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FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a move the agency says will reduce disease and deaths by taking products that have long-targeted young people and people of color off the market. ... Read more»

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When the science is messy: How SciCheck handles scientific disputes

A cautious approach can be hard for people who expect concrete statements - and of course, scientists live for caveats, since so much of science is uncertain - so SciCheck tries to be transparent and remind readers that the science can change.... Read more»

Arizonans enroll in All of Us program to increase diversity in medical research

Arizona researchers are taking part in the All of Us program – an effort by the National Institutes of Health to collect data from at least 1 million people of different races, ages and backgrounds to help researchers find cures for a multitude of conditions.... Read more»

LGBTQ advocates want blood donation restriction lifted for gay and bisexual men

Advocates are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as the country continues to deal with one of the worst blood shortages to date. ... Read more»

Doctors trying to prescribe abortion pills across state lines stymied by legislation

A wave of health care providers are getting licensed in multiple states so they can use telemedicine and mail-order pharmacies to help more women get medication abortions - but they’re increasingly being stymied by state regulations. ... Read more»

2nd COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older

The FDA on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised - an amendment to an earlier emergency use authorization for a second booster dose as the BA.2 variant grows increasingly common.... Read more»

DEA expands medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse

In an effort to combat what it said were misperceptions about its policy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to help those suffering from substance use disorders.... Read more»

As abortion pills take off, some states move to curb them

Since January, legislators in Arizona and at least 20 other states have proposed bills that would restrict or ban access to abortion pills approved more than two decades ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Foilies 2022: Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency

Each year during Sunshine Week (March 13-19), the Foilies serve up tongue-in-cheek "awards" for government agencies and assorted institutions that stand in the way of access to information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock combine forces to collect horror stories about Freedom of Information Act and state-level public records requests across the U.S.... Read more»

Over half of U.S. abortions now done with pills, not surgery

As the fate of abortion access remains uncertain, new preliminary data shows that medication abortions account for more than half of abortions across the country - and a likely rise in the use of the FDA approved drugs mifepristonecan and misoprostol can be traced back to COVID-19. ... Read more»

Az pharmacists would have to prescribe ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 under GOP bill

A Republican bill that would require pharmacists in Arizona to “dispense all prescription orders written by a medical practitioner for the off-label use of a prescription drug” during public health states of emergency passed out of committee Wednesday. ... Read more»

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen.... Read more»

Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring

Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost.... Read more»

Federal OK sought for two-dose COVID vaccine for kids under 5

Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday asked the federal government to begin the approval process for a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5.... Read more»

Moderna gets full FDA approval for vaccine given to 200 million Americans

About two years in and 75 million pandemic infections later, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the two-dose regimen of Moderna's newly tagged Spikevax vaccine against the novel virus that causes COVID-19. ... Read more»

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»

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