Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY

Ken Alltucker

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Fairfax, VA, United States

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Past articles by Ken:

Fourth of July fireworks come as some parts of US are 'primed to burn'

Experts warn hot, dry conditions are ripe for wildfires ahead of Fourth of July celebrations. Some cities turn to drone light displays to curb risk. → Read More

FDA seeks to ease cancer drug shortage with China-made imports

More than one dozen cancer drugs have been in shortage in recent months, including cisplatin and carboplatin. U.S. eases import restrictions. → Read More

Artificial intelligence helps researchers find new antibiotic to fight deadly superbug

Researchers report they used an AI algorithm to predict molecules that would neutralize the drug-resistant bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. → Read More

This opioid addiction drug is rarely misused. So why is there so much regulation?

A Medicare watchdog report concludes that buprenorphine is rarely misused and is an important tool to address the nation's opioid crisis. → Read More

How the US reports COVID data is about to change. Here's what you need to know.

As the public health emergency ends May 11, the CDC will change how it reports COVID data and will no longer be counting every case. → Read More

Eli Lilly says new Alzheimer's drug donanemab slows early stages of disease by 35%

Lilly said people on the drug donanemab slowed decline by 35% based on a measure of daily activities such as driving and talking about current events. → Read More

US faces 'perfect storm' nurse staffing crisis: About a third plan to leave, survey finds

Two reports show how nurses perceive their profession amid a staffing crisis, growing workloads and stressed hospitals. → Read More

Eli Lilly to cut insulin prices up to 70% amid federal pressure to lower costs

Drugmaker Eli Lilly says it will cut its insulin prices up to 70% and cap out-of-pocket costs for privately insured consumers at $35 a month. → Read More

First it was blood pressure medication. Now FDA eyes more drugs for cancer-causing chemical.

Here's what the FDA is doing to protect consumers after drugs such as quinapril, Zantac and Metformin were recalled over chemicals linked to cancer. → Read More

Here's why Medicaid coverage and free COVID tests, treatments will soon change

About 15 million may lose health insurance in May when the COVID emergency ends. Meanwhile, free vaccines and treatments will end by summer. → Read More

Medicare launches plan to negotiate prices for the costliest drugs. Here's what to know.

As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, Medicare will negotiate drug prices, limit annual price hikes and cap insulin costs paid by older Americans. → Read More

FDA approves new drug lecanemab that appears to slow early, mild Alzheimer's

Federal drug regulators on Friday approved lecanemab, sold under the brand name Leqembi, an Alzheimer’s drug that appears to slow the disease. → Read More

Amid backlash, CDC's new opioid guidance aims to curb addiction and treat patients

The CDC issued new guidance for doctors who treat pain patients that reverses a 2016 version that was used to sharply curtail opioid prescriptions. → Read More

'Calm before the storm': Health insurance costs set to spike after they stayed mostly flat in 2022, survey finds

Kaiser Family Foundation survey reports average cost for an employer-provided health increased just 1% this year. → Read More

Vitality is key to overall health, but survey finds most Americans aren't thriving

A survey finds 18% of adults have high vitality and are healthier, exercise more and less obese. Researchers believe it's a key to overall health. → Read More

Searching for a nursing home? Biden administration takes 'unprecedented step' to release ownership data

The nursing home data is part of the Biden administration's effort to shine a light on an industry that receives substantial federal funding. → Read More

Investigation into pivotal Alzheimer's study raises questions on suspected disease culprit

A new report casts doubt on a 2006 Alzheimer’s study, but researchers say it does not undercut the prevailing theory into the origin of the disease. → Read More

FDA bans Juul's vapes, pods citing 'conflicting' data on potentially harmful chemicals

Juul must cease sales of its vaping device under the FDA ruling. The ban does not restrict customers from using the products. → Read More

Employees push back against wellness programs requiring they get medical checks or pay fees

With no clear federal rules on incentives for health screenings, a lawsuit at Yale University spotlights measures that penalize some workers. → Read More

Those ‘free’ COVID tests you take? Labs are raking in millions in tax dollars, study says

A new study highlights mounting costs of COVID testing paid by taxpayers through federal health programs or consumers who buy private insurance. → Read More