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FILE - Eva Stebel, water researcher, pours a water sample into a smaller glass container for experimentation as part of drinking water and PFAS research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response on Feb. 16, 2023, in Cincinnati. The Biden administration on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, finalized strict limits on certain so-called &ldquo;forever chemicals&rdquo; in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. (AP Photo/Joshua A.

Biden administration sets first-ever limits on so-called ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

FILE - Eva Stebel, water researcher, pours a water sample into a smaller glass container for experimentation as part of drinking water and PFAS research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response on Feb. 16, 2023, in Cincinnati. The Biden administration on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, finalized strict limits on certain so-called &ldquo;forever chemicals&rdquo; in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. (AP Photo/Joshua A.

April 10, 2024, 8:18am Health

The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized strict limits on certain so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. Officials say this will reduce exposure for 100 million people and help prevent thousands of illnesses, including cancers. Read story

FILE - The Fifth Ward Elementary School and residential neighborhoods sit near the Denka Performance Elastomer Plant, back, in Reserve, La., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, issued a rule that will force more than 200 chemical plants nationwide to reduce toxic compounds that cross beyond their property lines, exposing thousands of people to elevated cancer risks. The rule will significantly reduce harmful emissions at the Denka Performance Elastomer facility, the largest source of chloroprene emissions in the country, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said.

New EPA rule says 200 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

FILE - The Fifth Ward Elementary School and residential neighborhoods sit near the Denka Performance Elastomer Plant, back, in Reserve, La., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, issued a rule that will force more than 200 chemical plants nationwide to reduce toxic compounds that cross beyond their property lines, exposing thousands of people to elevated cancer risks. The rule will significantly reduce harmful emissions at the Denka Performance Elastomer facility, the largest source of chloroprene emissions in the country, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said.

April 9, 2024, 8:52am Business

More than 200 chemical plants nationwide will be required to reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer under a new rule issued Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule advances President Joe Biden’s commitment to environmental justice by delivering critical health protections for communities burdened by industrial pollution from… Read story

FILE - A woman browses produce for sale at a grocery store, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in New York. In final rule changes announced Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the federal program that helps millions of low-income mothers, babies and young kids will soon emphasize more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as provide a wider choice of foods from different cultures. (AP Photo/Peter K.

New WIC rules include more money for fruits and veggies. They also expand food choices

FILE - A woman browses produce for sale at a grocery store, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in New York. In final rule changes announced Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the federal program that helps millions of low-income mothers, babies and young kids will soon emphasize more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as provide a wider choice of foods from different cultures. (AP Photo/Peter K.

April 9, 2024, 8:34am Health

The federal program that helps pay for groceries for millions of low-income mothers, babies and young kids will soon emphasize more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as provide a wider choice of foods from different cultures. Read story

This image provided by Earkick in March 2024 shows the company&rsquo;s mental health chatbot on a smartphone. A growing number of AI chatbots are being pitched as a way to address the recent mental health crisis among teens and young adults. But experts disagree about whether these chatbots are delivering a mental health service or are simply a new form of self-help.

Can AI chatbots help address mental health issues?

This image provided by Earkick in March 2024 shows the company&rsquo;s mental health chatbot on a smartphone. A growing number of AI chatbots are being pitched as a way to address the recent mental health crisis among teens and young adults. But experts disagree about whether these chatbots are delivering a mental health service or are simply a new form of self-help.

April 9, 2024, 6:03am Health

Download the mental health chatbot Earkick and you’re greeted by a bandana-wearing panda who could easily fit into a kids’ cartoon. Read story

Tips to ease prep for colonoscopy

April 9, 2024, 5:58am Health

For many people, one of the most uncomfortable parts of a colonoscopy is the preparation for the procedure. Read story

The prefect of the Vatican&rsquo;s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernandez, presents the declaration &lsquo;Dignitas Infinita&rsquo; (Infinite Dignity) during a press conference at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024.

Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity

The prefect of the Vatican&rsquo;s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernandez, presents the declaration &lsquo;Dignitas Infinita&rsquo; (Infinite Dignity) during a press conference at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024.

April 8, 2024, 7:22am Churches & Religion

The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave violations of human dignity, putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices that reject God’s plan for human life. Read story

FILE - The W.R. Grace vermiculite mine is shown, outside of Libby, Mont., Feb. 17, 2010. Libby, a town of about 3,000 along the Kootenai River, had widespread contamination from asbestos-tainted vermiculite that was stored in town and transported by rail across the U.S. for use as insulation and other purposes. Contamination in the town has been cleaned up but the mine has not been addressed.

Trial to begin against railroad over deaths in Montana town where thousands were exposed to asbestos

FILE - The W.R. Grace vermiculite mine is shown, outside of Libby, Mont., Feb. 17, 2010. Libby, a town of about 3,000 along the Kootenai River, had widespread contamination from asbestos-tainted vermiculite that was stored in town and transported by rail across the U.S. for use as insulation and other purposes. Contamination in the town has been cleaned up but the mine has not been addressed.

April 8, 2024, 7:13am Business

A trial begins Monday against Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway over the lung cancer deaths of two people who lived in a small northwestern Montana town where thousands of people were exposed to asbestos from a vermiculite mine. Read story

FILE - A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., on Dec. 10, 2020. According to research published Sunday, April 7, 2024, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, most cancer drugs granted accelerated approval by the FDA, meant to give patients early access to promising drugs, do not demonstrate such benefits within five years.

Many cancer drugs remain unproven 5 years after accelerated approval, a study finds

FILE - A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., on Dec. 10, 2020. According to research published Sunday, April 7, 2024, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, most cancer drugs granted accelerated approval by the FDA, meant to give patients early access to promising drugs, do not demonstrate such benefits within five years.

April 7, 2024, 2:21pm Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s accelerated approval program is meant to give patients early access to promising drugs. But how often do these drugs actually improve or extend patients’ lives? Read story

Pedestrians enjoy sunny conditions with a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge at the Waterfront Vancouver on April 29, 2021.

Study says Washington is home to four of the healthiest cities in the country; Vancouver is No. 57

Pedestrians enjoy sunny conditions with a view of the Interstate 5 Bridge at the Waterfront Vancouver on April 29, 2021.

April 7, 2024, 6:05am Health

Have you ever wondered if or how where you live affects your health? Read story

US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater after a COVID-19 briefing he held Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Four years after shelter-in-place, COVID-19 misinformation persists

US President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater after a COVID-19 briefing he held Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.

April 7, 2024, 5:53am Health

From spring break parties to Mardi Gras, many people remember the last major “normal” thing they did before the novel coronavirus pandemic dawned, forcing governments worldwide to issue stay-at-home advisories and shutdowns. Read story