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Vaccine makers are asked to expand safety studies on children

The F.D.A. wants Pfizer and Moderna to increase the number of 5- to 11-year-olds who participate in trials of their coronavirus vaccines to ensure there is enough data about rare side effects.
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F.D.A. attaches warning of rare nerve syndrome to Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

Federal regulators concluded that the risk of developing the syndrome was low, and that the benefits of the vaccine still strongly outweigh it.
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Juul is fighting to keep its e-cigarettes on the U.S. market

The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.
Toxics

Prohibited, unlisted, even dangerous ingredients turn up in dietary supplements

Consumers may think they’re safer or more “natural” than pharmaceuticals, but multiple studies show they are sometimes adulterated with medicines and unknown additives.
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F.D.A. still lacks a permanent commissioner

With the pandemic easing, the federal agency’s long-term agenda for drug approvals or new issues is languishing without a permanent commissioner.
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Don’t eat cicadas if you're allergic to seafood, F.D.A warns

The insects have emerged by the billions this year across the Eastern United States and have curious foodies salivating. But their similarities to crustaceans makes them an allergy risk, health officials warned.
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FDA set to authorize Pfizer vaccine for adolescents by early next week

The U.S. vaccination campaign will soon expand to millions more people, but public health experts say the move raises complicated questions about supply and access.
Toxics

Critics say FDA, industry plans to lower heavy metals in baby foods don't move fast enough

There are new developments after an alarming Congressional report found toxic heavy metals in some popular brands of baby food, which could put little ones at risk. Now the FDA is out with a plan to lower exposures, but many believe it doesn't go far enough.

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Biden plans to propose banning menthol cigarettes

The move has been long sought by public health and civil rights groups, after decades of marketing aimed at Black smokers.
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How the human life span doubled in 100 years

Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.
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Florida family indicted for selling toxic bleach as 'miracle' coronavirus cure

A Florida grand jury indicted a man and his three sons, accusing them of marketing an “unproven and potentially harmful" solution as a remedy for COVID-19, cancer, autism and more.

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5 takeaways from the new food allergy law

Sesame becomes a “major allergen,” joining milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
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U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after blood clotting cases

Federal health officials called for a halt in the use of the company’s coronavirus vaccine while they study serious illnesses that developed in six American women.
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J&J vaccine and blood clots: A risk, if it exists, is tiny

Out of an “abundance of caution,” the F.D.A. is advising doctors to pause the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while it investigates extremely rare blood clots.
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Menthol cigarettes kill many Black people. A ban may finally be near

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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