass disabling event' is affecting the economy.
September 30
Victoria Waldo, 27, used to work in finance at a start-up before having to quit. She has since been diagnosed with long COVID diagnosis. Here she's at an appointment at a long COVID clinic.
September 30

Pregnant woman forced to drive during Ian to give birth

Hanna-Kay Williams went into labor late Tuesday night.
September 30
Hanna-Kay Williams and her fiancé kiss their newborn daughter, Wajiha, who was born during Hurricane Ian, Sept. 28, 2022, in Melbourne, Fla.
September 30

Michigan man charged in shooting of anti-abortion canvasser

A Michigan homeowner has been charged with shooting and wounding an 84-year-old woman who was canvassing door-to-door against a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state
September 30
September 30

Vermont dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana

Vermont dispensaries are set to begin selling marijuana for recreational use, though only three will be ready to do so on opening weekend
September 30
Ana and Josh MacDuff, right, and their employees pose inside their new Mountain Girl Cannabis store, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Rutland, Vt. Vermont's recreational retail marijuana market opens Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with three stores doing business. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
September 30

Vermont dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana

Vermont dispensaries are set to begin selling marijuana for recreational use, though only three will be ready to do so on opening weekend
September 30
Ana and Josh MacDuff, right, and their employees pose inside their new Mountain Girl Cannabis store, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Rutland, Vt. Vermont's recreational retail marijuana market opens Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with three stores doing business. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
September 30

US outlines plan for long-term baby formula imports

U.S. regulators have revealed their plan to allow foreign baby formula manufactures to stay on the market long term
September 30
FILE - Only a few scoops are left in a mother's next to last can of baby formula in Laurel, Md., on Monday, May 23, 2022. On Friday, Sept 30, 2022, U.S. regulators unveiled their plan to allow foreign baby formula manufactures to stay on the market, an effort at diversifying the nation's tightly concentrated industry and preventing future shortages. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 30

Bob Roth on ‘accessing inner calm’ through transcendental meditation

ABC News’ Mary Bruce spoke with author and meditation expert Bob Roth about the updated version of his worldwide bestseller “Strength in Stillness” on the benefits of meditation.
September 30
VIDEO: Bob Roth on ‘accessing inner calm’ through transcendental meditation
September 30

Virus kills 100,000 cattle in India, threatens livelihoods

The viral disease is spread by insects like mosquitoes and ticks.
September 30
A man stands amid cows infected with lumpy skin disease at a cow shelter in Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India, Sept. 21, 2022. Infected cows and buffaloes get fever and have lumps on their skin. The viral disease that is spread by insects like mosquitoes and ticks has killed at least 100,000 cows and buffaloes in India and sickened more than 2 million. (AP Photo/ Vishal Bhatnagar)
September 30

Germany warns of rise in COVID-19 cases going into fall

Germany’s health minister warned Friday that the country is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as it goes into the fall and urged older people to get a second booster shot tweaked to protect against new variants
September 30
FILE - Medical staff prepare syringes with vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease inside Klunkerkranich Restaurant and night club during an ongoing vaccination campaign of the Clubkommission in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 5, 2022. Germany's health minister warned Friday Sept. 30, 2022 that the country seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases going into the fall and urged older people to get a second booster shot tweaked to protect against new variants. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
September 30

Fewer trips for China's Golden Week amid quarantine fears

Far fewer Chinese are expected to be traveling during the upcoming “Golden Week” National Day holiday, amid rigid anti-COVID-19 restrictions and calls from health officials for people to stay put
September 30
Participants stand before a ceremony to mark Martyr's Day at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 30

Number of suicides in the US rose 4% in 2021, CDC report finds

There were more than 47,000 suicides recorded in 2021.
September 30
September 29

ALS drug wins FDA approval despite questionable data

U.S. health officials have approved a much-debated drug to treat the deadly illness known as Lou Gehrig's disease
September 29
This 2018 photo provided by Amylyx shows the company's co-founders Joshua Cohen, left, and Justin Klee in Cambridge, Mass. A much-debated drug for Lou Gehrig’s disease, made by Amylyx, won U.S. approval Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, a long-sought victory for patients that is likely to renew questions about the scientific rigor behind government reviews of experimental medicines. (Amylyx via AP)
September 29

Thousands evacuated from Florida nursing homes, hospitals

About 45 nursing homes, serving 3,500 people, have been evacuated.
September 29
A staff member stands in a flooded hallway at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., Sept. 28, 2022.
September 29

