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Health and Wellness

Supreme Court blocks bid to sue Merck over Fosamax bone fractures

dkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A unanimous Supreme Court has blocked, for now, a class-action lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Merck over “atypical femoral fractures” caused by osteoporosis drug Fosamax. More than 500 Fosamax users from 45 states contend...

Measles cases continue to climb but not as rapidly as before

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control as of May 17, 2019. (ABC News)(NEW YORK) — The number of measles cases in the U.S. continues to climb but at a slightly slower rate than previous weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 880 cases in the...

Paralyzed man completes 3,100-mile cross-country journey from California to Washington, DC

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Janne Kouri, who was paralyzed in 2006, has accomplished what most able-bodied people will never do. He completed a 3,100-mile ride across the country, from California to Washington, D.C. Kouri completed the ride to raise money and awareness for...

Whoopi Goldberg’s doctors reveal she had a 1 in 3 chance of dying during pneumonia battle

ABC(NEW YORK) — The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg was joined by her doctors, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Dr. Martin Greenberg, on Monday morning to share the story of how close she was to death’s door during her battle with double pneumonia and sepsis earlier this year....

23-month-old girl gets surprise Disney princess send-off after 6-week hospital stay

Seattle Children’s(SEATTLE) — Emma Krall has spent much of the first 23 months of her life in a hospital. The Seattle, Washington, toddler was born nine weeks premature on June 20, 2017, and spent the next eight months in the hospital. She was born with campomelic...

Chicago identifies 1st case of measles, nation experiencing worst outbreak in 25 years

iStock/AndreyPopov(CHICAGO) — Health officials in Chicago have confirmed the city’s first case of measles, the latest in the worst outbreak in the U.S. in the last 25 years. The Chicago Department of Public Health said officials identified an individual with the virus...

Gap in suicide rates among teen boys, girls is closing: Study

iStock/torwai(NEW YORK) — Teen suicide trends have long shown differences between the sexes: While girls have been more likely to attempt suicide, boys have died by suicide at higher rates. This disparity, however, may be getting smaller. Suicide rates among both girls and...

While some states are restricting abortion, others move to bolster access

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The abortion debate in America has lately been dominated by news that conservative lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri had approved sweeping new restrictions to abortion access. But meanwhile,...