• NY's medical pot distributors reflect industry's evolution

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense the medication when the program begins next year. They include three organizations with experience in other states. Each one will operate one greenhouse facility and four dispensaries located throughout the state. The marijuana itself will be required to be in non-smokable form, such as oils that can be ingested or v

  • CDC's top modeler courts controversy with disease estimate

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention. This was, he said, a worst-case scenario. But Meltzer is the most famous disease modeler for the nation's pre-eminent public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His estimate was promoted at high-level international meetings. It rallied nations to step up their efforts to fight the disease. But the estimate proved to be off. Way, way off. Like, 65 times worse than what ended up happening. Some were not surprised.

  • BRIEF: Drug addiction, laws program topics

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Drug addiction and reforming drug laws in the state will be highlighted on this weekend's edition of "Missouri Viewpoints." Officials have said that heroin is making a deadly comeback in the nation and particularly in Missouri. On the program, Pete Stenger will explain the impact of the drug on his family. His son, Mitch, recently died of a heroin overdose. Mr. Stenger will present advice on how to spot a potential addiction situation and what should be done on behalf of a loved one. Also, state Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, will discuss the potential of re-evaluating Missouri's drug laws — especially those pertaining to marijuana. Mr.

  • Alabama's rural hospitals in critical condition

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    WEDOWEE, Ala. (AP) — An ambulance carrying a person with stroke symptoms backs up the emergency room on summer morning at Wedowee Hospital. The tiny, red brick hospital is the closest hospital for about 45 miles in this rural stretch of east Alabama. "We have had people who would not have survived if we hadn't been here," said emergency room physician Dr. Jose Oblena. The hospital could also be the next hospital to be shuttered as rural hospitals struggle to survive. Eight rural Alabama hospitals have closed over the last 15 years, according to the Alabama Hospital Association. Nationwide, 54 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

  • 2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party's nomination for re-election Tuesday. The Republican is already talking about pushing for tax cuts during a second term, and he's paying little attention to anyone else running for governor. While opponents say Bryant has failed to pull Mississippi out of persistent poverty, he points to the state's decreasing unemployment rate as proof of success. "In my State of the State address, I said my first job is to make sure that every Mississippian who wants a job, has one," Bryant said Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair, one of the state's largest political gatherings. "I've amended that. I want 'em to have a job, even if they don't want o

  • Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase. Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months, according to state records. The suicide rate at the facility is more than eight times the national rate for female inmates and more than five times the rate for the entire California prison system.

  • Substance abuse funding available to Connecticut groups

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut community organizations will be able to seek newly available federal funding to help address youth alcohol use and prescription drug abuse. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recently received an $8.2 million federal grant over five years. DMHAS will distribute the funds through a competitive grant process to 11 community-level agencies located in medium- and large-size urban areas with a high rate of alcohol and other drug use. This marks the second time Connecticut has been awarded funding under the Partnership for Success grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Gov. Dannel P.

  • Social service agencies brace for budget stalemate damage

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding for budget deadlock in Harrisburg. The state government is in its fifth week of a budget stalemate, and the governor's office is halting reimbursements for July's invoices. That means agencies are deciding which services must stop or whether workers must be laid off. To keep things going, some counties may front the money and some workers may go unpaid. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania has increased its credit line to keep paying staff and providing services to people who need daily help with mental illness and addiction.

  • Planned Parenthood: No tissue donations in NNE

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire say they don't donate fetal tissue for research, even though they say it's legal to do so. Secretly recorded videos have ignited debate over whether fetal tissue from abortions should be used for research. As part of the fallout, Republicans in Congress have introduced a bill to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Nicole Clegg from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1JW3qYu ) that its clinics do not donate tissue from aborted fetuses. Nonetheless, Maine Right to Life Committee, which opposes abortion, is calling for an investigation in the three states.

  • A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has released a letter from her doctor that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States." She is the first candidate for president in 2016 to release detailed information about her personal health. A closer look: ___ OVERALL PROGNOSIS Clinton is a "healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies," wrote Dr. Lisa Bardack, an internist who practices near Clinton's suburban New York home.

  • Clinton releases tax, medical records as emails made public

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is in "excellent physical condition," two facts that emerged in a flood of disclosures from the campaign of the Democratic presidential candidate. Within a three-hour period Friday, the State Department made public more than 2,200 pages of emails sent from Clinton's personal account, her campaign released a letter from her personal doctor about her health and she unveiled eight years of tax returns. Meanwhile, Clinton herself was campaigning at the annual meeting of the National Urban League and calling for an end of the nation's trade embargo of Cuba during a speech in Miami.

  • Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order "in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.

  • 1st legal medical pot sold in Nevada 15 years after approval

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195. "It smells good in there," said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety. He was the first in line two hours before the doors opened just after 10 a.m.

  • At a Glance: A look at Hillary Clinton's medical background

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton released a letter from her doctor Friday that declared her to be in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States." Clinton is the first candidate for president in 2016 to release detailed information about her personal health. A closer look at those details. ___ OVERALL PROGNOSIS Clinton is a "healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies," wrote Dr. Lisa Bardack, an internist who practices near Clinton's suburban New York home.

  • Arizona border hospital closes after Medicare payments stop

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Residents of two rural communities in the Southwest face limited options to obtain convenient medical care after services were completely or partially shuttered. The Cochise Regional Hospital, the only one serving the Arizona border city of Douglas, closed Friday after losing Medicare funding weeks ago. The Crownpoint Health Care Facility in northwestern New Mexico recently reopened its emergency room but has been without labor and delivery services for months. Both of the 25-bed hospitals served communities of about 20,000 people, who now must drive farther to get health care.

  • Connecticut sees first signs of West Nile virus this year

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut health officials say mosquitoes trapped in Waterford are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile virus this year. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced on Friday that mosquitoes caught in Waterford on July 20 tested positive for the virus. Officials are urging people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including minimizing time outdoors between dusk and dawn, wearing long sleeves and long pants while outside and using mosquito repellant. Six Connecticut residents in Fairfield and New Haven counties were infected with West Nile virus last year. There have been no human cases this year. West Nile is transmitted to humans by infected mosquito

  • Browns GM Farmer says Manziel can still be NFL starter if ‘used the right way’

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio — Browns general manager Ray Farmer remains in Johnny Manziel’s corner, even though the 22nd overall pick in last year’s NFL draft is on track to ride the bench behind a veteran journeyman for the second consecutive season. There is little evidence Manziel can succeed in the league after his disastrous rookie season. He led the offense to just three points in six quarters as a starter, then spent more than 10 weeks this offseason in a rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Now all signs point to Manziel, 22, serving as Josh McCown’s backup when the Browns open the regular season Sept. 13 against the New York Jets.

  • Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is "excellent physical condition" — two facts that emerged Friday in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day. Within a three-hour period, the State Department made public more than 2,200 pages of emails sent from Clinton's personal account, her campaign released a letter from her personal doctor about her health and she unveiled eight years of tax returns. Meanwhile, Clinton herself was campaigning at the annual meeting of the National Urban League and calling for an end of the nation's trade embargo of Cuba during a speech in Miami.

  • Citing hacking risk, FDA says Hospira pump shouldn't be used

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's the first time it has warned caregivers to stop using a product because of a cybersecurity risk. It comes at a time of rising concerns about breaches of products that connect to the Internet. A week ago, automaker Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles because of a flaw that made them vulnerable to hackers. The FDA says the computerized pumps could be accessed remotely through a hospital's network, but it doesn't know of any cases where that has happened.

  • Doctor who was father of in vitro fertilization in US dies

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dr. Howard Jones, who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States, died Friday at a Virginia hospital surrounded by family. Eastern Virginia Medical School said Jones died of respiratory failure. He was 104. The work of Jones and his late wife, Dr. Georgeanna Jones, at EVMS led to the nation's first child born as a result of in vitro fertilization in 1981. Since then, more than 5 million births have stemmed from in vitro fertilization around the world. The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at EVMS is named in honor of the Joneses. For several years, families who had children with the institute's help were invited to join the couple at a Mother's Day celebration.




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