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Prescription drugs lay on a countertop. The Sycamore Police Department is hosting a day-long prescription drug drop-off service for people to safely discard their prescription medications. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, file)

Day-long medication drop-off at Sycamore Police Department

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | September 6, 2023

DeKALB – The Sycamore Police Department has partnered with State Sen. Dave Syverson and State Rep. Jeff Keicher in an effort to keep unused prescription drugs out of circulation. A prescription drug drop-off will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m....

U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

By LINDSEY TANNER | February 19, 2020

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising...

New Mexico bid for recreational marijuana is all but doomed

By MORGAN LEE | February 13, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bid to become the 12th U.S. state to legalize recreational use of marijuana abruptly fell flat after state senators in a legislature dominated by Democrats rejected a bill that would have forced permission for sales...

Weight loss drug Belviq pulled from market over cancer risk

By LINDA A. JOHNSON | February 13, 2020

The maker of a weight loss drug pulled it from the market Thursday at the request of federal regulators, who said it posed a slight increased risk of cancer.Japan’s Eisai Inc. said it was voluntarily withdrawing the drug, Belviq. However, the company...

Global experts study promising drugs, vaccines for new virus

By JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG | February 11, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization convened outside experts Tuesday to try to speed the development of tests, treatments and vaccines against the new coronavirus, as doctors on the front lines experiment on patients with various drugs in hopes...

Drugs fail to slow decline in inherited Alzheimer’s disease

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE | February 10, 2020

Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer's disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws.The results announced Monday are another disappointment...

Utah sends employees to Mexico for lower prescription prices

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST | February 9, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ann Lovell had never owned a passport before last year. Now, the 62-year-old teacher is a frequent flier, traveling every few months to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy medication for rheumatoid arthritis — with tickets paid for by the...

Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm about the virus dies

By KEN MORITSUGU | February 6, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak died Friday after coming down with the illness.The Wuhan Central Hospital said on its social media...

Experts prepare but new China virus not a pandemic yet

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | February 3, 2020

Health authorities are preparing for a possible pandemic as they work to contain a respiratory illness in China that's caused by a new virus. Governments are limiting travel, isolating sick people and keeping travelers returning from the affected region...

FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy

By LAURAN NEERGAARD | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first treatment for peanut allergies is about to hit the market, a big step toward better care for all kinds of food allergies -- but still a long way from a cure.Friday’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration promises...

Students should improve their study habits, not rely on study drugs

Students should improve their study habits, not rely on study drugs

By Alyssa Pracz | April 25, 2011

For some college students, blaming their poor study habits on having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has become a popular excuse. Although ADHD is a legitimate learning disability which a lot of people really do suffer from, some students...

Seek help if you suffer from seasonal depression

Seek help if you suffer from seasonal depression

By Logan Short | April 10, 2011

Thank God it's spring and the weather is getting nicer. I'm like a little kid that constantly wants to play outside. What constitutes "playing" is a broad range of activities, but if I can't play, I pout. It wasn't until I saw a doctor two years ago during...