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Study: Half of US cosmetics contain toxic chemicals

Jun. 15, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study. Researchers at the University...

Some J&J vaccine doses can be used, but many must be tossed

Jun. 11, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but many more doses can't be used and must be thrown out. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

US extends expiration dates for J&J COVID vaccine by 6 weeks

Jun. 10, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that U.S. regulators extended the expiration date on millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks. The company said a Food and Drug Administration review concluded the shots remain safe and effective for at...

Feds accuse N Carolina woman of pushing fake COVID-19 cure

Jun. 10, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been accused of peddling a fake COVID-19 cure during the height of the pandemic and continuing to offer it despite warnings to stop. Diana Daffin, 68, the owner of a holistic health business, was arrested outside her...

EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer's drug?

Jun. 08, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment. Health care experts expect broad coverage of the drug, which was approved Monday. But what...

Maine senators want FDA standards for PFAS in drinking water

Jun. 06, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to set standards on certain kinds of substances in bottled water. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King have joined colleagues to call for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to...

FDA warns doctors to stop using heart pump tied to deaths

Jun. 03, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators warned surgeons Thursday to stop implanting a heart pump made by Medtronic due to power failures recently tied to cases of stroke and more than a dozen deaths. Medtronic said earlier in the day it would stop selling its Heartware...

Alarm in Africa: Virus surges, vaccines grind to 'near halt'

Jun. 03, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine shipments have ground to “a near halt” in Africa while virus cases have spiked 20% over the last two weeks, the World Health Organization said Thursday, a bleak scenario for the continent on both those critical fronts. ...

The Latest: Melbourne pandemic lockdown extended to 2nd week

Jun. 01, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A pandemic lockdown in Australia’s second largest city will be extended for a second week due to concerns over a growing cluster of coronavirus infections. Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino on Wednesday confirmed that Melbourne will...