The number of cases of the vaping-tied lung illness have jumped 52% in one week.  Health officials have reported 805 confirmed or probable cases and 12 deaths connected to the vaping illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, the CDC reported 530 cases. (CNBC)

The judge overseeing the massive federal opioid trial in Ohio has declined to step aside after drug companies claimed he was biased. The judge said his comment about the toll of the epidemic “does not suggest I am biased; it shows that I am human.” (Washington Post)

A House of Representatives panel has asked e-cigarette companies to stop advertising. The panel sent letters to four companies, Fontem Ventures, Japan Tobacco International, Reynolds American and NJOY, urging them to stop marketing after Juul suspended most of its ads. (Reuters)

Rite Aid reported $5.4 billion in revenue last quarter, falling slightly year-over-year for its fiscal Q2, which ended on August 31. The numbers beat analysts’ expectations on earnings per share. (CNBC)

The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to battle addiction and chronic pain. The money will be used to fund research in 41 states that will guide services for people suffering from addiction and pain. (Washington Post)