Racial disparities could play a role in the scant access Hispanic and black American kids have to mental healthcare, according to a study published in the International Journal of Health Services. And in fact, mental health problems among these populations more often result in disciplinary measures such as school suspensions or incarceration rather than mental health treatment.

 

Medical device companies will pay the FDA nearly $1 billion in user fees for five years beginning in October 2017 under the fourth reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee & Modernization Act (MDUFA).

The U.S. should brace itself for even more Zika headaches, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), because the virus could be around for a while and spread to even more areas. One study found it could be even more harmful than scientists originally believed.  

 

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced a new merger agreement with cancer drug company Medivation in a $14 billion deal that would add the expensive prostate cancer drug Xtandi to its portfolio.

Aug. 21 marks the 20th anniversary of HIPAA being signed into law, but at least one health IT expert believes the act needs to be updated to better address modern challenges.