U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead. As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The lead poisoning... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:24:00Z Lawyer, CEO want charge dropped against journalist CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia journalist arrested after repeatedly asking U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question said he did nothing wrong, and his attorney and the media outlet's founder want the charge dropped. Reporter Daniel Ralph Heyman, who works for the independent Public News Service, was arrested by police at the... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-05-11T08:11:00Z Reporter arrested while trying to question Cabinet member CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia's Capitol arrested a journalist who they said was trying "aggressively" to get past Secret Service agents and yelling questions at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. It happened as Price and senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway came to the state Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday to learn... Wed, 10 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-10T21:43:00Z Arrested Journalist: 'I Was Trying to Do My Job' The West Virginia journalist who was arrested as he tried to ask questions to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says he was just trying to... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-10T20:46:00Z Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA commissioner WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration despite Democratic questions about his financial ties to medical companies the agency regulates. Gottlieb is a physician-turned-health consultant who has criticized many FDA regulations as unnecessary and has faced criticism from Democr... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:35:00Z Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many US drugs CHICAGO (AP) — Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2001 through 2010. The researchers ... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:33:00Z FDA OKs immune-boosting drug for advanced bladder cancer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug that harnesses the immune system to treat bladder cancer that has spread after chemotherapy or surgery. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Imfinzi for advanced bladder cancer, along with a companion diagnostic test for identifying which patients are most likely to benefit from it. ... Mon, 01 May 2017 22:23:00 GMT 2017-05-01T22:23:00Z FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat, diagnose or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media sites, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments.... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-04-25T18:44:00Z FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkillers due to risks of slowed breathing and death. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is requiring makers of prescription versions of the medicines, codeine and tramadol, to change the products' labels to warn against giving them to children under ag... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-04-20T20:50:00Z Hyland's teething tablets recalled over levels of toxic herb The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous. Standard Homeopathic Co. of Los Angeles, stopped making and shipping the tablets last October. It said it's notifying distributors and stores to return any leftover products, whil... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:52:00 GMT 2017-04-14T20:52:00Z Trump's FDA pick says tackling opioid crisis a top priority WASHINGTON (AP) — The doctor nominated to head the powerful Food and Drug Administration told senators Wednesday that his first priority would be tackling the opioid crisis, and he pledged that science will prevail at the agency despite his extensive financial ties to medical companies it regulates. Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a physician-turned-health consulta... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-04-05T19:59:00Z FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said it now agrees with the World Health Organization, which concluded years ago this type of lymphoma can develop following breast implants. Concerns were first raised at... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT 2017-03-22T19:00:00Z CDC: Don't donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika NEW YORK (AP) — Men from three Florida counties shouldn't donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday. The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there's evidence the virus was spread by mosquitoes. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn't clearly be linke... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-03-14T01:06:00Z FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali and developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking two proteins that can stimulate growth and division of cancer cells. ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:28:00 GMT 2017-03-13T23:28:00Z FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen th... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-03-09T00:30:00Z Puerto Rico governor meets with top US officials amid crisis SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor met on Friday with the U.S. treasury and health secretaries to seek support in pulling the island out of a deep economic crisis. Gov. Ricardo Rossello traveled to Washington, D.C. to talk in part with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about how the federal office could help transform the U.S. territory's economy. Mnuchin als... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-02-24T20:48:00Z Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories CHICAGO (AP) — Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. While testosterone use for one year appeared to strengthen bones and reduce anemia, it also showed signs of worsening artery disease and questions ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-02-21T21:54:00Z Iran says US expanding medical clearance list 'inhumane' TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the country has called "inhumane" a decision by the Trump administration to expand a list of medical equipment requiring federal authorization for sale to Iran. The Friday report cites the director of Iran's Food and Drug Administration, Rasoul Dinarvand, as saying that extending ... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-02-03T19:22:00Z US warns of unusual cybersecurity flaw in heart devices WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department warned Tuesday about an unusual cybersecurity flaw for one manufacturer's implantable heart devices that it said could allow hackers to remotely take control of a person's defibrillator or pacemaker. Information on the security flaw, identified by researchers at MedSec Holdings in reports months ago, was ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-01-11T00:07:00Z FDA probes dangers of exploding e-cigarette batteries WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is probing the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes, following dozens of reports of devices that have combusted, overheated or caught fire and sometimes injured users. The agency announced a two-day public meeting for April, according to an online posting. The Associated Press reported last... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-01-03T17:43:00Z Philippine FDA orders Sanofi to take down dengue vaccine ads MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has ordered pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur Inc. to stop airing television and radio advertisements for its dengue vaccine in violation of a ban on promoting prescription or ethical drugs in mass media. The FDA said in a statement that it issued a summons on De... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:45:00 GMT 2017-01-03T09:45:00Z US drops bold warning from anti-smoking pills Chantix, Zyban WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Friday removed a bold-letter warning from Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about risks of dangerous psychiatric side effects. The Food and Drug Administration action follows nearly a decade of scrutiny into the neurological effects of the smoking-cessation pill, which received the agency's most stringent warning in 2009 after rep... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:57:00 GMT 2016-12-16T21:57:00Z FDA denies bid to drop some warnings from tobacco pouches WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have rejected an attempt by a Swedish company to remove several health warnings from its smokeless tobacco pouches, though regulators left open the possibility for other labeling changes it seeks. The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it denied the request by Swedish Match to remove warnings abou... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:22:00 GMT 2016-12-14T21:22:00Z Obama signs bill boosting spending on cancer research WASHINGTON (AP) — On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony on the White House campus flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and key lawmakers from both parties. The ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:55:00 GMT 2016-12-13T21:55:00Z GOP prepares for House vote on medical research bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats put finishing touches Tuesday on a $6.3 billion medical research bill as GOP leaders prepared to try pushing the measure through the lame-duck Congress by next week. The White House said it backs the measure, all but ensuring its approval. While Democrats and consumer groups were unhappy with parts of the legisl... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:58:00 GMT 2016-11-30T01:58:00Z Health nominee Price may find that changing HHS isn't easy WASHINGTON (AP) — As an orthopedic surgeon, Tom Price is used to calling the shots in the operating room. If confirmed to run the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the doctor-turned-congressman from Georgia may find it a lot harder to exercise authority. Incoming President Donald Trump's top health official will lead a $1-trillion-plus depa... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:57:00 GMT 2016-11-29T20:57:00Z