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 in three more Northern California counties because of wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and restricted access to Yosemite National Park.
Winds from a thunderstorm pushed a blaze near Yosemite National Park farther into a grove of 2,700 year-old giant sequoias.
A wildfire burning near Oroville grew to 3,680 acres overnight Friday and has destroyed 30 homes, according to CAL FIRE, though some evacuation orders have been lifted.
UPDATE Sept. 1, 7:50 a.m.: The Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,680 acres and is 30 percent contained.
UPDATE Sept. 1, 5:31 p.m.: All evacuations and road closures have been lifted for the Pleasant Fire in Nevada County.