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CDC says more than two dozen dead from vaping illness as outbreak spreads

A deadly lung illness linked to vaping has taken the lives of more than two dozen people across 21 states as U.S. health officials struggle to identify a precise cause of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The number of fatalities jumped from 18 last …

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Death toll rises from mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping, CDC says

A customer holds a bottle of flavored vape juice while exhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette at the NXNW Vapor store in Sacramento, California. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images At least three people have died from a mysterious lung illness doctors believe may be caused by vaping …

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Graphic cigarette warning labels unveiled by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unveiled new graphic health warnings for cigarette packs, the latest development in a decade-long battle between regulators and the tobacco industry. The 13 proposed warning labels focus on lesser-known risks associated with smoking, such as erectile dysfunction, bladder cancer and cataracts. Messages include “tobacco smoke …

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LA’s black market for weed threatens the growth of its legal business

LOS ANGELES – The parking lot outside a stark-looking dispensary on a busy Los Angeles street is almost full on a weekday afternoon. Inside, jars of weed line the shelves behind a counter and colorful signs show prices. But if everything looks normal, it isn’t. The dispensary is part of …

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Walgreens cuts longtime health benefit for retired employees

Maria Alessio, left, retired from Walgreens in fall of 2018 expecting the drugstore chain to help her pay for health insurance. Walgreens cut the payments for her and about 550 other early retirees shortly after Alessio retired. Source: Maria Alessio Maria Alessio loved working for Walgreens Boots Alliance, especially because …

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Prosecutors say J&J ran ‘deceitful’ brainwashing campaign’ in opioid trial

OxyContin 80 mg pills. Liz O. Baylen | Getty Images Oklahoma state prosecutors blasted Johnson & Johnson and other opioid manufacturers in the first day of a landmark opioid trial Tuesday, saying they ran a “deceitful, multibillion-dollar brainwashing campaign” that led to more than 46,000 deaths in the state over …

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The drugs with biggest price surge are for erectile dysfunction: study

Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra medication Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images The prescription drugs that have seen the most rapid growth in cost in the U.S. don’t treat depression, cholesterol or even autoimmune diseases. Blockbuster male libido treatments Viagra and Cialis saw the biggest price hikes among the 17 top-selling …

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Workplace stress is reaching epidemic levels. 4 tips to keep you sane

Christopher Robbins | Photodisc | Getty Images Workplace stress — having little control but lots of demands — has reached near-epidemic levels. According to The American Institute of Stress, until around 1995, Japan held the record for the number of hours employees work each week. Today Americans work almost a …

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New York AG files opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, J&J, McKesson

George Frey | Reuters Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin made by Purdue Pharma LP sit on a shelf at a local pharmacy in Provo, Utah, April 25, 2017. The New York Attorney General is suing OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson Corp. and other opioid makers and drug distributors …

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Bayer, J&J settle blood thinner Xarelto litigation for $775 million

Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Bayer AG logo sits on the exterior of the drugmaker’s offices in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to settle more than 25,000 U.S. lawsuits over their blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto for a total …

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