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A barber in North Carolina decided that he would give a 9-year-old free haircuts for life because he got good grades in school.

Smoking high-strength skunk cannabis damages the brain

A new study suggests that smoking high-strength "skunk" cannabis can damage the brain by breaking down communications between its two halves.

Review: Inside a tasting of eclectic whiskies in London Special

This week Digital Journal had the opportunity to taste eight very different whiskies, seven from Scotland and one from Ireland at the splendid Victorian manor house, the Grim's Dyke.

CFIA recalls cheese products over possible Listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling a number of imported cheese products due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall was originally issued on Nov. 21, but has been updated.

Black Friday: Cards Against Humanity asks customers to give it $5

Cards Against Humanity, the self-proclaimed "party game for horrible people," has an unusual Black Friday deal: It's asking people to give it $5 to receive absolutely nothing in return.

Top 10 winter driving tips

It's important to drive safely throughout the year. However, the winter season generally brings the greatest risks. We present the ten most useful tips.

Taylor Farms of Calif. linked to Costco E. coli outbreak

Initial testing done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates a vegetable mix from a California produce wholesaler is possibly the source of E. coli connected to Costco's rotisserie chicken salad.

Russian tourists run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes -- and for battered tour operators.

Photo essay: Mumbai from a balcony

A street photographer at heart, I chastise myself when I don't get out enough in Mumbai to photograph its people and places. But with a new building going up within shouting distance of my balcony, I'm rediscovering India — from 10 stories high.

Two with kidney failure linked to Costco chicken salad

Nineteen people in seven states are now reported to be sickened by a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco rotisserie chicken salad.

CNN tests show banned pesticides still being used by pot growers

Pesticides illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products sold to the public. Because testing of marijuana for pesticides is not mandatory in the state, CNN did its own testing.

Is it time to ban prescription drug adverts?

A call has been made to prevent prescription-only drugs from being advertised because less expensive generic drugs may be crowded out of the marketplace.

Beauty contestant barred over 'Taiwan' sash: Government

A beauty contestant from Taiwan has been suspended from an international pageant after Beijing objected to the sash she was wearing, the woman and the government in Taipei said.

Turkeys aren't as dumb as they're made out to be

Thanksgiving is upon us, and as we eagerly await the mouthwatering turkey, the centerpiece of the celebration, it might be nice to reflect on the misconception that these birds are one of the dumbest animals alive.

Op-Ed: Massage Therapy is a vital part of Complimentary Medicine Special

As healthcare costs continue to escalate, the role of alternative or complimentary medicine remains steadfast for many people.

Most turkey producers still using antibiotics and other drugs

A few days ago, Chicago-based Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) released a new report examining the use of antibiotics and other drugs in turkey production in the U.S.

Volkswagen cuts $1 billion in spending amid scandal

Still reeling from the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen had set aside $7.3 billion to recover. That may not be enough. The company recently decided to cut its capital investments by $1.1 billion, or about 8 percent of the total.

New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Lethal autism 'cure' feared spreading to Britain

Police in Britain are investigating that country's first potential case of a parent giving their child bleach as a "cure" for autism.

Should Robert Califf head up the FDA?

President Obama’s preferred candidate to head up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has faced criticisms over his apparent ties with the pharmaceutical industry. Robert Califf recently faced a hearing in the U.S. Senate.

Chipotle shares plummet as E. coli now reported in six states

The E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of customers who had eaten at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Oregon and Washington has now made its way to three more states. This brings the total up to six states that have been affected.

Study: Pre-diabetes on rise and 1 in 3 will develop diabetes

A combined research effort from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has made helpful findings in the field of diabetes. It discovered half of adults at age 45 have developed prediabetes.

Tourniquets in schools and public places? They could save lives

The white House is proposing that tourniquets be made as available as are heart defibrillators in schools, airports, stadiums, shopping malls and other public places across the nation to reduce fatalities from mass shootings and terror attacks.

A page out of history: Virginia's annual tribute is paid

In a tradition that dates back to 1646, an annual tax tribute is paid to the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia the day before Thanksgiving, when leaders of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Indian tribes bring gifts in lieu of taxes.

Obese children showing signs of heart disease

The growing problem of childhood obesity has been well documented and several health initiatives are in place. These may need to be advanced following a review of symptoms of heart disease in children.

Teacher compliments each student every single day

A special education teacher in Florida starts off each day by taking the time to compliment every single one of his students.

Neraki up for 2016 'Best of Long Island' nomination

Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill in Huntington on Long Island is in the running for the 2016 "Best of Long Island" honor in the Greek restaurant category.

Bilingual people recover from strokes better

Bilingual people, according to a new study, are twice as likely to recover from a stroke compared with people who speak just one language.

Bird flu raising price of turkey and other poultry

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means the grocery stores are packed with shoppers looking to get everything for their Thanksgiving meal.

Deadly gene resisting all forms of antibiotics found in China

Chinese scientists have discovered a gene in some pathogenic bacteria that make them resistant to drugs used when all other treatment regimens have failed, prompting scientists to warn that the world is on the "cusp of a post-antibiotic era."

Tesla recalls entire Model S fleet because a seat belt could fail

Tesla is voluntarily recalling the approximately 90,000 Model S sedans that are on the road worldwide. The affected vehicles have front seat belts that could fail to function correctly in an accident.

Mexican girl's medical cannabis win raises hopes for others

Grace can finally sleep through the night without being awakened by one of her epileptic crises since the eight-year-old Mexican girl started taking cannabis-based medicine a month ago.

Giant Kenya traffic jam stretches to third day

Kenyan police said Friday they have begun clearing a three-day traffic jam stretching for tens of kilometres on the main highway between the capital and the country's only port of Mombasa.

Op-Ed: FDA bypasses public — Genetically engineered salmon approved

Going against widespread opposition, and not even bothering to do an environmental impact study, our Food and Drug Administration has pushed genetically engineered salmon on the American public.

Valeant's low libido drug for women is not off to a good start

Women apparently don't have as many problems as men in the sack, because the highly touted "female Viagra" pill for women, Addyi, is having sales as slow as, well, molasses in January.

Op-Ed: Vegetarian's Thanksgiving survival guide

Thanksgiving isn’t the easiest holiday for vegetarians or vegans — especially if you’re the guest at somebody else’s celebration.

Airport passenger profiling key to thwarting attacks: Analysts

Contested in some quarters, air passenger profiling is gaining ground among watchdogs as a defence against terror attacks following two bloody assaults in less than a month.

6 holiday shopping trends to watch for this year

The holiday shopping season has arrived and as shoppers stroll the stores aisles and peruse the e-commerce space they will notice some new and not-so-surprising trends marketers have implemented.

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

U.S. experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of STDs

The number of cases of three key sexually transmitted diseases increased last year for the first time since 2006, the CDC reported on Tuesday. The increases have been described as "alarming" by public health officials.

Which are the safest hospitals in the U.S.?

We live in a world where decision making is dominated by league tables, from consumers goods to education. Rightly or wrongly, healthcare is no exception. A new study examines the U.S. hospital sector.
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