Texas records 4th death this year linked to West Nile virus

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Health officials say a fourth person has died in Texas this year after contracting the West Nile virus.

The El Paso Department of Health on Thursday announced the death of an 89-year-old...

A look at some of the funds receiving tax checkoff donations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California enables residents to donate money to a variety of charitable causes while they file taxes. The distribution of the money lacks oversight, creating problems for funds like...

Indiana health officials launch nonprofit foundation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials have launched a new nonprofit foundation that Indiana lawmakers created to raise money for efforts to combat the state's high infant mortality rate and other health...

FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims.

The agency...

What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved

BERLIN (AP) — The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to...

Birmingham Zoo closes aviary after bacteria found in bird

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham Zoo has temporarily closed a bird aviary after tests found a bacterial infection that can cause respiratory problems in birds and humans, zoo officials said.

The zoo's...

Doctors, nurses to be trained in stopping overprescribing

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan has announced a series of regional education conferences to train doctors, nurses and pharmacists in stopping drug addiction and abuse, including best practices for...

Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific...