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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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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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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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now – The Washington Post

Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration, was asked to resign, according to a statement released Friday night by the Department of Health and Human Services. The statement said that “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Murthy “has been relieved of his duties.” Trent-Adams, a 24-year veteran of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a former chief nurse officer of the Public Health Service, will fill the role for now, the statement said.

Source: Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now – The Washington Post

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Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

Does the radiation from mobile phones increase your chances of getting cancer?” is a question that has abounded since the earliest days of the technology, long before Apple and Google arrived on the scene. But an Italian court has just thrown its weight behind a man who argued that his benign brain tumor was caused by prolonged use of his mobile phone.

Source: Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

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What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

Each year on April 20th, advocates for marijuana around the world celebrate cannibis culture.   Last year, more than 1,000 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park to mark the weed holiday. For the longest, smokers have been celebrating this world renowned underground “holiday.” From Amsterdam to California 4/20 is widely respected by many.

This cannabis culture is celebrated all over but few really know the meaning behind the 4:20 numeric tradition. It has often been believed that 4:20 originated from police code, referencing to marijuana smoking in process.

Source: What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

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Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“There’s generally confusion on who should be getting statins,” said Michael Pencina, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. “I don’t think we have the perfect guideline yet.”

Source: Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

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Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

The Texas Department of State Health Services warns of multiple ongoing mumps outbreaks: 221 total cases this year, the highest incidence in 22 years.

  • Experts say the virus could be spreading from neighboring Arkansas
  • The outbreaks are not due to a lack of vaccinations
  • Although vaccination protection wanes over time, it can make complications less likely

Source: Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

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Teen denied life-saving transplant for smoking pot | New York Post

The family of a Utah teen whose lungs collapsed claims that a hospital denied him a life-saving transplant because weed was found in his system.Riley Hancey, 19, was hospitalized in late November

The 19-year-old’s family said he was forced to travel more than 2,000 miles to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he underwent a double-lung transplant two weeks ago.

Friends created a YouCaring page to raise money to cover his medical expenses.

Source: Teen denied life-saving transplant for smoking pot | New York Post

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Excela not thrilled over Allegheny Health Network plans to open Westmoreland outpatient center | TribLIVE

This summer, AHN plans to open a 23,000-square-foot outpatient center near Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield. The facility will offer primary care, neurosurgery, orthopedics, esophageal and lung disease treatment, cardiology, colon and rectal surgery and bariatric surgery.

In September, an endoscopy center for gastrointestinal procedures is scheduled to open within the facility.

Source: Excela not thrilled over Allegheny Health Network plans to open Westmoreland outpatient center | TribLIVE

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