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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media.

NY sees spike in number of hospitalizations due to synthetic pot

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in the state since April 8, a spike that has health authorities warning the public that the substances are dangerous, and also illegal.

Op-Ed: 5 credit score killers that are costing you money

Your credit score is critical. While it doesn't define you, it certainly determines whether or not you'll be able to buy a house or car with a reasonable interest rate (or at all).

Fat injection could slim down obesity

Following on from brown fat "good" and white fat "bad" studies, researchers have shown that transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.

Murder, rape, neglect in California mental health institutions Special

More than 800 pages of records released by the California Department of Public Health have revealed horrific crimes, including deadly physical abuse and neglect, rape, and brutal beatings, inside five mental health institutions.

Student loan debts mean home buying challenges for millennials

The millennial generation is a dynamic group that’s afforded lots of new luxuries, but is also faced with many challenges earlier generations didn’t have.

Move to ban several 'legal highs'

Due to concerns with so-called “legal highs”, which are being seen more frequently in the U.K., the government has instigated a ban on five types of recreational drugs.

Multiple raw milk product recalls in the U.S. this week

Contaminated raw milk and cream is in the news again this week, with two state's issuing recalls. A Washington state dairy and a Pennsylvania dairy are at the center of the recalls.

Canadian research team cracks secret to knuckle-popping sound

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered the secret behind the “pop” sound knuckles make when they’re cracked. So, why does it make that sound? MRI video helps to determine what triggers the noise.

Medical marijuana heads south

A little less than half of U.S. states have passed legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana. California's law is nearly a decade old, and Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Maine followed suit shortly.

Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels, study suggests

New research from the University of California has concluded sugar-sweetened beverages may help reduce stress in people.

Ni’ihau — The island paradise that's 'off limits' to visitors

Ni'ihau is the smallest of Hawaii's inhabited islands, and one of the most mysterious. This is because it is called "The forbidden Island." No, there are no ghosts or dangerous volcanoes there. It is just privately owned.

New vibrating condom for women makes them climax every time

Come again? — you might ask. A female condom which makes women orgasm every time. Yes, I'm not faking it (at least, not anymore). A Michigan company claims to have produced a lady's vibrating condom, which guarantees women will climax each time.

Dermatologists provide advice for cold sore treatments Special

Having a cold sore can be irritating and it looks unsightly. A top dermatologist provides Digital Journal readers with some advice for managing these viral infections.

E. coli could be linked to leafy greens in Canada says PHAC

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating a mysterious outbreak of E. coli infections across Canada. So far, 12 cases have popped up, and all seem to be related to the consumption of leafy green vegetables.

Heinz recall: Chicken with Broth baby food over loss of seal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), announced Wednesday morning that Heinz is recalling their 100 ml size jars of Chicken with Broth baby food because of possible spoilage concerns.

Woman defects from anti-vaxxers — Her seven kids get Pertussis

A Canadian mother has defected from the anti-vaxxer camp after all seven of her children came down with whooping cough. After one week of enforced isolation in their Ottawa home, Tara Hill spoke out.

Stats Can report finds marijuana use down among Canada's teens

Statistics Canada released a report today showing that fewer teenagers from 15 to 17 are using marijuana. The drop-off from 2002 to 2012 was dramatic and it comes at a time when marijuana is proving to be a dangerous drug for the developing brain.

Call to 'free up' information from drug trials

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for greater transparency with the reporting of clinical trials. This has been welcomed by advocates of open science.

Beech-Nut recalls 1,920 pounds of baby food because of glass

Beech-Nut is voluntarily recalling about 1,920 pounds of its "Stage 2" Classic Sweet Potato & Chicken after a single incident was reported of finding a piece of glass in a 4-ounce glass jar.

Op-Ed: Squeezing more people onto planes not a good idea

A frequent flyer I am not. Nor do I weigh 100 kgs (plus). I should probably shut my face up for the plans to squeeze (and add) seats on most of airlines. The United Airlines plan to introduce this suicidal idea sparked my outrage because I can calculate.

