Stephen Hahn, F.D.A. chief, is caught between scientists and the president

Many medical experts — including members of his own staff — worry about whether Dr. Hahn has the fortitude and political savvy to protect the scientific integrity of the F.D.A. from Mr. Trump.
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Salmonella cases linked to onions increase to nearly 900

Grocery chains, including Publix and Giant Eagle, have recalled onions supplied by Thomson International and products that may contain the onions.

C.D.C. warns of the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer after fatal poisonings

Four people died and nearly a dozen others were poisoned after swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, federal health officials said.

Scientists worry about political influence over coronavirus vaccine project

Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.

Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate in Body at High Levels - WSJ

For the second time in less than a year, a study of common sunscreen ingredients has established that the chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream at concentrations far greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s safety threshold.

With coronavirus antibodies fading fast, vaccine hopes fade, too

Recent studies indicate that the human body does not retain the antibodies that build up when people are infected with the coronavirus, meaning there may be no lasting immunity to the virus, even with a vaccine.


9 hand sanitizers may be toxic, FDA warns

The warning applies to nine lines of hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico that contain methanol, or wood alcohol, which can be dangerous, the agency said.

Nisarg Patel: It’s time to make the FDA independent

The battle over hydroxychloroquine illustrates that the FDA all too often has to respond to political pressure instead of focusing on public health.

Tests for coronavirus vaccine need this ingredient: Horseshoe crabs

Modern medicine still depends on this animal’s blood to test for bacteria in vaccines. And an alternative test requires further study.

The CDC waited 'its entire existence for this moment.' What went wrong?

The technology was old, the data poor, the bureaucracy slow, the guidance confusing, the administration not in agreement. The coronavirus shook the world's premier health agency, hampering the U.S. response to the crisis.


Lawmakers say Puff Bar used pandemic to market to teens

The e-cigarette company, which has quickly eclipsed Juul, has advertised its products as a break from “parental texts and WFH stress.”

The FDA relaxes food label rules for fifth time during the pandemic

The FDA just made it easier for food manufacturers to substitute ingredients and for vending machine operators to ditch calorie information.

Is 5G going to kill us all?

A new generation of superfast wireless internet is coming soon. But no one can say for sure if it’s safe.

Trump’s aggressive advocacy of malaria drug for treating coronavirus divides medical community

While Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged caution in using hydroxychloroquine, some doctors are prescribing it to patients who have the virus despite the fact it has never been tested for it.
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