The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
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Scientists have long known that wildfires pollute the air with soot and other fine particles that are dangerous to human health. But as a new study shows, particle pollution from wildfires is much worse than previously thought.
CAL FIRE has suspended burn permits for outdoor residential burning of branch and leaf debris in Calaveras, Tuolumne, and the eastern parts of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.
Firefighters are battling a wildfire burning in the western San Joaquin Valley near Coalinga.
Nevada investigators released a report Thursday saying a recent fire between Carson City and Reno that destroyed 23 homes was caused by the state.
UPDATE OCT. 16: Evacuation orders were lifted for Emerald Fire in South Lake Tahoe. Meanwhile, the Little Valley Fire in Washoe Valley is holding at 3,400 acres with 20 percent containment.