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Bears great Steve McMichael returns home after more than a week in hospital

Feb. 23, 2024 21:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael, who is battling ALS, is back home after spending more than a week in the hospital with several ailments, publicist Betsy Shepherd said Friday. The 66-year-old McMichael, who went public with an ALS diagnosis three years ago, was...

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

Feb. 23, 2024 16:58 PM EST

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. ___ Executive Order 9066 authorized...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Feb. 22, 2024 12:48 PM EST

Post and Courier. February 17, 2024. Editorial: Medical marijuana can relieve needless suffering; SC bill can make it safe If you’re looking for a losing strategy for persuading the South Carolina Legislature to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana, check out the...

Amid fentanyl crisis, Oregon lawmakers propose more funding for opioid addiction medication in jails

Feb. 22, 2024 00:17 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life. A year later, Sawyer’s father, Kent, is left wondering whether his daughter,...

FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

Feb. 21, 2024 17:55 PM EST

Smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels for medical purposes without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The caution applies to any watch or ring, regardless of brand, that claims...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2024 17:40 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 20, 2024. Editorial: Keep An Eye On These Three Bills We’ll know in a couple of weeks, specifically by a March 5 deadline, how serious Mississippi lawmakers are about addressing the problems of unwanted pregnancies and holding...

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Feb. 20, 2024 11:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in...

Bears great Steve McMichael contracts another infection, undergoes blood transfusion, family says

Feb. 17, 2024 17:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael has contracted another infection and was undergoing a blood transfusion days after being admitted into intensive care at a suburban Chicago hospital, his family said in a statement Saturday. The family said the 66-year-old...

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

Feb. 16, 2024 12:35 PM EST

A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, became the first medication approved to reduce allergic reactions caused by...