Brazil: 270 of 4,120 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,120 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


Obama to seek $12B from Congress for child nutrition


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment


NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.

  • Written by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen


STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press