Public health

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities are ordering a Las Vegas company to pull its herbal supplements off the market because some of its products tested positive for salmonella, part of a nationwide outbreak linked to the ingredient kratom. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, April 3, 2018, it took the rare step of ordering the recall because Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with regulators. Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as an alternative treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)
April 03, 2018 - 12:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Las Vegas company was ordered to pull its herbal supplements off the market because some of its products tested positive for salmonella, part of a nationwide outbreak linked to the ingredient kratom. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it took the rare step of...
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April 02, 2018 - 2:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some...
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A carton of eggs that expired on March 22nd is shown Friday, March 30, 2018 in Phoenix. This year's Easter eggs may already hard-boiled, dyed and laid in a basket, but next year's batch might be a little less fresh. State lawmakers are on the verge of passing a proposal that would put a 45-day expiration date label on Grade A eggs, clearing the way for a longer window of use than the a current 24-day sell-by date. That means consumers could be cracking eggs that left the farm more than six weeks ago. (AP Photo/Matt York)
March 30, 2018 - 9:25 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — This year's Easter eggs may already be hard-boiled, dyed and laid in a basket, but Arizona buyers might wind up with a batch that's a little less fresh next year. State lawmakers are considering an unusual proposal to put a 45-day expiration date on Grade A eggs, a longer window of...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, e-cigarettes appear on display at Vape store in Chicago. Several medical and public health groups are suing the Food and Drug Administration over a decision by Trump administration officials to delay the review of e-cigarettes, which they say pose a health threat to U.S. children. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
March 27, 2018 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several anti-smoking groups are suing the Food and Drug Administration over a decision by Trump administration officials to delay the review of e-cigarettes. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court argues that the FDA didn't follow proper requirements last year when it decided...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., head of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities (JCCIC) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, as preparations continue for the inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump. A $4.6 billion federal spending plan signed Friday, March 23, 2018, by Trump to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis “provides the funding necessary to tackle this crisis from every angle,” said the Missouri Republican who is chairman of a subcommittee overseeing much of the funding. “It’s another major step in our effort to get this epidemic under control and save lives.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 25, 2018 - 3:24 pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation's deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans in 2016. But some advocates say the funding included in the spending plan the president signed Friday is not nearly enough to...
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In this Jan. 24, 2018 photo, Galena Park is hemmed in by heavy industry just east of downtown Houston along the ship channel. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 23, 2018 - 7:22 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property. More than a half-year after floodwaters swamped America's fourth-largest city,...
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In this Aug. 30, 2017 photo, the Arkema chemical plant is flooded from Hurricane Harvey in Crosby, Texas, northeast of Houston. Nearby residents complain of a 'bitter taste' about the sparse information authorities provided when chemicals at the plant caught fire. They say the company failed to provide sufficient warning beforehand while environmental officials misled them with assurances that the air and water were safe. Critics say testing by authorities and contractors was inadequate to determine whether public health was threatened. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 22, 2018 - 6:49 am
CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29. Flooding from Hurricane Harvey had knocked out power. Thousands of gallons of chemical-laden water had spilled into the floodwaters. Soon, the company's stores of volatile organic...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in March 2018 shows Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Redfield was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency. (Tracey Brown/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 5:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency. Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic, has been...
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March 21, 2018 - 1:11 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007. Prosecution spokesman Andrzej Kukawski said Wednesday that dozens of participants, including a pregnant woman, were denied...
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March 20, 2018 - 1:22 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A deadly outbreak linked to tainted food in South Africa is now threatening other African nations, with neighboring Namibia reporting a confirmed case that might be connected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. In a statement, WHO said it has reached out to 16 countries...
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