Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:09 am
With a vote of 68-32, the Senate approved a sweeping farm bill Tuesday that will set rules and practices for American agriculture for five years. The bill does away with controversial direct cash payments made to farmers under a subsidy system, replacing it with crop insurance.
Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:50 am
Boston physician Vivek Murthy was expected to run into political headwinds Tuesday during his Senate confirmation hearing for the post of the nation's top doc — surgeon general.
Murthy, 36, the founder of a national physicians group that worked to pass the Affordable Care Act, was seen by some as vulnerable to GOP attacks because of his political work, his youth and his less-than-a-lifetime of public health experience — not to mention a few impolitic tweets guaranteed to rile conservatives.
The National Institutes of Health is teaming up with major drug companies in a new effort to identify disease-related molecules and biological processes that could lead to future medicines.
The public-private partnership is called AMP, for the "Accelerating Medicines Partnership," and it will focus first on Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 diabetes, and two autoimmune disorders: rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:14 pm
The Navy is investigating alleged cheating on tests by sailors training on nuclear reactors and propulsion at a Navy school, senior navy officials at the Pentagon tell NPR's Tom Bowman.
The extent of the cheating is unknown, but the AP reports that the cheating did not involve nuclear weapons so it "is not comparable to the Air Force's investigation of alleged cheating by officers who operate land-based nuclear missiles."