President Biden meeting with a group of people
Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
ABOVE: Adam Schultz, Official White House Photo
Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID

A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.

A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.

ABOVE: Adam Schultz, Official White House Photo

Health and Human Services

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US Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health
Catherine Offord | Mar 10, 2022
The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.
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Opinion: Coronavirus and Regulating Access to High-Risk Pathogens
Michael Parker, Shreya Kalra, Bryce Kassalow | Feb 10, 2022
Overbearing restrictions on research into toxins and pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 could undermine public health and security in the long run.
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Lawrence Tabak Tapped to Serve as Interim NIH Head
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2021
The glycoprotein researcher and longtime principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health will take over from Francis Collins on December 20.
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CDC Bypassed Under New COVID-19 Reporting Guidelines
Amanda Heidt | Jul 15, 2020
The Trump administration suggests deploying the National Guard to ensure timely data sharing into a new, centralized database.
US Selects Two COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates for Huge Investments
Amy Schleunes | Apr 1, 2020
The government is assisting Johnson & Johnson and Moderna with expediting clinical testing while at the same time prepping for large-scale manufacturing.
NIH Tightens Security, Blocking Iranian Scientists from Campus
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 4, 2019
Two scientists, who came to the Bethesda campus to give presentations, hold US green cards and had previously visited without incident.
Former Congresswoman, HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler Dies
Catherine Offord | Aug 7, 2018
Appointed by Ronald Reagan, Heckler led the agency from 1983 to 1985, and helped promote research into AIDS.
Ebola Update: Funding, Vaccines, and More Deaths in DRC
Catherine Offord | May 23, 2018
A total of 27 people have died since April, but new funds and the deployment of an experimental vaccine are expected to help contain the virus.
Federal Officials and Scientists Respond to Purported CDC Word Ban
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 17, 2017
The alleged ban prohibits officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using a list of seven words in agency budget documents. 
Trump Nominates Alex Azar as Health and Human Services Secretary
Catherine Offord | Nov 13, 2017
The former chief of Eli Lilly USA is picked to replace Tom Price, who stepped down in September amid a controversy over the abuse of taxpayer-funded travel.
HHS Secretary Price Resigns After Criticism of Plane Travel
Shawna Williams | Oct 2, 2017
Heads of CMS, FDA are among the potential replacements.
Ditch the Floss?
Bob Grant | Aug 3, 2016
US government agencies can’t provide strong scientific evidence that flossing is beneficial.
Obama Administration Eases Marijuana Research Requirements
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 29, 2015
Scientists wishing to study marijuana’s health effects may now forgo a review by Public Health Services.
HHS Overrules FDA on Plan B
Tia Ghose | Dec 10, 2011
Despite scientific evidence that Plan B emergency contraception is safe for women of all ages, the department of Health and Human Services declined to approve it for over-the-counter use.
An Overhaul for Human Research?
Tia Ghose | Jul 26, 2011
Proposed rules would streamline human research and strengthen protections for study subjects, according to the US government.
New carcinogens to watch out for
Jef Akst | Jun 13, 2011
The US government releases an updated list of potential carcinogens that includes seven new chemicals and biological agents.