Monthly Archives: January 2019

116th Congress: Senate HELP gets new Democrat, two new Republicans

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With jurisdiction over most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — HELP — is pivotal in crafting policies […]

116th Congress: Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets new Chair, three new Republican members

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The 116th Congress brings significant change to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a new chair whose record offers few — but significant — clues to his global health leanings, to three well-known, but new Republican members, all of who indicated varying views on the value of foreign aid. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) – In […]

Lower age of consent for HIV testing linked to higher adolescent testing rates, study finds

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Sub-Saharan African countries where adolescents 15 or younger could be tested for HIV without sign-off by parents or guardians show 11 percent higher rates of testing for the virus among those from 15 to 18 years old than in countries where the legal age of consent for testing is 16 or older, according to a […]