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Georgia families hope Alzheimer’s drug helps loved ones

Jun. 12, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Every day Arthena Caston prays for more time. More time to get to know her grandchildren and for them to know their “Iya.” More time to share many Christmases with her family. In March 2016, Caston, who lives...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer's drug?

Jun. 08, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment. Health care experts expect broad coverage of the drug, which was approved Monday. But what...

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

Jun. 07, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease. ...

NFL pledges to halt 'race-norming,' review Black claims

Jun. 02, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL on Wednesday pledged to halt the use of “race-norming” — which assumed Black players started out with lower cognitive function — in the $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims and review past scores for any potential race bias. ...

China faces strains as population ages, birth rate falls

Jun. 01, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Yue Yan is glad to have two daughters but sees why, even with the ruling Communist Party urging them to have more children, fewer Chinese women give birth at all. Yue, 35, spends days looking after her 2-year-old and evenings helping her 10-year-old with...

China easing birth limits further to cope with aging society

May. 31, 2021 06:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party said Monday it will ease birth limits to allow all couples to have three children instead of two in hopes of slowing the rapid aging of its population, which is adding to strains on the economy and society. The ruling...

Virginia finance secretary to join Sentara Healthcare

May. 26, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia's secretary of finance will join Sentara Healthcare as senior vice president and chief of staff. Sentara announced Wednesday in a news release that Aubrey Layne will join the company July 1. As chief of staff, Layne will...

Brazil city offers COVID shots to all 18-60 as part of test

May. 16, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BOTUCATU, Brazil (AP) — As some Brazilian states strain to get coronavirus vaccines to complete immunizing their seniors, a city in the interior of Sao Paulo state devoted all its doses Sunday to a mass immunization for all residents 18 to 60 years old as part of a medical research project...