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The gap between medical marijuana and street pot

As more and more states legalize medical marijuana, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is concerned that the marijuana used in research is becoming further removed from the type common on the streets.

Rob Ford may be terminal, MRI seeks to learn size of tumor

The former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is awaiting news on whether he will undergo surgery to have his cancerous tumor removed. If doctors discover that surgery won't help him, Ford told media Friday it will mean that "they can’t do any more for me."

Ebola situation in Guinea remains serious

President of Guinea Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency". This applies to five regions in the west and south-west of the country, and the reason is Ebola.

Man who set out to disprove viral-measles link ordered pay up

Berlin-k - A scientist who offered a €100,000 reward to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus must pay up, according to a ruling from a German court. The issue centers on the measles vaccine debate.

Largest outbreak of foodborne illness in Philly sickens 100

Philadelphia - A Chinese New Year Banquet in Philadelphia has led to one of the largest suspected foodborne illness outbreaks in the city's history. Almost 100 lawyers and law students became ill, but citing a 1955 state law, health officials cannot discuss the case.

White house plan to fight 'superbugs' falls short of expectations

The White House is expected to release an ambitious and comprehensive plan that would slow the deadly growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria over the next five years. The plan will not only include huge monetary investments, but policy changes as well.

Dangers of marijuana ‘wax’ highlighted after death in Minnesota

Concentrated marijuana, created by cooking marijuana leaves in a cylinder soaked with butane, is a dangerous new trend that has the authorities in Minnesota worried.

Free dental clinic reaches out to those who cannot afford care

Even with the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dental services can be an expensive proposition. The Connecticut Mission of Mercy is trying to help as many people get dental care as they possibly can.

Scientists reduce calories in rice by half with simple method

Scientists in Sri Lanka have found an easy way to reduce calories in rice by half. The breakthrough could help in the fight against rising obesity rates by cutting the amount of carbohydrates absorbed into the body.

Top tips for shingles pain management Special

Shingles is a painful viral infection: more troublesome and itchy than chickenpox. For adults affected with the virus, the condition lasts on-and-off for a long-time. A top dermatologist has spoken with Digital Journal about dealing with the condition.

Preservation of antibiotics legislation revived in Congress

On Tuesday, Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), legislation that would ban the non-therapeutic use of eight important classes of antibiotics in food animal production.

Ultrascans show fetuses grimacing, touching face as mother smokes

Observations of grimacing facial movements, face and mouth touching behavior of developing fetuses using 4-D ultrasound scans could reveal the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy, according to a new study.

Time to control online sales of breastmilk, say experts

London - Health watchdogs should regulate online sales of breast milk, so prone to contamination that babies may be placed at risk, the BMJ medical journal said in an editorial on Wednesday.

India to hold largest yoga meet in China on Intn'l Yoga Day

Beijing - Come International Yoga Day, India is planning to conduct the biggest global meet on yoga in China, at Dujiangyan in Chengdu, China's Sichuan province.

Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test for Alzheimer's Disease

With regards health, Alzheimer's Disease, and other forms of dementia, are often uppermost in the minds of aging persons today. Obviously nobody wants their life to end with their mental facilities gradually slipping away.

Disease carrying mosquitoes could reach the U.K.

Mosquitoes carrying "tropical diseases" could become widespread across the U.K. over the next 20 or 30 years. This is assuming that European temperatures continue to rise.

Boys with ADHD may benefit from Omega-3, study finds

A small study, involving 80 boys from ages 8 to 14 from the Netherlands, has found a link between the consumption of Omega-3 supplements and a reduction in attention issues.

New snake venom antidote comes from unusual source

Researchers are using the opossum to create a new antidote for venomous snake bites. The venom would be inexpensive to manufacture and it could save thousands of lives globally.

Risks sounded about betel nuts

They give a buzz equivalent to six cups of coffee and they are used as a symbol of love, marriage and a cure for indigestion and impotence in many parts of Asia. However, the innocuous looking betel nut is carcinogenic.
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