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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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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Otto Warmbier has ‘severe neurological injury’ | Daily Mail Online

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center say that Otto Warmbier has suffered an ‘extensive loss of brain tissue’.

  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center doctors said Thursday afternoon  that Otto Warmbier has suffered an ‘extensive loss of brain tissue’
  • They also said there’s no evidence that he has botulism, as the North Korean regime has claimed  
  • The 22-year-old was released by North Korea this week, after 17 months of detainment 
  • At an earlier press conference held at Otto’s old high school in Wyoming, Ohio, on Thursday his dad Fred condemned the North Koreans for what they did
  • He also called out the Obama Administration for not doing enough to secure his son’s release 
  • Mr Warmbier wore the same jacket to the press conference that his son wore to court in North Korea last year, when he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor 

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Source: Otto Warmbier has ‘severe neurological injury’ | Daily Mail Online

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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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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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