Tainted injections from Mass. compounding pharmacy were linked to 64 deaths in 2012.
The two dozen risky microbes were found during an inventory, but officials say that no one was at risk.
Vivek Murthy overcomes NRA opposition and questions about his experience to win confirmation.
The confirmation, which was opposed by the gun lobby, comes as the Senate considers a final batch of Obama nominees ahead of the GOP takeover.
Congressional investigators say that uncooperative terrorism suspects faced rectal rehydration and feeding.
The FDA announced new labeling rules to better inform doctors and patients about potential risks of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The current policy was put in place in 1983 amid worries that HIV could pose a risk to the blood supply.
Of 5,000 hospitals, dozens have volunteered to treat people infected with the virus. Reluctance stems from costs of care and fear of unwanted attention.
Rule applies to array of operations, including chain restaurants, movie theaters and vending machines.
The Food and Drug Administration strengthened its warnings against the use of a controversial uterine surgical technique that spreads cancers.