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Addiction Rehab Centers For Defendants Often Nothing More Than Lucrative Work Camps

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An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that these facilities, which are meant to be an alternative to jail for those addicted to substances, can be nothing more than “slave camps.” In other public health news: genetic testing, the immune system, Pompe disease, pets and cancer, vaccinations, dementia and more.

FDA Chief, Called ‘Bright Spot’ By Administration’s Toughest Critics, May Be On Short List For HHS Spot

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Scott Gottlieb has won over many criticis by seeking to widen access to generic drugs, asserting that the agency should play a role in addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic, and announcing plans to tighten regulations on tobacco products. In other news, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly asked the White House to reconsider Tom Price’s departure before the resignation of the secretary of Health and Human Services was announced.

Gottlieb Says FDA Is Encouraging Production Of Complex Generic Drugs To Bring Down Prices

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The head of the Food and Drug Administration says in a blog post that his agency will provide guidance to drugmakers on how to win approvals for these medications that are especially hard to make. In congressional testimony, he also says the agency supports “right-to-try” legislation that allows people with serious illnesses access to experimental drugs, but he would like the measure to apply only to people with terminal diseases.

Big Tobacco To Begin Running Court-Mandated Mea Culpa Ads

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“Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive,” one ad will say. Another reads: “More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol, combined.” In other public health news: the importance of body clocks, help getting sober and children with anxiety.

Nobel Prize Awarded To American Scientists Studying Mysteries Of Circadian Rhythms

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Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young win the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work examining the biological clock of living organisms. “Since the seminal discoveries by the three laureates, circadian biology has developed into a vast and highly dynamic research field, with implications for our health and wellbeing,” the Nobel citation reads.

In Blow To Pharma, Maryland Law Punishing Price Gouging Allowed To Go Into Effect

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A group representing pharmaceutical makers asked a judge to stop the law from going into effect, but U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis found that “an erroneous grant of a preliminary injunction would cause substantial harm by permitting the sale of essential drugs to Maryland residents at unconscionable prices.”