Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY

Ken Alltucker


Springfield, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Ken:

The 'post-antibiotic era' is here: Drug-resistant 'superbugs' sicken 2.8M and kill 35K each year, CDC says

A new CDC report sets a baseline of infections and deaths from antibiotic-resistant germs and outlines strategies to slow drug-resistant infections. → Read More

'It's a much more serious issue': Researchers study Zantac cancer risk as FDA probes cause

Zantac and its generics are routinely used by millions of heartburn sufferers and are available with or without a prescription. How did the drug become a cancer risk? Early studies show potential signs. → Read More

Feds probe international supply chain, link to THC products, as vaping injuries surpass 1,600 and 34 are dead

Vaping THC products a known risk for lung injuries but FDA and CDC investigators still don't know all substances harming people → Read More

Patient safety report: A third of doctors at same-day surgery centers are not board certified

These centers now handle more than 60% of all surgeries and procedures as doctors and specialists shift away from hospital operations. → Read More

Sanofi recalls popular heartburn drug Zantac as FDA investigates probable carcinogen

Sanofi said it will voluntarily recall Zantac as the drugmaker and FDA investigate the source of NDMA, a probable carcinogen. → Read More

Army says 2 soldiers are being treated for vaping-related lung injuries

Days after the sale of e-cigarettes were banned from Army bases, two soldiers have been diagnosed with vaping-related lung injuries → Read More

Lawsuit: Detox center missed signs, failed to complete tests that could have saved Ohio mom

An Ohio mom died within 72 hours of checking into an Arizona detox center. Her family claims in a lawsuit the center failed to test and treat her, leading to her death. → Read More

THC products like 'Dank Vapes' are playing a major role in outbreak of lung illnesses, CDC says

The CDC said 77%of vapers used products that contained THC, alone or combined with nicotine. Only 16% used nicotine-only products. → Read More

Cancer worries prompt generic Zantac recalls at Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid: What you need to know

Two drugmakers initiated recalls of generic versions of Zantac after testing found a probable carcinogen. → Read More

FDA finds small amounts of probable carcinogen in Zantac and other heartburn drugs

The FDA tested ranitidine heartburn medications and found small amounts of a probable carcinogen. The agency has not recommended the drugs be recalled → Read More

'Really astonishing': Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says

The average emergency room visit cost $1,389 in 2017, up 176%, according to a report by the Health Care Cost Institute. Billing codes are part of it. → Read More

Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 puzzles law enforcement; 4 critical at hospitals

Four victims are in critical condition following Friday's shooting that killed 12. Law enforcement still searching for answers. → Read More

CDC: 1.1 million more Americans lost health insurance coverage in 2018

A CDC survey shows that 1.1 million more Americans were uninsured in 2018, an increase fueled by changes to the Affordable Care Act. → Read More

Yet another lot of blood pressure medication recalled — this time for a possible carcinogen

Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging will recall one more lot of the heart and blood pressure drug losartan sent to Kroger Co. pharmacies. → Read More

Feds issue new warning to doctors: Don't skimp too much on opioid pain pills

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said many physicians were guilty of a "misapplication" of 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines. → Read More

Do 'the right thing': People who can't get vaccinated during a measles outbreak rely on the healthy

Children and adults who can’t vaccinate because of a age, a weakened immune system or a medical treatment are vulnerable during measles outbreaks. → Read More

Challenge to Obamacare could leave 20 million people without health insurance

If GOP states' court challenge to eliminate the Affordable Care Act succeeds, nearly 20 million Americans could lose health insurance. → Read More

Struggling to stay alive: Rising insulin prices cause diabetics to go to extremes

The escalating cost of insulin has desperate diabetics rationing medication, acquiring the drug from friends or getting it from Canada or Mexico. → Read More

FDA approves new valsartan generic to counter shortages of the blood pressure drug

The FDA approved a new generic version of valsartan to address the drug's shortage. → Read More

Doctors might have found a cure for HIV. But is it worse than the disease?

Doctors are hailing a potential breakthrough on a condition that has killed some 35 million worldwide. But they're not ready to recommend it. → Read More