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Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

Jan. 20, 2022 18:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated at an early enough age, according to a study published Thursday. The researchers gave increasing amounts of peanut protein powder to a group of toddlers to build up their tolerance for...

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...

Study to target health impact of massive California gas leak

Jan. 19, 2022 15:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County public health officials are seeking independent researchers to study the short- and long-term effects of the nation's largest-known natural gas leak on the health of people who lived in nearby communities. The county Department of Public Health...

Study: More evidence links a virus to multiple sclerosis

Jan. 14, 2022 09:33 AM EST

There’s more evidence that one of the world’s most common viruses may set some people on the path to developing multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease that occurs when immune system cells mistakenly attack the protective coating on nerve fibers,...

Biogen tumbles after Medicare lays out Aduhelm coverage plan

Jan. 12, 2022 17:05 PM EST

Shares of Biogen slid Wednesday, a day after federal regulators slapped coverage limitations on the drugmaker’s new Alzheimer’s disease treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday after markets closed that patients taking Biogen’s Aduhelm will have...

Medicare limits coverage of $28,000-a-year Alzheimer's drug

Jan. 11, 2022 20:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Tuesday it will limit coverage of a $28,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug whose benefits have been widely questioned, a major development in the nation’s tug-of-war over the fair value of new medicines that offer tantalizing possibilities but come with prohibitive...

Blood test may one day predict severe pregnancy complication

Jan. 05, 2022 13:41 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A blood test may one day be able to predict whether someone who is pregnant will develop a serious blood pressure disorder months before symptoms show up. Preeclampsia happens in around 1 of 20 pregnancies, usually in the third trimester, and can cause organ...

Jake's mice: Searching for answers to the puzzle of autism

Jan. 02, 2022 09:05 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Litvag leaned in for a closer look as a lab mouse scurried around an enclosure, stopping to sniff a large block. “Hi, Jakob 1. I’m Jake,” the 16-year-old said, naming the little furry creature engineered to have the same genetic abnormality he has. ...

Ethics, local news study, minimum wage top 2022's new laws

Dec. 30, 2021 11:04 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With nearly 300 laws taking effect on New Year's Day, Illinois lawmakers have resolved to hold themselves to a higher ethical standard, stay the government's regulatory arm on young entrepreneurs and review ways to revive the struggling local journalism industry. ...