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 California drought is not only making fire season longer and more dangerous, it’s making fires harder to fight.
The US Forest Service is reopening more than 63,000 acres of land that burned during last year's King Fire in the Eldorado National Forest.
California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.
The Nevada Division of Forestry and the US Forest Service plan to conduct prescribed burns in the forest around Lake Tahoe starting Monday.
Forty structures have been burnt by the Round Fire in Inyo and Mono counties, according to CAL FIRE. Saturday morning rain helped slow the fires' progress. UPDATE: 9:38 p.m. Fire resources added.