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Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its ...

Vice President Pence stumps for 2nd District candidate Steve Watkins in Kansas

Updated at 4 p.m. Friday TOPEKA - Vice President Mike Pence came to Topeka Friday to rally support and raise money for Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Steve Watkins. Speaking to an audience of about 160 people, who paid $250 each to attend the event, Pence said electing ...

Steve Watkins, political newcomer, carries GOP hopes in 2nd District

TOPEKA – One year ago, few people in the Kansas political world had ever heard of Steve Watkins. A native of Topeka, Watkins had served in the United States Army since graduating high school in 1995, first as a cadet at West Point, and later stationed in Alaska and deployed in ...

Republican PAC is biggest spender by far in Kansas 2nd District congressional race

TOPEKA – Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis reported raising and spending more than $1 million during the third quarter of this year, far more than his Republican opponent Steve Watkins, who reported raising and spending less than one-third that amount, according to campaign ...

U.S. wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’

TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in ...

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

U.S. regulators have expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 5 approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through age 45. The vaccine protects ...

Thousands of young U.S. children get no vaccines, survey finds

New York — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to ...

2nd District candidate Paul Davis has a ‘new endeavor’ for Kansas Democrats

TOPEKA — Whenever a story is written about Paul Davis and virtually any time he meets voters on the campaign trail, one subject almost always comes up: his narrow loss to Gov. Sam Brownback in the 2014 governor’s race. “Just a constant reminder,” Davis said with a laugh during a recent ...

Trump stumps for Kansas GOP at Topeka rally, celebrates Kavanaugh confirmation

Story updated 9:13 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. TOPEKA – President Donald Trump was greeted like a conquering hero Saturday in Topeka as he led a campaign rally on behalf of Kansas Republicans just hours after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “This ...

Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s ...

Sens. Roberts, Moran vote to advance Kavanaugh nomination

Story updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5: TOPEKA - Both U.S. senators from Kansas voted Friday to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Republicans, were part of the 51-49 majority that voted in favor of ...

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

New York — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some ...

Kansas GOP gears up for Trump visit amid Kavanaugh vote

TOPEKA - Kansas Republicans on Friday were making final preparations in advance of President Donald Trump's scheduled campaign rally on Saturday in Topeka, which could be the president's first public appearance after the U.S. Senate votes on the highly charged nomination of Judge Brett ...

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle

Story updated at 10:43 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5: WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a spellbinding battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by ...

2nd District forum: Davis, Watkins clash on immigration, Social Security

TOPEKA - Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins said Wednesday that he wanted the United States to build a wall along the Mexican border and crack down on illegal immigration "to keep our culture," and that younger workers today should expect to see smaller Social Security benefits ...

Witness details secret payments in college hoops recruiting

NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser-turned-bag man in a college basketball corruption scandal testified Wednesday about a clandestine mission last year to deliver an envelope with $19,400 in cash to the father of a highly sought-after prospect. Munish Sood took the witness stand at the ...

Moran: Amtrak commits to keeping Southwest Chief route open through next year

TOPEKA - Amtrak officials said Wednesday that the national passenger rail service has committed to continuing operation of the Southwest Chief route, which runs through Lawrence, open at least for the next 12 months. Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran announced that in a news release ...

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

WASHINGTON — About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will wail and buzz Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an emergency alert test. A tone will sound at 1:18 p.m. CDT, similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood watch warning, and the ...

Kansans praise new trade deal with Canada, Mexico

TOPEKA – Kansas officials expressed cautious optimism Monday about a proposed new trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, saying it appears to offer Kansas farmers and manufacturers greater access to international markets, although details of the agreement still need ...