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"Invisible" abortions are much harder to measure, and the black market for abortion pills has changed the landscape for those lacking easy access to an abortion clinic or preferring to have an abortion in private. In other public health news: memory, tainted drugs, DNA testing, the trauma of researching extremism, mental health, flu vaccines and more.
Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis are on the rise in Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina and New Jersey. While there is no vaccine for the illness, authorities urge people to protect themselves by wearing DEET insect repellents, long -sleeved shirts and pants during dusk and dawn and remove standing water.
The $3 billion is part of a larger settlement with Purdue Pharma, but about half of the states suing the company and the family behind it are unhappy with the amount. Purdue, however, claims that if the protesting states' suits aren't blocked then the Sackler family may be unable to contribute even the initial sum that was offered.
Following reports that Attorney General William Barr was taking Republicans' temperature on background checks, President Donald Trump says that he's going slow on his gun proposal plan "to make sure it's right." Meanwhile, 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made waves over buy-back comments in a debate this month, is slamming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over his alleged inaction on the issue.
South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg rolled out his own health plan this week that would offer Americans a "meaningful public alternative" to private insurance --but let those who are happy with their coverage keep it. He also criticized rival candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for evading questions about how she would finance her more progressive health plan.
A man in Missouri becomes the eighth confirmed death in the vaping-related outbreak. But despite the hundreds of cases of the illness, public health officials still haven't been able to pinpoint a single cause. In a sign of how serious the crisis is becoming, the FDA's office of criminal investigations has begun “parallel investigative efforts."