Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Bessent: Congress needs to keep an eye on compounding pharmacies

Vials of the injectable steroid product made by

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Few people heard of “compounding pharmacies” before a meningitis outbreak killed 64 people a year ago. The disease was traced to a tainted, injectable steroid medication shipped across the country from a mold and fungus infested facility outside Boston where it was mass produced without federal oversight.

Thanks to a gap in the law the New England Compounding Center’s operation was perfectly...

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Crowley: High school students should think twice before competing in endurance sports

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Bone health usually isn’t a worry until back or knee problems emerge well into adulthood. And by that time it may be too late to do something about it.

We should start worrying about bone health when the body builds most of its adult bones: early childhood into teenage years. Researchers who study bone health suggest any bone mass gained after peak bone growth, which is around 20 years old...

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Dolman: Striking down soda ban, court reminds Bloomberg he's only a mayor

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big gulp law is finally fizzling out.

In upholding a lower court—which tossed out the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks of 16 ounces or more—the state's Appellate Division today underscored an idea Bloomberg, oddly, finds hard to accept: that he’s simply an elected municipal official and not the personal over-boss of the New York City's 8.4 million people.


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Crowley: LIRR makes the right call in snuffing out e-cigarettes

The proportion of students who reported having ever

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Long Island Rail Road regulations say it is illegal to “burn a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any tobacco substitute.” Now, the LIRR is citing that rule to ban electronic cigarettes on trains.

E-cigarettes have become popular in the United States and Europe in the past decade. They help smokers get their nicotine fix without inhaling...

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Uberti: GOP obstruction on Obamacare only hurts Americans

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Capitol Hill’s “repeal and replace” crowd gloated over the White House’s decision Tuesday to put a one-year hold on Obamacare’s controversial employer mandate.

The Obama administration “seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

“Even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” said...

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Gorman: A picture's worth a thousand calories

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Self-esteem issues used to be rooted in comparing your body to a supermodel’s, but now that social media dominates our culture, they're more about comparing yourself to your peers. Now, networks upon networks have access to your best and worst candid moments. They might be embarrassing. They might be shameful. They might make you think twice about having a burger for lunch. What could be worse than...

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Bessent: Detroit needs help just like municipalities around the nation

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announces he will appoint

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The city of Detroit has been on the skids for decades, and Friday it finally tumbled into the financial abyss. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s troubled finances.

A booming auto industry hub of 1.8 million people in the 1950s, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents. With boarded-up homes, darkened streets, high crime, inadequate...

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Filler: Mediterranean diet can be tasty and health, study says

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So here comes another study making the point that if you eat right, there’s a much better chance you won’t die, or rather not as soon and not of the same things.

Regardless of what headlines often claim, no diet or safety initiative or smoking reduction can “prevent deaths.” They can only postpone them. The fatality rate of living is 100 percent.

The source of the good news this time...

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Bessent: What will the future of health care look like?

North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling speaks

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The way health care is delivered is changing fast, and the transformation will accelerate over the next decade.

Where Long islanders go for medical care, who provides it and how its paid for won’t be the same.

Some hospitals may close as they lose their place as the center of the health care universe. Outpatient, ambulatory treatment centers, will become the place to go for many routine,...

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