In a surprise move, the US secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Karen Sibelius, has overruled her own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner on a sensitive political issue, denying girls under 17 access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B unless it is prescribed by a medical doctor.
Bedbugs suck — blood mostly, but they are also a costly problem, says Rajeev Vaidyanathan of SRI International in Menlo Park, California, who led a series of talks on the creepy parasites at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia today. Read more
The malarial parasite, Plasmodium vivax, is something of a forgotten step sister to the more prevalent, more deadly Plasmodium falciparum. Global and local programmes looking to eradicate malaria may need to pay it more attention say several health experts presenting at this year’s annual meeting for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia taking place this week. Read more
The German federal research minister, Annette Schavan, welcomed plans from the European Commission to continue to fund stem cell research in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme which will run from 2014-2020.
A report released on 30 November by the National Research Council (NRC) comes out strongly in favor of free, easy public access to the voluminous data gathered by government inspectors on individual meat and egg processors.
In a second setback in as many months, researchers running a major HIV prevention trial have cancelled one of its arms after learning that a vaginal gel was not effective in protecting women who use it from acquiring the virus. Read more
Japanese researchers have developed a probe for ovarian cancer that can be sprayed onto tissue during surgery, fluorescing where malignant cells are present — allowing surgeons to identify and remove scattered bits of tumour.