Morning Break: ‘Worse’ Than Purdue;; Water-Cancer Link?

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Was Johnson & Johnson’s role in the opioid overdose epidemic possibly “worse” than Purdue Pharma’s? Yes indeed, addiction specialist Andrew Kolodny, MD, told an Oklahoma court. (CNN)

E-cigarette makers get new guidance from the FDA on how to gain premarket approval for their products.

Thoracic surgeon Paul Corso, MD, died from ALS on Monday at age 74, the Washington Post reported. Corso pioneered the use of deep hypothermia during complex procedures.

Also dead is distance runner and Olympic hopeful Gabriele Grunewald, 32, from adenoid cystic carcinoma. (Today)

Hawaii wins for state with the best health system performance in a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Guess who’s last.

Alabama will mandate chemical castration for child sex offenders. (The Atlantic)

Time for posters at medical meetings to get a face-lift? (NPR)

While the FDA clamps down on stem cell clinics pushing bogus medical treatments, continues to list their trials. (STAT News)

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic will remain open for now — a circuit judge gave the state health department until June 21 to either grant or deny a license. (Wall Street Journal)

Planned Parenthood sues the Trump administration over “conscience” rules that allow healthcare workers to refuse medical services for religious reasons. (The Hill)

An all-white-meat diet was no better than red meat when it came to levels of LDL or total cholesterol in a small randomized study. (New York Times)

LGBTQ youth are turning to online networks for mental health support. (Wired)

In conflict zones, one in five suffer a mental health condition. (UN News)

North Korea makes moves to curtail the African swine fever outbreak that has already swept China and Vietnam. (Reuters)

Study says nitrates in public drinking water could be responsible for up to 12,000 cancer cases in the U.S. each year. (CBS News)

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