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Top News: Health

Is the Peach State about to become the Pot State?

A marijuana legalization bill has been pre-filed in Georgia by Democratic State Senator, Curt Thompson. The measure would allow medical marijuana to become legal and would also regulate and legalize retail sales to adults.

Still hope: Treatment funding sought for Delta boy with leukemia

A young man in Tsawwassen near Vancouver is sick with leukemia and conventional treatment options have not helped. His family hopes to take him to Seattle for experimental treatment that has shown results but need funding to get him there.

Mali confirms eighth Ebola case

Bamako - A Mali government spokesman on Monday night confirmed the country's eighth case of Ebola, and said health officials are currently monitoring an additional 271 people for the disease. Mali is now the sixth West African country to be dealing with the virus.

Botox parties rising in popularity Special

Although the internet has now moved on to a new cause célèbre, Renee Zellweger’s appearance on the red carpet at an Elle magazine event last month brought Botox back under the spotlight.

Victims of 1960s Thalidomide seek Canadian justice Special

Toronto - Over fifty years after the drug, Thalidomide, was prescribed as a morning sickness treatment for pregnant women, their surviving children are campaigning for financial support from Canada's federal government.

MN company recalls 1,200 pounds of ground beef over E. coli fears

More than 1,200 pounds of ground beef is being recalled due possible E. coli contamination. The suspected contamination was discovered during a routine inspection by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease

Bethesda - Disturbingly, a new study suggests that bed bugs (such as triatomines) can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Op-Ed: The millions of polio sufferers who never existed

If you have heard that millions of people suffered from polio at any time in human history, you need to ask for a reliable source that could be verified on this claim.

Madagascar plague kills 40 since August

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people on the island, with 119 more people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since early August.

Chicken juice helps pathogens to flourish

Washington - The food poisoning bacterium Campylobacter is relatively hardy in many kitchens. New research shows that the robustness is boosted by "chicken juice."

Second successful face transplant performed at Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland - The Cleveland Clinic has successfully transplanted 90 percent of an automobile accident victim’s face. The announcement came via twitter and then details of the 24 and a half hour long procedure were posted on the Clinic’s website.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

Washington - With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar kills 40, WHO reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday a plague outbreak in Madagascar has infected 119 people so far, killing 40. The bacterial disease, transmitted by fleas, started in a village in Soamahatamana in August, and has now spread.

Suspected Ebola blood vials stolen in Guinea robbery

A highway robbery in Guinea may have netted bandits more than they bargained for. The armed bandits stopped a minibus transporting nine passengers, taking a sealed container with blood vials from suspected Ebola patients.

Dealing with infertility Special

Chicago - The holiday period can awkward for couples attempting to overcome infertility. To help families over this period, top specialist Dr. Marie Davidson, who is a fertility counselor, provides Digital Journal readers with some advice.

Study: Jet-driers spread 27 times more germs than paper towels

Leeds - A new study by UK researchers has discovered that hand-driers are much more prone to spreading germs than good old fashioned paper towels.

Op-Ed: Losing the war against obesity with bickering and bull

Sydney - A combination of “issues” with body image, obesity, and truly grotesque nutritional issues are costing a fantastic amount of money. The health impact is colossal and no progress is being made in solving any of these issues.

Report: Obesity costing the global economy $2 trillion annually

A new report suggests that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion dollars per year — that's comparable to the impact of war and terrorism.

Study shows junk food damages your brain

Trans fats found in junk food are renowned for creating obesity and heart disease, but now it has been proven that they damage the functioning of the brain as well.
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