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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued new draft guidance, suggesting a limit on use of lead in cosmetic products like lipsticks, eye shadows and shampoos.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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Uber moves its self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona

Uber moves its self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona

In a Thursday afternoon announcement, ride-hailing company Uber said that the 16 self-driving cars which the company has pulled off the San Francisco streets are being moved to Arizona.

Uber's move to ship its self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona comes after the California DMV revoked the registrations of the vehicles on Wednesday. The DMV had earlier asked Uber to stop operating its self-driving cars on San Francisco roads because the company had not got a requisite license to test its autonomous vehicles in the state.

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Uber pulls its self-driving cars from SF roads after regulators revoke their registrations

Uber pulls its self-driving cars from SF roads after regulators revoke their registrations

On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Uber was forced to shut down its self-driving pilot program in San Francisco because the registrations of the company’s 16 self-driving cars in the city were revoked by the California DMW.

The move by the California DMW to force Uber to pull its self-driving cars from San Francisco roads comes after one week of failed talks between Uber and the state regulators.

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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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Twitter CTO Adam Messinger announces his departure

Twitter CTO Adam Messinger announces his departure

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, high-profile Twitter executive Adam Messinger – the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) – said that he is leaving the company after a five-year stint.

Messinger had joined Twitter in 2011 when he was appointed the company’s Vice President of app development in the engineering department.

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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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