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NASA to help with UMaine project to study forest health

Aug. 25, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is helping Maine get a better handle on the health of its forests. The University of Maine says NASA is providing nearly $750,000 for a three-year project that will focus on assessing and monitoring "the quality, health and value" of...

Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

Aug. 23, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries. The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and...

2 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer biology

Aug. 20, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two scientists will share a $500,000 medical prize for work that has spurred advances in cancer research, immunology and regenerative medicine. Dr. Irving Weissman, of Stanford University, and Dr. Bert Vogelstein, of Johns Hopkins University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will...

University at Buffalo gets $1.1 million for genetics study

Aug. 16, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo is getting $1.1 million in federal funding to study mosquito and fruit fly genetics. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Thursday. They say the university's research on the nervous systems and genetics of mosquitoes and fruit...

Early study results suggest 2 Ebola treatments saving lives

Aug. 12, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where a...

Marijuana gives hope _ even if science is still catching up

Aug. 11, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MADISONVILLE, La. (AP) — When Anthony Guarisco proposed Louisiana's first medical marijuana bill in 1978, the former state senator never intended to use it himself. He pushed for it after the mother of a child with seizures told him it was the only thing that brought the child relief. "I didn't have no...

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

Aug. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l was finally able to get out from under my work desk," said...

IU Simon Cancer Center earns national designation

Aug. 7, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University says its Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis has achieved the highest recognition from the National Cancer Institute. It's now the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Indiana and one of just 51 in the nation. Acting NCI Director Dr....

Study finds more edible pot among Colorado teen users

Aug. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some teenagers in Colorado, where marijuana is legal for adults, are shifting away from smoking in favor of edible cannabis products, a study released Monday shows. About 78% of the Colorado high school students who reported consuming marijuana in 2017 said they usually smoked it, down from...

Virginia Tech seeks spaniels to study dog heart disease

Aug. 4, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When Virginia Tech's newsletter mentioned that the vet school was seeking help from Cavaliers with heart disease, Dennie Ward knew two such animals. Before William and Colton came to live in Roanoke with Ward and his partner, Teddie Shively, the humans knew that the Cavalier King...