×

Health

FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer A girl saw her mother’s face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed “America’s Got ...

Adult caregivers overwhelmed and undertrained

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding, according to a poll released Thursday. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey finds that ...

Trying to get sober? Tool helps find good care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone calls come — from fellow scientists and desperate strangers — with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober? The government has released a novel online tool to help — ...

Get your flu shots, US urges amid concerns about bad season

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that’s notorious for causing severe illness, especially ...

Inhaler is first to combine three medicines

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler combining three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis. The FDA approved sales of Trelegy Ellipta, developed jointly by GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Innoviva Inc. It ...

Long-term care costs are surging

By Tom Murphy AP Health Writer Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care that includes adult day care and assisted ...