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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The drought in California, in its fifth consecutive year, has created conditions that are ripe for wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts "above normal" fire potential through September for portions of California, Nevada and Idaho.
UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: The Trailhead Fire is now 1,564 acres and is 12 percent contained. Additional mandatory evacuations were issued for El Dorado County Thursday afternoon.
A new report shows there are certain highways in California that are "hot spots" for wildlife-vehicle collisions.
UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: The Trailhead Fire near Todd Valley in Placer and El Dorado counties is now 1,000 acres and 12 percent contained.
A new report says more people in California are at risk from wildfire and fires are starting earlier and are three times larger than in the 1970s.