Burwell begins role at Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell has assumed her duties as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, the White House budget director for the past year, was selected for the job after Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation in April.

Aside from heading up the Office of Management and […]

Obama’s proclamation ushers in 50th anniversary of American Heart Month

To enjoy a “long and healthy life,” Americans should follow a few simple rules, especially those at higher risk of heart disease, President Obama wrote in the annual federal proclamation declaring February as American Heart Month.

The designation is aimed at increasing awareness that heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 […]

Report: Millions of children would benefit from tobacco tax increase

President Obama’s plan to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes would ensure that 2 million  low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool and prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers, according to a recently released report.

In his fiscal year […]

AHA joins others urging federal tobacco oversight

The American Heart Association is among 16 leading national health organizations who have signed a joint letter to President Obama asking for faster adoption of new tobacco regulations that would give the Food and Drug Administration more control of currently unregulated items such as e-cigarettes.

In the letter dated Thursday, the health […]