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Massachusetts Vaping Sales Ban Can Stand but Needs Fixes – Judge

BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge on Monday declined to immediately halt a ban on the sale of vaping products adopted after an outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries, but he said the state must redo the ban and get public comment …

U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Disqualify Judge in Opioid Cases or Delay Trial

A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for a landmark trial over the nation’s opioid crisis, rejecting a bid by eight drug retailers and distributors to disqualify the judge, and a request by Ohio and other U.S. states …

Utah Issues Emergency Rule Amid Vaping-Related Illnesses

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah health officials enacted an emergency rule Wednesday restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and requiring warnings about unregulated THC products amid an outbreak of lung illness related to vaping. All tobacco sellers will be required …

US Officials Revise Vaping Illness Count to 380 in 36 States

NEW YORK — The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday said 380 …

Opioid Deal-Makers Cleared to Represent Cities Across U.S.

A judge approved a bid by U.S. cities and counties suing opioid makers such as Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to negotiate a settlement as a group, in an effort to resolve the sweeping litigation over the …

Centers for Disease Control Probing Lung Diseases Linked to e-Cigarettes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a “cluster” of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use after such cases were reported in 14 states. The CDC said there was no evidence that …

Apparent Decline in Overdose Deaths Reverses Long-Running Trend

NEW YORK — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary numbers suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted data showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported …

Opioid Manufacturer Insys Files for Bankruptcy after Kickback Probe

Drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday amid mounting expenses driven by a U.S. Justice Department probe into claims it paid doctors bribes to prescribe a powerful opioid medication. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing marked a first …

Blankets, Bed-Sharing Common in Accidental Baby Suffocations

CHICAGO — Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found. These deaths “are entirely preventable. That’s the …

Advocates not Giving Up on Universal Motorcycle Helmet Law

Advocates hoping to finally reinstate Connecticut’s full motorcycle helmet law enlisted a wider group of allies this year, following decades of being thwarted by well-organized opponents. But it’s questionable whether it will be enough. With less than two months left …