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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Aug. 12, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Herald-Dispatch on an HIV cluster in West Virginia: Many things that had been community concerns fell out of the spotlight back in March when a large part of everyday life shut down to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Among them was the...

Sibongile Zulu poses for a portrait inside her home in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Zulu is HIV positive and couldn't get her full medication for two months due to a lack of stock in government pharmacies. Across Africa and around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply of antiretroviral drugs to many of the more than 24 million people who take them, endangering their lives. An estimated 7.7 million people in South Africa are HIV positive, the largest number in the world, and 62% of them take the antiretroviral drugs that suppress the virus and prevent transmission. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

South Africa's poor scramble for anti-HIV drugs amid virus

Aug. 11, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When her regular clinic ran out of her government-funded HIV medications amid South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, Sibongile Zulu panicked. A local pharmacy had the drugs for $48, but she didn’t have the money after being laid off from her office job in the shutdown to slow...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

Psychotherapist Kari Bell, from left, mom Dawn Paulson and her son Erik Paulson, 2, chat at Beloit Psychotherapy on July 22, 2020, in Beloit, Wis. Thanks to the right medication, therapy and other supports Dawn Paulson is successfully adjusting to motherhood as she deals with schizoaffective disorder. She hopes to help end the stigma of persistent and severe mental illness and show that there is hope for a happy life for those with the disorder. (Hillary Gavan/The Beloit Daily News via AP)

Mom with schizoaffective disorder works to end stigma

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — “I want to help someone to not be scared of someone like me.” That’s what 37-year-old Dawn Paulson said about having schizoaffective disorder. After years of hospitalizations, Paulson has finally found the right medication and therapy to help her gain the stability...

New director named of Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

Aug. 7, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The deputy director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority will serve as interim director of the authority, officials announced Friday. Kelly Williams replaces Travis Kirkpatrick, who was recently named deputy commissioner of prevention and preparedness at the Oklahoma State...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, bottles of extracted cannabis oil are displayed during a press conference at Thailand's Health Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thai Cabinet approves draft law expanding access to cannabis

Aug. 4, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal from the Public Health Ministry that would allow health professionals, farmers and medical patients to grow, produce and export cannabis and its products. Deputy government spokeswoman Trisulee Trisaranakul said Public Health Minister...

UConn receives $10 million grant to research poultry

Aug. 3, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has been awarded a $10 million grant to research how to raise poultry for food without giving the birds antibiotics. The grant, announced Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will fund a project led by Kumar...

Terri Donelson, left, and her husband, Stephen, walk up their driveway to see friends and family awaiting him at his home in Midlothian, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2020, after his 90-day stay in the Zale Hospital on the UT Southwestern Campus. Donelson’s family hadn’t left the house in two weeks after COVID-19 started spreading in Texas, hoping to shield the organ transplant recipient. Yet one night, his wife found him barely breathing, his skin turning blue, and called 911. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Aug. 1, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  The pandemic increased sales of Merck medicines during the first quarter of 2020, as households around the world stocked up, but the drugmaker expects a significant hit this quarter as the full force of the outbreak lands.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Merck ups outlook, turns profit during global vaccine hunt

Jul. 31, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending across the board helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and pushed second quarter profits up by 12%. The drugmaker blew past Wall Street projections and boosted its financial forecast for the year...

FILE - In this April 3, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters at the end of a visit to a Social Security Institute hospital that will be converted to receive patients infected with the new coronavirus, in the Coyoacan borough of Mexico City. Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 30, 2020, that he is creating a central national purchasing and distribution agency for medicines, vaccines and medical equipment amid persistent shortages during the pandemic and the arrest of a doctor who advised a patient's family to buy their own medications. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico to create drug purchasing agency amid shortages

Jul. 30, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday he is creating a central national purchasing and distribution agency for medicines, vaccines and medical equipment amid persistent shortages during the coronavirus pandemic and the arrest of a doctor who advised a patient's family to buy their own...