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For agency staffers, it stings to see other physicians in the Biden administration speak publicly on issues squarely in the agency’s purview.

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis. Read more»

Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. Read more»

U.S. health officials announced a plan to recommend that all Americans, but particularly those who are elderly or otherwise at risk of serious infection from COVID-19, obtain booster shots to better withstand an ongoing surge of the virus's more infectious Delta variant. Read more»

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and build strong bones but is also believed to enhance the function of cells that protect the body from pathogens and may help mitigate inflammatory responses if the body is under attack.

A recent column by a group of doctors, including a former U.S. surgeon general, cites research indicating that COVID-19 patients with vitamin D deficiencies fared worse, including one study that found a deficiency in 97% of patients who wound up in intensive care, compared to a deficiency in just 33% of patients with asymptomatic COVID-19. Read more»

A recent push to block women from getting access to contraception shows the Arizona Legislature is not operating from an evidence-based or reality-based point of view. Read more» 1

Arizona is one of the better states in the nation when it comes to preventing tobacco use among 12- to 25-year-olds, according to a report released Thursday by the Surgeon General. Read more»