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Zika expected to infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, raising threat to rest of U.S.

Zika expected to infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, raising threat to rest of U.S.

Zika has landed forcefully in America, in one of its poorest and most vulnerable corners, a debt-ridden territory lacking a functioning health-care system, window screens and even a spray that works against the mosquitoes spreading the virus in homes, workplaces, schools and parks.

CDC: Half of gay, bisexual black men will be diagnosed with HIV

ATLANTA

CDC: Half of gay, bisexual black men will be diagnosed with HIV

The CDC announced a stunning statistic this week: About half of all gay and bisexual black men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS during their lifetime. But LaMar Yarborough wasn't surprised by the news.

Why goats used to breastfeed human babies

Why goats used to breastfeed human babies

Among the Internet's favorite animal images are photos or videos of one species nursing a baby of another.

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

Carol Kirk and Michael Bisaillon have access to the food in local grocery stores like other residents, but they often struggle to find something to eat there.

Heroin epidemic not just a big city problem, Clifton Park crowd told

CLIFTON PARK

Heroin epidemic not just a big city problem, Clifton Park crowd told

Community members packed a room at the Clifton Park–Halfmoon Public Library Wednesday evening to discuss the growing problem of heroin addiction and hear from people who suffered from addiction.

ALBANY

Albany VA nurse admits to stealing narcotics

A former hospice nurse at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center faces federal prison after admitting Wednesday to stealing a narcotic pain reliever intended for dying veterans, federal prosecutors said.

Woman's blindness apparently reversed by stem cell treatment

Woman's blindness apparently reversed by stem cell treatment

Sitting on the front steps of her Cockeysville, Md., home a year and a half ago, Vanna Belton was startled and thrilled when her eyes focused on a car's license plate. Essentially blind for more than five years, she suddenly could read the numbers and letters.

SARATOGA COUNTY

Saratoga County to end home nursing visits

The Saratoga County Public Health Nursing Service is going out of the home nursing business next month, with the anticipated layoff of 18 county employees.

World Bank announces $150 million to fight Zika outbreak

World Bank announces $150 million to fight Zika outbreak

The World Bank announced Thursday that it is providing $150 million to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean fight the Zika virus that is spreading rapidly through the region.

Transgender patients face barriers in care

Transgender patients face barriers in care

Many transgender patients say they are discriminated against by medical personnel who misuse pronouns, call them by incorrect names, or house them with people of the wrong gender.

Hospital infection rates down, state reports

CAPITAL REGION

Hospital infection rates down, state reports

The latest data on infection rates from the state Health Department have been released, and the results are good: Hospital Acquired Infections are down across the state.

High fish consumption during pregnancy linked to obesity risk for kids

High fish consumption during pregnancy linked to obesity risk for kids

Newborns whose mothers ate fish more than three times a week during pregnancy grew faster in their first two years of life and were more likely to be overweight or obese at 4 and 6 years old than were babies born to mothers who ate little to no fish during pregnancy, a new study says.

When the hospital fires the bullet

When the hospital fires the bullet

When doctors and nurses arrived at Room 834 just after 11 a.m., a college student admitted to the hospital hours earlier lay motionless on the floor, breathing shallowly, a sheet draped over his body. A Houston police officer with a cut on his head was being helped onto a stretcher, while another hovered over the student.

CAPITAL REGION

Flu reported as prevalent throughout the state

State health officials announced on Thursday that influenza has reached prevalent status in the state, but the flu doesn’t appear to be a big problem locally.

How cellphones are changing 911

BALTIMORE

How cellphones are changing 911

It's a problem that has grown increasingly common across the country: As more people rely on cellphones to communicate with the wider world, more emergency calls are going to dispatch centers in other towns, counties, even states.

Schenectady County resident being tested for Zika virus

Schenectady County resident being tested for Zika virus

A Schenectady County resident is being tested for the Zika virus, according to county officials.

What science says about long-term damage from lead

What science says about long-term damage from lead

Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Michigan, where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may not show up until long after the cameras have left town.

Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack

Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack

Chest pain is a common symptom of a heart attack, but there are other indicators—and they sometimes vary between men and women.

Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’ in Americas; 31 cases in U.S.

Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’ in Americas; 31 cases in U.S.

The World Health Organization announced today that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively" across the Americas. Meanwhile, the U.S. has 31 confirmed cases in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam 'clubhouse' to help fight scourge of heroin

This spring, one of seven new “clubhouses” across the state for young people recovering from addiction is set to open in Amsterdam, part of a $1.6 million program announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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