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Stories with organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.

  • Study finds potential problem in more heart valve implants 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 2:09 pm

    Doctors have discovered a potential problem involving implanted heart valves that hundreds of thousands of people have received - they don't always open and close properly, possibly because a blood clot has formed that could raise the risk of stroke.

  • FDA orders safety studies from scope manufacturers 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 1:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are ordering manufacturers of specialized medical scopes to study how the reusable devices are cleaned following a series of life-threatening bacterial outbreaks at U.S. hospitals.

  • Low-nicotine cigarettes cut use, dependence, study finds story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 7:40 pm

    A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit, researchers found.

  • Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at FHSU 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:47 pm

    HAYS, Kansas - Former U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius is participating in a lecture series named after her late father-in-law.

  • Officials: Psychiatric hospital could lose federal funds 
    Updated: Sep-28-15 12:28 pm

    SEATTLE - Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital could lose millions of federal dollars for failing to ensure the safety of a patient who was tied down and sedated when another patient attacked him with a shoe and fist, causing serious injuries.

  • Kansas hospital getting part of $3.9M telemedicine grant 
    Updated: Sep-26-15 3:00 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute is one of four entities that will get part of a $3.9 million grant over three years for providing telemedicine to underserved rural areas.

  • Missouri Planned Parenthood set to lose hospital privileges 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 6:05 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia is set to lose its ability to offer medication-induced abortions because of a recent University of Missouri medical committee's decision that put the center's license in jeopardy.

  • Experts question safety of Essure device linked to pain story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 7:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - A 13-year-old birth control implant came under new scrutiny Thursday as federal health experts discussed a host of problems reported by women implanted with the metallic device, including chronic pain, bleeding and fatigue.

  • FDA experts to review safety of Essure birth control implant story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 5:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal medical experts will take a closer look at a host of problems reported with the birth control implant called Essure, including chronic pain, bleeding, headaches and allergic reactions.

  • US attorney sends lethal injection docs to watchdog agency 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 5:16 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - The U.S. attorney's office in Nebraska says it can't determine whether state officials violated federal law in their efforts to obtain lethal injection drugs, so prosecutors have forwarded key documents to a watchdog agency for further review, according to a letter released Friday.

  • FDA flags infection issue with new type of medical scope 
    Updated: Sep-17-15 12:24 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators are drawing attention to the risk of infections with medical scopes used to examine breathing passages, following similar problems with scopes used in the stomach and intestines.

  • Obama nominates FDA's No. 2 official to lead agency 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 8:41 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated the Food and Drug Administration's second-highest ranking official, Dr. Robert Califf, to lead the agency, which regulates consumer products ranging from medications to seafood to cigarettes.

  • FDA halts sales of 4 R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands story has photos
    Updated: Sep-15-15 6:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency's safety review requirements.

  • Medtronic gets approval for MRI-safe heart implant 
    Updated: Sep-14-15 4:59 pm

    NEW YORK - Medtronic said Monday that it has been cleared to market a heart defibrillator implant that can be safely used in an MRI scanner.

  • New federal food safety rules issued after deadly outbreaks story has photos
    Updated: Sep-10-15 5:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts.

  • First 'biosimilar' of a biologic drug reaches US, finally 
    Updated: Sep-10-15 4:31 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Years after discounted versions of some of the most expensive drugs ever went on sale in other countries, they're finally coming to the world's biggest medicine market.

  • Senators question FDA decision on Oxycontin for kids 
    Updated: Sep-09-15 6:52 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Maine Sen. Angus King, and New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shahaeen and Kelly Ayotte, are calling for an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration's recent decision to approve the use of the painkiller OxyContin by children as young as 11-years-old.

  • Health insurance signups near 10 million in midyear report story has photos
    Updated: Sep-08-15 4:26 pm

    CHICAGO - About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1 million.

  • More precise medical codes aim to track quality of care 
    Updated: Sep-08-15 8:44 am

    WASHINGTON - If things are a bit tense in your doctor's office come Oct. 1, some behind-the-scenes red tape could be to blame.