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Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has been nominated to lead the Food and Druf Administration.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center via AP

President Donald Trump on Friday picked a Houston cancer specialist and hospital executive to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

If confirmed, Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston would inherit a raft of high-profile public health issues, including leading the agency's response to a wave of underage vaping and the opioid epidemic.


A prominent cancer hospital in Houston will be subject to more aggressive federal oversight after authorities found the facility in violation of serious hospital requirements for patient care and safety.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 2:45 p.m. to include more information.

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo will be awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries which led to the development of a revolution in cancer treatment — therapies that work by harnessing the body's own immune system.


Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

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A new Texas law banning anyone under 18 from using UV tanning beds went into effect Sept. 1. State lawmakers toughened the age restrictions in the interest of public health.