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Surgeries are being postponed because of a surgical gown shortage

Cardinal Health, a large manufacturer of surgical gowns, told customers to stop using its Level 3 surgical gowns. The gown shortage is affecting the whole country and postponing surgeries.

Two Excedrin products are temporarily discontinued, company says

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has temporarily discontinued two types of Excedrin items as a precautionary measure due to inconsistencies in how ingredients are transferred and weighed.

CDC confirms first US case of Wuhan coronavirus

Thermal detectors scan passengers for fever at Wuhan's airport and train station, as demand for face masks spikes. CNN's David Culver reports.

A teen's final days with the flu

Although the fever and aches feel terrible, most people don't die from the flu. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains how this common illness can turn lethal.

Flu leaves a 4-year-old girl blind in Iowa

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shares the heart-wrenching case of a four-year-old girl who may be permanently blind due to a flu infection.

Second baby in the US born from transplanted uterus of deceased donor

Jennifer Gobrecht received a uterus transplant as part of a Penn Medicine trial that aims to make pregnancy a wider possibility for more women with infertility issues.

Lifestyle changes may combat a dementia that strikes people in their 40s and 50s

47.5 million people around the world suffer from dementia, which leads to a loss of memory and intellectual abilities. Watch this video to learn more.

Top 10 health questions America asked Dr. Google in 2019

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the top health stories of 2019.

Austin, Texas, says a person with measles may have exposed others to the disease

Multiple airports around the country are warning travelers they may have been exposed to measles during the holiday travel season. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

The vaping black market is hiding in plain sight

The CDC's investigation into vaping-related illnesses has zeroed in on adulterated products coming from the illegal vaping market. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

US raises legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes to 21

From lung cancer to gum disease, smoking tobacco can cause serious damage to your health.

This officer donated her organ to a young stranger and then helped pay the medical bill

A Colorado police officer shows us the true gift of giving by donating part of her liver to a boy, giving him a new chance at life. CNN's Lucy Kafanov tells us more.

Puppies may be making people sick, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control says pet store puppies may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of an infection that's resistant to multiple drugs. HLN's Robin Meade explains.

Teen sisters turn origami into a way to fund clean water projects and save lives

Teenagers Isabelle and Katherine Adams are turning the art of origami into millions of dollars to fund clean water projects around the world.

A 'blue zones' diet: Live longer from what you eat

By taking some cues from blue zones, places around the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives, you can live longer. These are some tips.

Deadly mold infestation spurs class-action lawsuit against Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital knew for years that a mold infestation in its facilities could be related to its air-handling system, but "engaged in a cover-up" that sickened many patients and resulted in the deaths of six children, according to a class-action lawsuit. CNN affiliate KPRQ has the story.

Building a better flu vaccine -- one you don't have to get every year

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen speaks with researchers who are working to modernize the current process of making flu shots and develop a universal flu vaccine.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains when and why your food is recalled, and what you should do next.

Most states make it difficult for children to get a flu shot

Laws in most states prevent pharmacies from administering flu vaccines to children, and public health experts say that's costing children's lives. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

More than 1,000 patients may have been exposed to HIV and other viruses after error in sanitizing procedure

More than one thousand patients at Goshen Hospital in Indiana may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B after an error in the sanitizing procedure for surgical equipment, according to a press release from Goshen Health.

FDA issues warning to Dollar Tree about selling 'potentially unsafe drugs'

Supplements send more than 23,000 people to the ER every year. Jennifer Whalen reports on just how "safe" supplements are.

Every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies of a drug-resistant superbug

Every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades

For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the details.

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades

For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists have detected a new strain of HIV.

Lena Dunham says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Here's what it is

Actress Lena Dunham and singer SIA have both revealed that they have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of disorders affecting the joints and skin.

Sia announces she has a neurological disease

The singer tweeted she that she is "suffering with chronic pain" due to a neurological disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

She was called the n-word and given instructions to slit her wrists. What did Facebook do?

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shares findings from a six-month investigation into bullying and harassment faced by parents, doctors and others who advocate for vaccination on Facebook.

