Monsanto’s Spies

Monsanto has also previously employed shadowy networks of consultants, PR firms, and front groups to spy on and influence reporters. And all of it appears to be part of a pattern at the company of using a variety of tactics to intimidate, mislead and discredit journalists and critics.__ — Read on m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d7ba20de4b03b5fc88233c4

Vapers seek relief from nicotine addiction in — wait for it — cigarettes

Some e-cigarette users are turning to regular cigarettes in attempts to quit the habit. E-cigarettes like Juul can contain very high concentrations of nicotine. “Bought a juul to quit smoking cigarettes,” he wrote, “now I’m smoking cigarettes to quit the juul.” He ended with this hashtag: #circleoflife. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/health/vaping/vapers-seek-relief-nicotine-addiction-wait-it-cigarettes-n1054131

The ‘fool’ that fentanyl made into a millionaire

The largest civil litigation in history is testing how the pharmaceutical industry should be held accountable for inundating the country with billions of addictive pain pills. Purdue Pharma, seen by many as the primary villain for deceptively pushing the blockbuster drug OxyContin, reached a tentative $12 billion settlement this week with about half the states … More The ‘fool’ that fentanyl made into a millionaire

How Carcinogen-Tainted Generic Drug Valsartan Got Past the FDA – Bloomberg

NDMA no longer has industrial uses—it was once added to rocket fuel—but it can form during industrial processes at tanneries and foundries as well as at pesticide, dye, and tire makers. It can be found in drinking water disinfected with chloramine. It’s in tobacco smoke, which is one reason secondhand smoke is dangerous, and it’s … More How Carcinogen-Tainted Generic Drug Valsartan Got Past the FDA – Bloomberg

CDC revises down number of vaping-related illnesses across U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state officials have been investigating an outbreak that began materializing in the Midwest in July. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhea … More CDC revises down number of vaping-related illnesses across U.S.

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

Opioid addiction has contributed to the deaths of some 400,000 Americans over the past two decades, hitting many rural communities particularly hard. The lawsuits against Stamford, Connecticut–based Purdue paint it as a particular villain in the crisis. They say the company’s aggressive marketing of OxyContin downplayed addiction risks and led to more widespread opioid prescribing, … More Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

U.S. Department of Education Finalizes Regulations to Protect Student Borrowers, Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable and Save Taxpayers $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years | U.S. Department of Education

“If a school defrauds students, it must be held accountable,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “There is no place for fraud in higher education, and it will not be tolerated by this Administration. From the recent college admissions scandal and intentional misrepresentations by schools to boost their U.S. News & World Report rankings … More U.S. Department of Education Finalizes Regulations to Protect Student Borrowers, Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable and Save Taxpayers $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years | U.S. Department of Education

Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Denies Most Requests : NPR

When a loan forgiveness program for public servants wasn’t working, Congress created a temporary fix. Documents obtained by NPR show that the program didn’t fix much. Congress created the expansion program last year in response to a growing outcry. Thousands of borrowers — nurses, teachers and other public servants — complained that the requirements for … More Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Denies Most Requests : NPR