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  • Study cited for blaming autism on TV cartoon does not exist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no Harvard study that says a British children’s television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there’s at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children’s television show may help autistic kids. The post on the newsely site, and others that have circulated in […]
  • Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

    Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. “The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence […]
  • This Japanese pill could kill the flu in a day, but there’s a problem

    The drug maker Shionogi said that its new flu treatment succeeds in 24 hours, at least according to a trial it conducted on American and Japanese patients.
  • Hands off? Players take precautions because of norovirus

    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — One of hockey’s most time-honored traditions is in danger of not happening at the Olympics. Officials have told players to fist-bump each other rather than shaking hands to prevent transmission of norovirus, which is highly contagious. U.S. defenseman James Wisniewski’s 62-year-old father tested positive for norovirus last week and is […]
  • Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. […]
  • Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital. Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, The Carter Center said in a statement. The surgery was successful. The scar tissue, the statement said, developed after a cyst was […]
  • Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. In Florida, that wasn’t enough for relatives, authorities or his schools to request a judicial […]
  • Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that’s the way she likes it. The decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly white, mostly male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due […]
  • Hard falls at Olympics but no hard rules about concussions

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term “slap back” is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins. “We learn how […]
  • The Latest: US says unlikely Turkey used chemical weapons

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey’s attack on a Kurdish-controlled enclave in Syria (all times local): 1 a.m. A White House official says the United States thinks it is “extremely unlikely” Turkey used chemical weapons against the Kurds. The official says that they are aware of the reports, but cannot confirm them and called […]