America's biggest restaurant chains scored on their antibiotic use

Overusing antibiotics in the country's fast food supply could have potentially harmful consequences, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

A woman allowed her brain surgery to be livestreamed on Facebook. She was awake for most of it.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center livestreamed a 25-year-old's brain surgery on Facebook to increase awareness. The patient, Jenna Schardt, was awake and talking throughout the surgery to help doctors monitor her speech.

No one believed him when he said he hadn't been drinking. Then researchers found his body was producing alcohol

When a man in North Carolina was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk, police didn't believe him when he said he hadn't had any alcohol. Researchers found that because of a rarely diagnosed medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome, his body was producing alcohol.

This man is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant

Robert Chelsea just got a new face, and with it he's becoming a face of change for the healthcare system.

Chicken processing company Tip Top Poultry recalls its meat from stores over Listeria fears

HLN's Jennifer Westhoven tells us about a massive recall on all chicken products manufactured by Tip Top Poultry of Georgia, due to possible listeria contamination. This includes chicken sold in mainstream supermarkets, as well as restaurants across the US.

Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry unite in video for World Mental Health Day

In the video, shared on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account, the famous duo discuss the issue of mental health, and urge everyone to "look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence."

Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says

A CDC report says that cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the US for the fifth consecutive year.

The germiest place in your home and the best way to combat those microbes

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what listeria is and how you can avoid getting it.

Paralyzed man walks using brain-controlled robotic suit

A man has been able to move all four of his paralyzed limbs by using a brain-controlled robotic suit, researchers have said.

Why did EEE cases spike this year? It's complicated

Officials in Rhode Island are working to contain the spread of the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, as cases continue to spike across the US. CNN's Brynn Gingras reports.

Software vulnerabilities in some medical devices could leave them susceptible to hackers, FDA warns

The FDA warns that software vulnerabilities in some medical devices could leave them susceptible to hackers.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on medical marijuana: We are in an age of wisdom, but also an age of foolishness

For some people, CBD has been a lifesaver. For others, what they thought was CBD almost killed them. A CNN special report, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, takes you inside the booming and unregulated CBD industry -- Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

Which drink is best for hydration? Hint: It isn't water

A study from Scotland's St. Andrews University that compared the hydration responses of several different drinks reports that milk was found to be even more hydrating than water.

This charity is feeding the hungry and helping the planet by rescuing millions of pounds of leftover food

The nonprofit Forgotten Harvest rescues food destined for landfills and delivers it to emergency food providers in and around Detroit, Michigan.

The wearable cyborgs that use brain waves to power up your muscles

Japanese robotics firm Cyberdyne wants to fuse humans and machines to give people the freedom of mobility.

General Mills recalls Gold Medal flour for possible E. coli contamination

General Mills announced a voluntary recall of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible E. coli O26 contamination.

Over 2,000 preserved fetal remains found on property of deceased Indiana doctor

The family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, a former abortion doctor who died in September 2019, found the medically preserved fetal remains while sifting through his belongings.

He was shot and paralyzed. Now he is living his best life in a wheelchair.

Wesley Hamilton says his life changed for the better after he was shot and paralyzed. Today, he is a community activist and adaptive athlete who founded the non-profit organization, Disabled But Not Really.

Young cancer survivor obsessed with Bumblebee gets a special birthday surprise

After 4-year-old Whitaker Weinburger's cancer went into remission, his mom took to Facebook to make his birthday the best one yet.

After vaping-related illness, teen now has lungs like 'a 70-year-old's'

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a 16-year-old with vaping-related illness as teens increasingly use e-cigarettes.

When some patients don't pay, this hospital sues

Carlsbad Medical Center, the only hospital within a 40-mile radius, has sued thousands of patients over the past decade. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has more.

A Florida judge denies parents custody of 4-year-old son with leukemia

A Florida judge denied custody to the parents of a 4-year-old boy with leukemia after their struggle with the state over giving him chemotherapy. Noah McAdams was removed from his parents, Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams, when they skipped a chemotherapy session and left the state in pursuit of alternative treatments.

Endurance runner uses vegan diet to fuel 100-mile race

Matt Frazier wasn't into running or fitness but after changing to a vegan diet he was able to endure an 100 mile ultramarathon.

Indian woman gives birth to twins at age of 73

A woman in India is believed to be the oldest ever to give birth.

Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and french fries

Tomeka Jones reports on how families are learning the importance of eating healthy and getting fit -- together!

