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Doctors delayed a pregnant teen's chemo because it could harm her fetus. Cancer killed them both.

The Dominican Republic's total abortion ban prevented her 16-year-old daughter from getting timely medical care to treat her cancer. This can happen in the U.S., she says.
Rosa Hernández holds a picture of her daughter, Rosaura Almonte
Rosa Hernández holds a picture of her daughter, Rosaura Almonte

NBC News’ Richard Engel says his 6-year-old son, Henry, has died

Henry was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a genetic brain disorder that does not have a treatment or cure, as a toddler.
Richard and Mary Engel with son Henry in 2018.
Richard and Mary Engel with son Henry in 2018.
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Maker of nicotine gummies warned their product is a looming 'public health crisis' among children

The Food and Drug Administration said the fruit-flavored gummies from Florida manufacturer VPR Brands could cause nicotine poisoning or even death if eaten by small children.
Nontherapeutic nicotine lozenges, nicotine pouches and nicotine gummies.
Nontherapeutic nicotine lozenges, nicotine pouches and nicotine gummies.
18h ago

Frustrated pharmacists are opting out of the insurance system, saving some customers hundreds of dollars a month

A small but growing number of "cash" pharmacies take no insurance, instead selling generic drugs, often at far lower prices than customers pay with insurance.
Nate Hux owns two pharmacies next door to each other. One, Pickerington Pharmacy, takes almost every kind of insurance. The other, Freedom Pharmacy, takes none.
Nate Hux owns two pharmacies next door to each other. One, Pickerington Pharmacy, takes almost every kind of insurance. The other, Freedom Pharmacy, takes none.
1d ago

California school district agrees to $18 million settlement over 8-year-old special needs student's deadly fall

The family of Moises Murillo, who had a severe form of Down syndrome, says he shouldn't have been removed from a specialized wheelchair the day he fell in LaPuente.
Moises Murillo and his mother Roberta Gomez.
Moises Murillo and his mother Roberta Gomez.

Scientists find a new, more simple way to destroy harmful 'forever chemicals'

PFAS chemicals are associated with low birth weight, thyroid disease and an increased risk of certain cancers.
Tap Water
Tap Water
2d ago

Fauci urges Black Americans to get Covid booster shots in preparation for fall surge

In an interview with TheGrio, the president’s chief medical adviser said Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by Covid.
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci

For some students, back to school will mean better-ventilated classrooms

Billions of federal dollars available to improve schools have yet to be spent, but some districts have made strides in making changes that experts say could stymie the spread of the coronavirus and other viruses.
A vent system in a classroom at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio.
A vent system in a classroom at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Updated Covid boosters are coming in weeks. Should you wait to get yours?

With updated shots coming soon, should you wait to get another dose or get boosted with the current vaccines now?
A registered nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Los Angeles on May 5, 2022.
A registered nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot in Los Angeles on May 5, 2022.
2d ago

'Brain-eating amoeba' infection suspected in child’s death, Nebraska officials say

The child is suspected of being infected with Naegleria fowleri while swimming in the Elkhorn River.
Amebic meningoencephalitis
Amebic meningoencephalitis

Monkeypox cases are increasing across the U.S. See a state-by-state breakdown.

NBC News is tracking U.S. cases of monkeypox, which the World Health Organization labeled an international “public health emergency.” This story will be updated weekly.