- $3.5 million in federal funds given to 6 La. health centers Updated: May-06-15 10:46 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Six Louisiana health centers have been awarded $3.5 million in federal funds.
- FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand cleaners Updated: Apr-30-15 11:40 am
WASHINGTON - To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day. Now, the government wants more study of whether that is safe and how well it actually fights the spread of germs.
- Ricketts argues against medical marijuana legalization Updated: Apr-28-15 4:07 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts is arguing against a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska, saying the state should wait for a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- FDA: Medtronic must stop most sales of Synchromed drug pumps Updated: Apr-27-15 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says Medtronic must stop most sales of its implantable drug pumps after years of uncorrected problems.
- Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes Updated: Apr-24-15 5:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
- CDC using new technology to track listeria Illnesses Updated: Apr-22-15 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON - The government is relying on some new technology - as well as a bit of luck - to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.
- Q&A: What is listeria? Bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream Updated: Apr-21-15 5:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products off the shelves after samples of its ice cream tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria - listeria.
- FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies Updated: Apr-21-15 4:53 pm
WASHINGTON - A top federal drug regulator says increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government's decision to revisit its oversight of the products this week.
- Lawmakers seek FDA review of ingredients used in cosmetics Updated: Apr-20-15 7:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.
- Affordable Care Act contractor logs 13,000 hours in overtime Updated: Apr-20-15 3:01 pm
Wentzville, Missouri - Documents show a Wentzville processing facility for Affordable Care Act applications logged more than 13,000 hours of overtime to make up for a backlog after the initial sign-up period.
- State names new elder affairs secretary Updated: Apr-17-15 8:02 am
BOSTON - The state has named a Northeastern University associate professor known for work with older Americans as Secretary of Elder Affairs.
- Florida governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money Updated: Apr-16-15 10:02 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won't expand Medicaid.
- Tobacco company lawsuit alleges FDA overstepping authority Updated: Apr-14-15 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest tobacco companies are suing the Food and Drug Administration over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency's authority over labeling and packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products.
- FDA panel wants heart failure risk on AstraZeneca drugs Updated: Apr-14-15 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers say AstraZeneca's Onglyza and a related diabetes drug should carry new information about a possible association with heart failure and death.
- FDA warns of liver injury from muscle-building supplement Updated: Apr-13-15 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements sold by a Las Vegas company because they may contain anabolic steroids that can cause liver damage.
- FDA panel opposes dropping warnings from tobacco pouch Updated: Apr-10-15 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON - Government advisers recommended against a proposal by Swedish Match to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products.
- Nation's drug czar touts needle-exchange programs Updated: Apr-09-15 7:40 pm
COVINGTON, Kentucky - Venturing into the epicenter of Kentucky's fight against heroin addiction, national drug czar Michael Botticelli on Thursday touted needle-exchange programs as effective grassroots initiatives to combat the spread of infectious disease and to steer heroin users into treatment.
- New law tells states to seek 'normalcy' for foster children Updated: Apr-07-15 1:23 pm
Not so long ago, if foster children in Florida wanted to spend the night at a friend's house, the parents hosting the sleepover faced a criminal background check. Taking the kids on an out-of-state vacation required official permission from a state agency.