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In the background of the coronavirus pandemic, these other issues — the opioid epidemic and vaping crisis — persist in heaping complications on an overwhelmed public health system. Read more»

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual.

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual during the current shutdown. Though bottlenecked spending bills leave some services feeling the squeeze. Read more»

The White House’s plan to indefinitely detain immigrant families together threatens the care of young children, experts worry, by placing them with an agency with little experience in handling such complex needs. Read more»

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs. States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects. Read more»

Americans older than 65 are more likely to have chronic illnesses and to say they struggle to afford health care – despite qualifying for the federal Medicare program – than are seniors in other industrialized countries, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund. Read more»

Jennifer White, a public relations liaison for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, looks over a map of Boca Chica Beach in South Texas. The map shows the protected area’s privately owned parcels; one could become a SpaceX launchpad site.

Home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Texas is no stranger to the field of space exploration. But now the state could become a hub for a new space economy — one based in the private sector. Some environmentalists are concerned. Read more»

Seen is the ASARCO Smelter site in 2010 in El Paso, Texas. The site began operations as a lead smelter in 1887 and started producing copper in 1910. Plagued by a series of environmental problems and a slump in the price of copper, Asarco declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005 and shut down.

Two smokestacks in El Paso — remnants of the smelting company ASARCO — remind many residents of a legacy of environmental damage. But to a local group, the stacks, now slated for demolition, are landmarks worth saving. Read more»