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Man receives world’s first eye transplant after high-voltage electrical accident

An Arkansas man received the world’s first transplant of a human eye after electrical burns destroyed most of his face and one eye. Surgeons at NYU Langone Health said his new eye appears healthy. It’s too soon to know if he will gain sight.

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Spinal Implant helps advanced Parkinson’s patients to walk again

Marc Gauthier suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease which causes difficulty with movement and coordination that worsens over time. In 2021, Swiss doctors implanted a device in his spine to see if electrical currents can help stimulate muscles in the limbs. (Nov. 6)

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Volunteer medical students provide health checks to Chicago migrants

A group of medical students in Chicago spend their Saturdays providing street medicine for the growing number of migrants. They’re mostly students from Chicago universities and visit places where the new arrivals are living. (Nov. 2) (AP video: Melissa Perez Winder)

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As billions roll in to fight the US opioid epidemic, one county shows how recovery can work

Legal settlements could provide local and state governments $50 billion to fight the deadly U.S. opioid overdose crisis. What could that look like? One Ohio community is already doing many of the things advocates say should be considered. (Nov. 3) (AP Video: Patrick Orsagos)

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Pilot program at historically Black college aims to address racial inequities in organ donation

Medical students at Meharry Medical College are getting hands-on training in organ donation and transplant. It’s a novel program at the historically Black college that aims to increase doctors of color in the field and improve patient trust. (Oct. 24) (AP Video: Kristin M. Hall)

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Inside a family’s choice to test a pig kidney in the dead that might one day help the living

A sister’s decision to donate her brother’s body to science is helping doctors in the quest to one day ease the nation’s transplant shortage with organs from animals. (Aug. 18) (AP video/Shelby Lum)

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Historic pig kidney transplant experiment ends

For a history-making two months, a pig’s kidney worked normally inside a brain-dead man. And while the dramatic experiment ended this week, it’s raising hope for testing pig kidneys in living patients. (Sept. 14) (AP Video/Shelby Lum)

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Putting pig organs to a key test in donated bodies

Surgeons at NYU transplanted a pig’s kidney into a brain-dead man and for over a month it’s worked normally. It’s a critical step toward eventually trying in living patients. (Aug. 16) (AP video/Shelby Lum)

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Trio wins Nobel Prize in chemistry for work on quantum dots, used in electronics and medical imaging

Three U.S. scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for their work on quantum dots — particles just a few atoms in diameter that can release bright colored light and whose applications in everyday life include electronics and medical imaging. (Oct. 4) (AP Video: David Keyton & Rodrique Ngowi/ Production: Marissa Duhaney)

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MRNA discoveries win Nobel Prize

MRNA discoveries win Nobel Prize

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Trio win Nobel for studying how electrons move

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for giving us the first split-second glimpse into the superfast world of spinning electrons, a field that could one day lead to better electronics or disease diagnoses. (Oct 3)

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Duo whose work led to COVID vaccines react to Nobel win

Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and whose technology could be used in the future to develop shots against other diseases. (Oct. 2)

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US approves meat grown from animal cells

For the first time, U.S. regulators Wednesday approved selling meat grown from animal cells, not from slaughtered animals. (June 21) (AP Video: Terry Chea; Production: Shelby Lum)

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Paleoartist brings back faces from the ancient past

John Gurche helps people understand what ancient humans looked like by creating lifelike models based on archaeological finds. The work requires a mix of artistic skill and scientific knowledge. (Sept. 24) (AP Video: Michael Hill)

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New obesity medications change how users think of holiday meals

Holiday meals may be changing for millions of Americans struggling with obesity and taking a new generation of weight-loss drugs.

Dogs are coming down with an unusual respiratory illness in several US states

Veterinary laboratories in several states are investigating an unusual respiratory illness in dogs. Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire are among the states that have seen cases of the illness.

Salmonella in cantaloupes sickens dozens in 15 states, U.S. health officials say

U.S. health officials said at least 43 people have been sickened in 15 states by salmonella linked to certain whole and cut cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products.

The FDA is screening US cinnamon imports after more kids are sickened by lead-tainted applesauce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is screening imports of cinnamon from multiple countries for toxic lead.

In death, one cancer patient helps to erase millions in medical debt

A New York woman who died Sunday from cancer has raised enough money to erase million of dollars in medical debt with a posthumous plea for help.

The flu is soaring in seven US states and rising in others, health officials say

U.S. health officials say at least seven states are seeing high levels of the flu and that cases are rising in other parts of the country.

RSV is straining some hospitals, and US officials are releasing more shots for newborns

RSV infections are rising sharply in some parts of the country, nearly filling hospital emergency departments in Georgia, Texas and some other states.

