• Montana has 10 flu deaths, 395 hospitalizations

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's 2014-15 flu season is already more severe than last year's with at least three months remaining. The Department of Public Health and Human Services says 395 people have been hospitalized with influenza and 10 people have died since mid-December. The...

  • Officials: NYC 2013 infant mortality rate an all-time low

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say New York City's infant mortality rate in 2013 reached the lowest it has ever been in city history though racial disparities persist. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says falling infant mortality rates are good but babies born to poor mothers...

  • Jamaica Senate starts debate on pot decriminalization bill

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited....

  • US Rep. Nunnelee sent home after new tumor discovered

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Doctors have found a new tumor in U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee and told him no further medical treatment is possible, a spokesman for the Mississippi congressman said Friday. "After seven months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee...

  • Celebrate February with daily stories of heart health victories

    By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Sponsored Content: Look for daily Heart Health features on gazette.com during American Heart Month.

  • Kennesaw State offers free tuberculosis testing

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    KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University says it has scheduled free tuberculosis testing after learning a person at the school had tested positive for the illness. The university says in a statement on its website that it is taking every precaution recommended by the state's...

  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

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    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance that does away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels in what will be a big change...

  • Bill would block surcharge on tobacco-using state employees

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state employee health insurance program is planning to impose a $50 monthly surcharge on tobacco users, but some state lawmakers are saying no. The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 873. Having already passed the Insurance...

  • Indiana flu deaths rise to 108 with latest state report

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say more than 100 people have died from flu-related illnesses in Indiana this season. The Indiana State Department of Health's latest flu report shows 108 people had died as of Friday. That's an increase of 11 from the previous week. Ten of the 11...

  • Schumer wants apnea screening on LIRR, not just Metro-North

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    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Both of New York's big commuter railroads — not just the one that suffered a fatal derailment — should test their engineers for sleep apnea, the disorder blamed for the accident that killed four in 2013, Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday. "It doesn't take an Albert...

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