Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Another VA Official Resigns
The director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical
investigation unit has resigned, the VA announced Wednesday.
Dr. John Pierce stepped down days after his department was
harshly criticized by the Office of Special Counsel for not doing
enough to investigate allegations of poor care within the VA health
The New York Timesreported.
The Office of Special Counsel investigates whistle-blower
complaints in the federal government. In response to that
criticism, acting VA secretary Sloan Gibson ordered a review of the
VA's office of medical inspector.
Pierce is the fifth senior VA official to leave the department
in the past six weeks as the agency has been rocked by allegations
of patients facing long wait times for care and attempts to conceal
JPMorgan Chase CEO Has Throat Cancer
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase has throat cancer, but plans to remain
in his position while undergoing treatment.
In a letter sent to bank executives and employees Tuesday,
58-year-old Jamie Dimon said the cancer is curable and his
prognosis is excellent because the disease was found at an early
"The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is
excellent, the cancer was caught quickly, and my condition is
curable," Dimon said in the letter. "I feel very good now and will
let all of you know if my health situation changes."
Dimon said he will undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy at
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan over the next
eight weeks, and plans to stay at the helm of the bank during that