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Amid fentanyl crisis, Oregon lawmakers propose more funding for opioid addiction medication in jails

Feb. 22, 2024 00:17 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kendra Sawyer spoke with her dad from the Deschutes County jail and told him she loved him. Six hours later, in the throes of opioid withdrawal, the 22-year-old took her own life. A year later, Sawyer’s father, Kent, is left wondering whether his daughter,...

FDA warns against smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar without needles

Feb. 21, 2024 17:55 PM EST

Smartwatches and rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels for medical purposes without piercing the skin could be dangerous and should be avoided, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. The caution applies to any watch or ring, regardless of brand, that claims...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2024 17:40 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 20, 2024. Editorial: Keep An Eye On These Three Bills We’ll know in a couple of weeks, specifically by a March 5 deadline, how serious Mississippi lawmakers are about addressing the problems of unwanted pregnancies and holding...

Silent brain changes precede Alzheimer's. Researchers have new clues about which come first

Feb. 21, 2024 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s quietly ravages the brain long before symptoms appear and now scientists have new clues about the dominolike sequence of those changes — a potential window to one day intervene. A large study in China tracked middle-aged and older adults for 20...

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...