Category Archives: Washington Post

EPA to weigh tougher pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks

“This is a positive step and may be the first thing this EPA has done that will actually reduce air pollution,” said one environmental advocate. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced plans to place more stringent restrictions on pollution from heavy-duty trucks, in a move that won the Trump administration rare praise from environmental […]
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Experts chase the cause of a paralyzing childhood disease spiking this year

Doctors are desperately testing therapies for acute flaccid myelitis. By the time Jourdan Loyola was finally diagnosed with a rare and baffling condition called acute flaccid myelitis two years ago, the 5-year-old could not move his neck, right arm or either leg. Unsure how to treat the unusual condition, which began with coldlike symptoms and […]
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FDA signals crackdown on flavored cigars to reduce youth tobacco use

Juul Labs stops selling popular flavored e-cigarettes in retail outlets and halts social media promotion in advance of an agency announcement. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, signaled Tuesday that the agency plans action against flavored cigars — products that are especially popular among African American teens — as part of an […]
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The Health 202: FDA chief defends crackdown on e-cigarettes despite conservative criticism

State Library Ed. Note: Story is included, despite political bent, because it may provide further information regarding FDA actions towards e-cigarettes. Some conservatives are dismayed at how energetically Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is cracking down on tobacco products, despite his own limited-government views. But Gottlieb isn’t having it. Source: The Health 202: […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Amazon is now at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy

Prosecutors are trying to force Amazon to turn over data on Echo device for a murder case. A New Hampshire judge’s attempt to compel Amazon to share recordings from an Echo device at the scene of an alleged double murder is putting a fine point on law enforcement’s growing demand for data from Internet of Things devices. […]
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The Evergreen State just rejected the Green Wave. Will it ever wash ashore?

With inaction at the federal level, maybe a single state can still be our best hope for broader action to combat global warming. The Evergreen State rejected the Green Wave last week. But there may yet be hope for it to one day wash ashore. This past summer, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) pitched his state […]
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The connection between suicides and mass shootings — and a way to reduce both

State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon is among the 13 states with an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” law. Maryland is among 13 states where “red flag” laws can remove guns from someone who is acting suicidal — saving lives and maybe even preventing mass shootings. Thousand Oaks, Pittsburgh, Parkland, Las Vegas, Orlando — they’re part of […]
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How a badly designed ballot might have swayed the election in Florida

State Library Ed. Note:  Including this story since it describes the importance of well designed ballot. In Broward County, thousands of ballots didn’t include a vote for senator. That may have been because of how the ballot looked. In the run-up to an election, it’s all about getting access to the ballot. Who will turn […]
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Robo-calls are at ‘epidemic levels’ this health open-enrollment season

Almost all of them are illegal under FTC rules. Some are even fraudulent. “Anna” will not stop calling. She really, really wants to sell you health insurance. What a lot of consumers really, really want is to smack Anna upside her robo-calling head. With health insurance open-enrollment season underway, automated phone calls offering Affordable Care […]
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New government guidelines say you can get your exercise in small doses

The recommendations reject the idea that physical activity sessions must be at least 10 minutes long. Americans seeking to stay healthy can get their exercise in small increments of just a few minutes at a time, according to new guidelines issued by the government Monday that again encourage a largely sedentary nation to start moving. […]
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