- Finance committee OKs dementia bills Updated: Feb-04-16 6:32 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers moved closer Thursday to passing a bipartisan package of legislation to help people cope with Alzheimer's disease and dementia after the Legislature's budget committee signed off on the last half of the proposals.
- Drug price transparency bill fails; set for further study Updated: Feb-04-16 11:47 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Legislation to make drug makers reveal how much they spend marketing high-priced drugs has stalled in the Virginia General Assembly, at least for this year.
- $6.5M to help Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells Updated: Feb-04-16 10:03 am
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - A $6.5 million grant will help a University of Michigan researcher study cancer stem cells, the small number of cells within a tumor that fuel its growth and spread.
- Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure Updated: Feb-04-16 12:05 am
Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could cure the life-threatening hormonal disorder.
- Study: Texas birth control fell after Planned Parenthood cut Updated: Feb-03-16 6:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A study found that Texas saw a drop in women obtaining long-acting birth control after Republican leaders booted Planned Parenthood from a state women's health program in 2013, which researchers said may explain an increase in births among poor families.
- Hospital strikes research deal with medical cannabis firms Updated: Feb-03-16 3:17 pm
CUMBERLAND, Maryland - A medical marijuana firm says it has struck a research deal with a Cumberland hospital operator.
- Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely, study finds Updated: Feb-02-16 12:17 pm
CHICAGO - Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.
- Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B in Obama budget Updated: Feb-01-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion.
- Britain approves controversial gene-editing experiments Updated: Feb-01-16 3:42 pm
LONDON - In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward "designer babies," Britain gave scientists approval Monday to conduct gene-editing experiments on human embryos.
- Research firm: Illinois marijuana market forecast is gloomy Updated: Feb-01-16 2:10 pm
CHICAGO - A market research company is growing pessimistic about Illinois medical marijuana, telling investors that retail sales could reach just $15.6 million in 2016 due at least in part to moves by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to limit the program's expansion.
- AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study Updated: Feb-01-16 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Britain's decision to allow researchers to edit the genes of human embryos - not to create babies but to start unraveling the earliest stages of development - is raising new questions about the ethics of this hot new technology.
- Study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed Updated: Feb-01-16 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
- NFL says concussions way up in 2015; will study reasons why Updated: Jan-30-16 2:30 am
The NFL says reported concussions rose 58 percent in regular-season games to the highest number in any of the past four years.
- VCU researchers size up toll, costs of opioid epidemic Updated: Jan-29-16 3:15 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University researchers say the state recorded nearly 1,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2014, most involving prescription painkillers or heroin.
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- Harvey Weinstein honored at amfAR New York Fashion Week gala Updated: Jan-28-16 5:52 pm
NEW YORK - The Foundation for AIDS Research is recognizing film producer Harvey Weinstein at its annual New York Fashion Week gala.
- Obama creates new cancer task force, blessing Biden's effort Updated: Jan-28-16 11:41 am
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama created a new federal task force Thursday to accelerate cancer research, putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the drive to streamline government efforts toward a cure.
- Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment Updated: Jan-27-16 1:06 pm
NEW YORK - Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor - a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.
- Research begins into possibility of a vaccine for Zika virus Updated: Jan-26-16 10:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America.
- Missouri bill would ban abortions for Down syndrome Updated: Jan-26-16 8:04 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri would become one of a few of states that outlaw abortions based on prenatal screening if a proposal before the Senate becomes law.
- Researchers say drones help detect potato diseases Updated: Jan-25-16 1:28 pm
POCATELLO, Idaho - Researchers in Idaho have found a way to use drones to detect diseased potato plants.
- NY Health Department sponsoring medical cannabis drug study Updated: Jan-24-16 9:16 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's Department of Health is sponsoring research on the use of a pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis drug to treat children with severe epilepsy.
- University of Oregon researcher's work attracts debate Updated: Jan-23-16 1:16 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - University of Oregon molecular biologist Ken Prehoda is experiencing the ups and downs of becoming a viral sensation - as in social media, not an infection.
- EXCHANGE: Doctors work for pancreatic cancer cure Updated: Jan-22-16 7:02 am
PEORIA, Illinois - If it wasn't for groups like the Theresa Tracy Strive to Survive, Drs. Christopher Gondi and Manu Gnanamony may not be able to continue their research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
- HIV testing uncommon in teens despite recommendations: CDC Updated: Jan-19-16 11:08 am
CHICAGO - Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.