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OxyContin’s maker is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Its new overdose antidote was just fast-tracked by the FDA

OxyContin’s maker is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Its new overdose antidote was just fast-tracked by the FDA

The company whose drugs are at the center of America’s deadly opioid epidemic was given a green light Wednesday to accelerate the development of a new opioid antidote. The US Food and Drug Administration granted Purdue Pharma’s experimental opioid overdose drug fast-track designation. According to Purdue, its drug, nalmefene hydrochloride injection, has a longer effect…MORE

Johnson & Johnson hit with $29.4 million verdict in talcum powder case

Johnson & Johnson hit with $29.4 million verdict in talcum powder case

A California jury returned a $29.4 million verdict in a trial involving a woman who believes that her mesothelioma is tied to her regular use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder. Wednesday’s decision came after a lengthy trial that started in January. The jury awarded $24.4 million to Teresa Leavitt and $5 million to her…MORE

Deaths from dementia have more than doubled in US, report says

Deaths from dementia have more than doubled in US, report says

Dementia not only affects memory and quality of life, it can be fatal. A report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the rate of Americans who died from dementia has more than doubled from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 66.7 in 2017. The term dementia encompasses disease…MORE

Some parents overlook dangers of medicines, sending thousands of children to ER

Some parents overlook dangers of medicines, sending thousands of children to ER

Nearly 52,000 children under age 6 were treated at emergency rooms across the United States in 2017, according to a new report. Although that’s a decline since 2010, the report identifies some reasons why children may continue to be poisoned by medicines, offering key lessons for other parents. Researchers conducted 90-minute interviews with groups of…MORE

Maryland may become the first state to ban foam food containers and cups

Maryland may become the first state to ban foam food containers and cups

Maryland is well on its way to becoming the first state to ban foam. The Legislature has approved bills to ban polystyrene — commonly known as plastic foam — cups and food containers. If a final measure is passed and the governor signs it, Maryland would be the first state to implement such a ban,…MORE

Proposal for global moratorium on editing of inherited DNA is met with criticism

Proposal for global moratorium on editing of inherited DNA is met with criticism

Researchers and ethicists, including the scientist who pioneered and patented CRISPR gene-editing technology, are calling for a global moratorium on human germline editing — changes made to inherited DNA, the genetic material in sperm, eggs or embryos that can be passed on to the next generation. The ban would not apply to genetic editing done…MORE

She’s 12 and she’s trying to save the world by skipping school

She’s 12 and she’s trying to save the world by skipping school

Haven Coleman is out to save the world. The 12-year-old seventh grader from Denver, Colorado, protests climate change outside government buildings and businesses. She calls out state lawmakers in speeches at town halls and on Twitter. And on Friday, she’ll take on her biggest endeavor yet: co-organizing the US Youth Climate Strike, a national student…MORE

New FDA policy could get some flavored e-cigarette products pulled off the market

New FDA policy could get some flavored e-cigarette products pulled off the market

The US Food and Drug Administration released a policy draft Wednesday aimed at preventing e-cigarette products from getting into kids’ hands. The result could be that some flavored products are taken off the market. The draft compliance policy, which is awaiting comments for 30 days and pending finalization, would take action against stores selling flavored…MORE

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

Teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms. Still, the problem has continued to swell. The US Food and Drug Administration announced in November that vaping had increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since the…MORE