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Massachusetts delays opening of retail pot shops

Massachusetts delays opening of retail pot shops

It will remain illegal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts for the coming several months as the state lawmakers have approved a bill to delay the voter-approved measure.

The Massachusetts House and Senate passed the controversial bill on Wednesday, without any public hearing and debate. The passage of the bill means marijuana sales will remain illegal in the state for at least six months.

It has also delayed the licensing of pot shops. However, registered medical marijuana patients can buy and use the drug.

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California police arrest a man for driving under influence of caffeine

California police arrest a man for driving under influence of caffeine

Officers from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reportedly took a man under arrest for driving under the influence of caffeine.

Joseph Schwab was allegedly driving erratically while returning home from office in Solano County. When an agent from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control pulled him over and gave him a breathalyzer test, the result turned up as 0.00 per cent.

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Trump discusses veterans’ healthcare overhaul with hospital CEOs

Trump discusses veterans’ healthcare overhaul with hospital CEOs

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday met with leaders of the nation’s top nonprofit hospital systems to discuss plans to overhaul healthcare system for veterans.

After the meeting, a senior transition official told reporters that they discussed a range of options, including public-private partnerships and allowing veterans to more readily visit hospitals outside the existing Veterans Affairs system.

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Financial penalties reduce hospital readmission rates among Medicare patients

Financial penalties reduce hospital readmission rates among Medicare patients

Financial penalties effectively reduced thirty-day hospital readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries with common conditions, according to a report published the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

As per the report, the passage of the ACA’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) reduced 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates among Medicare patients with conditions like pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and heart failure.

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Legalizing pot can spur kids to try it: experts warn

Legalizing pot can spur kids to try it: experts warn

As more and more states are adopting measures to legalize sale and use of recreational marijuana, health experts have warned that it is like sending a message to teenagers that the controversial drug is harmless.

Following approval of recreational pot by voters in Washington and Colorado, a survey found fewer teens considering marijuana as risky to their health.

Study author Magdalena Cerda, an epidemiologist at UC Davis' Violence Prevention Research Program, said legalization of marijuana would make it less stigmatized, prompting teens to try it.

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Female doctors provide better treatment than male counterparts: study finds

Female doctors provide better treatment than male counterparts: study finds

Female physicians are better than their male counterparts at treating patients in hospitals and keeping them healthy for a long term, according to a new research.

Harvard researchers analyzed a random sample of Medicare patients hospitalized and treated by general internists from Jan. 2011 through Dec. 2014. A scrutiny of over 1.5 million hospitalizations, the researchers discovered that those treated by male doctors had higher mortality rate.

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Potentially first case of cat-to-human transmission of H7N2 virus under investigation

Potentially first case of cat-to-human transmission of H7N2 virus under investigation

Public health officials are trying to determine whether a veterinarian who fell sick while treating cats at a New York animal shelter really contracted H7N2, a rare strain of bird flu.

The NYC-based Health & Mental Hygiene Department said that H7N2 was detected in nearly four dozen cats at an animal shelter in Manhattan. Lab tests conducted by University of Wisconsin researchers have confirmed that the infection was caused by the H7N2 virus.

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‘Boil order’ for Lindon City residents remains in effect

‘Boil order’ for Lindon City residents remains in effect

The recently issued ‘boil order’ for Lindon City residents and businesses will likely remain in effect for some more days as water samples have tested positive for E. coli, officials said.
Authorities issued the boil order for residents last Friday after discovering that the city’s water supply was contaminated E. coli bacteria, which can make people sick and in rare cases lead them to death.
Authorities recommended residents either to use bottled water or make sure that they boil water for at least one minute then let it cool before consumption.

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Christmas-related emotional stress responsible for spike in cardiac deaths: study

Christmas-related emotional stress responsible for spike in cardiac deaths: study

Emotional stress is associated with the Christmas holidays is one of the multiple causes of the notable spike in heart related deaths during the season, researchers have warned.

Health researchers have been noticing a spike in cardiac or heart related deaths in the United States and other countries where Christmas is celebrated from Dec. 25th to Jan. 7th. A study revealed that there was an increase of 4.2 per cent in heart related deaths such countries during the holiday season.

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Little Waukesha boy gets second chance at life after successful liver transplant

Little Waukesha boy gets second chance at life after successful liver transplant

A five-month-old Waukesha baby got a second chance at life after receiving vital organ donation at Chicago’s Lurie Children's Hospital.

Daniel took birth in July, but a rare, deadly liver disease known as biliary atresia made the very fist five months of his life a tough battle for him as well as his family.

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