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Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Feb. 20, 2024 11:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in...

Bears great Steve McMichael contracts another infection, undergoes blood transfusion, family says

Feb. 17, 2024 17:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears great Steve McMichael has contracted another infection and was undergoing a blood transfusion days after being admitted into intensive care at a suburban Chicago hospital, his family said in a statement Saturday. The family said the 66-year-old...

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

Feb. 16, 2024 12:35 PM EST

A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, became the first medication approved to reduce allergic reactions caused by...

More people die after smoking drugs than injecting them, US study finds

Feb. 15, 2024 16:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking has surpassed injecting as the most common way of taking drugs in U.S. overdose deaths, a new government study suggests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called its study published Thursday the largest to look at how Americans took the drugs...

Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks

Feb. 14, 2024 16:23 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A fiery debate over public health and personal rights gripped Puerto Rico this week, intensifying Wednesday when legislators clashed with medical experts. The debate began earlier this month after the administrator of Puerto Rico’s House of...

Kentucky attorney general files lawsuit alleging Kroger pharmacies contributed to the opioid crisis

Feb. 12, 2024 18:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman filed a lawsuit Monday against one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, claiming its pharmacies helped fuel the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis. The lawsuit against the Kroger Co. says its more than 100...

Higher-dose naloxone spray didn't save more lives, researchers find

Feb. 08, 2024 17:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new, higher-dose nasal spray for reversing opioid overdoses did not save more lives than the previous standard dose, but it did cause more vomiting and other side effects, researchers wrote in a study published Thursday. The 8-milligram naloxone spray — twice as...

Minnesota and Eli Lilly settle insulin price-gouging lawsuit. Deal will hold costs to $35 a month

Feb. 07, 2024 17:39 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has reached a settlement with Eli Lilly and Co. in a price gouging lawsuit against the country's three biggest insulin manufacturers that guarantees that Minnesotans can now buy Lilly-produced insulin for only $35 a month for the next five years, Attorney General...

Studies cited in case over abortion pill are retracted due to flaws and conflicts of interest

Feb. 07, 2024 16:06 PM EST

A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives were cited in a pivotal Texas...

DEA reverses decision stripping drug distributor of licenses for fueling opioid crisis

Feb. 07, 2024 14:54 PM EST

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is allowing one of the nation’s largest wholesale drug distributors to stay in business, reversing an earlier order stripping the company of its licenses for its failure to properly monitor the shipment of tens of millions of addictive painkillers blamed...