Health

Do We Know How Risky E-Cigarettes Are?

E-cigarettes are less dangerous than is generally believed, posing a unique information challenge for regulators.

A More Holistic Definition of “Healthy”

Regulator solicits input on a new rule defining when foods could be considered “healthy.”

Drug Price Lowering Solutions from the Campaign Trail

As drug prices spike, the presidential candidates endorse proposals for getting costs down.

How OSHA Can Succeed with the Cards It Is Dealt

Despite its wide-ranging capabilities, OSHA has often let its detractors have their way. To combat this, it should enlist partners in all directions.

If We Can Fix TSCA, We Can Fix the OSH Act

President Obama recently signed toxics reform; now it is time to fix workplace safety law, too.

For Hepatitis Drugs, Availability Does Not Equal Access

Is the government willing to infringe on drug patents to curb a public health crisis?

Regulating Weight in the Fashion Industry

European countries have taken varied approaches to curtailing use of too-thin models—will the U.S. take action, too?

Still Seeking Contraceptive Compromise After Zubik v. Burwell

Zubik v. Burwell highlights thorny issues surrounding Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage requirement.

What Should Regulators Do About Pilot Depression?

A French agency’s report on the Germanwings accident reassesses the balance between medical privacy and public safety.

NRC Staff Push Agency to Address Escalating Safety Concerns

A recent petition filed by government workers reveals the extent of a growing nuclear safety design problem.

Are We Making Progress in Valuing Health and Longevity in Regulatory Analysis?

Although agencies have made strides concerning values for mortality risk reductions, more research is needed on these values.

Federal Agency Tackles Health Care Gap for Transgender Soldiers

A proposed rule would cover certain gender transition services for military members.