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Two San Francisco ordinances would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores and ban online sales to shipping addresses in the city. Mauro Grigollo/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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The disclosure of millions of once-secret tobacco industry documents — which are now readily searchable online — has opened a window into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interactions with tobacco executives and lobbyists. Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR hide caption

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Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that can be extracted from marijuana or from hemp. It doesn't get people high because it doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Getty Images hide caption

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Avastin got an accelerated Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of glioblastoma, but additional research found the drug didn't extend patients' lives. J.B. Reed /Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Cancer Drugs Approved Quickly Often Fail To Measure Up Later

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The drug buprenorphine blocks the cravings associated with addiction. It comes in tablets and dissolvable film. The only injectable form available is a drug called Sublocade; a rival drug is ready for market but may be blocked for several years by the FDA. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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In Midst Of Opioid Crisis, FDA May Block New Addiction Drug From Market

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A new book, Bottle of Lies, reveals serious safety and purity concerns about the global generic-drug supply. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The Generic Drugs You're Taking May Not Be As Safe Or Effective As You Think

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Companies are using new gene-editing tools to alter the DNA of food crops. One of these products is a soybean with a healthier kind of oil. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Gene-Edited Food Be Government Regulated?

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Nurse practitioner Debra Brown guides patient Merdis Wells through a diabetic retinopathy exam at University Medical Center in New Orleans. Courtesy of IDx hide caption

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How Can We Be Sure Artificial Intelligence Is Safe For Medical Use?

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Claire's stores, such as this one in New York, are a common sight in U.S. malls. The company says its "products are safe" and disputes the FDA's findings, saying they "show significant errors." Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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The Food and Drug Administration suggests consumers who get prescription drugs mailed to them via CanaRx are at risk of getting mislabeled or counterfeit drugs. But consumer watchdog groups say the FDA has supplied no evidence that's happened. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Tuesday that he is resigning the position, effective in one month. He is seen here testifying during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in April 2017. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption

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Reports of problems with transvaginal mesh implanted to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence in women have led the Food and Drug Administration to scrutinize the product more carefully. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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FDA Tightening Regulatory Requirements For Some Medical Devices

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AIDS activist group ACT UP organized numerous protests on Wall Street in the 1980s. The group's tactics helped speed the process of finding an effective treatment for AIDS. Tim Clary/AP hide caption

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How To Demand A Medical Breakthrough: Lessons From The AIDS Fight

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Rep. John Dingell was seated next to President Barack Obama when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Shoppers say they want simpler information to help them figure out which foods are healthy. But a one-size-fits-all solution may not work. asiseeit/Getty Images hide caption

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