National Institutes of Health scientists and collaborators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, have detected abnormal prion protein in the skin of nearly two dozen people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The scientists also exposed a dozen healthy mice to skin extracts from two of the CJD patients, and all developed prion disease.

People sometimes joke that easy tasks are "not brain surgery." But what happens when it actually is brain surgery? How old is too old to be a neurosurgeon? In a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age cutoff, but half favored additional testing for neurosurgeons 65 and older.

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order designed to remedy the anticompetitive effects resulting from Abbott's $8.3 billion acquisition of Alere.

The American Heart Association presented its newest honor, the Joseph A. Vita Award, to Laura Mauri, M.D., of Harvard Medical School and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital, for her "leadership of transformative clinical investigations identifying and clarifying optimal treatment methodologies for a variety of cardiovascular disorders."

As someone who enjoys eating out with my family and picking up the occasional take-out meal, I - like many Americans - want to know what's in the food I eat. As FDA Commissioner, I also know that more people are eating meals away from home, and our diets are increasingly comprised of foods we get from restaurants or take-out meals. FDA is committed to leveraging nutrition to enhance health and reduce disease, and the agency soon will be announcing a broader policy effort in this area. One important step is ensuring consumers have access to reliable and actionable information about the foods they eat so that they can make more informed choices about their diets and health for themselves and their families.

At a time when people are more aware of and engaged in their health care than ever before, genetic risk testing can provide helpful information about an individual's predisposition for certain diseases and conditions. These tests can prompt consumers to be more engaged in pursuing the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices and more aware of their health risks. Consumers are increasingly embracing genetic health risk (GHR) testing to better understand their individual risk for developing diseases. This engagement prompts some people to make more informed lifestyle choices.