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No more mad cow worries, banned blood donors can give again

Nov. 20, 2022 08:01 AM EST

U.S. Army veteran Matt Schermerhorn couldn’t give blood for years because he was stationed in Europe during a deadly mad cow disease scare there. Now, he’s proud to be back in the donor’s chair. Schermerhorn, 58, is among thousands of people, including current and former...

Opponents file lawsuit targeting medication abortions

Nov. 18, 2022 18:51 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion opponents who helped challenge Roe v. Wade filed a lawsuit Friday that takes aim at medication abortions, asking a federal judge in Texas to undo decades-old approval of the drugs that have become the preferred method of ending pregnancy in the U.S. ...

UNC to get infectious disease treatment designation

Nov. 12, 2022 11:38 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina hospitals will soon be designated as a treatment center for patients with highly infectious diseases in the region. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that UNC and Emory University are the only two Regional Emerging Special...

Colorado voters decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

Nov. 11, 2022 14:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado voters have passed a ballot initiative to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms for people 21 and older and to create state-regulated “healing centers" where participants can experience the drug under supervision. Colorado becomes the second state, after...

Vaping company Juul cuts 400 jobs amid growing setbacks

Nov. 10, 2022 15:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled vaping company Juul Labs announced hundreds of layoffs Thursday as the company weathers lawsuits, government bans and increasing competition for its electronic cigarettes. Juul said it has obtained new financing to stay in business and continue...

Medicare enrollees warned about deceptive marketing schemes

Nov. 05, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mailers designed to look like official government forms. Buses sporting scam pitches for Medicare websites. TV commercials featuring celebrities who encourage people to sign up for Medicare plans that do not always include their current doctors. With Medicare’s...

Death in US gene therapy study sparks search for answers

Nov. 04, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

The lone volunteer in a unique study involving a gene-editing technique has died, and those behind the trial are now trying to figure out what killed him. Terry Horgan, a 27-year-old who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, died last month, according to Cure Rare Disease, a...

Colorado could become 2nd state to decriminalize mushrooms

Nov. 03, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Fresh off his third tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason Lopez awoke in crisis from an alcohol-induced nap during a family gathering in Colorado in 2014. The Army Special Forces soldier, thinking he was once again in battle, grabbed the heavy coffee table in front of him and...

FDA advisers meet on racial disparities in pulse oximeters

Nov. 01, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The clip-on devices that use light to measure oxygen levels in the blood are getting a closer look from U.S. regulators after recent studies suggest they don't work as well for patients of color. The devices, called pulse oximeters, usually snap onto a finger and...

Parents sue over son's death after he took kratom supplement

Oct. 27, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dana and John Pope had never heard of kratom before their 23-year-old son, Ethan, was found dead on the kitchen floor in his apartment last December with his puppy by his side. Extracted from the leaves of a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, kratom is used to...