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Here's why Washington isn't doing anything about percholate in your drinking water

Percholate in our drinking waterIt was 1997 when Californians began to worry in earnest about a chemical called perchlorate. For decades, the ingredient in rocket fuel had been seeping from missile factories and testing sites into groundwater across the state and, thanks to a new testing method, it was suddenly clear it had reached hundreds of drinking water wells.

Soon, researchers discovered that the toxic chemical had reached Lake Mead, the picturesque reservoir that supplies water to 25 million people in the American Southwest and irrigates the fields that grow the lion’s share of the nation’s winter produce.


Michelle Obama slams Trump for trying to undo child health program

Michelle Obama slams TrumpFormer first lady Michelle Obama on Friday warned President Donald Trump's efforts to scale back programs that affect American children.

Obama made the remarks at the annual Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C.

"We've got to make sure we don't let anybody take us back," she said, noting particularly the Trump administration's efforts to unwind her legacy program to improve nutrition for schoolchildren.


Climate change making seasonal allergies worse, study says

Climate change makes allergies worseIf you're sniffling and sneezing a lot more lately, you're hardly alone. Climate change is making seasonal allergies worse, an expert says.

"With the combination of increased temperature and carbon dioxide, we are seeing a dramatic change, and allergy sufferers can probably feel that change," said Dr. Richard Weber, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.


Trump’s new opioids strategy ‘devastates’ advocates

Trump President Donald Trump campaigned across the country promising to fix the opioid crisis, but public health advocates say his early moves are poised to make it far worse.

The newest development — a proposed 95 percent cut to the office leading the opioid fight — sparked concerns from within the agency and longtime addiction advocates.

"It’s devastating," said Kevin Sabet, who worked in the decades-old Office of National Drug Control Policy, advising the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. "It’s the biggest cut I’ve ever seen or had to deal with."


This Boat Sails Women Into International Waters To Give Abortions

Abortion boat sailsA tiny nonprofit is bringing major attention to some countries’ restrictive reproductive health laws by delivering abortion pills to women ― in international waters.

Dutch group Women on Waves navigates its 36-foot sailboat to the coasts of countries that restrict abortion, brings women aboard, and sails them into international waters to give them abortion pills for free. Women on Waves steers its passengers more than 12 miles off the coast, where the boat operates under the laws of its country’s flag ― Austria, which allows abortion during the first three months of pregnancy.


Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110M in cancer lawsuit

J & J pays huge settlement over ovarian cancerA St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman who blamed the company's talcum products for her ovarian cancer.

The jury also ordered the company that provided the talc to Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America, which is part of Paris-based Imerys SA, to pay about $100,000.

The jury awarded 62-year-old Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages.


Study: Half of U.S. doctors paid by drug, device industries

Half od US doctors paid by drug and device companiesAbout half of U.S. doctors received payments from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015, amounting to $2.4 billion, a new study reports.

Those payments and gifts very likely encourage doctors to prescribe pricey brand-name drugs and devices pushed by sales representatives, a second study argues.

Doctors at academic medical centers were more likely to prescribe cheaper generic drugs than expensive brand-name drugs after their hospitals adopted rules that restricted pharmaceutical sales visits, the researchers said.


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