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Flu cases keep rising in NY state, hospitalizations down

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ALBANY, N .Y. (AP) - State health officials say the number of New Yorkers with confirmed cases of the flu keeps rising but the number of people requiring hospitalization has declined. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that more than 16,800 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza were reported last week to the Department of Health. That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous week. Officials say the number of new hospitalizations from the flu dropped 3 percent to just over 2,400 last week. Cuomo continues to urge New Yorkers to get the flu vaccine. Since the flu was declared prevalent in New York in December, more than 69,000 cases of lab-confirmed cases have been reported, with around 14,350 people needing hospitalization. There have been five pediatric deaths blamed on the flu this season. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More Click to Hide …

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Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

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BEIRUT (AP) - Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday. Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at Afrin’s main hospital, said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned who arrived Friday night from the village of Arandi after it was attacked by Turkish troops. Another doctor, Nouri Qenber, said the victims suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. One of the victi…

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

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CHICAGO (AP) - The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry’s race to find a way to diagnose concussions. The test doesn’t detect concussions and the approval won’t immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain trauma are treated. But Wednesday’s green light by the Food and Drug Administration “is a big deal because then it opens the door and accelerates technol…

The Latest: Lawyer for marijuana grower says details limited

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the state announcing a mistake led to a marijuana growing applicant being bumped from medical marijuana process (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A lawyer for an Ohio medical marijuana company says he doesn’t have any details about the state’s admission that the company was mistakenly bumped from the list of prospective growers. The state Department of Commerce says human error led to PharmaCann Ohio Inc’s inadvertent exclusion from the proposed list of the dozen big growers in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program. The Department of Comme…

The Latest: DA urges reforms after police-shooting acquittal

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A New York City prosecutor, expressing disappointment over the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman, says the case illustrates a need for “serious reforms” in the handling of emotionally disturbed people. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark issued a statement after Sgt. Hugh Barry was found not guilty on Thursday of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Debor…