Barefoot workers and cracked floors were found at a factory that made recalled eyedrops, FDA says

U.S. health inspectors found a host of sanitation and manufacturing problems at an Indian plant that recently recalled eyedrops sold in the U.S.

Eating less meat would be good for the Earth. Small nudges can change behavior

One of the thorniest problems of the 21st century is how to get people to eat less meat. A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that most U.S. adults said they eat meat at least several times a week.

The world’s first gene therapy for sickle cell disease has been approved in Britain

Britain’s medicines regulator has authorized the world’s first gene therapy treatment for sickle cell disease, in a move that could offer relief to thousands of people with the crippling illness in the U.K.

Progress in childhood cancer has stalled for Blacks and Hispanics, report says

A new report says progress against childhood cancers has stalled in recent years for Black and Hispanic youth.

Supplies alone won’t save Gaza hospital patients and evacuation remains perilous, experts say

A day after Palestinian authorities called for an evacuation of Gaza’s biggest hospital, Israeli soldiers have raided it and say they were accompanied by medical teams bringing baby food, incubators and other equipment.

Internal documents show the World Health Organization paid sexual abuse victims in Congo $250 each

Internal documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the World Health Organization has paid $250 each to at least 104 women in Congo who say they were sexually abused or exploited by Ebola outbreak responders.

Nearly two dozen toddlers sickened by lead linked to tainted applesauce pouches, CDC says

U.S. health officials are warning doctors to be on the lookout for possible cases of lead poisoning in children.

In crowded field of psychedelic startups, Filament CEO makes case for ‘natural’ drugs

More drugmakers are seeking to harness the medical potential of psychedelics for treating depression, addiction and other hard-to-treat conditions.

Obesity drug Wegovy cut risk of serious heart problems by 20%, study finds

A new large study finds that the popular weight-loss drug Wegovy reduced the risk of serious heart problems by 20% in certain patients.

US childhood vaccination exemptions reach their highest level ever

The proportion of U.S. kindergartners exempted from school attendance vaccination requirements has hit its highest level ever.

Surgeons have performed the world’s first eye transplant

Surgeons in New York have performed the world’s first transplant of an entire human eye, an extraordinary addition to a face transplant.

A new version of the diabetes drug Mounjaro can be used for weight loss, FDA says

Federal regulators say a new version of the popular diabetes treatment Mounjaro can be sold as a weight-loss drug.

Syphilis cases in US newborns skyrocketed in 2022. Health officials suggest more testing

Syphilis cases in U.S. newborns again are on the rise. It has health officials calling for new measures to stop the increase, including encouraging millions of sexually active women of childbearing age and their partners to get tested.

Drugs aren’t required to be tested in people who are obese. Here’s why that’s a problem

More than 40% of American adults are considered obese, yet the medications many take are rarely tested in bigger bodies.

Mind-altering ketamine becomes latest pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

The decades-old surgical drug ketamine has found a new use — as an alternative to opioids for patients with chronic pain.

More fruit pouches for kids are being recalled because of illnesses that are linked to lead

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received more reports of illness linked to lead-tainted pouches of apple cinnamon fruit puree marketed for children.

Milk carton shortage hits school lunchrooms in New York, California and other states, USDA says

A shortage of half-pint milk cartons is affecting school meals in cafeterias across the U.S. School officials from New York to California are scrambling for backup options after a main supplier of cartons said demand has outstripped supply.

As billions roll in to fight the US opioid epidemic, one county shows how recovery can work

Legal settlements could provide local and state governments $50 billion to fight the deadly U.S. opioid overdose crisis. What could that look like?

Vaping by high school students dropped this year, says US report

A new government report shows fewer high school students are vaping. About 10% of high school students said they had used electronic cigarettes in the previous month.

Migrants in cities across the US may need medical care. It’s not that easy to find

Migrants who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and travel to cities around the country are running into a disjointed health care systems when they need treatment.

It’s time to buy health insurance through the marketplace. Experts suggest doing your research first

The time to shop for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s coverage marketplaces is back. Experts and insurance agents say people should think about more than price before picking next year’s coverage.

CVS Health books strong 3Q but the health care giant preaches caution on next year

CVS Health beat third-quarter forecasts thanks partially to its growing pharmacy benefits management side, but the health care giant is cautious about next year.

The US infant mortality rate rose last year. The CDC says it’s the largest increase in two decades

The U.S. infant mortality rate rose 3% last year, which is the largest increase in two decades. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows significant death rate increases for white and Native American infants, infant boys and babies born at 37 weeks or earlier.