• executive director Jul 10, 2019

    Merck's Ebola Vaccine Helps Combat Deadly Outbreak in the Congo as the Virus Spreads

    The Ebola virus is once again wreaking havoc in the war-torn North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, claiming an estimated 1,625 lives so far in its second-deadliest outbreak ever. The ongoing outbreak follows the most devastating Ebola epidemic in history, which killed 11,310 and infected 28,616 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in...

  • Donald Trump May 15, 2019

    Consumers Could Be Collateral Damage If US Expands Tariffs

    For many Americans, President Donald Trump’s trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. That’s roughly $300 billion worth of products on top of the $250 billion targeted earlier. “The administration’s decision to announce...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    US Targets $300B in Chinese Goods for New Tariff Hikes, But Stocks Broadly Rise

    U.S. officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to “fight to the finish” in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office issued its target list after Beijing announced tariff hikes Monday on $60 billion of American goods in their...

  • United States May 10, 2019

    Tainted Drugs: Ex-FDA Inspector Warns of Dangers in U.S. Meds Made in China, India

    The notice arrived at the home of Denise Schreck, a New Jersey woman who suffers from high blood pressure, last July. Valsartan, the blood pressure medication used by Schreck and millions of other Americans, was tainted, NBC News reports. “URGENT PRODUCT RECALL,” blared the words at the top of the letter from her pharmacy. Since last summer, drug companies have...

  • Elizabeth Warren Apr 24, 2019

    Fact Check: The Facts on Medicare for All

    Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the latest version of his Medicare for All legislation on April 10, with 13 Democratic co-sponsors. Four of them, plus Sanders himself, are running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders says the bill, S. 1129, “would provide comprehensive and cost-effective health care for everyone,” while the White House has said the plan would “mandate a decrease...

  • China Mar 15, 2019

    China's Premier Denies Beijing Tells Companies to Spy

    China’s premier denied Beijing tells its tech companies to spy abroad and promised Friday to treat foreign and domestic competitors equally, seeking to defuse tensions with Washington and Europe over technology, market access and other irritants. Premier Li Keqiang’s rejection of spying accusations at a news conference was the communist government’s highest-level effort to put to rest Western security concerns....

  • Chairman Sep 18, 2018

    German Doctors: Pussy Riot Poisoning ‘Highly Plausible'

    German doctors treating a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot said Tuesday that claims he was poisoned are “highly plausible,” but stressed they can’t say how this might have occurred or who was responsible....
    Pyotr Verzilov has been receiving intensive care since arriving in Berlin from Moscow on Saturday, but his condition isn’t life threatening, Dr. Kai-Uwe Eckardt of Berlin’s...

  • China Aug 9, 2018

    US Producer Prices Flat in July, Restraining Inflation

    U.S. wholesale prices were unchanged in July after two months of large increases, a sign inflation pressures have softened. The Labor Department said Thursday that the producer price index — which measures price changes before they reach the consumer — increased 3.3 percent last month from a year earlier. That’s down slightly from 3.4 percent in June, which was the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 5, 2018

    Bluster Aside, US and China Vulnerable to Pain From Tariffs

    The U.S. and Chinese governments have been flashing a lot of bravado just before firing the first shots in a conflict that risks erupting into a mutually damaging trade war....
    Yet among the people and business in both countries that are suddenly under threat from higher costs, closed-off markets and deep uncertainties, there’s far less confidence. A trade war between the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 5, 2018

    Behind Trade Fight, China Pushing to End Reliance on US Tech

    Chinese telecoms giant ZTE Corp.’s brush with death after Washington barred it from buying U.S. components was a stark reminder that China’s industries still depend on American technology despite Beijing’s efforts to catch up. The Trump administration accuses China of using theft to fill some of those technology needs and is poised to hike tariffs Friday on its goods in...

  • Governor Oct 25, 2017

    Hurricane Maria Recovery Highlights Puerto Rico Inequalities

    Hurricane Maria didn’t discriminate between rich and poor when it ravaged Puerto Rico, but the recovery has been another story. Much of Puerto Rico was still without power Wednesday, more than a month after the storm, but wealthier residents are sealed up in air conditioned homes with their generators and bottled water, or have fled the island altogether for extended...

  • United States Oct 4, 2017

    Chemistry Nobel Honors Technique for Seeing Molecules' Details

    Three researchers based in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developments in electron microscopy. The 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize is shared by Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank at New York’s Columbia University and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Britain. The Royal Swedish Academy...

  • Houston Sep 1, 2017

    Explosions Rock Flood-Crippled Chemical Plant Near Houston

    At least 2 tons of highly volatile chemicals used in such products as plastics and paint exploded and burned at a flood-crippled plant near Houston early Thursday, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs....
    The blaze at the Arkema Inc. chemical plant burned out around midday, but emergency crews continued to hold back because...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2017

    USS Ford Is ‘100,000-Ton Message to the World': Trump

    With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a “100,000-ton message to the world” about America’s military might when it is ultimately deployed. U.S. allies will rest easy, Trump said, but America’s enemies will “shake with...

  • NBC Jun 22, 2017

    Senate GOP Releases ‘Obamacare' Overhaul, But Not All Aboard

    Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

  • NBC Jun 22, 2017

    5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill

    With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation. Medicaid has been a major talking point in the health care debate. Republican leaders have been contemplating a slow winding-down of the program, making it...

  • Donald Trump Mar 11, 2017

    Trump Picks Former FDA Official to Head Agency

    President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has chosen a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Scott Gottlieb would be tasked with Trump’s goal of cutting red tape at the FDA, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals to seafood to electronic cigarettes. Trump has called the...

  • New Jersey Jan 20, 2016

    Johnson & Johnson to Restructure, Cut Thousands of Jobs

    Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it plans to cut about 3,000 jobs over the next two years as the health care conglomerate works to restructure its medical devices business.

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