Over half of people in 10 states who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 tested positive for fentanyl, according to new data published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release.

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees re-elected Samuel Di Piazza as its chair at its quarterly meeting today. He will serve another four-year term.

At least 76 confirmed and suspected cases of a bacterial infection called leptospirosis have been reported in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria swept through the island in September. Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, says, "Leptospirosis is a serious infection that people can often get when they are exposed to contaminated water."

Twelve awards totaling $9 million in Fiscal Year 2017 will launch a National Institutes of Health Data Commons Pilot Phase. A data commons is a shared virtual space where scientists can work with the digital objects of biomedical research, such as data and analytical tools. The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms. This will be done on public clouds, which are virtual spaces where service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, availableĀ over the internet.

As scientists develop powerful neurotechnologies to monitor and regulate brain activity, ethical questions arise about how these new tools should be incorporated into medical research and clinical practice. To inform this discussion, the National Institutes of Health has awarded grants to five teams of experts who will study the neuroethical issues surrounding the use of deep brain stimulation in neuropsychiatric and movement disorders and appropriate consent for brain research.

Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in support of its proposed rule that would clarify that VA health care practitioners may provide telehealth services to beneficiaries notwithstanding any contrary state licensing laws, rules, or requirements.