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To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

‘Space race’ level attack on future public health crises

Jun. 12, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maureen Lichtveld’s nearly 40 years in environmental public health — from her home country of Suriname, to the U.S. government, to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast and, finally, to Pittsburgh this year — has focused on a central principle: how to prepare...

‘On an adventure’: NC teen recovering after major surgery

Jun. 12, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — For the most part, Carson King is a pretty typical teenager. She attends Crest High School, enjoys going to church and from the time she was old enough to learn them, she’s held a healthy love of dance and gymnastics. But she’s also something of...

Georgia families hope Alzheimer’s drug helps loved ones

Jun. 12, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Every day Arthena Caston prays for more time. More time to get to know her grandchildren and for them to know their “Iya.” More time to share many Christmases with her family. In March 2016, Caston, who lives...

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

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

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 facts: ___ Spike protein...

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 urges world to ensure HIV services for LGBTQ community

Jun. 10, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the world’s nations Thursday to ensure equal access to HIV services to those most at risk of getting AIDS -- the LGBTQ community, drug users, sex workers, racial and ethnic minorities and women and girls. ...

3 new conditions added to qualify for medical marijuana

Jun. 10, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Medical Board approved petitions to make three new conditions eligible for patients to receive medical marijuana. Huntington’s disease, terminal illness and spasticity were added to the list of qualifying medical marijuana...

No more kidney dialysis? Lebanese hospitals issue warning

Jun. 10, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Lebanon warned Thursday they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis next week due to severe shortages in supplies, the latest in Lebanon’s accelerating crises and collapsing health sector. Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented...

Minor leaguer released from hospital after struck in head

Jun. 09, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Minor league pitcher Tyler Zombro was released from the hospital and will transition to outpatiant occupational and speech therapy in Durham, North Carolina, after being struck in the head by a line drive last week. Zombro, a right-hander in...