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Nasty flu season showing signs of winding down in U.S.

New York ? Could this nasty flu season finally be winding down?U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week — 1 out of 16 — were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the previous two weeks. The number of states reporting high patient traffic for ...

Trump pledges action on school shootings, discusses arming teachers

Washington — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America’s school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and ...

U.S. panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

New York ? A federal advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a new vaccine against hepatitis B.The vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades, but ...

Rev. Billy Graham, known as ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99

Montreat, N.C. ? The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ...

Stuck in an opioid crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Providence, R.I. ? Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain."I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said.Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to ...