- Massachusetts reports high child abuse, neglect rates Updated: Feb-09-16 7:42 am
BOSTON - Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- About 244,000 Ohioans sign up for coverage under Obama's law Updated: Feb-06-16 6:31 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nearly 244,000 Ohioans signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage through the federal marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health law.
- More than 84,000 Mainers sign up for health coverage Updated: Feb-05-16 3:25 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Department of health and Human Services says more than 84,000 Mainers signed up for health insurance for this year under the Affordable Care Act.
- Feds say more than 610K signed up for health insurance plans Updated: Feb-04-16 6:20 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Obama administration says more than 610,000 people in North Carolina signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third year of President Obama's federal health care law.
- Report: It's ethical to test embryos from DNA of 3 people Updated: Feb-03-16 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON - It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people - dad, mom and an egg donor - advisers to the government said Wednesday.
- AP NewsBreak: Feds outline reforms for reservation hospitals Updated: Feb-03-16 11:59 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Federal officials on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and designating a single organization to accredit Indian Health Service hospitals.
- Price tag for Biden cancer 'moonshot' at $1B in Obama budget Updated: Feb-01-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $755 million for cancer research in his upcoming budget, the White House said Monday, bringing the total price tag for Vice President Joe Biden's cancer "moonshot" to $1 billion.
- FDA OKs Merck hepatitis C drug, adding to patient choices Updated: Jan-28-16 7:32 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Patients with hepatitis C have yet another advanced treatment option, as the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new once-a-day pill developed by drugmaker Merck.
- AP NewsBreak: Reports detail issues at reservation hospitals Updated: Jan-28-16 4:32 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Broken sanitation equipment, a baby delivered unattended in a bathroom, doctors operating without credentials and lack of immediate care in the emergency department are among the dozens of serious deficiencies federal inspectors found last year during unannounced visits to two federally administered hospitals that provide care to Native Americans.
- Bipartisan probe faults gov't with migrant child abuse Updated: Jan-28-16 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Migrant children in the government's care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, according to a bipartisan congressional investigation released Thursday.
- AP INVESTIGATION: Feds' failures imperil migrant children Updated: Jan-25-16 1:46 pm
LOS ANGELES - As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved, or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.
- Health institute at UofL receives $2.5 million grant Updated: Jan-25-16 4:01 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - An institute at the University of Louisville is receiving $2.5 million to help bring health care to rural and medically underserved areas in Kentucky.
- Regulators slap Cigna with Medicare enrollment suspension Updated: Jan-22-16 2:59 pm
Federal regulators have stopped Cigna from enrolling new Medicare customers until the health insurer deals with problems that have triggered care denials or delays and higher costs for some people.
- China busts 35 restaurants using opium poppies as seasoning Updated: Jan-21-16 11:46 pm
BEIJING - China's Food and Drug Administration says it found opium poppies used as illegal seasoning in 35 restaurants across the country, including a popular Beijing hot pot chain.
- 97,909 Mississippians sign up for health care coverage Updated: Jan-21-16 4:05 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The number of people who have enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act stands at 97,909 with less than 11 days before the final deadline to get 2016 coverage.
- More than 1.6 million Floridians getting Obamacare Updated: Jan-21-16 3:01 am
ORLANDO, Florida - Federal officials say more than 1.6 million Floridians have signed up for Obamacare or had their coverage automatically renewed since last November.
- Nearly 80K Mainers sign up for coverage via HealthCare.gov Updated: Jan-18-16 9:32 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 80,000 Maine residents have signed up for health care coverage through the HealthCare.gov platform since open enrollment began in November.
- Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols Updated: Jan-15-16 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has ruled that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which the industry alleged was written by experts with conflicts of interest.
- Gov't watchdog: many gaps in FDA's oversight of drug safety Updated: Jan-14-16 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is speeding up its review of new drugs, yet often fails to keep track of safety issues with those medicines once they reach patients, according to government investigators.
- FDA gives OK for company's genetically engineered potato Updated: Jan-13-16 9:59 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market, the Food and Drug Administration says.
- Report finds more infections from dirty scopes at hospitals Updated: Jan-13-16 5:56 pm
SEATTLE - At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., were sickened with life-threatening "superbug" infections linked to contaminated medical scopes in the past three years - more than previously estimated by federal regulators, according to a new Senate committee report released Wednesday.
- FDA panel favors approval for drug-oozing addiction implant Updated: Jan-12-16 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers recommended approval Tuesday for an experimental implant designed to treat patients recovering from heroin and painkiller addiction.