Congressional investigators say the government has been slow to upgrade security at U.S. laboratories that handle deadly germs nearly a year after the discovery of weak security controls at such facilities.
A report says two of the labs found to have lax security have made some progress despite "limited action" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work out a more detailed plan.
The report from the Government Accountability Office is set for release later this week. It was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
The report calls on the CDC to establish uniform perimeter security for all five of the nation's labs that handle organisms that cause diseases without a cure -- such as the Ebola virus and smallpox.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.