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This undated photo provided by Esperion Inc. shows the cholesterol-lowering drug Nexletol made by Esperion Therapeutics Inc.  The Food and Drug Administration on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020  approved Esperion Therapeutics Inc.’s Nexletol for people genetically predisposed to have sky-high cholesterol and others who have heart disease and need to further lower their bad cholesterol.(Esperion Inc. via AP)

FDA approves drug that lowers cholesterol in a new way

Feb. 22, 2020 4:11 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering drug aimed at millions of people who can't tolerate — or don't get enough help from — widely used statin pills like Lipitor and Crestor. The Food and Drug Administration approved Esperion Therapeutics...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, attends a news conference during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a misleadingly compiled video circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pelosi lashed out at CNN host Christiane Amanpour during an interview about U.S. President Donald Trump’s acquittal after being impeached. The video relies heavily on a February interview in Munich. A number of altered videos have targeted Pelosi in the past year. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Feb. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashing out at CNN host...

In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 photo Harvard Medical School student Aliya Feroe, of Minneapolis, Minn., poses for a photograph on the school's campus, in Boston. Feroe recalls a flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. Medical schools are beefing up education on LBGTQ health issues. And some schools are making a big push to recruit LGBTQ medical students, backed by research showing that patients often get better care when treated by doctors who are more like them. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

Feb. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes,...

Cristi Cain speaks to reporters after appearing at a hearing where Alabama lawmakers granted initial approval to a bill allowing medical marijuana, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Montgomery, Ala. Cain said her 8-year-old son had as many as 100 seizures daily before starting CBD oil, and the number has since been drastically reduced. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Medical marijuana bill clears Alabama Senate committee

Feb. 19, 2020 2:31 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in the Alabama Legislature, giving hope to advocates after years of setbacks. Audience members applauded as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 for the bill, putting it in line for a Senate floor vote later this...

Review: Chains, trade group members win pot licenses in Mo.

Feb. 19, 2020 1:44 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some of the biggest out-of-state marijuana chains and board members of a pot-related trade group in Missouri were among the top recipients of medical marijuana licenses in the state, according to a newspaper's review of records. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reviewed records and business...

In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 photo, Dr. Robert Bayer holds a jar of frozen lobster blood in his lab in Orono, Maine. Bayer's company, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer, and representatives said results are promising. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent in late October related to its work. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Claws of health? Lobster blood could play role in new drugs

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobsters have long delighted tourists as the state's most beloved seafood. But one company thinks the crustaceans can save human lives by providing their blood for use in new drugs. The effort, involving a longtime lobster scientist, wouldn't be the first example of coastal...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, Eric Crawford, center right, is hugged by another medical marijuana advocate after a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky was approved by a state House committee, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said Friday that the bill could possibly come up for a House vote as soon as next week. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Speaker: Vote on medical marijuana bill possible next week

Feb. 14, 2020 12:44 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Medical marijuana is getting a serious look in the Kentucky legislature. In another sign of momentum for the push to legalize cannabis for treatment of some medical conditions, House Speaker David Osborne said the bill could come up for a House vote as soon as next week. The measure...

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

Feb. 13, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales in all of the state's cities and towns. In a late-night...

This undated image provided by Eisai in August 2018 shows the company's Belviq medication. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, the drug's maker, Japan’s Eisai Inc., said that it has agreed to voluntarily withdraw the weight loss drug at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, because of a slight increased risk of cancer. (Eisai via AP)

Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market over cancer risk

Feb. 13, 2020 7:05 PM EST

The maker of a weight loss drug pulled it from the market Thursday at the request of federal regulators, who said it posed a slight increased risk of cancer. Japan’s Eisai Inc. said it was voluntarily withdrawing the drug, Belviq. However, the company said in a statement that it disagreed with the U.S....

A passenger wearing a full-body protective suit catches the eyes of others as they walk out from the Beijing railway station in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. China's daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time and pushed the total past 1,000 dead, authorities said Tuesday after leader Xi Jinping visited a health center to rally public morale amid little sign the contagion is abating. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Global experts study promising drugs, vaccines for new virus

Feb. 11, 2020 3:36 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to try to speed the development of tests, treatments and vaccines against the new coronavirus, as doctors on the front lines experiment on patients with various drugs in hopes of saving lives in the meantime. The 400 scientists...