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In September 2019, as report after report of Juul and vaping-related injuries rolled in throughout the United States, President Trump and his top health officials announced they would be taking “very, very strong” action against the vaping epidemic, including a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. On January 2, 2020, the FDA published the details of this…

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Over the past few months, you may have noticed several news pieces mentioning recalls of some of the popular heartburn medication ranitidine, also known as Zantac. The culprit in these recalls is a concern of low levels of NDMA, a probable human carcinogen. Nationwide pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid have all pulled…

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Service members and their families have been fighting for decades to overturn the Feres Doctrine, a 70-year-old court ruling that blocks members of the military and their families from suing the government for injuries like medical malpractice and wrongful death. However, all this is poised to change with recent federal legislation. The 2020 National Defense Authorization…

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Although at first glance the headline “increase in human trafficking reports” may seem disheartening, it actually highlights the success of statewide efforts in 2019 to raise awareness of human trafficking – resulting in a high volume of reports of suspected trafficking and many arrests. Attorney General Alan Wilson recently released the South Carolina 2019 Human…

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A recent lawsuit filed in Georgia accuses email marketing platform Mailchimp of facilitating sex trafficking, according to a December 5th article published by Buzzfeed News. The suit claims Mailchimp worked with YesBackpage.com, which is an ad marketplace used by sex traffickers after the similar website Backpage was shut down. They say Mailchimp sent an email…

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Rideshare company Uber released its first-ever safety study on December 5. This was the end of a yearlong wait after the company announced they would conduct such a study concerning public safety concerns. The 84-page report encompasses 2017 and 2018, and covers both sexual assaults and fatalities involving Uber rides. The Uber safety report hit…

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The dangers of vaping and vaping illness have been all over the news (and our blog) during the past few months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and hundreds of hospitals across the nation, have been working nonstop to try and find a reason for a mystery lung illness causing some of the…

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Sex trafficking has two components: human trafficking and sexual slavery. These are reprehensible crimes. The crimes begin when sex traffickers groom or recruit a young woman or person to engage in forced or coerced sex acts. Businesses like hotels, truck stops or massage parlors have long been complicit in these types of crimes. They benefit…

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