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Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters in both Western states approved ballot initiatives in 2012 allowing personal possession and use of marijuana by anyone aged 21 and or older for purposes of just getting high, though public consumption of pot remains illegal. In January the world's first state-licensed retail marijuana outlets opened for business in Colorado, and stores in Washington are set to follow suit later this year.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 1:35 am
Kevin Sharp, who survived cancer as a teenager and went on to become a successful country music singer in the 1990s, died late Saturday, according to his website. Sharp, a California native, recorded several hit singles in mid-1990s, including his version of the song “Nobody Knows,” which held the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Single & Track for four weeks. Sharp was diagnosed in high school with a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs, according to his website, and he became involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to provide wish-fulfillment experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses. Sharp’s cancer went into remission in 1991, and he launched his musical career while staying active in Make-A-Wish, becoming a national spokesman for the organization, according to his website.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 12:49 am
(Reuters) – A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bed was killed early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver careened into an apartment building in southern California, law enforcement officials said. The crash occurred at 3:15 a.m. local time in Palmdale, which is located about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Robert Rodriguez, 20, of Palmdale, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station with vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The driver was at a high rate of speed and either tried to turn or lost control, impacted the curb and went into the apartment building,” Sergeant David Sauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 8:00 pm
By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)on Saturday and Sunday, adding up to 49 infections in six days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 244 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. He said he did not know why there had been a surge of cases in Jeddah but said it might be part of a seasonal pattern since there was also a big rise in infections last April and May. Another cluster of cases has been detected in the United Arab Emirates and a Malaysian who was recently in the Gulf has been confirmed as infected, his country said. MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 4:23 pm
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has approached British rival AstraZeneca to propose a 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover, Britain's Sunday Times reported. The paper cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two but that no talks were currently under way after AstraZeneca resisted the approach. Pfizer and AstraZeneca both declined to comment on the report to Reuters. AstraZeneca, Britain's second-biggest pharmaceuticals group, has been frequently touted as a potential takeover target as it wrestles with patents expiring on a number of best-selling drugs, leaving future growth uncertain.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 2:04 pm
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent," he said in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 10:35 am
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. HealthCare.gov, a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children’s Fund from Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday. A spokeswoman for the U.N. Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF, was not available to comment. The port city of Karachi is Pakistan’s financial heart and home to 18 million people. Many neighborhoods are considered Taliban strongholds, including the area of Shorab Goth, which is near where the men were taken.
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 8:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 5:18 am
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Why immunisation cards are vital for millions
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 12:25 am
The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.
Posted on 21 April 2014 | 12:03 am
Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:16 pm
The BBC’s Irene Caselli reports that silicone buttock silicone injections are causing health issues in Venezuela
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 7:44 am
The chair of the panel set up to advise ministers on the governance of NHS data tells the BBC the Care.data programme was “mishandled”.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:00 pm
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:03 pm
A senior cardiologist, who exposed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, has won an unfair dismissal case.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 9:36 am
A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 8:56 am
There are calls for stricter assessments of foreign-trained doctors before they practise in the UK.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 5:59 am
Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King’s College London.
Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:01 pm