This woman is handwriting letters to hundreds of women battling breast cancer

LEHI, Utah – Although “snail mail” may seem archaic, Lisa Arrington-Radulovich is bringing back handwritten letters. Her goal is to send words of encouragement to those who need it most, according to KSL. “I just love the act of creating, and I love the fact that I am changing someone’s life,” Arrington-Radulovich said. Her newest passion started after looking for a way to serve over the holidays. “I googled ‘volunteer work you can do from home.’ The very first hit, the very first website was GirlsLoveMail.com.” The California-based charity asks volunteers…

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Gluten-free diet not healthy for everyone

There was a time when gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, was something of a foreign term. Not many people had heard of it, and the few who needed to avoid it found meals to be extremely challenging. Today, I hear the word “gluten” on a daily basis, but mostly as a food component to be avoided at all costs. In fact, according to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, it seems that “in Los Angeles, gluten is comparable to Satanism.” But is banning gluten from your diet…

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Video shows police storming home with guns drawn to take unvaccinated 2-year-old with fever to the hospital

After a SWAT team broke open a door to take an unvaccinated 2-year-old boy with a fever to the hospital, an Arizona lawmaker is calling for a review of police and child protective services procedures. “I want to sit down with stakeholders about this,” said state Rep. Kelly Townsend. “That was excessive. It’s a scary thing.” The incident took place last month when a couple would not take their sick child to the hospital and they refused to let police check the child’s welfare after a doctor reported them, according…

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Here’s what you need to know about Virginia’s new Medical Cannabis program

RICHMOND, Va. — A bill signed by Governor Northam last week will expand Virginia’s medical cannabis program, enabling Virginians to purchase regulated products that utilize the cannabinoids CBD and THC in a variety of formulas. Virginians will now be able to head to a doctor, physicians assistant, or licensed nurse practitioner and receive a certificate for use of CBD and THC-A products. Oils, capsules, lozenges, patches, and lollipops are just a few of the ways that residents of the Commonwealth will be able to consume the regulated marijuana products, which…

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County bans unvaccinated kids from public places, declares state of emergency

ROCKLAND, N.Y. — A state of emergency is in effect in one suburban New York county as local officials and community leaders try to combat a severe measles outbreak. Effective midnight, Wednesday Mar. 27, anyone under the age of 18 and unvaccinated against measles will be barred from public places in Rockland County until they receive the MMR vaccination or when the declaration expires in 30 days. The declaration was issued under the New York State Executive Law. There have been 153 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county…

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Why doctors have lowered the age for colon cancer screenings

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Chad Arcand was just 46 years old when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The active father of two had just returned home from deployment in Afghanistan when he started noticing blood in his stool and abnormal weight loss. Arcand and his wife never imagined that his diagnosis would be stage three cancer. “The doctor said, ‘you have a tumor.’ Kerrie and I didn’t know what to do,” Arcand recalled. Chad Arcand and family Arcand immediately began treatment, including four months of radiation and chemotherapy to…

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Are breast implants safe enough? The FDA reviews the popular procedure this week

Many women have breast implants with no serious complications, but there have been cases where women suffer pain and fatigue, among other health problems. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration is holding a meeting to take a closer look at such cases and put breast implant safety under a microscope. The meeting involves hearing from from patients, physicians and industry representatives. The FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel convenes Monday and Tuesday to discuss and make recommendations relating to the risks and benefits of…

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Avocados recalled over listeria concerns

California-grown avocados sold in bulk to retail stores in six states by the Henry Avocado Corporation are being recalled due to potential contamination with the bacterium listeria monocytogenes, the company announced on Saturday. “Henry Avocado is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at its California packing facility,” reads the company’s statement. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the recall at this time. The recalled products included California-grown conventional and organic…

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Hundreds of cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Purdue Pharma

More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family — owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP — accusing them of creating the opioid addiction crisis through ownership of the company that manufactures the painkiller OxyContin. Like other suits that have been filed, this one alleges the Sackler family made a fortune by using deceptive marketing to sell addictive and potentially deadly painkillers. “Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused…

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