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DOD approves plan to bar most transgender individuals from serving in military

March 14, 2019

The Department of Defense on Tuesday approved a new policy that will bar many transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.

Meet Ned Sharpless—the next acting FDA commissioner

March 13, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday announced that Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will become the acting commissioner of FDA when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb departs.

FDA approves first-ever immunotherapy for breast cancer

March 13, 2019

FDA on Friday approved Roche's Tecentriq to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer who have the PD-L1 molecule that can block T cells from attacking a tumor.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old's fight against tetanus took 8 weeks and $800K

March 13, 2019

In the first case of its kind in more than 30 years, a six-year-old boy from Oregon who had never been vaccinated entered an eight-week long fight for his life after falling ill with tetanus in 2017, according to a CDC report published last week.

Flu activity is 'widespread' in 48 states, CDC says

March 13, 2019

Between 22.8 million and 26.3 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the latest reports.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019

The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

At least 366 patient deaths may be linked to surgical stapler problems, FDA warns

March 12, 2019

FDA on Friday unveiled a sweeping plan to improve surgical stapler and implantable staple safety, after a Kaiser Health News investigation revealed that FDA's internal database contains thousands of stapler-related adverse event reports.

US progress on staph infections has stalled. Here's how CDC wants providers to respond.

March 12, 2019

A CDC report released last week showed U.S. progress on stemming bloodstream Staphylococcus aureus infections slowed from 2012 to 2017, prompting CDC to urge health care providers to recommit to using infection control recommendations.

How Facebook wants to stop the spread of anti-vaccine content—without deleting it

March 11, 2019

Facebook on Thursday announced it will no longer recommend anti-vaccination content on its Facebook and Instagram platforms, as measles outbreaks have continued to spread across the United States.

Do conflicts of interest lead accreditors to 'go easy' on some hospitals? CMS wants to find out.

March 11, 2019

CMS has received more than 120 comments on its effort to reduce financial conflicts of interest in the hospital accreditation market, and while some health care care organizations expressed support for the proposal, others said proposed regulations are unnecessary.

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