FDA asked to remove ultra-high-dose opioids

A petition has asked the agency to remove pills and sprays that give the equivalent of more than 90 mg per day.

One in three Americans is obese

Look left, look right. If you don’t see an overweight person, guess what?

Follow the dashed line

A new CDC report shows the striking effect of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids on the overdose death rate since 2013.

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“Volunteer.” I do not think that word means what you think it means

A federal judge has ruled that penalizing employees for not joining “voluntary” wellness programs makes those programs non-voluntary.

That means they could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act by requiring employees to disclose sensitive information.

Your Zika update

Fewer cases, but that doesn’t mean it’s not lurking out there.

Tomorrow, eye of newt (take 2)

We covered anti-virals from frog mucus. And antibiotics from dragon’s blood. Today: a heart-disease treatment from tick spit.

Speaking of ticks

“The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed nearly 20 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, including at least three deaths. In 2016, there were seven human cases of WNV and no confirmed deaths related to WNV.”