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Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with MS

Oct. 20, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film and TV actress Selma Blair announced she is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In a post Saturday on her Instagram account, Blair, 46, says she was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system on Aug. 16. Blair says she is struggling with the disease's...

Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

Oct. 20, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its high cost and side...

Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

Oct. 20, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering...

Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths

Oct. 19, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths. The move comes after Baylor St. Luke's...

University gets $15M grant to help end spread of hepatitis C

Oct. 19, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky project aimed at ridding Perry County of hepatitis C has received a $15 million federal grant, and $50 million in donated drug treatments that can cure the disease. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that the grant will include more support for the...

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Oct. 18, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization. He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week — a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry,...

Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

Oct. 17, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Jubilant customers stood in long lines for hours then lit up and celebrated on sidewalks Wednesday as Canada became the world's largest legal marijuana marketplace. In Toronto, people smoked joints as soon as they rolled out of bed in a big "wake and bake" celebration. In Alberta, a...

Houston's Hal returns to practice after fight with cancer

Oct. 17, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Safety Andre Hal, who is in remission after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, resumed practicing with the Houston Texans on Wednesday, giving the team 21 days to take him off the non-football illness list and add him to the active roster. Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and...

Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

Oct. 17, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while...

Rising drug prices widen gap between have, have-not patients

Oct. 17, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For Bridgett Snelten, changing her health insurance meant enduring wild blood sugar swings, bouts of vomiting and weight gain. The Sandy, Utah mother of two young girls has diabetes and has had to change health insurance plans three years in a row. Twice, new insurers wouldn't cover...