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  • NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

    The National Rifle Association’s incoming president has linked school shootings and other violence to using medications such as Ritalin. Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North told “Fox News Sunday” that perpetrators of school violence “have been drugged in many cases” and “many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten.” He […]
  • A fourth-grade teacher, a donor and ‘an angel on earth’

    REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Eva Evans is 10 years old and desperately needs a new kidney to live a normal life. Mrs. Thomas, a smiling fourth-grade teacher at Eva’s school, wants to give her one. They barely knew each other before. Eva was in a different fourth-grade room down the hall. Tanya Thomas, 48, had […]
  • Taiwan ‘angry’ over not being invited to WHO assembly

    GENEVA (AP) — Taiwan’s health minister says the island feels “very angry” that it was not invited to the World Health Organization assembly in Geneva. Chen Shih-Chung attributed the U.N. body’s refusal to let Taiwan participate to tensions between mainland China and Taiwan. Arguing that “disease knows no border or politics,” Chen said Sunday that […]
  • Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo’s health minister announced. “The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of […]
  • Lawyers in death-penalty case seek answers on mental fitness

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a man facing a possible death penalty in the slaying of a Muslim teenager last year say their client likely suffers intellectual disabilities. The court filing from lawyers for 23-year-old Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling seeks appointment of an expert to evaluate whether he has the mental capacity to […]
  • Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo’s health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm. The statement late Friday said the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where […]
  • San Francisco to distribute addiction drug directly to users

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s mayor plans to put medical teams on the streets to distribute a drug that curbs heroin cravings in opioid addicts, an initiative he says will be the first in the country. Mayor Mark Farrell announced Thursday he will allocate $6 million for 10 new public health clinicians to provide […]
  • Woman admits having deadly toxin ricin at retirement home

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it. Betty Miller, who has an extensive mental health history, was arrested last November after telling investigators she made ricin at her home at the Wake […]
  • Lovato has concert activities for mental health awareness

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — On Demi Lovato’s latest U.S. tour, she opened each show with “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore,” an ode to shaking her addiction to substance abuse. But while the song is inspiring, it’s what happened before the show that seemed to matter most to her. Lovato, who says that she […]
  • Governor struck while biking says helmet saved his life

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage revealed Friday that he was stuck by a vehicle while biking in Florida last fall and credited a bicycle helmet with saving his life. LePage told MaineToday Media the impact cracked his helmet into two pieces and “sent me flying 40 feet.” The crash exacerbated a shoulder […]