A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta.

It's an unusual start to flu season as B strain busts out early

B strains typically spread faster among children, but symptoms are similar.

Gov. Walz hires consultant to study breaking up embattled DHS

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
A breakup has been suggested many times over the past decade, and even this year high-ranking DHS officials have said that it might make sense.

Let the Vikes inspire during U.S. Bank Stadium's Winter Warm-Ups for runners and inline skaters

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A runner zips along the upper concourse of U.S. Bank Stadium during the Dec. 9 Winter Warm-Up, when the stadium opens to runners and inline skaters.
Warmth and inspiration from the team fuels a workout at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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5:15pm

Large hospital system says it was hit by ransomware attack

New Jersey's largest hospital system said Friday that a ransomware attack last week disrupted its computer network and that it paid a ransom to stop it.
National
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Audit: Medical system board was 'deeply compromised'

The University of Maryland Medical System paid $500,000 to buy the self-published books of Baltimore's now disgraced ex-mayor, but there's no evidence any system executives ever read them or that a process was in place to determine their fair market value, an audit released Friday said.
National
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US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills.
National
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Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants

A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has "systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care" to detained migrants, leading to complications that included the removal of part of an 8-year-old boy's forehead.
Variety
3:20pm

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.
Variety
2:30pm

Peter Frates, known for ice bucket challenge, laid to rest

To honor Peter Frates — the former Boston College baseball player whose public battle with ALS helped make the ice bucket challenge a phenomenon — do as he did, the priest who officiated at his funeral said Friday.
Variety
2:30pm

How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril

Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists.
Variety
2:00pm

Tramadol is an odd, unpredictable opioid, scientists say

Scientists who've studied the curious chemistry of the opioid tramadol use an array of adjectives to describe it: "unpredictable," "messy," "crazy."Tramadol is unlike most other…
Variety
1:46pm

Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term results from a big federal study suggest.
Nation
December 13
The sink in Legena Wagner’s kitchen does not have a faucet. Like about a third of the households in the Navajo Nation, she lives without plumbing an

More than 2 million Americans still without running water, proper sanitation, report finds

The report, released by two national nonprofit organizations last month, outlines stark, race-based inequalities.
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December 12
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Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Nation
December 12
FCC vote supports 3-digit suicide hotline number

FCC vote supports 3-digit suicide hotline number

The move would make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
National
December 12

More people signing up for health insurance in California

More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year who refuse to buy insurance.
Variety
December 12

Illinois sues e-cigarette maker Juul over youth marketing

Illinois has become the latest state to sue the country's biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Juul Labs Inc., used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors and misrepresented the amount of nicotine in its products.
National
December 12

Court won't halt lawsuits against doctor in murder case

An Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patients' deaths was unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen related lawsuits while the criminal case is pending.
National
December 12

New York tries to keep alive flavored e-cigarette ban

New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court, but a state council voted Thursday to keep it alive in case the judge rules in the state's favor.
National
December 12

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors.
Variety
December 12
FILE - In this Saturday, June 8, 2019, file photo, two women smoke cannabis vape pens at a party in Los Angeles. On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, U.S. heal

Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in US

The death toll in the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
National
December 12

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping.
National
December 12

Judges nixes lawsuit about toxic mold at Mississippi airbase

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a military family who says they were sickened by toxic mold at an air force base in Mississippi.