Articles by Michelle Fay Cortez and Cristin Flanagan

FDA Moving Quickly to Approve New Drugs. Is It Too Quickly?

The U.S. is approving new drugs so fast that companies are now preparing for a green light months in advance of the scheduled decision date, a pace that’s helping patients with rare or untreatable diseases but raising alarm among consumer …

Health Officials Report First Death They Believe Is Linked to Vaping

An Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness that health officials believe is linked with vaping, the state’s Department of Public Health said Friday. The death is the first recorded from a mystery illness that …

FDA Halts Sales of Surgical Mesh by 2 Firms Over Injury Claims

U.S. health regulators ordered two medical device companies to stop selling a surgical mesh used in pelvic repair surgeries, after thousands of claims by women that they were injured by the products. The Food and Drug Administration said it had …

Businesses Find Costs of Affordable Care Act No Big Deal

The biggest entitlement legislation in a generation is causing barely a ripple in corporate America. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — is putting such a small dent in the profits of U.S. companies …

Travelers CEO Fishman Discloses Neuromuscular Condition

Travelers Cos., the only property/casualty insurer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, said Chief Executive Officer Jay Fishman has been diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition. “While fortunately it has so far been slow progressing, you may soon see me with …

Joan Rivers Didn’t Consent to Procedures Performed at Yorkville

Joan Rivers, the comedian and television personality who died after undergoing a medical procedure in New York, didn’t give permission for all the work done at Yorkville Endoscopy LLC, U.S. regulators said. The Department of Health and Human Services said …

Computer Model Predicts 2 Dozen Ebola Cases in U.S. This Month

There could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month, according to researchers tracking the virus with a computer model. The actual number will probably be far smaller and …