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One person arrested each minute for marijuana possession

Each minute, at a surprisingly high rate, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S., according to new FBI figures.

Colorectal screenings — Researcher calls for changes

In an editorial this week in the journal Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania physicians argue that the current methodology of screening older people with a history of familial colorectal cancer every five years is not justified.

Researchers find link between increased height and cancer

Researchers in Sweden analyzed the country's health and height records and found a rather startling correlation: taller people are at a higher risk of suffering from cancer.

Sunscreens in concern over effectiveness and safety

Auckland - Jaychem Industries, which manufactures a leading sunscreen, has been criticized over the formulation by U.S. health inspectors.

Antibacterial soap is no more effective than plain soap

Antibacterial soap no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination, according to new research conducted in South Korea. This adds to the body of evidence against triclosan.

Fourteen patients diagnosed with Salmonella in Detroit hospital

Detroit - In what is being called a medical mystery, 14 patients in the same unit in one of Detroit, Michigan's largest hospitals all came down with Salmonella infections. Officials are saying the illnesses are not food-related.

Op-Ed: Why Recovery Month may save your life

This September marked the 26th year of National Recovery Month, a countrywide observance to promote substance abuse issues and encourage people to seek help. But how exactly does it work — and who are the people who say it saved their life?

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

Ginebra - People who regularly face a "substantial" risk of HIV infection should take preventative anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the World Health Organization said in new guidelines released Wednesday.

Injuries and deaths to small children from falling TVs on rise

A new meta-study published in the 'Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics' has found the number of children injured by TVs falling on them, in particular small children, is on the rise. The study looked at data from many countries.

Researchers create new pasta to combat diabetes, bad cholesterol

In the evolving world of new food creation scientists say they have developed a new "prebiotic" pasta that battles illness. It is enriched, they say, with a fibre that fights diabetes and bad cholesterol, among other health problems.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Portland - Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Evening coffee readjusts your body clock

London - Drinking an amount of coffee equivalent to a double espresso three hours before going to sleep affects the body clock, sending it back by an hour. This has sleep implications.

Bayer - no charge that probiotic is wrongfully promoted (update) Special

Washington - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused drugs maker Bayer of illegally promoting the effect of its probiotic, a collection of bacteria that it says “support digestive health.” However, the Justice Department will not pursue the charge.

British Medical Journal says U.S. dietary guidelines flawed

A debate has been created after a paper was published in the British Medical Journal, suggesting the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines, to be published this fall, are biased and based on an incomplete survey of current studies.

Do we need a new safety standard for medical marijuana?

Washington - With the use of medical marijuana becoming accepted and following legislation enacted by a number of U.S. states, health professionals are considering whether cannabis requires a microbiological safety standard.

New class of leukaemia drug approved

London - The U.K. body responsible for approving medications for the health service has recently approved a new type of leukaemia drug. The drug works in a different way from those in current use.

Campaign forces Turing to lower drug prices

Recently Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of its medication Daraprim more than 50-fold overnight. This led to a series of complaints from the public and health professionals. The company has now dropped the price.

Teen develops hepatitis after drinking too much green tea

A teenage girl from Britain attempted to lose weight by drinking green teen. However, she drank too much of it and she ended up developing acute hepatitis.

More than 100 cases of Shigella confirmed in Kansas City

Kansas City - The medical professional and the Kansas City health department has issued a warning to the public about an increase in Shigella.
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