Health Highlights: Feb. 1, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Cancer Research Task Force Created by President Obama

A federal task force to accelerate cancer research has been created by President Barack Obama.

The presidential memo signed Thursday to establish the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force says the objective is to double the rate of progress on cancer treatment and prevention, the Associated Press reported.

Vice President Joe Biden will chair the task force, which will involve about a dozen federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the Pentagon.

A report is to be submitted to Obama at the end of December, the AP reported.

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