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  • FDA Takes New Steps to Advance the Development of Innovative Products for Treating Opioid Use Disorder

    U. S. Food and Drug Administration Takes New Steps to Advance the Development of Innovative Products for Treating Opioid Use Disorder


    Editor's note: A "disease" or "disorder" called "OUD" ("Opioid Use Disorder") is highlighted


    (April 20, 2018) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the latest action to encourage and support the development of treatment options for people with opioid use disorder (OUD). The agency has released the first of two new draft guidances intended to aid industry in developing new medications for use in medication-assisted
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Appointment of James Parker

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Appointment of James Parker



    (April 18, 2018) - - Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that James Parker will serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Health Reform and Director of the Office of Health Reform at HHS. Mr. Parker will lead the initiative to address the cost and availability of health insurance. Upon this announcement, Secretary Azar said: “Jim Parker has spent his life working in the private sector to provide Americans a...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Provides States Second Installment of Grant Awards to Combat Opioid Crisis

    Department of Health and Human Services Provides States Second Installment of Grant Awards to Combat Opioid Crisis



    57 grant awards totaling an additional $485 million


    (April 18, 2018) - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the Nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis. “The Trump Administration is partnering with states and territories to accelerate the deployment of this historic level of resources provided by the Congress to fight the epidemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These funds will help support evidence-based efforts at the state level to prevent misuse of opioids in the first place, expand access to effective treatment options for people in need, and support recovery for those who have prevailed.” The Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants, which were created by the 21st Century Cures Act, are administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS. Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use said, “Within the first year, we have already seen states use the funding to support innovative models to connect Americans with the evidence-based programs and practices proven to help people who have opioid use disorders.” Grantees have used first year funding to implement effective medication-assisted treatment, promote the use of naloxone and key prevention strategies, and build sustainable systems of recovery support services across the country. Prevention efforts include communications campaigns along with use of proven community-based strategies. People in recovery, friends, and family members with personal experience are helping enhance recovery support. This funding is just one more step in implementing HHS’ comprehensive five-pronged strategy to address the o
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  • April 16th Update from the Department of Health and Human Services

    April 16th Update from the Department of Health and Human Services

    April 16th Update from the Department of Health and Human Services


    (April 16, 2018) - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement: Earlier today, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, was discharged from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana after he was admitted yesterday for treatment of a minor infection. The Secretary has been fully functional during his brief period of observation and has been in regular contact with HHS senior ...
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  • Update from the Department of Health and Human Services

    Update from the Department of Health and Human Services

    Update from the Department of Health and Human Services



    (April 15, 2018) - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement:

    Earlier this evening the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, was treated with intravenous antibiotics for a minor infection. Out of an abundance of caution he has been admitted to a hospital for observation.



    Courtesy: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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  • FDA Permits Marketing of Artificial Intelligence-based Device to Detect Certain Diabetes-related Eye Problems

    FDA Permits Marketing of Artificial Intelligence-based Device to Detect Certain Diabetes-related Eye Problems



    (April 11, 2018) - - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today permitted marketing of the first medical device to use artificial intelligence to detect greater than a mild level of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high levels of blood sugar lead to damage in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the most...
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in U.S

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in U.S.





    Ramped-up CDC strategy helps providers stop spread of new germs, prevents large outbreaks




    (April 3, 2018) - - Health departments working with CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network found more than 220 instances of germs with “unusual” antibiotic resistance genes in the United States last year, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are uncommon in a geographic area or the U.S., or have specific genes that allow them to spread their resistance
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Appointments to Advance Department Priorities

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Appointments to Advance Department Priorities


    April 4, 2018


    (March 29, 2018) - - On Thursday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced the appointment of two individuals to lead initiatives in areas he has identified as priorities for the Department. Secretary Azar has previously identified four initiatives for his transformation agenda: combating the opioid crisis; bringing down the high cost of prescription drugs; addressing the cost and availability of health insurance; and transforming our healthcare system to a value-based system.
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  • New Technique Makes Heart Valve Replacement Safer for some High-risk Patients

    New Technique Makes Heart Valve Replacement Safer for some High-risk Patients

    New Technique Makes Heart Valve Replacement Safer for some High-risk Patients




    April 3, 2018




    Bethesda, Maryland - - (April 2, 2018) - - Scientists have developed a novel technique that prevents coronary artery obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a rare but often fatal complication. The method, called Bioprosthetic Aortic Scallop Intentional Laceration to prevent Iatrogenic Coronary Artery obstruction (BASILICA), will increase treatment options for high-risk patients who need heart valve procedures. The findings by researchers at the National Institutes of Health will publish in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions on April 2. TAVR, a procedure
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise - - Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise - - Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids

    April 2, 2018


    Atlanta, GA - - (March 29, 2018) - - An in-depth analysis of 2016 U.S. drug overdose data shows that America’s overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. The report, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appears in today’s issue of MMWR. Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose de
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