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Immune-boosting drug may help before lung cancer surgery

Apr. 12, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

A drug that helps the immune system fight cancer gave dramatic results when used with chemotherapy before surgery in patients with operable lung tumors, doctors report. One out of 4 patients given chemo and the Bristol Myers Squibb drug Opdivo had no signs of cancer...

Justices to hear Mississippi marijuana initiative arguments

Apr. 12, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that challenges the state initiative process and seeks to block development of a medical marijuana program. Voters in November approved Initiative 65, which requires the...

Some GOP-led states target abortions done through medication

Apr. 11, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are now done through medication — rather than surgery — and that option has become all the more pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion rights advocates say the pandemic has demonstrated the value of medical care provided...

UW-Madison program to study psychoactive drugs in treatment

Apr. 10, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new master’s degree program starting this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will prepare students for careers studying the therapeutic effects of psychoactive drugs to treat mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. ...

Open carry, hate crime bills clear deadline in SC Statehouse

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Thursday marked a key deadline in the 2021 South Carolina General Assembly. It's called the crossover deadline. Bills that pass the House or the Senate after Thursday will need a two-thirds vote from the other chamber to get on the calendar. That...

Maine eyes easier access to HIV prevention drugs

Apr. 09, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a proposal to require health insurance providers to expand their coverage of HIV prevention drugs. Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn, of Portland, submitted the proposal, which was the subject of a hearing before the Maine...

Noem pitches transgender sports ban; lawmakers say not now

Apr. 07, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Despite South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's renewed push for lawmakers to take up issues she feels were left unsettled during the regular legislative session, including banning transgender girls from girls' sports, lawmakers said they won't address it during a special...

Alabama House committee advances medical marijuana bill

Apr. 07, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A medical marijuana bill on Wednesday cleared its first major hurdle in the Alabama House of Representatives. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill after lengthy debate and multiple amendment attempts. The bill now goes to the Health...

Colorado legislation would expand foreign drug imports

Apr. 07, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to add more countries to a state program that imports prescription drugs from Canada. The state House Health and Insurance committee passed a bill Wednesday that would expand the program if the federal program is...

Indiana Senate approves 'abortion reversal' requirement

Apr. 07, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature on Tuesday voted to advance a bill that tightens state abortion laws despite objections that it would force doctors to provide dubious information to their patients. The measure requires Indiana doctors to...