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A new analysis shows that detectable levels of lead were found in 20% of baby food samples, especially in fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies, according to Kaiser Health News. These findings are significant because lead can cause significant issues in developing children, including problems with behavior, attention, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. While the levels discovered in food were observed to be low, there is no blood level of lead deemed safe for children.

GOP Senators are fast approaching their June deadline to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When the lawmakers return on Monday, they only have 2 weeks until the Fourth of July recess to smooth over division among party members over issues such as Medicaid, according to Politico. The legislators must also determine the best way to reduce insurance premiums and if they will cut taxes that paid for the ACA.

Addiction specialists have said that taking action is necessary to end the opioid epidemic. While the opioid panel is slated to meet today, emergency action — similar to that seen during outbreaks of infectious diseases – may be a necessary step to mitigate overdoses and deaths, The New York Times reported. Taking action may include expanding access to treatment and for federal agencies to all play a role in combating the opioid epidemic, according to the article.