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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday.

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Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment.

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Answer: The Food and Drug Administration said it granted approval to a drug from Biogen based on clinical research results that seemed “reasonably likely” to benefit Alzheimer’s patients.

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Answer: They will likely request some documentation first that the patient needs the drug. Many plans will require doctors to submit records and other paperwork justifying the treatment before they agree to cover it.

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SERRANA, Brazil (AP) — Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state's countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a trial.

We’ve wasted no time getting things started, kicking off the 2021 season with 12 home games in 13 days. The team will now hit the road for 12 games in Winston-Salem and Aberdeen, which will be the franchise’s first time playing in either city. The Crawdads will return home for a six-game series against Greensboro starting up on Tuesday, June 8th.

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The Burke and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care agencies have a new downloadable guide to help cardiac patients reduce hospital and emergency room visits:

Francia Mendez, 33, has been a nurse for seven years, working in the cardiac telemetry unit at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganto…

Francine Luna Jimenez, 41, earned her ADN from Western Piedmont Community College and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in …

Tiffiny Griggs has memories and lessons to share from almost two decades working as a nurse in Burke County.

Hailey Peterson, 28, has an Associate Degree in Nursing and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Sarah Teague, 34, has been in nursing for 12 years, seven of those in the Emergency Department at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. Prev…

Erika Suttlemyre is a nurse who has helped heal patients’ hearts in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.

Kaitlyn Stephens, 28, is a medical-surgical staff and charge nurse for Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge and a clinical instructor for Lenoir-Rhyne University School of Nursing. Find out what has inspired her career:

Amanda Justice, 40, got her associate of science in nursing at Western Piedmont Community College in 2003 before going on to get a Bachelor of…

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