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Editorial Roundup: United States

Dec. 07, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 5 The Washington Post on microchips, the U.S. and the future When President Biden visits a microchip factory under construction in Arizona, it might look like a political victory lap:...

NC man turns mom living with Alzheimer’s into TikTok star

Dec. 04, 2022 00:09 AM EST

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There are six days to go before Thanksgiving, so Josh Pettit’s Mooresville home isn’t yet adorned with a single Christmas decoration. But it sure looks like Santa’s been here recently. On the dining table, the 47-year-old web developer has neatly...

Drug slows Alzheimer's but can it make a real difference?

Nov. 30, 2022 10:26 AM EST

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug modestly slowed the brain disease’s inevitable worsening — but the anxiously awaited new data leaves unclear how much difference that might make in people’s lives. Japanese drugmaker Eisai and its U.S. partner Biogen had announced earlier this...

When destitute small towns mean dangerous tap water

Nov. 04, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, W.Va. (AP) — Donna Dickerson’s heart would sink every time she’d wake up, turn on the faucet in her mobile home and hear the pipes gurgling. Sometimes it would happen on a day when her mother, who is 86 and has dementia, had a doctor’s appointment and needed to...

Sudan official: Deaths from southern tribal clashes at 220

Oct. 23, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Two days of tribal fighting in Sudan's south killed at least 220 people, a senior health official said Sunday, marking one the deadliest bouts of tribal violence in recent years. The unrest added to the woes of an African nation mired in civil conflict and political chaos. ...

As pilots age, Albuquerque's ballooning future at crossroads

Oct. 10, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bryce Risley is putting everything he has into documenting and preserving the world-famous culture of Albuquerque ballooning that captivated him as a child. Risley holds a double master’s degree in marine science, but since returning to his home state...

Disasters like Ian pose extra risk for fragile older people

Oct. 08, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Older people with limited mobility and those with chronic health conditions requiring the use of electrically powered medical devices were especially vulnerable when Hurricane Ian slammed into Southwest Florida, and experts warn such risks to society's oldest are growing...

Germany warns of rise in COVID-19 cases going into fall

Sep. 30, 2022 05:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister warned Friday that the country is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as it goes into the fall, and urged older people to get a second booster shot tweaked to protect against new variants. Other European countries such as France, Denmark...

Alzheimer's drug shows promise in early results of study

Sep. 28, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

Shares of Biogen and other drugmakers researching Alzheimer’s disease soared Wednesday after Japan’s Eisai Co. said its potential treatment appeared to slow the fatal disease in a late-stage study. The drugmaker said early results showed that its treatment, lecanemab, reduced...

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

Sep. 27, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care. The rare 3% decrease in monthly premiums is likely to be coupled with a...