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Biden’s ready to start his pandemic response immediately 

Biden's top health advisers say he’s already preparing an unprecedented, mid-pandemic transition of power that aims to reboot the federal government’s Covid-19 response. 

Q&A: Vivek Murthy, a top Biden adviser, on Covid-19 vaccines, the drug industry, and the future of public health

The former surgeon general, now a key health adviser to Biden, spoke with STAT about vaccines, Trump, and the politicization of science.

Joe Biden’s campaign-trail challenge: Casting doubt on a Trump vaccine without fueling broader vaccine skepticism

Democrats are attacking Trump’s vaccine development process as rushed and politically motivated. And they’re taking pains to make sure their rhetoric doesn’t fuel further vaccine skepticism.

‘No miracle is coming’: In acceptance speech, Biden rips Trump for Covid-19 mismanagement

“The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear,” Biden said. “He keeps waiting for a miracle. I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”

Ramped-up testing and daily briefings: Inside Biden’s plan to take over a tumultuous Covid-19 response

Joe Biden's platform to combat Covid-19 — described by numerous campaign surrogates and scientific advisers to the campaign — is as much a rebuke of President Trump as it is a pandemic-response roadmap.

A makeover for oral PrEP: designing real-world HIV prevention for women

In parts of the world where women don't have much personal power, design-led solutions can transform prevention of HIV from a source of shame into an empowering ritual of self-care.

FDA will broaden how it evaluates new addiction treatment drugs

The FDA said Monday it will be more flexible when it evaluates new forms of medication-assisted treatment, the standard of care for treating an opioid addiction.

By shunning medication-assisted therapy, 12-step meetings are making the opioid crisis worse

By shunning people who use medication-assisted therapy to kick opioid addictions, 12-step programs are making the opioid epidemic worse.

Progress stalls on stroke deaths & Vivek Murthy talks health and stress with the NIH

The STAT Morning Rounds newsletter keeps you ahead of the day's health and science news.

Trump is on his way to an epicenter of the opioid crisis. Here’s what he’ll find

President Trump will be holding a rally in Huntington, W.Va., which has struggled for years with the consequences of an opioid epidemic.

Surgeon general nominee, asked about gun violence, treads carefully

Dr. Jerome Adams, Trump’s nominee for surgeon general, tried to make a distinction between guns and gun violence during his confirmation hearing.

Democrats urge swifter action from Trump on opioid addiction

Twenty senators have written to the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy urging him to do more to combat the opioid epidemic.

It’s time to break down the wall between dentistry and medicine

Dentistry and medicine have long been been taught as — and viewed as — two separate professions. That artificial division is bad for the public's health.

Trump in 30 Seconds: science and medicine in flux

Here's the latest on what the Trump presidency means for health, hospitals, drug companies, and medical research.

Zika in 30 seconds: What you need to know today

Have 30 seconds? Here’s what you need to know today about the Zika virus.

Jerome Adams nominated as new U.S. surgeon general

Adams was named health commissioner in Indiana by Vice President Pence and helped oversee a response to a major HIV outbreak that later drew criticism.

STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade

Opioids could kill nearly half a million over the next decade — and cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions — as the crisis of addiction accelerates.

In Washington, an alliance between symphonies and scientists

A series at the Kennedy Center focused on how scientists are gaining a clearer picture of how the brain processes music — and how doctors may benefit.

Trump in 30 Seconds: science and medicine in flux – Archive (April, May 2017)

Here's the latest on what the Trump presidency means for health, hospitals, drug companies, and medical research.

‘We are not going to enforce our way out of this.’ Experts strategize new ways to fight opioid addiction

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg emphasized that opioid addiction is a disease that must be treated with medicine, not incarceration.

Why taking drugs to treat addiction doesn’t mean you’re ‘still addicted’

People taking methadone or buprenorphine to treat addiction are dependent on opioids, but they are not addicted, as they are often portrayed.

How effective is medication-assisted treatment for addiction? Here’s the science

A STAT guide to what we know about the science and effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, and what do we not know.

Ousted surgeon general rebukes Tom Price over comment on addiction treatment

Murthy says he is concerned Price's remarks stigmatize medication-assisted treatment by incorrectly implying that it is not effective.

White House names new members of opioid commission

Two governors, a former congressman in recovery, and an addiction researcher are set to join President Trump’s opioid panel.

Tom Price commends West Virginia officers who arrested journalist asking questions

Price said police did "what they thought was appropriate" in arresting a journalist who shouted questions at him while in West Virginia.

Fighting despair offers a key way to stop opioid abuse

The US needs to address the causes of despair, like economic injustice and disempowerment, that drive people toward drug use and addiction.

The surgeon general’s dismissal should alarm all doctors

After Vivek Murthy was ousted as US surgeon general, doctors like me wondered which devoted guardian of the public's health could next face the same fate.

Democratic senators question Trump over dismissal of surgeon general

A group of Democratic senators is pushing back against the dismissal of former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, requesting more information from President Trump.

Vivek Murthy, surgeon general, is ousted by Trump administration

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after "assisting in a smooth transition."