The 10-year-old was healthy as ‘an ox.’ Then he caught a deadly case of the flu.

Nico Mallozzi was known for his antics, his sly smile — and his good health. The 10-year-old hockey player from New Canaan, Conn., is depicted in photographs suited up and looking fierce on the ice. His coaches said he “captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes,” according to a GoFundMe page. His mother said “he was like an ox” — strong…

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New HHS civil rights division charged with protecting health-care workers with moral objections

This post has been updated. A new civil rights division within the Health and Human Services Department will protect health-care workers who refuse to provide services that run counter to their moral or religious convictions, the Trump administration announced Thursday. This office will consider complaints from doctors, nurses and others who feel they have been…

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Teens are daring each other to eat Tide pods. We don’t need to tell you that’s a bad idea.

First, it was the “gallon challenge” and the “cinnamon challenge.” Then some teenagers started playing the “bath-salt challenge.” They have dared each other to pour salt in their hands and hold ice till it burns, douse themselves in rubbing alcohol and set themselves ablaze, and throw boiling water on unsuspecting peers. Now videos circulating on…

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CDC says, ‘There’s lots of flu in lots of places.’ And it’s not going away anytime soon.

A nasty flu season is in full swing across the United States, with a sharp increase in the number of older people and young children getting hospitalized, federal health officials said Friday. The latest weekly data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the entire continental United States to be experiencing widespread flu at the…

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FDA warns against giving kids cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodone

The Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday that children and adolescents should not be prescribed cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone because of serious safety risks posed by the opioid ingredients. The agency said it is requiring manufacturers to change the wording on their labels to make clear that such products should not be used for…

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New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications

Ever since the abortion pill RU-486 began to hit the market in the 1980s, questions have lingered about its safety, especially for women who take it in countries where terminating an unwanted pregnancy is restricted and they cannot openly seek help from a medical professional if something goes wrong. As reports of deaths and injuries grew in the early 2000s and the pill became a…

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