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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(AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Modoc County after several fires ignited by lighting threatened homes, power lines and prompted mandatory evacuations.
Fire crews have made gains against the Detwiler Fire blaze that has scorched 78,900 acres of dense brush and dead trees near Yosemite National Park. CAL FIRE says the blaze is 60 percent contained.
Update 6:54 p.m.: The fire has burned 78,900 acres and is 60 percent contained.
2009 marked the first time a giant Boeing 747 dropped a load of bright pink retardant on a fire in California. While the 747 is not currently an option for fighting fires in the state, another of these planes may soon be certified.
California's wildfires have burned more than three times the acreage compared to this time last year. The intense start is thanks to the thick grasslands left behind after this year's heavy rainfall.