CEO of Popular E-Cig Maker Apologizes to Parents

The CEO of popular electronic cigarette maker, Juul Labs, apologized last week to parents whose young children use the company’s popular brand of electric cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. “I’m sorry that their child is using the product. It’s not intended for them,” Kevin Burns told CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla. “I hope there was nothing that we did […]

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Prosecutors Charge Pharmaceutical Company for Role in Opioid Epidemic

In a groundbreaking case, federal prosecutors have charged a pharmaceutical company with drug trafficking for their role in the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. The company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, was charged with “knowingly and intentionally” violating federal drug laws. The company distributed “highly addictive opioids to pharmacy customers that it knew were being sold and used […]

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Clarifying Language Allows CDC to Research Gun Violence After 20-Year Ban

The $1.3 trillion spending signed bill into law this week by President Trump includes language that clarifies a long-standing law barring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from conducting research on gun violence. The so-called Dickey amendment, named after the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) stated that “none of the funds made available […]

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Additional 16 Children Die from Flu According to the CDC

Sixteen deaths were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that were flu-related.  The total number of pediatric flu-related deaths this year has reached fifty-three. So far this year, the cumulative rate of hospitalizations is the highest since we’ve been tracking in this way, which goes back to 2010,” said Dr. […]

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Head of the CDC Resigns Today Amid Financial Conflicts of Interest

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned her post today, a day after it was revealed she purchased stock in tobacco companies soon after accepting her position.  The investments are considered a conflict of interest. Fitzgerald reportedly purchased stock in tobacco companies one month after stepping into […]

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