Weekly Health Digest: Midterm Elections, Childhood Trauma, and Vitamin D

Health concerns drive voters to back Medicaid, weed and trans rights Jen Christensen There were more than 150 statewide measures on ballots this midterm election, and several involved health-related issues. Alabama and West Virginia voted measures into their constitutions that restrict abortions. Michigan became the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters…

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Weekly Health Digest: Cannabis-Based Drug, New Opioid, and ‘Fall Back’

First FDA-approved cannabis-based drug now available in the US Ben Tinker Epidiolex is the first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is now available by prescription in all 50 states. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved to treat two epileptic syndromes in patients 2 and older. Factors likely to…

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Weekly Health Digest: Halloween Candy, Trump Trauma, and New Jersey Outbreak

What those teal pumpkins mean, plus non-candy treats to pass out on Halloween Jennifer McClellan  This Halloween, the Teal Pumpkin Project is fighting to keep kids with food allergies safe. By putting a teal pumpkin outside their door, homeowners can let trick-or-treaters know that their house will be giving out non-candy items. This simple replacement doesn’t just…

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Weekly Health Digest: E-Cigarettes, Typhus, and the Opioid Epidemic

FDA expands investigation of illegal e-cigarette marketing to kids Michael Nedelman The FDA recently sent letters to 21 e-cigarettes companies in an effort to discover if they are marketing products illegally and outside of the agency’s compliance policy. This investigation is a part of the FDA’s larger effort to combat the epidemic of e-cigarette use…

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