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New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

Jan. 23, 2022 11:25 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. The wave of infections brought on by the omicron variant and...

SC senator to get medical marijuana debate after 7 years

Jan. 23, 2022 09:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina senator who has fought to allow medical marijuana in the state for seven years appears to finally be getting a debate on the Senate floor. Senators put Sen. Tom Davis' medical marijuana bill in a special debate slot where they will have to...

Analysis: Hundreds supported independent redistricting

Jan. 22, 2022 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “It provides accountability to the redistricting process.” “We need representation that understands the diversity of this area.” “As a voter in a rural area I’m entirely uncomfortable with my vote being used to dilute the power of...

Sisters raise $50,000 to help mother rebound from cancer

Jan. 22, 2022 00:03 AM EST

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — The Scalise sisters from Smyrna fight back tears when talking about the day six years ago when their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Samantha, Lauren and Emilie were only 15, 13 and 11. Mom Stephanie was 43 and had just seen her own mother through...

Bill to legalize pot-derived pain relief spray introduced

Jan. 21, 2022 11:36 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would allow Idaho residents with multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders to use a pain-relief spray derived from marijuana has been introduced in the House. The bill provides a carve-out in Idaho code for nabiximols, an oral spray that...

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

Jan. 21, 2022 11:09 AM EST

Roger Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack. Normally, the 67-year-old would have been sent to the intensive care unit. But Strukhoff said it was overrun with COVID-19 patients, and the staff...

N. Carolina attorney pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Jan. 21, 2022 08:33 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina attorney has pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy in which she and others created credit profiles using illegally obtained social security numbers and used the accounts to buy a luxury car and get plastic surgery, a federal prosecutor said. ...

Conservative Nebraska Sen. Groene sponsors medical pot bill

Jan. 20, 2022 20:43 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative lawmaker from rural, western Nebraska took a leading role Thursday in the push to allow medical marijuana in the state, although some advocates say his bill is too restrictive. Sen. Mike Groene, of North Platte, introduced a legalization bill...

US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

Jan. 20, 2022 13:29 PM EST

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for...

Study: Drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally

Jan. 20, 2022 11:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Antibiotic-resistant germs caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally in one year, according to new research that suggests that these “superbugs" have joined the ranks of the world's leading infectious disease killers. The new estimate, published Thursday in the...