No 'gay gene' can predict sexual orientation, study says

What epigenetics, the study of how genes are expressed, teaches us about human sexuality.

Cases of lung disease possibly linked to vaping continue to rise. This teen was given a 'second chance'

Doctors fought to save the life of a teenager whose health struggles may have been caused by vaping. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a closer look at Tryston Zohfeld's case.

When a boy with autism was overwhelmed on the first day of school, another little boy held his hand

A photo showing a second-grade boy from Wichita, Kansas, holding hands with a classmate who has autism is going viral. He was calming his crying classmate, who was overwhelmed by the first day of school.

The US eliminated measles in 2000. The current outbreak could change that

There's a "reasonable chance" the US will lose the measles elimination status in October because of ongoing measles outbreaks in New York, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Gupta: Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic

CNN's Sanjay Gupta provides analysis after a judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay Oklahoma $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis.

The US is throwing away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year, study finds

According to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, at least 3,500 donated kidneys are discarded every year despite a waiting list of more than 90,000 people in the United States.

From Ferris Bueller to opioid trial: A judge's wild ride into history

In a landmark decision, an Oklahoma judge ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis.

Dog-killing toxic algae discovered in 3 New York City parks

The effects of toxic algae blooms across the US can be dangerous. Here's what you should look out for.

Oklahoma wins case against drugmaker in historic opioid trial

In a landmark decision, an Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis.

Oklahoma wins case against drugmaker in historic opioid trial

Every 8 minutes someone dies from an accidental drug overdose. Most of the time, it's from fentanyl.

4 employees to face charges in Florida nursing home deaths after Hurricane Irma, New York Times reports

Four people are expected to turn themselves in over the deaths of 12 Florida nursing home residents who died of heat exposure following Hurricane Irma.

The climate crisis could make it more dangerous to play sports outdoors

Schools around the US are changing how they deal with the summer heat and athletes practicing outside. CNN's Allison Chinchar and Coy Wire explain how they decide when it's safe.

Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new daycare that has opened in West Virginia to support babies that were born exposed to drugs, as locals struggle to find solutions to the opioid crisis.

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer in New York City, the Supreme Court announced.

There's lead in Newark's water. A mom worries her 5-year-old is 'being poisoned'

In Newark, New Jersey, lead levels are among the highest in the nation. Shakima Thomas, whose son tested positive for lead in his blood, says she worries about his future.

Minnesota is the latest state to report patients with severe lung disease after vaping

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the symptoms of lung disease after nearly three dozen people were hospitalized with lung problems after vaping.

Social media use may harm teens' mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the details of a new study linking social media use to mental health issues in teens.

How to spot the toxic algae that's killing dogs in the Southeast

Toxic algae blooms are poisonous to dogs and they are more common in fresh water during the hot summer months. Here is the information you need to keep your pets safe.

Deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel is the largest on record in Georgia

Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains Legionnaires' disease.

Food will be scarce, expensive and less nutritious, climate report says

Farmers across Iowa and Nebraska are feeling the effects of climate crisis as they grapple with lower crop yields, but some are taking unusual and innovative measures to continue growing food. CNN's Bill Weir takes us there.

Blaming mass shootings on mental illness is 'inaccurate' and 'stigmatizing,' experts say

Shots rang out as Americans attended a local food festival in California, shopped at a Walmart in Texas, and headed downtown to enjoy some nightlife in Ohio.

Blaming mass shootings on mental illness is 'inaccurate' and 'stigmatizing,' experts say

During an address to the nation, President Donald Trump calls for a bipartisan action to stop mass shootings, including "red flag laws" and stopping the glorification of violence through video games.

Blaming mass shootings on mental illness is 'inaccurate' and 'stigmatizing,' experts say

When tragedy strikes in the form of a mass shooting, families grieve, politicians react, and no further action is usually taken.

A mother lost her son tragically, but she got to hear his heart beat again

Brooke Eaton's tragedy of losing her two-year-old son, Cash, meant a second chance for a little girl who was born with a faulty heart. The two families met so Eaton could hear her son's heartbeat for the first time since his passing.

Your heartburn drugs may be giving you allergies, study suggests

When heartburn or ulcer pain strikes, drugs can target stomach acid to calm bellies and offer relief. But a new study suggests the medications may come with a hive-inducing side effect: allergies.

