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  • Canada Aug 7, 2019

    Is Pot Safe When Pregnant? Study Seeks Answer, Draws Critics

    Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. “l was finally able to get out from under my work desk,” said Siu, who later started her own pot company and says...

  • Attorney General Jul 20, 2019

    Florida's ‘Pill Mills' Were a Gateway to the Opioid Crisis

    The Florida clinics started in the 1990s and began proliferating in about 2003, their parking lots filled with vehicles sporting license plates from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere.

  • energy Jul 3, 2019

    Illinois Officials Offer Heat Safety Tips as Temperatures Rise

    Illinois officials say heat kills more people each year than other weather-related hazards and are offering the public safety tips.

  • energy Jun 28, 2019

    Keep Your Cool: Summer Safety Tips for the Heat

    With temperatures this weekend set to be some of the highest the Chicago area has seen so far this year, and thousands expected to head outside for the city’s 50th annual Pride Parade, keeping safe in the heat will be important.

  • Associated Press May 27, 2019

    Abortion Debate Highlights Divide in Democrat-Led States

    A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers. What sounds like a legislative fight in a state controlled by anti-abortion Republicans is actually quite different. The bill seeking to protect abortion rights...

  • director Mar 26, 2019

    Marijuana ER Visits Climb in Denver Hospital Study

    Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot’s bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems at one large Denver area hospital. Marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, also led to trouble. Patients came to the ER with symptoms such as repeated vomiting, racing hearts and psychotic...

  • Donald Trump Jan 27, 2019

    Trump Donates $100,000 From Salary to Alcoholism Research

    President Donald Trump has donated his salary from the third-quarter of 2018 to the federal agency that researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The White House says Trump donated $100,000 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Trump pledged as a candidate to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary if elected and has donated his quarterly payments to...

  • director Jan 18, 2019

    No One Knows the Best Way to Stop Teens' Vaping Addictions

    The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, according to the latest U.S. figures , which...

  • officer Jan 7, 2019

    Former Addicts Partner With Virginia Police to Fight Addiction Epidemic

    After a few years of being clean from heroin, Courtney Nunnally decided she wanted to use her own experience to help others. Under an innovative program in Virginia, she rides along with police to tell addicts: If I could recover, so can you.

  • director Dec 18, 2018

    US Surgeon General Warns of Teen Risks From E-Cigarettes

    The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. In an advisory Tuesday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, teachers, health professionals and government officials must take “aggressive steps” to keep children from using e-cigarettes. Federal law bars...

  • director Dec 17, 2018

    Most Teen Drug Use Is Down, But Officials Fret Vaping Boom

    Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking. The findings, released Monday, echo those of a government survey...

  • Florida Nov 28, 2018

    Holiday Science: Are Poinsettias Poisonous? Is Eating Snow Ever a Good Idea?

    Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here’s what science says about some of them.

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump's School Safety Funding Falsehood

    At an event for law enforcement officials, President Donald Trump boasted that his administration recently provided “historic levels of funding to improve school safety” and “hire more officers” through the newly created STOP School Violence Act. But the new law does not fund school safety at “historic levels.”

  • Chicago Jul 25, 2018

    Lowering Blood Pressure Helps Prevent Mental Decline: Study

    Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds. It’s the first time a single step has been clearly shown to help prevent a dreaded condition that has had people trying crossword puzzles, diet supplements and a host...

  • Guatemala Jun 9, 2018

    Grim Task as Forensic Experts ID Guatemala Volcano Victims

    Forensic experts worked Friday on the grim task of identifying dozens of bodies charred beyond recognition by the eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, a disaster that has left at least 110 confirmed dead and nearly 200 still missing. Even as search and recovery efforts were suspended for a second day amid dangerous new volcanic flows and dwindling hopes of...

  • energy May 28, 2018

    Keep Your Cool This Summer: Safety Tips for the Heat

    With temperatures in some parts of the country soaring as high as 120 degrees this summer, combatting the heat is no easy task. Last year 94 people suffered from heat related deaths more than double the number from 2016, according to data from the National Weather Service. Use these tips to help keep cool and stay safe during this summer.

  • California Apr 10, 2018

    New Way of Defining Alzheimer's Aims to Find Disease Sooner

    Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer’s disease — basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today. The move is aimed at improving research, by using more objective criteria like brain scans to pick patients for studies and enroll them sooner...

  • Los Angeles Mar 28, 2018

    Selfie Medicine: Phone Apps Push People to Take Their Pills

    Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine. Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy and data security concerns. Selfie medicine works...

  • California Mar 19, 2018

    Brains of ‘Superagers' Offer Clues to Keeping Sharp

    It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these “superagers” to uncover their secret. The work is the flip side of the disappointing hunt for new drugs to fight or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Donald Trump Dec 26, 2017

    As Child Care Costs Soar, Public Preschool Spots Are Limited

    In perhaps an unexpected twist, historically conservative strongholds like Oklahoma and West Virginia are leading efforts to bring preschool to all. “They have in common a low-wage workforce, relatively low education levels and the desire to change that,” said Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early Education Research. “Whatever they say, politicians in West Virginia know the future of...

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