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Dr. Jennifer Kwon, a pediatric neurologist at UW Health, tests 7-week-old Piper Droessler's strength during an appointment at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Born to Caiti and Ben Droessler, background, the Platteville baby was the first child in Wisconsin identified through newborn screening to have spinal muscular atrophy, a potentially fatal muscle wasting disease. She was also the state's first such baby to receive a gene therapy thought to be a cure. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Baby 1st in Wis. treated for rare condition after screening

Feb. 10, 2020 1:02 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Like their first two children, Caiti and Ben Droessler’s daughter Piper, born in late November, looked healthy, with plump cheeks and tufts of reddish hair. But a week later, the Droesslers learned Piper, unlike her siblings, had spinal muscular atrophy, a rare muscle-wasting...

In this undated photo provided by Civica, Inc., former drug industry executive Martin VanTrieste poses for a photo. VanTrieste, who came out of retirement to run Civica without a salary, recently spoke with the Associated Press. (Purple Moss Photography/Civica, Inc. via AP)

Hospital group fights drug shortages by making needed meds

Jan. 26, 2020 10:00 AM EST

U.S. hospitals fed up with shortages of critical medicines — mostly generic drugs that aren’t profitable — have banded together. Seven hospital systems and three philanthropies formed nonprofit CivicaRx in 2018 to produce what they need. The group now includes 1,200 hospitals nationwide...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

Jan. 24, 2020 6:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to watch football games. Zoning and ventilation...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

In this Nov. 5, 2019 photo, in St. Francis, Wis., Amy Carter looks at her Yorkshire terrier-Chihuahua mix Bentley, who has epilepsy. Carter, gives him CBD, which she says has reduced his seizures. The federal government has yet to establish standards for CBD that will help pet owners know whether it works and how much to give. But the lack of regulation has not stopped some from buying it, fueling a $400 million CBD market for pets that grew more than tenfold since last year and is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2023, according to the cannabis research firm Brightfield Group. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Researchers: Some pet products touted as CBD don't have any

Jan. 7, 2020 11:44 AM EST

Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats. But some of these products are all bark and no bite. “You'd be astounded by the analysis we've seen of products...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at an indoor facility in Portland, Maine. A lack of testing facilities is threatening to slow the rollout of legalized recreational marijuana sales in Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Lack of testing facilities could slow Maine legal marijuana

Dec. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lack of testing facilities is threatening to slow the rollout of legalized recreational marijuana sales in Maine. Maine voters approved adult use marijuana in a 2016 vote, and state regulators have said products could be available in stores in spring 2020. The state is requiring...