Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new device, the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve (Zephyr Valve), intended to treat breathing difficulty associated with severe emphysema.

Washington, DC - Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of two catheter-based devices designed to create a connection to veins and arteries in patients with chronic kidney disease who need hemodialysis.

Washington, DC - The Trump Administration is taking swift action to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Washington, DC - In a tumultuous 2017, gains made to expand insurance coverage were threatened by various legislative and executive actions. Physicians responded with a strong voice in favor of proposals to stabilize the individual insurance market and against plans that would lead to millions fewer uninsured. Here is how AMA Wire® covered these vital developments.

Scottsdale, Arizona - Overdose death is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Heroin is a major player in overdose deaths but so are prescription opioid pain medications.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Clark County Medical Society is set to host The Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Local Healthcare Providers Town Hall, a collaboration with the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD), Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA), University Medical Center (UMC), PACT Coalition and the Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) at the Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in an effort to educate Nevada's physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Residents and Fellows on all topics revolving around Nevada's new legislation ABA474. AB474 passed in response to opioid abuse and overdoses. Nevada has the fourth highest overdose mortality rate, 20.7 per 100,00 residents in 2010. ABA474 goes into effect January 1, 2018.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Clark County for "non-attainment" of its new ozone pollution standard this week. The classification is no cause for alarm or concern, according to Clark County Dept. of Air Quality officials.

Scottsdale, Arizona - It's very unlikely that you would get genital herpes from a toilet seat. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Fluorescence imaging is widely used for visualizing biological tissues such as the back of the eye, where signs of macular degeneration can be detected. It is also commonly used to image blood vessels during reconstructive surgery, allowing surgeons to make sure the vessels are properly connected.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Certain genes make you more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Genes control the function of every cell in your body. Some genes determine basic characteristics, such as the color of your eyes and hair. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.