PITTSBURGH —Pennsylvania on Tuesday awarded permits to 12 applicants to grow and process medical marijuana, a landmark as the state aims to make the drug available to patients sometime next year.
The Health Department named the entities scattered across the state that were selected from 177 applicants. The first round of permits for 27 dispensary permits should be announced by the end of next week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.
The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.
It also found traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the “Star Wars” actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.
Somewhat baffling to researchers is the fact that baby foods rank worse than regular foods. Perhaps processing is to blame?
The worst baby food culprits were grape juice (89 percent of samples contained lead), sweet potatoes (86 percent), and arrowroot cookies (64 percent). Researchers were able to determine how frequently contamination occurs, but not at what levels.
Eating this fast food favorite twice a week could lead to dying younger.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutritionlooked at potato consumption and the effects the food had on one’s health. The study looked at the diets of 4,400 participants between 45 and 79 years old in North America. Potato eating was tracked by questionnaire and frequency was documented by either less than once a month, two to three times per month, once per week, two times per week and more than three times a week. During the eight years that researchers followed up with study participants, 236 died.
Even doctors can be addicted to opioids, in a way: It’s hard to stop prescribing them.
Melissa Jones is on a mission to break doctors of their habit, and in the process try to turn the tide of the painkiller epidemic that has engulfed 2 million Americans.
It was in doctors’ offices where the epidemic began, and it’s in doctors’ offices where it must be fought. So Jones is using some of the same tactics pharmaceutical sales forces used to push their potent pills into communities — this time, to get them out.
Officials have started inspecting the East Harlem facility’s systems and testing the precinct’s water supply. Officer who became ill is recovering at a hospital, according to the New York City Department of Health.
The number of drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania rose dramatically last year even as law enforcement and public officials attempted to stem the opioid crisis.
Fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances were identified in half of those overdose deaths, exceeding heroin, which was found in 45 percent of the deaths. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid and can be mixed with heroin without the user’s knowledge, often with fatal results.
By Steve GormanLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran actor-comedian Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized in Las Vegas for treatment of a urinary tract infection but is expected to recover in time to travel to Canada later this month for his next movie shoot, his spokeswoman said on Monday.
On May 1, the Hawaii Department of Health notified the FDA that a sample of frozen tuna cubes from Indonesia tested positive for the hepatitis A virus. On May 2, the FDA contacted the Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC, a subsidiary distributor of Hilo Fish Company, to obtain additional information related to the positive tuna sample. Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC… Continue Reading
A New Jersey-based food company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast because they might be contaminated with Listeria.
Pinnacle Foods Inc. said Friday the safety of its customers is its top priority and no illnesses have been reported. It says it initiated the recall when testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can suffer fevers and diarrhea. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.
Companies plan to open dispensaries in Squirrel Hill and the Strip District; a North Side warehouse is targeted for growing and processing.
Two companies have plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Squirrel Hill and the Strip District, while a warehouse on the North Side is being targeted for a cannabis growing and processing center.
Keystone Relief Centers will go before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 25 to request a special exception to open a dispensary at 3885 Forward Ave.
On May 18, Cresco Yeltrah LLC is asking for the same from the zoning board as part of its plans to open a dispensary at 2112 Penn Ave. in the Strip.
The state prepares to award the 12 grower/processor permits and up to 27 dispensary permits across six regions in Pennsylvania, with decisions expected by the end of June.
Times have changed at the Times. The paper now runs lots of splashy, misleading stories about the scare du jour. A memorable one was about the risks of letting your dog lick your face. (Yes, really.)
This is how the Times’ crying “Wolf” about dogs came to pass. A “general assignment” reporter tried to craft an article in the traditional manner taught in journalism schools: Toss out a good “hook” for the lede, explicate the issue, include quotes from “experts” on both sides of the issue and end with a snappy closing sentence.
Close contact between humans and dogs, such as petting and licking, has many beneficial aspects. Transmission of infections from dogs to humans is exceedingly rare.
Forbes author, Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist and owner of Bedlington terriers Cracker and Pippa, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.
An analysis of more than 1.3 million people found that those with blood types other than O+ or O- had a 9 percent higher change of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or stroke – but they’re still not sure what’s causing the link.
Is alcoholic cirrhosis a product of cold, gray weather?
The findings support the “not uncommon notion that people drink to stay warm” and lay themselves open to all the consequences of alcohol use, Neil Shah MD, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. said at the International Liver Congress, the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).