Allegheny County makes list of medical marijuana permits awarded

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.

Source: Allegheny County makes list of medical marijuana permits awarded

 

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Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

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.

Source: Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

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Study finds lead in 20 percent of baby foods

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.

Source: Study finds lead in 20 percent of baby foods

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Eating Your Favorite Fast Food Delicacy Increases Chances Of Dying Earlier

Eating this fast food favorite twice a week could lead to dying younger.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked 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.

Source: Eating Your Favorite Fast Food Delicacy Increases Chances Of Dying Earlier

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This Pennsylvania woman drives 100 miles a day visiting doctors to try to change their opioid prescribing habits | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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.

Source: This Pennsylvania woman drives 100 miles a day visiting doctors to try to change their opioid prescribing habits | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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Pennsylvania drug deaths hit high, DEA says – The Morning Call

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.

Source: Pennsylvania drug deaths hit high, DEA says – The Morning Call

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Millions of Galaxy bars, Malteasers Teasers and Minstrels recalled due to risk of Salmonella poisoning – Mirror Online

Mars Chocolate UK and its Irish arm said it taken a “precautionary step” after potential traces of Salmonella were found during testing

Mars Chocolate UK and its Irish arm said Smooth Milk and Malteasers Teasers bars as well as bags of Minstrels and Counters were being voluntarily recalled.

Source: Millions of Galaxy bars, Malteasers Teasers and Minstrels recalled due to risk of Salmonella poisoning – Mirror Online

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Actor-comedian Jerry Lewis hospitalized in Las Vegas with infection – NY Daily News

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.

Source: Actor-comedian Jerry Lewis hospitalized in Las Vegas with infection – NY Daily News

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Tuna Recalled in California, Oklahoma and Texas over Hepatitis A Fears | Food Poison Journal

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

Source: Tuna Recalled in California, Oklahoma and Texas over Hepatitis A Fears | Food Poison Journal

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McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a challenge in resolving the clashing demands of GOP senators on a health care replacement bill.

Source: McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

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Got Insomnia? Here’s A Safe Way To Get Sleep Without Taking Sleeping Pills

Insufficient sleep has been linked to a number of chronic diseases and conditions. A new study revealed that sleep deprivation may cause the brain to cannibalize itself. Researchers likewise found that lack of sleep may raise the risk for premature death due to cardiovascular diseases. – See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/208567/20170529/got-insomnia-heres-a-safe-way-to-get-sleep-without-taking-sleeping-pills.htm#sthash.kdeSucF8.dpuf

Source: Got Insomnia? Here’s A Safe Way To Get Sleep Without Taking Sleeping Pills

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California botulism outbreak linked to petrol station’s nacho cheese – BBC News

An outbreak of botulism in California is linked to cheese sauce from a family-run petrol station.

Cases of botulism, a rare and sometimes fatal form of food poisoning, were first reported on 5 May and in total nine people are confirmed to have it.

Source: California botulism outbreak linked to petrol station’s nacho cheese – BBC News

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Nathan’s, Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled For Metal In Packages « CBS Pittsburgh

Ready-to-eat hot dogs from John Morrell and Co. are being recalled due to the possibility of metal in the packaging.

The following products are being recalled:

  • 14 oz. packages of Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017
  • 16 oz. packages of Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks with a Use By date of June 15, 2017

Source: Nathan’s, Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled For Metal In Packages « CBS Pittsburgh

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Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research.

Source: Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

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American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted into a hospital in Nashville Thursday night after she suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. – LorettaLynn.com

She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery.

Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.

Source: WELCOME 2017 – LorettaLynn.com

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Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled

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.

Source: Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled

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Medical marijuana dispensaries looking for place in Squirrel Hill, Strip District

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.

Source: Medical marijuana dispensaries looking for place in Squirrel Hill, Strip District

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The New York Times Cries ‘Wolf’ About Dogs

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.

Source: The New York Times Cries ‘Wolf’ About Dogs

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.

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Your blood type could be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke – ScienceAlert

Non-O blood groups, take note.

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.

Source: Your blood type could be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke – ScienceAlert

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Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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).

Source: Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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