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Pennsylvania announces sites for state-approved marijuana dispensaries

Pennsylvania announces sites for state-approved marijuana dispensaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday announced the sites where the state-approved marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities will be located.

The state has been divided into half a dozen medical marijuana regions, with each of those regions allocated a couple of cultivation facilities. The number of dispensaries allocated to each region will be based on numerous factors, including density of population.

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FDA limits lead levels in cosmetics to 10 ppm

FDA limits lead levels in cosmetics to 10 ppm

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued new draft guidance, suggesting a limit on use of lead in cosmetic products like lipsticks, eye shadows and shampoos.

The FDA limited lead contained in cosmetic products marketing in the U.S. to a maximum of 10 parts per million (ppm) for lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners as well as externally applied cosmetic products like eye shadows, shampoo, blushes and body lotions.

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Mouthwash can kill gonorrhea bacteria: study

Mouthwash can kill gonorrhea bacteria: study

Stopping the growth of bacteria that causes gonorrhea may be as simple as gargling with a mouthwash, a small study conducted in Australia suggested.

The idea that gargling with a mouthwash can kill bacteria isn’t new as Listerine advertised in 1879 that the disinfectant could effectively clean floors as well as cure gonorrhea. But no scientific studies were ever conducted to verify the company’s claim.

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Processed meat may aggravate asthma: study

Processed meat may aggravate asthma: study

Regular consumption of processed meats like sausages, salami and ham may be bad for people with asthma as it can aggravate the condition, a new study suggested.

A tem of researchers studied the cases of as many as 1,000 French individuals, and found that a preservative known as nitrite used in cured or processed meats was aggravating the airways, making the condition of asthma more problematic for the patients.

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U.S. pregnant women becoming increasingly dependent on marijuana

U.S. pregnant women becoming increasingly dependent on marijuana

Use of marijuana among pregnant women in the United States has increased more than 100 per cent in just over a decade, a fresh analysis of multiple reports involving thousands of women revealed.

A team of researchers looked at reports from nearly 200,000 women from the age-group of 18 to 44 years, and found that pregnant women are increasingly using marijuana, sometimes to treat morning sickness.

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MACRA to change how Medicare pays doctors

MACRA to change how Medicare pays doctors

The quietly-passed bipartisan legislation Medicare Access & CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) aims to mark a fundamental transformation in the way the existing Medicare system pays doctors and hospitals.

MACRA isn’t an ordinary legislation as it will likely have a profound impact on doctors, patients and families as well as the stability of the entire healthcare system.

Medicare has thus far been paying doctors a fixed fee for performing a procedure or service. MACRA will flip that to where a doctor or hospital’s payment will be based on the treatment’s success rate.

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780M pain pills shipped to West Virginia in 6 years

780M pain pills shipped to West Virginia in 6 years

A whopping 780 million prescription painkillers were shipped by drug wholesalers to West Virginia over a period of six years, a newspaper investigation revealed.

Linking increasing drug abuse to thousands of deaths, the Charleston Gazette-Mail also reported that at least 1,728 West Virginians died from overdoses of drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone between 2007 and 2012.

As West Virginia has nearly 1.84 million residents, the shipments amount to 433 painkillers for every man, woman and kid in the state.

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Exploding e-cigarettes need a federal look: Sen. Schumer says

Exploding e-cigarettes need a federal look: Sen. Schumer says

The federal government should launch an investigation into growing incidents of exploding e-cigarettes to figure out the cause, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.

Sen. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said in an interview on Sunday that the federal government needs to figure out why e-cigarettes and their batteries are exploding and catching fire.

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Researchers find two antibodies that might help fight Zika

Researchers find two antibodies that might help fight Zika

A team of researchers claimed to have found key proteins that could help create medicines and vaccines to fight back the rapidly spreading Zika virus, which is transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.

The new study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, states that the researchers found two antibodies in the blood of a patient infected with Zika that can effectively “eliminate” the virus.

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Study shows substantial resurgence of severe black lung disease among miners

Study shows substantial resurgence of severe black lung disease among miners

Many more coal miners living and working in a single region of eastern Kentucky are suffering from the most serious form of black lung disease than previously reported, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) cautioned.

Between Jan. 2015 and Aug. 2016, at least 60 current and former coal miners were diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). Investigators with the federal agency's National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) also confirmed all those cases.

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