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Trump admin ends 'deferred action' policy for undocumented immigrants undergoing life-saving medical care

September 3, 2019


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month quietly eliminated a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their family members are receiving life-saving medical care—though the agency yesterday said it is reviewing whether to continue "a very limited" version of the policy.

US is on the verge of losing its measles elimination status, CDC warns

September 3, 2019


A CDC official last week said there is a "reasonable chance" the United States will lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

The health risks of marijuana, according to the US surgeon general

September 3, 2019


U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday issued an advisory warning pregnant women and youth against using marijuana, saying the substance can pose risks to developing brains.

FTC is investigating whether Juul's marketing targeted minors, sources say

September 3, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether e-cigarette maker Juul Labs used influencers and other marketing tactics to target minors, according to individuals familiar with the effort.

Trump's latest push to address veteran suicides? This black-boxed antidepressant.

August 27, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Veterans Affairs to purchase a large amount of Johnson & Johnson's ketamine-based antidepressant, which FDA has mandated must be sold with a so-called "black box" warning, in hopes of reducing veteran suicides—but VA in a statement indicated that its policy for covering the drug remained unchanged.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

Nearly 40% of cancer drug approval trials lack data on race. Here's why that matters.

August 23, 2019


More than one-third of clinical trials that led to the approval of new cancer drugs between 2008 and 2018 did not include data on participants' race, according to a study published last week in JAMA Oncology.

Teva releases generic version of EpiPen for young kids

August 22, 2019


Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Tuesday released a generic version of Mylan's EpiPen for children who weigh between 33 and 66 pounds, which will be available in the majority of retail pharmacies for $300 for a two-pack.

USPSTF expands recommendation for BRCA mutation screening

August 21, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday finalized new recommendations broadening the number of women primary care providers should assess for BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers.

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