Conflict of Interest Rules Proposed for Medical Research

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that researchers and medical faculty members decline all gifts from medical companies and refuse to publish or present material that is ghostwritten for such companies in order to avoid real or perceive conflicts of interest.   The recommendations also suggest broader reporting requirements of researchers’ ties to… Read More


Senate Confirms HHS Chief

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on a 65-31 vote. The confirmation comes at a critical moment, as the Obama administration deals with swine flu emergency that has surfaced in the past week. The confirmation completes President Obama’s cabinet and adds a voice to… Read More


President Obama Makes Remarks to National Academy of Sciences

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2009   Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC April 27, 2009   It is my privilege to address the distinguished members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the… Read More


Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions… Read More


President Obama Creates White House Office on Health Reform

On April 8th, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing a White House Office of Health Reform. The new office will provide leadership to the executive branch on federal health reform efforts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, who ran the Health Care Financing Administration under President Clinton, will direct the new office. The order also directs the Secretary… Read More


Senator Murray Will Introduce Bill to Aid Trauma Centers

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of the National Trauma Center Stabilization Act.  She was accompanied by two representatives from the National Foundation for Trauma Care, Dr. Ronald Maier from Harborview Hospital in Seattle, and trauma surgeons from the Medical College of South Carolina, Ohio State University, University… Read More