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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, bottles of extracted cannabis oil are displayed during a press conference at Thailand's Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thai Cabinet approves draft law expanding access to cannabis

Aug. 4, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. Deputy government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said Public Health Minister...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Ginsburg is perhaps the most forthcoming member of the Supreme Court when it comes to telling the public about her many health issues. But she waited more than four months to reveal that her cancer had returned and that she was undergoing chemotherapy. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned

Aug. 2, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the most forthcoming member of the Supreme Court when it comes to telling the public about her many health issues. But she waited more than four months to reveal that her cancer had returned and that she was undergoing chemotherapy. One big...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2010, file photo, Connie Culp, the nation’s first partial face transplant recipient, speaks with the Associated Press at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.  Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation. The Cleveland Clinic, where her surgery had been performed in 2008, said Saturday that Culp died Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Ohio clinic of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant.  (AP Photo/Jason Miller, File)

Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

Aug. 1, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

Connie Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation. The Cleveland Clinic, where her surgery had been performed in 2008, said Saturday that Culp died Wednesday at the Ohio clinic of complications from an infection...

Terri Donelson, left, and her husband, Stephen, walk up their driveway to see friends and family awaiting him at his home in Midlothian, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2020, after his 90-day stay in the Zale Hospital on the UT Southwestern Campus. Donelson’s family hadn’t left the house in two weeks after COVID-19 started spreading in Texas, hoping to shield the organ transplant recipient. Yet one night, his wife found him barely breathing, his skin turning blue, and called 911. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Aug. 1, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  The pandemic increased sales of Merck medicines during the first quarter of 2020, as households around the world stocked up, but the drugmaker expects a significant hit this quarter as the full force of the outbreak lands.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Merck ups outlook, turns profit during global vaccine hunt

Jul. 31, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending across the board helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and pushed second quarter profits up by 12%. The drugmaker blew past Wall Street projections and boosted its financial forecast for the year...

In this April 2020 photo provided by The Wound Treatment Center, two COVID-19 patients are treated in hyperbaric chambers at a hospital in Opelousas, La. The therapy involves delivering 100% oxygen straight to patients inside a pressurized chamber. (Marcus Speyrer/The Wound Treatment Center via AP)

Doctors try pressurized oxygen chambers in COVID fight

Jul. 31, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

As a New York University medical researcher who works once a week in an emergency room, Dr. David Lee had the luxury of time to think like a scientist while also treating coronavirus patients whose lungs kept giving out. In every case, he saw the same thing: Their blood was starved of oxygen. One day an idea hit...

FILE - In this Dec.10, 2019, file photo, Saudi King Salman talks during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's King Salman was discharged from a hospital in the capital, Riyadh, after more than a week following surgery to remove his gall bladder, the Royal Court said in a statement late Thursday, July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Royal Court says King Salman discharged from hospital

Jul. 31, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman was discharged from a hospital in the capital Riyadh after more than a week following surgery to remove his gall bladder, the Royal Court said. The court said in a statement late Thursday the monarch, 84, left the King Faisal Specialist Hospital...

Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program speaks Thursday, July 30, 2020, at a news conference about the double-lung transplants he and a team of doctors performed on Mayra Ramirez, on June 5, and and Brian Kuhns, on July 5, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

COVID patient didn't recognize body after double transplant

Jul. 30, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman who last month became the nation's first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant said Thursday that she woke up days later, unaware about the surgery and unable to "recognize my body.” Mayra Ramirez said that before she fell ill she was an independent,...

FILE - In this April 3, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters at the end of a visit to a Social Security Institute hospital that will be converted to receive patients infected with the new coronavirus, in the Coyoacan borough of Mexico City. Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 30, 2020, that he is creating a central national purchasing and distribution agency for medicines, vaccines and medical equipment amid persistent shortages during the pandemic and the arrest of a doctor who advised a patient's family to buy their own medications. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico to create drug purchasing agency amid shortages

Jul. 30, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday he is creating a central national purchasing and distribution agency for medicines, vaccines and medical equipment amid persistent shortages during the coronavirus pandemic and the arrest of a doctor who advised a patient's family to buy their own...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 18, 2020 file photo a general view of AstraZeneca offices and the corporate logo in Cambridge, England. Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.

AstraZeneca: won't profit from COVID-19 vaccine in pandemic

Jul. 30, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca repeated its promise not to profit from a COVID-19 vaccine during the pandemic as it reported it was on track with late-stage trials for the treatment. Such promises were boosted by strong sales across its range of treatments during lockdown. Sales jumped by...