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New drug to boost women's sex drive approved in US

Jun. 21, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for several hours. The medication OK'd Friday by the Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase...

San Francisco moves closer to nation's 1st e-cigarette ban

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping. Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. They also endorsed a ban on...

Editorials from around New England

Jun. 14, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT UTC's move a call to action for state The Connecticut Post, June 12 For a state desperate to shed a reputation that it's not business-friendly, the news that United Technologies Corp. would no longer make its headquarters in Connecticut could not have come at a...

Marijuana health claims lure patients as science catches up

Jun. 11, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, according to an...

TSA allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana

May. 28, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has changed its cannabis policy to allow passengers to travel with some forms of CBD oil and a drug derived from marijuana that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in carry-on...

At $2M, priciest ever medicine treats fatal genetic disease

May. 24, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years. The treatment is priced at $2.125 million. Out-of-pocket costs for patients will vary based on...

Test of 'cannabis cafes' gets state OK, but obstacles remain

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out "cannabis cafes" where adults could use pot in a social setting. The 3-2 vote by the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday calls for an initial test program in as many as a dozen communities where licenses would...

Gov. Larry Hogan signs health, education, bills

May. 13, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed 181 bills on Monday, many with a focus on health and education. Here is look at some of them: TOBACCO PRODUCTS Maryland is raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 under a new law that includes vaping in the definition of tobacco products. HEALTH CARE...

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

May. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. "I don't think...

Inslee changes tune, opposes Washington fossil-fuel projects

May. 9, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is changing course on his support of two fossil-fuel projects in the state. Inslee spoke out against the projects following a bill signing Wednesday banning hydraulic fracking for oil and natural gas within Washington state, The News Tribune reported. Inslee...