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The CDC revised its “vape illness” case count downward to 380, now including only those in which testing definitely ruled out some other causes. Check back later on MedPage Today for more on this story.
Taking a cue from anti-smoking advertisements, teenagers shared their stories of vaping-associated illness as a warning to other young people. (BuzzFeed)
The Verge talks to individuals who found that JUUL is just as hard to quit as regular cigarettes.
And despite FDA warnings, JUUL will continue its TV ads encouraging smokers to use its product. (CNBC)
Another drug targeting amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease bites the dust, as Biogen and Eisai stop trials of elenbecestat.
While struggling with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the Justice Department considered fentanyl as a potential drug for executions. (Reuters)
Prescription drug costs are a major reason that the United States spends so much more than other countries on healthcare without getting better results. (ABC News)
Controversy surrounds university vet program that breeds sick dogs to study human disease. (Dallas Morning News)
“Piles of debris, decaying human and animal corpses, and fetid water”: Disease is a growing threat to the hurricane-battered Bahamas. (Reuters)
Bacteria found living in the soil of one of the world’s most hostile environments could form the basis for the next “super drugs” for antibiotic-resistant infections. (BBC)
Maverick researcher Frank Bastian, MD, has another paper supporting his theory that “prion diseases” are really caused by Spiroplasma bacteria.
A 3-year-old girl in England died of a rare form of liver cancer after doctors initially diagnosed her abdominal pain as constipation. (Fox News)
Lawyers for a woman whose husband committed suicide after using the baldness drug Propecia (finasteride) — and more than 1,000 other plaintiffs — allege that manufacturer Merck downplayed its depressive side effects. (Reuters)
Defending itself on multiple legal fronts, Johnson & Johnson lost another lawsuit alleging its talc-containing baby powder contained asbestos that led to four cases of mesothelioma. (FiercePharma)
After cheating death five times, a young doctor learned how to treat his rare disease and now wants others with the same condition to know about it. (STAT)
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