Latest U.S. Department of Health and Human Services News

DC enacts emergency regulations to stop migrant kids shelter

Aug. 21, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has enacted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. The Washington Post reports the regulations by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's administration were adopted Friday and prohibit licensing facilities housing...

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

Aug. 15, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to U.S. cigarette warnings in 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings...

US agency defends DC shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids

Aug. 15, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has defended its plan to house unaccompanied migrant children in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reports DHHS says unaccompanied minors were apprehended alone, unlike migrant children separated from their families. It says its wards...

Vaping companies sue to delay US review of e-cigarettes

Aug. 14, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vaping industry group sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to delay an upcoming review of thousands of e-cigarettes on the market. The legal challenge by the Vapor Technology Association is the latest hurdle in the Food and Drug Administration's yearslong effort to regulate the...

Michigan State agrees to protect patients in deal with feds

Aug. 12, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has agreed to better protect patients from sexual assaults, including following a chaperone requirement for sensitive medical exams, to resolve a federal civil-rights investigation into Larry Nassar's abuse of young gymnasts and other athletes under the guise...

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

Aug. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l was finally able to get out from under my work desk," said...

Business Highlights

Aug. 6, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

___ A heightened US-China financial war imperils global economy WASHINGTON (AP) — Just what the fragile global economy didn't need: An unpredictable escalation in President Donald Trump's trade war with China, one that spreads the conflict to currency markets, threatens to involve other countries and...

E-cigarette giant Juul's campaign donations favor Democrats

Aug. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry. The donations from Juul's political action committee...

E-cigarette giant Juul's campaign donations favor Democrats

Aug. 1, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry. The donations from Juul's political action committee...

Canadians worried by plan to let Americans import drugs

Aug. 1, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — A Trump administration plan to let Americans legally import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada is causing concern among Canadians who that fear it could cause shortages of some medications — as well as surprise by officials who say they weren't consulted about a possible influx of...