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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Northern California Wildfires: Where To Find Updates On Air Quality, Evacuations, And Official InformationSeptember 18, 2021
Here’s the latest information on the wildfires burning throughout Northern California.
Here's how to find the latest information on conditions, evacuations and closures for the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.
Prescribed Burns Could Help Reduce California’s Wildfires. A New Bill Could Help Make Planned Fires More FrequentSeptember 16, 2021
California officials are falling behind on goals to treat forest land via prescribed burns. Advocates rallied behind a bill to make the burns more accessible, saying that it’ll take the effort of more than state agencies to catch up.
Budget Package Guarantees $1B In Fire Prevention Funding This Year, At Least $200M Annually Moving ForwardSeptember 10, 2021
Wildfire prevention has taken a front-seat this budget season, after California saw a record 4.3 million acres burned last year. The state is on track to match that total this year.
UC Merced fire science professor Crystal Kolden talks with Insight host Vicki Gonzalez about why California’s fires are getting bigger, longer and more destructive, as well as explaining some solutions that are being discussed and applied.