December 19, 2018
Data released this week show the percentages of high school seniors and sophomores who reported using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018, prompting the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to issue an advisory calling teen e-cigarette use an "epidemic."
FDA says it will not move forward with a proposed rule that would have required generic drugmakers to update their products' labels as health risks are discovered.
December 18, 2018
Reuters reports that internal documents show Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew the company's talc-based products sometimes were contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos, but J&J denies those claims.
Last week, media reports surfaced that a human heart was left behind on an airplane, offering a rare glimpse at the nation's transplant system and the network of nonprofits that collect and transport donated organs and tissue.
December 17, 2018
A federal appeals court partially upheld a ruling blocking a pair of final rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds, but a lower court ruling will keep a nationwide injunction in place.
NIH last week announced plans to launch a new $20 million research initiative to identify alternatives to using fetal tissue to study disease—an announcement that came just days after Science reported that the Trump administration had banned NIH-employed scientists from acquiring new human fetal tissue for research.
December 14, 2018
American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.
December 13, 2018
Rep.-elect Mark Green (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday questioned CDC research discrediting the theory that vaccines cause autism and told constituents at a town hall meeting that "there is some concern" that the rise in autism rates is linked to vaccines—though he later said his comments were "misconstrued."
December 12, 2018
The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether confidential drug sales activate the one-year period in which drugmakers can apply for a patent.
December 11, 2018
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing last week approved a new liver distribution policy intended to prioritize patients with the most urgent medical needs and reduce geographic disparities in the distribution of livers for transplant.
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