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LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer

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For seniors, isolation changes life in varied, nuanced ways

One remembers the polio epidemic and the hardships of World War II. Another is stoic about it all — because, he says, he's already...

US hospitals brace for ‘tremendous strain’ from new virus

U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel...

Will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk

Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests.Almost half of...

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new...

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found.The...

Pills for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says surgery isn't always needed for appendicitis and that antibiotics instead can often do the trick.The results from...

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO (AP) — Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a...

Duped patients crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — They're the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing...

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

CHICAGO (AP) — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain.In patients with stubborn back aches or hip...

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting."The concept...

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FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical WriterU.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given...