• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, center, accompanied by, from left, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, and FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller, speaks during a news conference at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, Thursday, May 5, 2016, to announce new regulation extending the FDA's authority to all tobacco products including e-cigarettes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    FDA announces rules that could upend e-cigarette industry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.

  • This photo provided by Axel Krieger/Science Translational Medicine shows Dr. Azad Shademan and Ryan Decker during supervised autonomous in-vivo bowel anastomosis performed by the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR). Scientists have created a robot that stitched up tissue in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Today many hospitals offer robot-assisted surgery, where surgeons control the machines by hand. But much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, the hope is to create autonomous surgical robots that could perform certain jobs all by themselves, freeing surgeons for more complex tasks. (Axel Krieger/Science Translational Medicine via AP)

    Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.