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FDA fast-tracks COVID-19 tests, but it’s unclear how accurate they are

FDA fast-tracks COVID-19 tests, but it’s unclear how accurate they are

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ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kendra Boroff believes she contracted the coronavirus on her 71st birthday, February 20, when her family went out for a celebratory dinner, perhaps from their waiter, who was coughing into his elbow.…
Rare disease designation for coronavirus drug is just a tax break

Rare disease designation for coronavirus drug is just a tax break

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images On Monday night, a panicked headline at The Intercept proclaimed that a potential treatment for COVID-19 had been classified as what's known as an "orphan drug," which is a class given to treatments for rare diseases, and that such a classification runs the danger of "potentially limiting [the drug's] affordability."…
Goop accused of more deceptive health claims, violating court order

Goop accused of more deceptive health claims, violating court order

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Enlarge / Gwyneth Paltrow attends the "In Goop Health" Summit on June 9, 2018 in Culver City, California. Gwyneth Paltrow’s contextual commerce company Goop is still making more than a dozen false and misleading health claims about the medical products and nutritional supplements it sells, according to a complaint letter from the nonprofit advertising watchdog…
Alzheimer’s drug that stopped working early tests now called efficient, heads to FDA

Alzheimer’s drug that stopped working early tests now called efficient, heads...

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Enlarge / The exterior of the headquarters of biotechnology company Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease is headed to the Food and Drug Administration for approval—despite the fact that it flunked a "futility analysis" and was abandoned by its maker just months ago. In March, biotech company Biogen halted two Phase…
To attempt to comprehend the youths, scientists sleuthed through their garbage

To attempt to comprehend the youths, scientists sleuthed through their garbage

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Enlarge / Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau is disguised as a mountain climber, while hiding in a trash can, in a scene from the film 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again', 1976. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images) While the government may be considered Big Brother, a team of researchers in California are officially that parent. The researchers…
Juul stops all United States advertisements, boots CEO

Juul stops all United States advertisements, boots CEO

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Enlarge / Menthol pods for Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarettes are displayed for sale at a store in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. As e-cigarette-maker Juul faces increasingly searing scrutiny for allegedly marketing its products to teens and helping ignite an “epidemic” of youth vaping, the company announced Wednesday that its CEO is…
Teenager vaping rise: 25% of 12 th graders report current usage, 11% everyday usage

Teenager vaping rise: 25% of 12 th graders report current usage,...

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Preliminary data from two long-standing, nationwide surveys reveals a sustained surge in e-cigarette use—aka vaping—by teens over the last two years. About 25% of 12th graders in 2019 reported using nicotine-containing vaping products within 30 days of taking one of the surveys. That figure was about 21% in the 2018 edition of the same survey…
CDC fine-tunes meaning of vaping-linked health problems, reduces case count

CDC fine-tunes meaning of vaping-linked health problems, reduces case count

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Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and revised the national tally of illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes, aka vaping, dropping the count from 450 possible cases to 380 confirmed and probable cases, the agency announced late Thursday. The new figure follows a clearer…
Vaping-illness examinations rely on impurities, fakes: report

Vaping-illness examinations rely on impurities, fakes: report

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Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. State and federal investigations into the puzzling burst of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use—aka vaping—are focusing in on black-market and counterfeit products, according to a report by the Washington Post. Unknown adulterants and dubious solvents—such as oils and diluting “cutting agents”—in vaping liquids are now the…
Some CBD extracts are completely legal, DEA validates

Some CBD extracts are completely legal, DEA validates

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Enlarge / A marijuana leaf. The US Drug Enforcement Administration cleared the air around cannabis Monday, reaffirming its plans to expand cannabis research and confirming that some products containing the popular cannabis-derived component cannabidiol (CBD) are now legal. Three years ago, the agency said it wanted to expand cannabis research by letting more entities grow…

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