Washington, DC - More than two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida, the American Red Cross and a large team of partners continue to work around the clock to provide shelter, food and comfort to people whose lives have been turned upside down. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the American Red Cross is working around the clock on a multi-island relief effort in coordination with government officials and disaster partners to help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, the first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used by adult patients to make diabetes treatment decisions without calibration using a blood sample from the fingertip (often referred to as a “fingerstick”).

Hilo, Hawaii - Six young ‘Alalā - critically endangered Hawaiian crows, were released into Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve on the Island of Hawai‘i, today. The first group of birds: two females and four males took some time to emerge from the aviary where they had been temporarily housed and they appeared to show a natural curiosity for their surroundings. Plans are to release a second group of five birds: two females and three males in mid-October from the same release aviary.

Washington, DC - Naval Supply Systems Command, in cooperation with the U.S Postal Service, Military Postal Service Agency, and Joint Military Postal Activity, released mail-by dates for pre-December 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters, and packages.

Washington, DC - Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to a divestiture of five neurosurgical medical device product lines to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Integra’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s Codman Neuro division would negatively impact competition in those markets. Both companies supply a range of  devices used in operative neurosurgery, hydrocephalus management  and neuro-critical care.

San Jose, California - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the names of the companies selected to participate in a first-of-its kind pilot program that will help revolutionize digital health regulation in the U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced today the nine participants, who include leaders and innovators in the medical device and technology sectors, of the FDA’s digital health software precertification pilot program (FDA Pre-cert) during his keynote address at the AdvaMed MedTech Conference in San Jose.