The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 28 issued a long-awaited proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a major victory for anti-smoking advocates but one that could face stiff opposition from Big Tobacco.

Some rare blood disorders are a life-threatening emergency that require urgent action, but for some healthcare professionals (HCPs) it’s hard to recognize and treat a disease you rarely see or experience. McCann Health New Jersey, an IPG Health company, helped develop, design and support the launch of “FROM VERY RARE TO VERY REAL.” The virtual reality (VR) experience helps HCPs look beyond data and diagnostic algorithms, and instead actually feel like they are at the center of a real emergency.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new draft guidance to industry for developing plans to enroll more participants from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the U.S. into clinical trials –  expanding on the agency’s previous guidances for industry to improve clinical trial diversity.

Black women in the United States were nearly three times as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than white women, according to a government report published on February 23.

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services undergoes the comment period on its national coverage decision for Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm (aducanumab), Biogen and its partner company Eisai released additional details about the Phase IV post-marketing study of the drug.

On January 17, America is celebrating the legendary life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2022, the holiday comes in the wake of two years of racial tensions and protests, and the racial inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. BioSpace is marking the occasion by sharing some of its recent coverage about what the life sciences industry is doing to even those scales.

Younger adults are seeking out Covid-19 vaccines at a slower rate than older adults, and if that pace of vaccination continues through August, vaccine coverage among younger adults will not reach levels achieved with older adults, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on June 21.

The Covid-19 epidemic highlighted the disproportionate way the virus impacted minority communities across the U.S., increasing the calls for racial and ethnic diversity in clinical studies. While there has been a more significant push, a recent Pfizer clinical trials diversity report shows there is still a wide gap that needs to be bridged.

Covid-19 was the primary or contributing cause of 377,883 deaths in the United States during 2021, with a particularly high toll among the elderly, according to a government report released on March 31.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Feb. 25 downplayed the results of two studies suggesting that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November will be more resistant to vaccines now being administered.