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Teen e-cigarette use is now an 'epidemic,' surgeon general warns

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 withdraws proposal to overhaul generic drug labeling requirements

December 19, 2018

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.

J&J knews its talc products contained asbestos, Reuters investigation suggests

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.

A human heart was left on a plane. Here's what happened next.

December 18, 2018

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.

Appeals court partially lifts block on Trump admin's contraceptive coverage exemptions

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.

Amid fetal tissue freeze, NIH looks to find alternatives for research

December 17, 2018

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.

In the states: 4,000 mental health providers strike in California, Maine ordered to expand Medicaid in 2019, and more

December 14, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

An incoming lawmaker raised concerns that vaccines might cause autism. (And he's a physician.)

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."

SCOTUS hears arguments in Rx drug patent case

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.

'A giant step' or 'a disaster?' Why experts are split on the just-approved liver distribution policy.

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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