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FILE - This Sept. 11 2009 file photo shows a packet of AndroGel testosterone in Hygiene, Colo. The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have never been established as safe or effective for treating common signs of aging like low libido and fatigue. (AP Photo/The Daily Times Call, Richard M. Hackett, File) NO SALES

“There’s been a very successful advertising campaign to make men feel that whatever their problem is, the answer is to buy more testosterone,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen. The consumer advocacy group petitioned the FDA last February to add a boxed warning — the most serious type— to testosterone drugs about heart risks. But the FDA rejected the petition in July, saying there was “insufficient evidence” for such a warning.

FILE - In this Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Jennifer Wonnacott holds her son, Gavin, 8 months, as she joins other mothers and children at a news conference to show their support for proposed legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children in Sacramento, Calif. National vaccination rates for kindergartners remain above 90 percent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

“I think we’re all kind of frustrated,” said Stephen Morse, a Columbia University infectious disease expert. “As scientists, we’re probably the least equipped to know how to do this.”

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, File photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

“Are e-cigarettes a step toward a cigarette smoker getting off of cigarettes? Or are e-cigarettes a crutch so they can get nicotine in places and times when they wouldn’t normally be allowed to smoke cigarettes?” asked Dr. Andrew Hyland of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the primary investigator for a huge government study of trends in smoking and tobacco use.

DENVER | Colorado Democrats have defeated a move to limit bonuses to people working at the health insurance exchange. A House committee rejected a bill Thursday to require lawmakers to approve before the exchange awards employee bonuses. The bill earlier cleared the GOP Senate. Republicans say lawmakers need more control over the operations of Colorado’s quasi-public […]

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, an ultraviolet growth light illuminates a marijuana plant in a grow room at the 3D Dispensary in Denver. A bill is being considered by Colorado lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, to crack down on medical pot users. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

“For a lot of years now, law enforcement has struggled to identify legitimate caregivers and marijuana grows and those that are operating illegally,” said Doug Darr, the retired Adams County sheriff who testified on behalf of the statewide sheriff’s association.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the annual Building a Healthier Future 2015 summit in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“Even today, some folks are still arguing that we just can’t afford to serve our kids healthy food, that it’s too expensive,” she said in a reference to new federal requirements that more fresh produce and whole grains be served in schools.

DENVER | Colorado’s most controversial marijuana-related bill of the year is up for its first test in the Senate Thursday. A measure to crack down on medical pot users faces a hearing. The bill would increase oversight on doctors who recommend marijuana for severe pain, the most common ailment on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The bill […]

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