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Alabama mayor diagnosed with COVID-19 dies as cases surge

Jul. 9, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — A longtime Alabama mayor diagnosed with the disease caused by the new coronavirus has died, city officials said Thursday as the illness continued surging in the state. The Clanton Fire Department announced on its Facebook page that Mayor Billy Joe Driver had died while fighting...

Ohio board OKs medical marijuana use for wasting syndrome

Jul. 9, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board of Ohio has voted to add cachexia to the list of conditions that qualify for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana for patients. That condition involves weakness or wasting of the body due to chronic illness, and it includes symptoms such as loss of appetite....

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro stands with his arms crossed outside the official presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Bolsonaro said Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Bolsonaro now 'poster boy' for dubious COVID-19 treatment

Jul. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

Primary Hawaii virus testing lab loses services of supplier

Jul. 9, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Hawaii’s largest COVID-19 testing laboratories lost its continental U.S. supplier of chemicals needed to continue to run tests. Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. will no longer receive reagents and other supplies from Roche Diagnostics Corp., one of the largest manufacturers...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus treatment

Jul. 8, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, then secretary general of the presidency, speaks at the presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast Friday, April 13, 2012. Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the presidential candidate of Ivory Coast's ruling party, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020 just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France, where he previously had undergone a heart transplant, the country's presidency announced. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Ivory Coast PM, presidential candidate Amadou Coulibaly dies

Jul. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the presidential candidate of Ivory Coast's ruling party, died Wednesday just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France, where he previously had undergone a heart transplant. Coulibaly's death throws the upcoming...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's president, infected with virus, touts malaria drug

Jul. 8, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who said he is infected with the coronavirus, on Wednesday defended his government's handling of the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Brazilians and touted his use of a contentious anti-malaria drug. Bolsonaro posted a photo of himself...

THIS CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF THE LAST NAME TO  KELLEY, AND NOT KELLY AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Doris Kelley, 57, sits in her home on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Ruffs Dale, Pa. Kelley was one of the first patients in a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center trial for COVID-19. “It felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I couldn’t get any air,” Kelley said of the disease. (AP Photo/Justin Merriman)

'Desperation science' slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Jul. 8, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research system not built for haste. The ironic, and perhaps tragic, result: Scientific shortcuts have slowed understanding of the disease and delayed the ability to find out which drugs help, hurt...

UK report: Medical treatments caused many 'avoidable harm'

Jul. 8, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of women and their babies suffered “avoidable harm" because Britain's healthcare system ignored serious concerns raised about some medical treatments, a scathing review into three National Health Service scandals found Wednesday. Patients were dismissed and overlooked when...

Drool, please: University rolls out saliva tests for virus

Jul. 7, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Students and staff at the University of Illinois can be tested for the coronavirus with a saliva sample instead of an uncomfortable nasal swab. “We think this is breakthrough technology,” said Tim Killeen, university president. “It’s low cost. It’s...