A deadly mosquito-borne virus that causes brain swelling in humans has been detected in Florida

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida, said several chickens tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus known as Eastern equine encephalitis, which can spread to humans via infected mosquitoes and cause brain infection and swelling.

This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself

Doug Lindsay was bedridden for 11 years with a rare condition that didn't have a surgical fix - until he decided to invent the surgery himself.

Amputee can feel objects again with prosthetic arm inspired by Luke Skywalker

A team at the University of Utah Center of Neural Sciences developed the "LUKE Arm." It's inspired by Luke Skywalker's robotic hand in Star Wars and helps amputees sense and feel objects.

Death rates climbing among young and middle-age US adults

Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, according to three recent government reports. Increasing deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides explain this slight downtick in life expectancy, the US Centers for Disease Control says.

Worldwide recall issued for textured breast implants tied to rare cancer

Allergan issued a worldwide recall of Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders that have been linked to a rare cancer. The move came after the US Food and Drug Administration requested the manufacturer voluntarily recall the products.

Cuba 'sonic attacks' changed people's brains, study suggests

A new University of Pennsylvania study shows the "sonic attacks" experienced by US government personnel in Havana, Cuba, starting in late 2016 may have altered people's brains. CNN's Alex Marquardt reports.

How to be the hero a foster child needs

The nonprofit Bloom helps foster children thrive by by providing training and resources for the foster parents who love them.

FDA uses magic tricks in first TV ads to prevent teens from vaping

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines the statistics driving the FDA's new anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens.

She was trafficked as a child. Now this survivor fights back through coffee

Tina Kadolph is on a mission to fight human trafficking -- one cup of coffee at a time.

Trump to sign executive order to transform kidney care, increase transplants

President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at transforming kidney care for more than 37 million Americans with some form of kidney disease. The administration said it is the first kidney-focused executive order since 1973.

The cost of cancer: 25% of survivors face financial hardship, report finds

As the debate over Obamacare continues, Dr. Sanjay Gupta asks: Why is health care in the United States so expensive in the first place?

Pediatricians share migrant children's disturbing drawings of their time in US custody

Pictures drawn by migrant children who were recently released from CBP custody depict conditions inside detention facilities.

They saw a man about to jump off a highway overpass. Cell phone video captured what happened next.

Jen Principe and Toni Musso, two women who convinced a man not to take his own life, say they were inspired by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's story on suicide prevention.

Maryland boy victim of flesh-eating bacteria after a swim off the coast of Maryland

Necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, is an infection that damages soft tissue, affecting one in 100,000 people globally each year.

Doctors describe black box of medical care in detention facilities: 'That is not medical care. That's malpractice'

Pediatrician Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, who volunteers to work with migrant children in El Paso, Texas, describes the medical care in detention facilities as "malpractice."

'America's Got Talent' finalist proves there is life after tragedy

Kechi Okwuchi was one of two survivors in a plane crash that killed 107 people. She received third degree burns over 65% of her body, but through the healing process she found her voice and a way to inspire others.

What to drink to help you sleep

What you drink during the day could make a difference in how you sleep at night. CNN Health Writer Jacqueline Howard shares how.

Therapists use cooking to stir up better mental health

Therapists are exploring culinary arts therapy as a way to give patients new methods for coping with stress and anxiety.

San Francisco's e-cigarette sales ban is an unprecedented health experiment

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reveals the steep incline in the number of teens vaping he thinks inspired San Francisco to become the first city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.

San Francisco passes ban on e-cigarette sales, a US first

San Francisco is the first US city to ban e-cigarette sales after the city's board of supervisors unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance. CNN's Scott McLean has more.

Chinese medicine: The next step in cancer recovery?

See how Hong Kong's melting pot of culture and history has led to unique solutions for modern day illnesses.

Photo of sled dogs walking through water shows reality of Greenland's melting ice sheet

The devastating impact of a warming planet has been captured in a stunning image of sled dogs walking on Greenland's melting ice sheet. Climatologist Steffen Olsen talks to CNN about his viral photo.

Teen survives 10-inch knife lodged in face: 'It could have been the end of me'

Doctors removed a 10-inch knife that went through Kansas teen Eli Gregg's face and into his skull, its tip touching his carotid artery.

Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says

The human brain just isn't wired to grasp the looming threats of climate change, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains. But there is hope if we change how we look at the problem.

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

Facebook is debuting a blood donation tool that helps US users connect with nearby donation centers. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sits down with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss the new feature.

Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says

Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released by an environmental advocacy group.

A Texas mom says she was kicked out of a city pool for breastfeeding her baby

Misty Daugereaux says she was asked to leave a public pool in Texas City, Texas, while breastfeeding her 10-month-old son.

Sleeping with lights on and weight gain in women linked in new study


As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help

After anti-vaxers spread misinformation in New York's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a local group of women stepped up to educate mothers on the facts about vaccination.

A boy with autism broke down at an Orlando theme park. This employee saved the day

A boy with autism broke down after his favorite ride, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, stopped running. An Orlando theme park employee laid down next to him.

Transgender bodybuilder wants to lift up his community

Ajay Holbrook was assigned the female sex at birth. At 17, he began transitioning and sculpting his body to his true self.

Actress shines light on HPV's link to anal cancers

NYU Langone Health gynecologist Dr. Taraneh Shirazian discusses how human papillomavirus (HPV) may be transmitted and how to prevent being infected.

FDA confirms PFAS chemicals are in the US food supply

Researchers have discovered chemicals in plastic wrap and food storage containers are actually linked to high blood pressure and diabetes in children. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Doctors newly define another type of dementia, sometimes mistaken for Alzheimer's

Dr. Sanjay Gupta compares a healthy human brain to one affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Tearful father of Oklahoma football star who overdosed testifies at landmark opioid trial

Craig Box fought back tears during his testimony of how his son Austin died from an overdose during a landmark opioid trial.

Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says

What's one thing you can do right now to stop stressing out? Start breathing deeply. Here's why it works.

Study finds e-cig flavors can damage cardiovascular cells

Research shows that e-cigarettes could pose an increased risk of having a heart attack. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has the details.

Black women start a walking movement to battle the obesity epidemic

African-American women are reclaiming their health and their communities by walking with the nonprofit GirlTrek.

Sea levels may rise much faster than previously predicted, swamping coastal cities such as Shanghai, study finds

A chilling new study says global temperatures would warm more than five degrees Celsius by 2100 in a worst case, but not impossible scenario. It would lead to potentially "unthinkable" consequences, the lead author of the report, Jonathan Bamber, tells News Stream.

Suicide rates in girls are rising, study finds, especially in those age 10 to 14

Dr. Jodi Gold, Director of the Gold Center for Mind Health and Wellness, outlines how to help a person who may be contemplating suicide.

Dr. Gupta: If you see someone struggling with mental illness, don't turn away

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to a suicide survivor who's fighting to build a suicide-prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge.

What it's like to try to get an abortion in Mississippi

Diane Derzis, the owner of the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Mississippi's capital, speaks with W. Kamau Bell about her work. For more about reproductive rights, watch "United Shades of America" on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Alabama says it wants to protect life. How does that claim stack up outside the womb?

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with an Alabama doctor who performs abortions about a controversial abortion bill that was just signed into law which could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

America's fertility rate and number of births hit a three-decade low in 2018, according to a new CDC report. CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains.

America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

America's fertility rate and number of births hit a three-decade low in 2018, according to a new CDC report. CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains.

Jurors punish Monsanto with a record $2 billion verdict over Roundup weedkiller. But the story's not over

Monsanto has been ordered to pay billions in damages after juries found that Roundup caused or contributed to cancer, but the EPA says the active ingredient causes "no risks to public health" when used correctly.

Florida teen burned in 2017 bonfire accident dies

A 14-year-old is in the hospital after she was burned at a marshmallow roast on New Year's Eve. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page that has already raised nearly $36,000. HLN's Lynn Smith reports.

A California teacher on medical leave for breast cancer has to pay for her substitute

A San Francisco teacher, who is on medical leave for breast cancer, had to pay money out of her own pocket for a substitute teacher due to a decades-old California law. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Genetically modified virus saves teen's life, offers hope in fight against antibiotic resistance

A treatment using a genetically modified virus is offering hope in one teen's battle against cystic fibrosis and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Moms proudly show off their postpartum bodies

New mother Meg Boggs is using Instagram to bring mothers together to share their postpartum journeys using #this_is_postpartum.

