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Tobacco Stocks Spike Higher as FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigs

The index of tobacco stocks jumped by 4.9 percent on Wednesday after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators threatened to ban retail sales of “e-cigs” if manufacturers do not control their rampant use by teens.

Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers

FDA Launches Crackdown Against Online Opioid Sales

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced new measures to counter the growing opioid epidemic on Tuesday, including enforcement actions against dozens of websites that sell addictive painkillers. 

The California State Senate will vote on a bill that would mandate all University of California and California State University campus health centers to stock drugs for medication abortion.

Demand for Abortion ‘Pills’ Climbs

Demand for abortion “pills” is on the rise, while the number of surgical abortions has declined over the decades, says a Reuters report.

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Texas Tech to Monitor Meat Products for Superbugs

In a reported bid to protect public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has enlisted a Texas Tech University food center to monitor commercially-sold meat for pathogens and superbugs.

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Zika: Aerial Spraying and Releasing Bats Approved

With Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control rapidly losing the battle to contain the epidemic from the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, panicking authorities began aerial spraying and may soon bring in bats that can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour.

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Mosquito-Borne Zika Cases Confirmed in Florida

The Zika virus has conclusively arrived on American shores, as Florida officials announced the first confirmed cases of mosquito-transmitted infections on Friday.

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Can a Single Drop of Blood Foretell Your Future—and Maybe Save Your Life?

It’s always a challenge to notice something that isn’t there, but should be there—the absence of a presence, one might say. And so, as we read the article in the April 28 Washington Post, “There’s a New Sheriff in town in Silicon Valley—the FDA,” we can hunt for what, or who, is missing.

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New Zika Virus Test Receives Emergency Approval

A new test for the ZIka virus has received emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just as officials announced the discovery of an additional mosquito found to be carrying the virus deep into the United States.

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Theranos: Feds Launch Criminal Investigation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have opened criminal and civil probes into blood-testing company Theranos, just days after reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services were proposing to shutter its labs and ban its founder from the medical testing business.