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Missouri investigating fake medical marijuana certifications

Jul. 11, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri is investigating a St. Louis company that it says approved 600 fake medical marijuana certifications. State investigators say Lou Moynihan, 33, knew or participated in the fraudulent activity that likely occurred through telemedicine visits when the company,...

Ohio board OKs medical marijuana use for wasting syndrome

Jul. 9, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board of Ohio has voted to add cachexia to the list of conditions that qualify for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for patients. That condition involves weakness or wasting of the body due to chronic illness, and it includes symptoms such as loss of appetite....

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro stands with his arms crossed outside the official presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Bolsonaro said Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Bolsonaro now 'poster boy' for dubious COVID-19 treatment

Jul. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus treatment

Jul. 8, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's president, infected with virus, touts malaria drug

Jul. 8, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who said he is infected with the coronavirus, on Wednesday defended his government's handling of the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Brazilians and touted his use of a contentious anti-malaria drug. Bolsonaro posted a photo of himself...

THIS CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF THE LAST NAME TO  KELLEY, AND NOT KELLY AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Doris Kelley, 57, sits in her home on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Ruffs Dale, Pa. Kelley was one of the first patients in a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center trial for COVID-19. “It felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I couldn’t get any air,” Kelley said of the disease. (AP Photo/Justin Merriman)

'Desperation science' slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Jul. 8, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research system not built for haste. The ironic, and perhaps tragic, result: Scientific shortcuts have slowed understanding of the disease and delayed the ability to find out which drugs help, hurt...

FILE - This March 4, 2019, file photo shows Timothy Ray Brown, nicknamed the Berlin patient, posed in Seattle. A Brazilian man who was infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors are reporting. If confirmed, this would be the first time HIV has been eliminated without a bone marrow or stem cell transplant like the ones that have cured two other men, nicknamed the Berlin and London patients for where they were treated. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File)

Doctors say experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV

Jul. 7, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s way too soon...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Indians participate in a health awareness run to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad, India. New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half of children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. UNAIDS, a United Nations agency, reported last year's numbers Monday, July 6, 2020, at the start of an international AIDS conference. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

AIDS report: Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care

Jul. 6, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes, such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half the children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. “We are making great progress against the HIV epidemic ... but the...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 6, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. July 5, 2020. Nebraska must do better in reaching out to risk groups about COVID Fighting the coronavirus requires testing and medical treatment, but it also requires something else: information. Data, that is, about how the disease is affecting individual population subgroups. Armed with that...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana's second medical marijuana grower releases product

Jul. 5, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's second medical marijuana grower announced it has started making its products to the state's dispensaries for sale to patients. Ilera Holistic Healthcare — the company that grows marijuana for Southern University's agricultural center — said Wednesday that...