Recreational marijuana legalization tied to decline in teens using pot, study says

Marijuana use among young people in the United States overall has climbed in recent years, but a new paper suggests that in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, marijuana use among youth may actually be falling. Laws that legalized recreational marijuana were associated with an 8% drop in the number of high schoolers who said they used marijuana in the last 30 days, and a 9% drop in the number who said they’d used at least 10 times in the last 30 days, according to the paper published in the medical journal JAMA…

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Mom gives birth to other couples’ babies because of IVF mix-up, lawsuit claims

A couple from New York is suing a fertility clinic after a woman gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mixup, according to a federal lawsuit filed in US District Court. The mother, who is Asian, gave birth to two non-Asian babies, and each child was a genetic match to a different couple that was also a client at the fertility clinic, the lawsuit states. The Asian couple was then forced to give up the babies to their true genetic parents. The couple, identified only as A.P.…

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Altaire Pharmaceuticals issues voluntary recall for multiple eye products sold at Walgreens

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., issued a voluntary recall of five different products due to concerns about a “potential for nonsterility,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. The company is recalling over-the-counter drops, ointments and solutions meant for the eyes, or ophthalmic products that are specifically manufactured for and sold at Walgreens locations nationwide. “Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death. To date, Altaire has received no reports of adverse events, nor has Altaire obtained any out of…

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Despite breast cancer diagnosis, this pastor’s wife continues to sparkle: ‘God has not failed me’

RICHMOND, Va. — Through the testimony and the tears, it’s Dr. Taleshia Chandler’s unshakable faith that gets her through her toughest days. “God has not failed me,” said Chandler. “He answers me every time I call. He answers.” Last Sunday in front of her church family at Cedar Street Baptist Church, her personal story replaced the usual Sunday sermon. It’s a story five years in the making for the First Lady of the church. “Feeling a little depressed. Like God was picking on me,” Chandler said. Dr. Taleshia Chandler Those are…

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Drowning is leading cause of accidental death for young children. Here’s how to prevent it.

Jenny Bennett found her toddler floating in her family’s pool, face-down, fully clothed. The 18-month-old had crawled through their home’s pet door. An ER nurse, Bennett started CPR and rescue breathing on little Jackson while her husband called 911. Jackson was declared brain-dead after four days on life support. “People automatically assume it happens to bad or neglectful parents,” Bennett said. She spent two years going over and over the mistakes she made and finally decided to go public as an advocate for swim safety in her community of Tomball,…

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Incarceration, falling incomes may play a role in US opioid epidemic, study says

Unraveling the factors fueling America’s opioid epidemic remains complicated. The increasing number of deaths from drug use in the United States has been linked with a surge in the distribution of prescription painkillers as one factor. A new study suggests that some other overlooked factors might be contributors, as well. In counties across the United States, when incarceration rates rise and household incomes fall, drug-related deaths increase, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal Lancet Public Health. The study found that, from 1983 to 2014, when there…

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New salmonella outbreak could be caused by pig ear dog treats, CDC says

Could the treats you’re feeding your dog be making you or your family sick? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says yes. The CDC reported Wednesday that it and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 13 states — and it’s linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. Forty-five people across California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin have been infected. Twelve have been hospitalized. In CDC interviews with 38 of those infected, 34…

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University of Nebraska Medical Center announces HIV research breakthrough

OMAHA, Neb.  — A new discovery has researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center hopeful that they’re one step closer to curing HIV in humans, KPTM reported. “When something like this happens, the main thing we see kind of spread through our agency is hope,” said Brent Koster, executive director for the Nebraska AIDS Project. Tuesday morning, Koster and his team got great news. The University of Nebraska Medical Center had announced a successful breakthrough in HIV research: treatments given to mice had eliminated HIV infection. “It’s mind-blowing,” Koster…

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What you need to know about the medical marijuana coming to Virginia in 2019

RICHMOND, Va. — While tobacco has long been Virginia’s cash crop of choice, the creation of five medical cannabis processing facilities and dispensaries across the state will mark the emergence of a new kind of lucrative plant. The framework of Virginia’s state-regulated medical cannabis industry was established in a slew of bills during the 2018 and 2019 General Assembly sessions, including SB 1557, which took effect on July 1. The five processing and dispensing facilities will enable Virginians to access therapeutic strength, Board of Pharmacy regulated cannabis products after receiving…

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