A student sued because he didn't want the chickenpox vaccine. Then he got chickenpox

A Kentucky student who refused the chickenpox vaccine contracted the infection two months after he sued the local health department because of a policy temporarily barring students who aren't immune against chickenpox from going to classes.

Judge rules 3-year-old must receive chemotherapy against parents' wishes

A Florida judge ruled that 3-year-old Noah McAdams must complete the first phase of prescribed chemotherapy while his parents pursue alternative treatments such as medicinal cannabis. HLN's Elizabeth Prann has more.

Georgia's governor signs a controversial abortion bill into law

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs a bill into law that bans abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Anti-vaxers make life tough for parents of young babies in New York

A New York family is keeping their 2-month-old baby secluded in fears that she will be infected with measles before she is old enough to get vaccinated. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Why some health enthusiasts are drinking ginger

A growing body of research shows that ginger root can have health benefits. CNN Health writer Jacqueline Howard shares ways to add ginger to your diet.

Germany proposes $2,800 fine for parents skipping measles vaccination

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 97% effective, so why are we seeing so many outbreaks? CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why the contagious disease is spreading.

Human health can be 'mostly sustained' for a year in space, NASA Twins Study concludes

NASA has released early findings from its Twins Study, which tracked changes in astronaut Scott Kelly's health during his nearly one-year mission in space.

Spaceflight is activating herpes in astronauts

Tour NASA's Johnson Space Center where everything from food, to space suits, to exercise routines are being designed so humans can survive in space.

Hours after hosting the Billboards, Kelly Clarkson has her appendix removed

Kelly Clarkson had her appendix removed after hosting the Billboard Music Awards. She tweeted that she "broke down in tears after the show from pain."

She's changing the cultural stigma around women's periods

Menstruation is considered taboo in Ethiopia, and girls often miss school or drop out because of their periods. Freweini Mebrahtu designed a solution -- and it's benefited nearly 800,000 girls and women.

An amputee says he was left 'crawling across the floor' after airline security confiscated his scooter batteries

A Canadian amputee named Stearn Hodge was forced to crawl during a three-week vacation after the batteries for his electric scooter were confiscated at an airport in Canada.

St. Lucia quarantines cruise ship reportedly owned by Church of Scientology over measles concerns

Health officials in St. Lucia have ordered a cruise ship reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology to stay in port after sources informed them that someone on board has the measles.

When to screen for autism? New study suggests as young as 14 months

A new study suggests that children may be screened and diagnosed with autism when the child is as young as 14 months old, which may allow for earlier intervention. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.

Teen suicide rates spiked after debut of Netflix show '13 Reasons Why,' study says

Suicide rates among teens spiked after Netlfix show "13 Reasons Why" released in 2017, according to a new study.

'Vampire facial' at New Mexico spa tied to 2 HIV cases, health officials say

With access to the right medication, HIV is no longer a death sentence. CNN's Sara Sidner talks about how many people are living with HIV.

'It could be any day now': Why how you die matters

Nottinghamshire Hospice care for the terminally ill. CNN's Dominic Rech spent time on the night shift to see how end of life care is provided in the UK

The world is sadder and angrier than ever, major study finds

Gallup's 2019 Global Emotions Report found that while people in the world are smiling, they're also sadder and angrier. CNN's John Vause discusses the results with clinical psychologist Judy Ho.

How quiet headphones and visual guides help autistic patients get better health care

A doctor or hospital visit can be a difficult experience for patients on the autism spectrum. Dr. Wendy Ross, a 2014 Top 10 CNN Hero, is now working with fellow physicians to provide 'autism-friendly' care.

More than 20 million children worldwide miss out on the measles vaccine each year

Measles cases are at their greatest number in the U.S. since the disease was declared eliminated. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Holly Firfer gets healthy ideas from a registered dietitian on what a good breakfast should be.

Insurer sent $33,000 to a man struggling with addiction. He used the cash to go on a binge -- and died

After her son died, Jennifer Alba unraveled how an insurance scheme -- which sends large sums of money to patients for out-of-network care -- played a role in his death.

