Feds warn vaping companies on kid-friendly marketing
The FDA and Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to 13 manufacturers, distributors and retailers of e-cigarette liquids. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the companies are endangering kids by marketing the products to resemble juice boxes, cookies or candy. Read more
Family caregivers finally get a break — and some coaching
Across the country, community groups, hospitals, government agencies and nonprofits are starting to do more to support at least some of the estimated 42 million friends and family members who are the primary caregivers of adults and children who have disabilities, are recovering from surgeries and illnesses or are... Read more
How pollen affects us differently in the South
We have longer allergy seasons in the South, so there’s more exposure to pollen. Secondly, Georgia has warmer winters, so plants don’t die or become dormant. That increases our exposure as well. Read more
Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions
A health data firm released a report showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. Read more
Medicare advisers back pay cuts to many freestanding ERs
Often touted as more convenient, less crowded alternatives to hospitals, freestanding ERs often attract suburban walk-in patients with good insurance whose medical problems are less acute than those who visit an emergency room that’s inside a hospital. If a recent MedPAC proposal is adopted, however, some providers predict that the free-standing facilities... Read more

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