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  • Brewers fear proposed FDA rule would spike costs 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:23 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Northwest beer brewers have joined a national outcry over a proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration which they say would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.

  • FDA warns of cancer risk with fibroid procedure 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:30 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

  • Missouri to bar teenagers from buying e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:22 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers passed a pair of bills Thursday to prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes, but opponents argue the legislation would pave the way for the nicotine products to be sold with fewer restrictions.

  • Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:52 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

  • Corbett plan will test federal agency on Medicaid 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 9:10 am
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Billions of dollars, better health care for Pennsylvania's poor and election-year politics are riding on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's bid to bring Medicaid expansion money to the state under the 2010 federal health care law.

  • Utah Gov. says Medicaid negotiations progressing 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:37 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says talks with federal officials over a Medicaid expansion plan are progressing.

  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life' 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 11:29 am
  • WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.

  • Money could be delayed during review of LSU deals 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 9:26 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Federal officials have warned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that they will withhold $307 million in Medicaid money from the state if no agreement is soon reached on whether the state's financing plans for the privatized LSU hospitals meet federal guidelines.

  • US health secretary: Nations cannot ignore disease 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 5:50 pm
  • BOULDER, Colorado - Health is the "great global connector" and ignoring disease in other nations will punish people everywhere as the world increasingly is connected by air travel and food transported across the globe, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday.

  • Feds: Idaho welfare funds were spent correctly 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:11 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - An official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says an Idaho agency spent $2.5 million in leftover welfare funding correctly, contrary to the findings of a state audit.

  • States rebel against powerful new painkiller 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 3:53 pm
  • BARRE, Vermont - State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

  • W.Va. leaders oppose cuts to black lung clinics 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:26 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation have joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in questioning a sharp drop in federal funding for the state's black lung clinics.

  • Neb. brewers, farmers fret over federal grain plan 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 2:51 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Breweries in Nebraska say a federal proposal would force them to stop giving spent grains to local farmers to use as cattle feed.

  • Stay granted for new Arizona abortion-drug rules 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:37 pm
  • PHOENIX - The nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of abortion drugs are now temporarily on hold one day after going into effect in Arizona.

  • FDA OKs 1st hay fever allergy immunotherapy tablet 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 12:45 pm
  • TRENTON, New Jersey - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.

  • Deadline arriving for health insurance sign-ups 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:50 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Renewed computer glitches and a spring blizzard Monday threatened last-ditch efforts to sign up people in South Dakota for the new federal health law.

  • Missouri health policy enrollment to miss goal 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 3:26 pm
  • KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Last-minute efforts across Missouri were expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers said they still don't expect the state to hit anticipated enrollment targets.

  • Beer brewers in uproar over new proposed FDA rule 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 3:22 pm
  • SANTA ROSA, California - A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.

  • Rural residents confront higher health care costs 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 2:23 pm
  • DENVER - Bill Fales wanted a new baler and a better irrigation system for the 700-acre ranch where he raises grass-fed beef cattle, but he scrapped those plans when he saw his new health insurance premiums.

  • Correction: Pink Slime-Lawsuit story 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 8:05 pm
  • ELK POINT, South Dakota - In a story March 27 about a defamation lawsuit against ABC over lean, finely textured beef, The Associated Press misattributed statements contained in the network's broadcasts to the Food and Drug Administration. The broadcasts stated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the FDA, deemed the product safe to eat.

  • Sebelius: Texas opposition hasn't helped sign-ups 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 5:59 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn't helped enrollment numbers that lag behind expectations as next week's deadline to sign up looms, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.

  • Nye, Koh, to address UMass-Lowell grads 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 9:47 am
  • LOWELL, Massachusetts - Bill Nye the Science Guy and Howard Koh, assistant secretary of health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have been selected to address graduates at University of Massachusetts Lowell commencement ceremonies.

  • 25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 6:28 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

  • FDA panel narrowly backs DNA colon cancer test 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 5:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers has narrowly backed an experimental blood test that uses patients' DNA to help screen for colon cancer.

  • Under fire, Zohydro maker touts drug safety board 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 1:32 pm
  • WASHINGTON - After months of criticism over its recently launched painkiller Zohydro, the maker of the powerful narcotic is highlighting an unusual oversight board that it's assembled to try and prevent abuse of the drug.