ALS drug wins FDA approval despite questionable data

U.S. health officials have approved a much-debated drug to treat the deadly illness known as Lou Gehrig's disease
September 29
This 2018 photo provided by Amylyx shows the company's co-founders Joshua Cohen, left, and Justin Klee in Cambridge, Mass. A much-debated drug for Lou Gehrig’s disease, made by Amylyx, won U.S. approval Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, a long-sought victory for patients that is likely to renew questions about the scientific rigor behind government reviews of experimental medicines. (Amylyx via AP)
September 29

Oregon to cover health-related climate expenses

Oregon is set to become the first state in the nation to cover certain climate change expenses under its Medicaid program
September 29
FILE - A volunteer unloads bottled water at a cooling center established to help vulnerable residents ride out a dangerous heat wave on Aug. 11, 2021. Oregon is set to become the first state in the nation to cover certain climate change expenses under its Medicaid program. State health officials say the low-income health plan will cover devices such as air conditioners, air filters and generators (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
September 29

Hurricane Ian strikes Florida hospital from above and below

Hurricane Ian has swamped a four-story Florida hospital.
September 29
In this photo provided by Dr. Birgit Bodine, various containers and clothes soak up floodwater near debris at an area at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Hurricane Ian swamped the Florida hospital from both above and below, the storm surge flooding its lower level emergency room while fierce winds tore part of its fourth floor roof from its intensive care unit, according to Bodine, who works there. (Dr. Birgit Bodine via AP)
September 29

India's top court gives equal abortion access to all women

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that all women, regardless of marital status, can obtain abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies
September 29
FILE- Pigeons fly past the dome of India's Supreme Court building in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. India's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, that all women, regardless of marital status, can obtain abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies. Previously, under India's abortion law, married women could have abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies, but single women were limited to 20 weeks. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
September 29

Hundreds of East Coast hospitals at risk of flooding, study says

In several metro areas, at least half of hospitals were at risk of flooding.
September 29
A man walks away from the beach ahead of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 28, 2022.
September 29

Taiwan to end quarantine for arrivals starting Oct. 13

Taiwan says it will end mandatory COVID-19 quarantines for people arriving from overseas beginning Oct. 13
September 29
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus take morning exercises at a park in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
September 28

Alzheimer's drug shows promise in early results of study

Shares of Biogen and other drugmakers researching Alzheimer’s disease have soared after Japan’s Eisai Co. said its potential treatment appeared to slow the fatal disease in a late-stage study
September 28
FILE — The Biogen Inc., headquarters is shown March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Shares of Biogen and other drugmakers researching Alzheimer’s disease soared early Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, after Japan’s Eisai Co. said its potential treatment appeared to slow the fatal disease’s progress in a late-stage study. Eisai announced results late Tuesday from a global study of nearly 1,800 people with early-stage Alzheimer’s (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 28

OU Health ceasing some gender care after funds threatened

The University of Oklahoma Medical Center says it is ceasing some gender-affirming treatments after state lawmakers threatened to withhold millions of dollars in federal funding
September 28
September 28

Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

U.S. public health officials say at-risk people who have received just one dose of the monkeypox vaccine have appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick from the virus
September 28
FILE - A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine and a syringe is set on the table at a vaccination clinic run by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. At-risk people who received just one dose of the monkeypox vaccine appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick from the virus, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as they urged a second dose for full protection. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
September 28

Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

U.S. public health officials say at-risk people who have received just one dose of the monkeypox vaccine have appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick from the virus
September 28
FILE - A vial containing the monkeypox vaccine and a syringe is set on the table at a vaccination clinic run by the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. At-risk people who received just one dose of the monkeypox vaccine appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick from the virus, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as they urged a second dose for full protection. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
September 28

Biden on ending hunger in US: 'I know we can do this'

President Joe Biden says his administration's goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by the end of the decade is ambitious but doable, if only the nation would work together
September 28
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during an event on health care costs, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Washington. Biden is hosting a conference today on hunger, nutrition and health, the first by the White House since 1969. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 28

New data: Unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to contract monkeypox

The CDC has released the first U.S. data on the vaccine's effectiveness.
September 28
In this Aug. 11, 2022, file photo, a medical worker gives a dose of monkeypox vaccine to a recipient at a monkeypox vaccination site in Los Angeles.
September 28

