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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.

Fat injection could slim down obesity

Bejing - 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

Sacramento - 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.

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.

Move to ban several 'legal highs'

London - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Geneva - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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