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Cities With Higher Lead Levels Than Flint Launch Groundswell Of Activity To Address Problem

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A Reuters report shines a light on the communities that have been affected. Officials there say it was a wake-up call they needed. “This has just laid out that it’s not just a Detroit issue, it’s not just a Baltimore issue,” said Ruth Ann Norton, president of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.

Health Experts Want Private Donors To Fill Public Funding Gap On Gun Violence Research

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A group of public health experts has set out an “agenda for action” to help deal with one of the major causes of death in America. In other news, non-medical exemptions are rising in states that were not thought to be hotbeds to anti-vaccination sentiment, the FDA has advice for pregnant women, and experts weigh in on breakfast.

Suit Accuses VA Of Obstructing Investigation Into Agent Orange

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ProPublica and the Virginia-Pilot have been reporting on the herbicide and its effects on veterans for the past year and half, but they say they have been met with one delay after another on their FOIA requests.

Even Before Trump, Anti-Abortion Movement Has Been Making Huge Gains

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The 334 restrictions passed by states in the past five years account for a third of all restrictions enacted since 1973. Now as Donald Trump is sworn into office, advocates are afraid the women who depend on Planned Parenthood are going to suffer. In other news, a study looks at clinic closures in Texas.

DEA Falls Short In Answering Opioid Enforcement Questions, Senators Say

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A Washington Post report shows that beginning in 2013, DEA lawyers at headquarters started to delay and block enforcement efforts against large opioid distributors and others, requiring investigators in the field to meet a higher burden of proof before they could take action. In other news, a Stat reporter goes behind the scenes at a DEA drug lab, an opioid maker settles a lawsuit over aggressive marketing and the medical license of a doctor known as the “Candy Man” is permanently suspended.

House Democrats Implore Trump Not To Undermine Women’s Health Care

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As Congress stands poised to strip away funding for Planned Parenthood and dismantle the health law, thus possibly rolling back protections on women’s health care, Democrats warn Donald Trump that the eyes of America’s women are watching him.