Obamacare Waiver Gives States Opening For Huge Reforms. But Will They Take It?

Starting in 2017, the Affordable Care Act will allow states to use waivers to pursue virtually any type of proposals for health care reform that they can imagine. It’s a huge opportunity for states interested in expanding or changing how health care is delivered. But will anyone actually take advantage of it? California has discussed […]

White House: Don’t Genetically Modify Humans

The Obama administration says altering human genes for medical purposes is a “line that shouldn’t be crossed” right now. It is important to examine the ethical implications of using new technologies to altar the human genome, John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote Tuesday morning on the White […]

Oklahoma Girl’s Rare Syndrome Prevents Her From Aging

Layla Qualls looks like a happy, 9- to 10-month-old baby— but she’s actually three years old. The Oklahoma girl was diagnosed with Syndrome X, which means she will never age. Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles studied  Layla as one of seven children found worldwide with Syndrome X to understand the extremely rare […]

Fast Food Chains Urged to Boycott Genetically Engineered Produce

Consumer advocacy groups are asking Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts for commitments not to sell the genetically engineered apples and potatoes the Department of Agriculture approved for consumption last week. The groups — Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group, Food Democracy Now, Food & Water Watch, […]

FDA Official: GMO Foods ‘As Safe As’ Other Foods

A top official at the Food and Drug Administration assured lawmakers Wednesday the agency has no safety concerns about the increasingly controversial production of genetically engineered foods. Genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs, are used by farmers to increase their crop yields. But many concerns have been raised by food safety groups about the […]

CDC Throws Cold Water on Talk of ‘Airborne’ Ebola Transmission

Hoping to tamp down fears about Ebola, the Obama administration said Monday the virus wreaking havoc in West Africa is unlikely to mutate and spread by air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fact sheet that says samples from the current outbreak, which has killed about 5,000 abroad and elicited fear in […]