New guidance released on diagnosing, treating long COVID symptoms

"We recognized two years ago, this is a problem," one expert said.
September 28
A long Covid-19 patient takes a lung function test at the Hufeland Clinic, Feb. 7, 2022, in Bad Ems, Germany.
September 28

Judge: Indiana can't enforce abortion burial, cremation law

A federal judge has barred Indiana from enforcing a 2016 law’s provisions that require abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains, finding that they violate the U.S. Constitution
September 28
September 27

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care
September 27
President Joe Biden walks with Bob Parant, Medicare beneficiary with Type 1 diabetes, as they arrive to speak at an event on health care costs, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 27

New California abortion laws set up clash with other states

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed more than a dozen laws aiming to make California an abortion sanctuary state
September 27
FILE - People rally in support of abortion rights at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, a new publicly funded website listing more than 150 statewide abortion clinics. The website is part of Newsom's pledge to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 27

South Carolina lawmakers won't pass stricter abortion laws

Abortion laws in South Carolina almost certainly won’t get more restrictive after Republicans in the General Assembly couldn’t agree on a total ban
September 27
South Carolina Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, talks about a total ban on abortion he has proposed during the House session on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
September 27

Pause on Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion ban extended to Oct. 12

A judge has extended a temporary block on Ohio's law banning virtually all abortions for an additional 14 days, until Oct. 12
September 27
September 27

Idaho universities disallow abortion, contraception referral

Idaho universities are warning staffers not to refer students to abortion providers or emergency contraception because they could face criminal charges under a state law
September 27
September 27

South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive

South Carolina House rejects bill that would have made the state’s six-week ban on abortion more restrictive
September 27
September 27

Biden's strategy to end hunger in US includes more benefits

The Biden administration has an ambitious goal for America: ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030
September 27
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting of the White House Competition Council in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 27

Monkeypox outbreak in US showing signs of slowing, CDC data shows

The seven-day average has declined by 50% in one month.
September 27
Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
September 27

Suit: Care home resident died with paper jammed in windpipe

The mother of a woman with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities is suing the Philadelphia care home where her daughter lived for 40 years
September 27
This undated Yewdall family photo provided by attorney James Pepper shows Cheryl Yewdall, a woman with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities who died in January 2022. Yewdall's mother is suing the Philadelphia care home where she was found face down on the floor with a paper towel or disinfecting wipe in her trachea. (Yewdall Family/Courtesy of Pepper Law via AP)
September 27

Monkeypox cases continue to decline in the US: CDC

Cases appear to have peaked in mid-August and have been gradually declining according to CDC data
September 27
Cases appear to have peaked in mid-August and have been gradually declining according to CDC data
September 27

Biogen pays $900M to settle doctor kickback allegations

Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors in the form of speakers and consulting fees to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs
September 27
FILE — The Biogen Inc., headquarters is shown March 11, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Biogen has agreed, Monday, Sept. 27, 2022, to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs, federal prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 27

Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked

A federally funded study has found a possible link between aluminum in some childhood vaccines and persistent asthma, but experts say the study has several shortcomings
September 27
FILE - An infant receives a routine vaccination in Fayetteville, Ga., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. Years ago, the government set out to determine if aluminum in vaccines could be driving growing rates of allergies and asthma in children. A federally funded study released Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, has found a possible link between aluminum and persistent asthma. But experts say the study has several shortcomings and is not a reason to change current vaccine recommendations. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)
September 27

New Thai rules allow abortions up to 20th week of pregnancy

Thailand will allow abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy under new regulations issued by the Public Health Ministry
September 27
September 27

Teen interest in long-lasting birth control soars after Roe

Experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade appears to be sending more teens to their doctors in search of birth control, including long-acting reversible forms like intrauterine devices and implants
September 27
Adismarys Abreu, 16, poses for a photo at her home, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Miami. Abreu had been discussing a long-lasting birth control implant with her mother for about a year as a potential solution to increasing menstrual pain. Then Roe v. Wade was overturned, and Abreu joined the throng of teens rushing to their doctors as states began to ban or severely limit abortion. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 27

Why COVID cases may not be dramatically rising as schools open

Last month, the CDC said it was ending test-to-stay in schools.
September 27
Children ride a school bus on the first day of New York City Public Schools in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sept. 8, 2022.