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Rural health care providers in Rhode Island getting help

Dec. 04, 2021 11:54 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rural health care providers in Rhode Island are getting more than $650,000 in federal relief funds to help improve care and make up for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The federal grants, administered by the U.S....

North Carolina State dean named new Kansas State president

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A dean at North Carolina State University with extensive experience in agriculture and food sciences will be the next president of Kansas State University, the Kansas Board of Regents announced Thursday. The regents named Richard Linton to replace...

US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

Nov. 30, 2021 19:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus. The Food and Drug...

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Nov. 26, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its...

Maine university to pilot senior nutrition program

Nov. 25, 2021 14:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine university plans to use a federal grant to pilot a nutrition program for older residents who live in low-income housing. The University of New England received the $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

French citizen charged in scheme to sell weight loss drug

Nov. 24, 2021 13:25 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A French citizen is facing a charge in New Jersey that he made false statements to try and gain the rights to sell a weight loss drug. Alain Bouaziz was arrested Tuesday night at Newark Liberty International Airport as he prepared to leave the the...

Juul to pay $14.5 million to settle Arizona vaping lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 21:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Arizona $14.5 million and vowed not to market to young people in the state to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit. The settlement announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich Tuesday is the second Juul has reached with...

Query of hospital threats finds voicemail by former senator

Nov. 23, 2021 16:57 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into a complaint that public officials tried to intimidate employees of Montana hospital into treating a COVID-19 patient with unapproved medication uncovered a voicemail left by a former state senator in which she said she didn't think “senators...

AstraZeneca opens research center as UK builds science hub

Nov. 23, 2021 14:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles praised Cambridge as a center of scientific collaboration Tuesday as the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca opened a 1 billion-pound ($1.34 billion) research center, hoping to build on work in developing one of the first COVID-19 vaccines. ...

EU considers booster doses of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine

Nov. 22, 2021 09:08 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it is evaluating whether to authorize booster doses of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement Monday, the EU drug regulator said it was considering an application from J&J to recommend...