Health Headlines

NEW YORK (AP) — A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness. A study released Thursday is the latest to investigate using technology to help meet the...
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence. Livestock minister Dr. Taiga said one person is hospitalized and Cameroon has reported the death of at least 15,000 birds since May...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both...
GENEVA (AP) — Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency. Member states...
NEW YORK (AP) — As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor's signature. The only exceptions are if the mother's life is in jeopardy or a doctor...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead. Rep. David Jolly says these people were "very much alive" and their benefits were resumed after the VA...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday. Dubbed the "National Cancer Moonshot Summit," the daylong conference is intended...
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state and California are suing Johnson & Johnson, saying for more than a decade the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday his office filed the consumer protection...