Study finds autism linked to mother and diabetes during pregancy

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between autism and gestational diabetes. Women who develop diabetes earlier in their pregnancy have a higher chance of birthing a child with autism, the study found.

Procrastinate at work? It’s bad for your health

Procrastination is a nasty habit that can keep you from filing on deadline, preparing well for a meeting. Waiting until the last minute to accomplish your task can also lead to unnecessary stress.

Australia to deny welfare to parents who don't vaccinate kids

The Australian government has announced parents won't receive welfare or childcare payments if they don't vaccinate their children.

Yoga for army vets could help with PTSD

The Veterans Health Administration has launched four pilot programs that offer veterans yoga, acupuncture, Qigong, guided imagery and equine therapies, as an alternative to medication, to help with PTSD.

Seattle airport worker sleeps in cargo hold, plane takes off

While on the job an employee at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle thought he would catch a few extra zzz's on Monday. Where though? Best to grab a spot far from the madding — or traveling — crowd. He picked the wrong spot.

Can people contract norovirus from their dogs?

Given that it has been established that human norovirus can infect dogs, is it possible that dog-to-human transmission can also occur? The answer is “probably” according to a new study.

Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Some McDonald's are now accepting Taco Bell receipts as payment

Some Pennsylvania McDonald's restaurants are allowing customers to exchange Taco Bell breakfast receipts for a free Egg McMuffin.

Vancouver hosting forum Tuesday on dangers of marijuana for teens

The Vancouver School Board and a substance use prevention program called SACY, along with Vancouver Coastal Health, are sponsoring a forum Tuesday evening on marijuana. It is intended to help parents and their teens make informed choices about the drug.

EU moves closer to counting calories in alcoholic drinks

Health conscious tipplers may be closer to finding out just how many calories they are imbibing as consumer advocates push for EU nutritional labelling on alcoholic drinks in the face of strong industry resistance.

Three-year-old picks up gun and shoots one-year-old in Ohio home

A peaceful day in Cleveland's east side was shattered on Sunday afternoon when a three-year-old child picked up an unattended gun and shoot a one-year-old boy, killing the younger child.

UK retailers begin offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ whole chickens

Consumers across the United Kingdom will soon be bringing home a chicken for Sunday supper, but won't have to do much more than turn the oven on. UK food company Moy Park is introducing the bagged whole chickens.

Op-Ed: Roundup's glyphosates are killing our gut microbes

Celiac disease and gluten-intolerance is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe. The causative factor in the increase of these disorders can be explained by studies done on the use of Roundup on the foods we eat.

Ghana gets its first emergency medicine training program

In a new initiative seeking to improve healthcare in the country, Ghana has begun its first emergency medicine training program. Nurses are being trained and despatched to regions across the country and new recruits are busily signing up.

Climbing the medieval clock tower of St. Albans Special

The market city of St Albans, located in Hertfordshire, England, has a fifteenth century clock tower. The tower is occasionally open for visitors and this spring Digital journal paid a visit.

Lunching at the Grim's Dyke, restaurant review Special

Grim's Dyke is a splendid Victorian manor house located in North London. The house is used for jazz, comedy and opera themed nights. It also has a very good restaurant, which Digital Journal has reviewed.

Study says it's all about quality of parenting time, not quantity

A new study from the University of Toronto has concluded that it isn't how much time a parent spends with their kids that matters, it's the kind of time they spend.

Toddler Prince George prepares to share the spotlight

After 21 blissful months of one-on-one care, world media attention and carefree splashing in the Buckingham Palace pool, Prince George is facing a spot of upheaval in his gilded life -- a sibling.

Fears over Monsanto's herbicide Roundup prompt private testing

The focus of scientists, food companies and consumer groups is now on Monsanto's Roundup, and its active ingredient, glyphosate. Even though testing has increased in the past two years, they have spiked since the WHO report in March.

Ebola survivors face health issues

Many survivors of Ebola face on-going health issues and risks, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).