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

Tim Don set a world record for fastest Ironman triathlon in May 2017, six months later he was struck by a truck and broke his neck days before the Ironman World Championships

A person with measles visited Google headquarters, health officials say

Dr. Paul Offit tells Christiane Amanpour why the choice to not vaccinate has led to the dangerous resurgence of measles in the United States.

Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles

An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles, according to health officials. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains how that can happen.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Columbine survivor Zach Cartaya tells Parkland survivor Demitri Hoth that after graduating, he experienced the same feelings of isolation and loneliness.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Parkland survivor Brandon Abzug asks Columbine survivor Amy Over how she deals with the mental health issues that come with trauma.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Coni Sanders, daughter of Columbine victim Dave Sanders, connects with Parkland student Mei-Ling Ho-Shing over their shared fight against mass shootings.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks to eight survivors from Parkland and Columbine about the long-term effects of mass shootings ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.

Wake up, people: You're fooling yourself about sleep, study says

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks about several things that could be disrupting your sleep cycle -- and how to get a better night's sleep.

Raising an intersex child: 'This is your body. ... There's nothing to be ashamed of'

The Lohmans' daughter, Rosie, was born with DSD. While some parents choose surgery for children born with abnormal genitalia, the Lohmans are opting to let Rosie decide.

Judge rules 40 unvaccinated children can't go back to school

Sen. Bill Cassidy responded to Sen. Rand Paul's testimony at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, where Paul spoke out against government-mandated vaccines. Both senators are trained physicians.

Study sings the praises of choir membership for lonely older adults

A University of California, San Francisco study reveals older adults who sing in a choir for six months have reduced feelings of loneliness and increased interest in life.

This grieving family wants Fisher-Price's Rock 'n Play sleeper recalled and pediatrics group agrees

Fisher-Price is standing by its Rock 'n Play sleeper despite the American Academy of Pediatrics' call for an immediate recall, citing a Consumer Reports analysis linking the popular sleeper to 32 infant deaths. Keenan and Evan Overton lost their 5-month-old son after he accidentally suffocated in the sleeper.

A pregnant mother was cited by police after her 3-year-old urinated in a parking lot on his way to the bathroom

A pregnant mother was cited by police for disorderly conduct after her 3-year-old urinated in a parking lot on his way to the restroom.

Mick Jagger's having his heart valve replaced. The technology is better than ever

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is scheduled to undergo surgery to replace a valve in his heart, according to a source close to the band.

FDA proposes changes to mammography standards for first time in more than 20 years

The US Food and Drug Administration announced proposed changes to mammography standards. These are the first changes to the regulation of mammography screening in more than 20 years, aimed at improving quality and modernizing breast cancer screening, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimates that people living in more than 300 counties across 10 states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood waters. CNN's Scott McLean takes a closer look.

Nine nurses in the same labor unit are all due at the same time

A baby boom is coming to the labor and delivery unit of a Maine hospital, where nine of its nurses will give birth to their babies around the same time.

New York county takes 'extremely unusual' step to ban unvaccinated minors from public places amid measles outbreak

Unvaccinated people under the age of 18 are banned from public places in Rockland County, New York, according to John Lyon, director of strategic communications for County Executive Ed Day. The declaration is an effort to contain an outbreak of measles that began in October; 153 cases have been confirmed in the county.

Nine nurses in the same labor unit are all due at the same time

All the women are due between April and July

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than getting vaccine

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the importance of the chickenpox vaccine after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said he made sure all his nine children were exposed to chickenpox and caught the disease instead of giving them a vaccine.

FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

For the first time in history, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug specifically indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression, which experts say offers new hope to women and physicians. The FDA announced the approval of an intravenous infusion of the drug brexanolone, which will be sold as Zulresso. It has been shown in clinical trials to work within hours to treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, a serious mental illness that impacts 1 in 9 new mothers after childbirth. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her

Two-year-old Jude McGee died of the flu. But anti-vaxers told his mom she murdered him and made up a story about the flu to cover up her crime. She isn't the only mother under attack by anti-vaxers.

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

Experts say there's an "epidemic" of vaping among middle and high school students, and nothing seems to be stopping it. Now, some schools are looking for help from an untapped resource: their own students. CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story.

