Birth control pills actually may be safer for teenagers than for older women, a study finds. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

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ALS patients and their families rallied for expanded access to experimental drugs in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2015. Courtesy of Lina Clark hide caption

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Patients Demand The 'Right To Try' Experimental Drugs, But Costs Can Be Steep

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Sixty-three percent of women who used the Paxman cooling device said they used wigs or head wraps to cover up hair loss, compared to 100 percent of women who didn't try cooling. Courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine hide caption

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Cooling Cap May Limit Chemo Hair Loss In Women With Breast Cancer

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Luke Whitbeck, 2, sits on his mother's lap while the nurse prepares his treatment at a pediatric infusion center in Hawthorne, N.Y., in October 2016. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

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Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

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Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., embraces Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., during a media briefing about the 21st Century Cures Act on Capitol Hill on Nov. 30. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Fred Upton (right), R-Mich., who have spearheaded the 21st Century Cures Act, speak after a 2015 House of Representatives vote in its favor. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

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Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

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After several prominent safety problems with medical devices in hospitals emerged, the Food and Drug Administration inspected 17 hospitals across the country in late 2015 to assess their compliance with reporting regulations. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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Sarepta Therapeutics was awarded a voucher for a fast-track drug review by the Food and Drug Administration when the company's medicine for Duchenne muscular dystropy was approved Sept. 19. Now Sarepta is looking to sell the voucher to the highest bidder. Mick Wiggins/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A job reviewing drug applications at the Food and Drug Administration can be the springboard for a career in industry. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients Jack Willis (center), Nolan Willis (right) and Max LeClaire, attended the opening of Sarepta Therapeutics new headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., in 2014. Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

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Researchers Question Safety, Value Of Untested Stem Cell Treatments

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Where are the generic alternatives to EpiPen and other expensive drugs that have lost patent protection? Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The FDA says that facilities that collect blood donations throughout the United States should be testing donations for Zika within 12 weeks. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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All U.S. Blood Donations Should Be Screened For Zika, FDA Says

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