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  • 700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested...

  • For victims, settlement marks a step in recovery

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls...

  • 3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a...

  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. In a desperate effort to...

  • DHH: 1 new death among 11 new West Nile infections

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State health officials report 11 new cases of West Nile virus, including one new death in Louisiana that brings the total number so far to five. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections increase this year's total to 103. Of the new...

  • Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup. Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a...

  • 29 interested in growing Minnesota medical pot

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana, the first official step in selecting medical cannabis manufacturers under the state's new program. Friday was the deadline...

  • Massachusetts wins $400K prescription drug grant

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to help combat prescription drug abuse. Gov. Deval Patrick, who has declared opioid abuse a public health emergency, said Friday that the grant will help improve the state's...

  • Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday. The virus was transmitted to the...

  • Miriam finishes emergency department renovation

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Miriam Hospital has finished a major emergency department renovation that it says will reduce patients' visit time and improve privacy. The 247-bed hospital's expanded emergency department has 52 private rooms and five triage bays. Officials say clinicians...

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