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Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers
15 Apr 2014 at 3:07pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.
Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats
14 Apr 2014 at 11:45am
MIAMI (AP) ? Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.
In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV
13 Apr 2014 at 9:43am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) ? Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.
Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics
15 Apr 2014 at 7:07pm
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final legislative approval from the state Senate last week, removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to approve any spot inspections conducted at the nine clinics in Arizona licensed to perform abortions. No other medical facilities in the state require such a warrant for unannounced inspections. "This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients," gubernatorial spokesman Andrew Wilder said in announcing that Brewer, a Republican, had signed the measure.
Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study
15 Apr 2014 at 7:07pm
Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain. "What we're seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with," said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.
Miley Cyrus hospitalized for allergic reaction, cancels Kansas City show
15 Apr 2014 at 4:47pm
Singer Miley Cyrus cancelled her Tuesday show in Kansas City, Missouri, after being hospitalized for a "severe allergic reaction to antibiotics," the show venue said. Cyrus, 21, was placed on medical rest on doctors' orders, the Sprint Center in Kansas City said in a statement. The singer posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed on Twitter with an apology to her Kansas fans, saying "I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night." The venue said ticket holders will be refunded.
U.S. court reverses Massachusetts ban on Zogenix pain drug
15 Apr 2014 at 4:06pm
A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday stopped Massachusetts from implementing a ban on the sale of Zogenix Inc's prescription painkiller Zohydro, saying federal law superseded the state's action. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had announced a ban on the drug, formally declaring a public health emergency on March 27 stemming from abuse of opioids in the New England state. The U.S. District Court for Massachusetts granted a preliminary injunction against the ban, saying that by imposing its own conclusion about the safety and efficacy of Zohydro, the state was obstructing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's constitutionally mandated charge. Massachusetts has seen a spike in the number of opioid- and heroin-related deaths.
Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare: Reuters/Ipsos poll
15 Apr 2014 at 3:08pm
By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan. Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stepped down last week after overseeing the law's rollout, including the HealthCare.gov website's tumultuous first weeks, when many users were unable to access the system to purchase or research their insurance options.
Mothers' weight tied to stillbirth, infant death risks
15 Apr 2014 at 3:06pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research. The risk was greatest among the most obese women, the authors write in The Journal of the American Medical Association. "The main message of the study is that maternal overweight and obesity increases the risk of fetal death, stillbirth and infant death," said Dagfinn Aune, the study's lead author, from Imperial College London. "Since excess weight is a potentially modifiable risk factor, further studies should assess whether lifestyle and weight changes modifies the risk of fetal and infant death," he told Reuters Health in an email.
FDA OKs new generation Boston Scientific heart pacing devices
15 Apr 2014 at 2:33pm
(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators have approved four Boston Scientific Corp implantable devices for heart patients, including a next generation of smaller defibrillators to treat abnormal heart rhythms, the company said on Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration approved for sale the Dynagen Mini and Inogen Mini ICDs and the Dynagen X4 and Inogen X4 CRT-Ds, Boston Scientific said. The Mini ICDs are up to 20 percent smaller by volume and up to 24 percent thinner than rival devices from other companies, Boston Scientific said. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators treat arrhythmias by shocking a dangerously racing heartbeat back into normal rhythms.
Some new Facebook friends may signal relationship troubles
15 Apr 2014 at 2:17pm
By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who add new romantic interests to their Facebook "friends" list while in a romantic relationship tend to have a lower level of commitment to their current mate, a recent study finds. The fact of having old flames on one's friend list, however, is unrelated to commitment level, according to the report that examined whether conduct on Facebook is something romantic partners should worry about. "People are using Facebook and other social media sites to make romantic connections with people they would entertain having a relationship with, even if they are in a committed romantic relationship," said Michelle Drouin, lead author of the paper and a psychologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Past research indicates that Facebook has been cited in as many as one third of divorces in recent years, according to Drouin and her colleagues.
Wall Street ends higher as blue chips rally; Intel up late
15 Apr 2014 at 2:00pm
By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a volatile session higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in such blue-chip names as Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson, though persistent weakness in momentum names limited the Nasdaq's advance. "We're going through a period of rolling corrections, which will consolidate the high-growth names that did so great last year," said Hayes Miller, head of asset allocation in North America at Baring Asset Management in Boston.
Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
15 Apr 2014 at 1:53pm
Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti Were Feet From the Finish Line
Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon
15 Apr 2014 at 1:53pm
Father-and-Son Marathon Team to Run Final Boston Marathon
U.S. Federal court stays Massachusetts ban of Zogenix's painkiller
15 Apr 2014 at 1:11pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court granted Zogenix Inc a preliminary injunction against a ban blocking the sale of its controversial opioid painkiller, Zohydro, in Massachusetts, citing public interest. Last week, the company had sought a restraining order against the ban announced by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who formally declared a public health emergency stemming from the abuse of opioids. The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts struck down the ban saying that by imposing its own conclusion about the safety and efficacy of Zohydro, the state was obstructing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's constitutionally mandated charge. Zohydro, Zogenix's sole product on the market, was approved by the FDA last year despite objections by its advisory panel, which expressed concern over the drug's potential for abuse.