Only Virginia, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. have laws requiring kids to have the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to attend school, according to a new study. That lags well behind where similar vaccines, like hepatitis B and varicella, were at the same point in their development, the authors write in a letter in the Journal […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would extend the deadline for chain restaurants to disclose calorie counts on menus by a year to Dec. 1, 2016. The FDA set a national standard for restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets late in 2014, to raise awareness about the risk of obesity posed by […]

Update, 6:38pm ET, July 2: According to records at the CDC and to Washington state health department spokesperson Donn Moyer, other deaths have been reported to be from measles over the past decade, but these were not confirmed deaths. “In order for a death to be a confirmed case, there has to be verifiable evidence […]

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a sub committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today recommended that newly available vaccinations to combat the “B” strain of meningitis only be considered for use by individuals and their physicians. The committee opted to recommend the meningitis vaccine as category B rather […]

As the medical community continues searching for ways to curb opioid-related deaths through treatment and management, the pharmaceutical industry proceeds with pushing for naloxone, a generic drug also known as Narcan – and the results are paying off. A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that naloxone kits […]

Abnormal changes in the cervix that can lead to cancer are less frequent in young women since the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a new study suggests. But tests to look for these changes are also being done less often in women age 21 and younger, which could account for at least some of […]

The newest HPV vaccine safely and effectively prevents at least four different kinds of cancer in the population recommended to receive it, according to a study in Pediatrics today. Gardasil 9, manufactured by Merck, protects against nine strains of the human papillomavirus, an infection transmitted through direct or indirect contact with the genitals of an […]

DEERFIELD, Ill. & MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day on June 27, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming with more than 180 health departments and local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in 150 cities across the country to […]

Six years after the recession ended, the nation’s birthrate has begun to climb again. Population Reference Bureau’s Mark Mather discusses the impact for the economy.  By Neil Shah The Wall Street Journal   June 17, 2015 12:01 a.m. ET Six years after the recession ended, the nation’s birthrate has begun to climb again. For every 1,000 […]

Designed to prevent users from overdosing, abuse-deterrent opioids aim to diminish the effects of today’s epidemic by limiting the ways addicts can alter prescription painkillers for their needs. These drugs, subject for approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aren’t as accessible to patients as some may think — especially seniors. New research from […]