She lost her dad when she was 14. Now, she's helping kids learn how to mourn.

No one helped Mary Robinson mourn the death of her father when she was 14. Today, she is making sure kids suffering a similar loss have the tools and support they need.

She lost her dad when she was 14. Now, she's helping kids learn how to mourn.

In CNN Hero Mary Robinson's program, kids like 12-year-old Jaiden learn to how to cope with their grief from the loss a parent or sibling.

2.6M kids at risk as measles cases spike in the Philippines

The measles virus is sparking grave concern worldwide, as the highly contagious airborne disease makes a resurgence. In recent months, it has been spreading in countries including the United States, the Philippines and Madagascar. News Stream speaks to Heidi Larson, Director of the "Vaccine Confidence Project."

Can a 'fertility diet' really help you conceive? In some cases, yes

CNN health and nutrition contributor Lisa Drayer discusses a new Harvard-backed study that says a "fertility diet" can boost ovulation and improve chances of getting pregnant.

A doctor in California appeared via video link to tell a patient he was going to die. The man's family is upset

A doctor at a California hospital offered a grim prognosis via video screen attached to a robot, upsetting a patient's family.

Daylight Saving Time: The myths and the truths

Get ready to "spring forward" as people across the U.S. lose an hour of sleep this Sunday.

US pedestrian deaths are highest in three decades, report says

Distracted driving-related deaths are at an all-time high. CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports on the alarming statistics.

FDA approves ketamine-like nasal spray for depression

The US Food and Drug Administration approved Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s esketamine for treatment-resistant depression; the drug is the chemical cousin of ketamine, the powerful anesthetic that has been used illegally as the club drug Special K.

'Urgent action is necessary' to stop vaccine misinformation, public health official warns during Senate hearing

In an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Ethan Lindenberger, the teen who defied his parents and got vaccinated at 18 years old, discusses what he plans to say when he testifies before Congress about the dangers of being unvaccinated.

Was Luke Perry too young for a stroke? No, they can happen at any age

The death of Luke Perry, after the actor suffered what his publicist said was a massive stroke, is evidence that the disease can affect people of any age, the American Heart Association said.

A professor is accused of stealing a student's invention to make millions

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against a former professor, alleging that he stole and sold his graduate student's research for $1.5 million.

Why is bacon so addictive?

Pizza, ice cream and chocolate chip cookies can trigger cravings and withdrawals just like a drug, says CNN's nutritionist Lisa Drayer.

Measles outbreaks: The other congressional hearing you should follow today

Amid a significant rise in measles cases across the United States, lawmakers met in a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what has been called "a growing public health threat."

Facebook to get tougher on anti-vaxers

Facebook plans to take action against misinformation about vaccines, according to a Facebook representative. The new approach won't take vaccine misinformation off Facebook but rather make it less prominent. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

86 tons of Boston Market frozen meals recalled because they may be contaminated with glass or plastic

About 86 tons worth of Boston Market's boneless pork rib patties were recalled because they may be contaminated with pieces of glass or hard plastic.

Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

Heart attack victims are getting younger, and they're more likely to be women than before. Many don't even know they're at risk.

How the daredevil sport of parkour can help aging adults fall better

As unusual as it is to see someone over forty doing the extreme sport of parkour, it is a discipline that could help reduce your fall risk as you age.

Why would anyone lie about being a victim of a crime?

CNN's Brian Todd examines the reasons why someone may stage an attack on themselves.

Supermoon, 2019's biggest and brightest, will light up the sky

February's full moon is known as the snow moon. It is also the biggest supermoon of the year.

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Misty Diaz, despite having spina bifida, has competed in more than 200 obstacle and endurance races on crutches.

A nursing home patient 'rotted to death' under nurses' care, Ohio attorney general says

Current and former employees of an Ohio nursing facility are accused of mistreating two patients, one of whom died as a result of their actions, according to Attorney General Dave Yost.

Trump in 'very good health overall' but obese, according to physical exam results

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that President Donald Trump's annual physical exam shows he is in "good health overall," but is now considered clinically obese.

Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

More bad news for diet soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

How love sparks better heart health

The feeling of love can be heart-healthy and it doesn't really matter who -- or what -- is the object of your affection.

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Zei Uwadia, the first patient at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to walk while on an ECMO machine, has died.

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