The Washington Post – FDA chief calls youth use of Juul, other e-cigarettes an ‘epidemic’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb dramatically escalated his efforts to stop an “epidemic” of teenage vaping, announcing Wednesday a massive enforcement action against retailers for allegedly selling e-cigarettes to minors and warning manufacturers of a potential ban of flavored e-cigarette liquids.

TIME – Toxic waste. Animal manure. Hurricane Florence could be a public health disaster

Hurricane Florence’s potential for destruction also includes increased risks for the environment and public health as torrential rains could overwhelm the pits where toxic waste from power plants is stored.

State of Obesity Report – New data: Adult obesity rates top 35 percent in seven states, no state obesity rate improved significantly during the past year

Report emphasizes urgent need to increase evidence-based obesity prevention programs to prevent disease and potentially save billions in healthcare spending.

PBS Newshour – Nearly 30 percent of patients prescribed opioids had no recorded pain diagnoses

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. patients prescribed opioids by doctors over the course of a decade had no recorded pain diagnosis, according to a new letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

NPR – More older Americans are turning to marijuana

Members of the generation that came of age in the era of marijuana are reaching for weed in their golden years.