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Weed is legal in Canada, and police don’t want to hear complaints about adults smoking weed

Do not call police for this.Image: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it. Toronto’s police have been pretty blunt about the matter, telling people to stop tattling on their neighbours for smoking weed or possessing pot plants. SEE ALSO: Pass the poutine: Weed is now legal in Canada and everyone’s celebrating The directive came in a series of funny tweets, comparing the reporting of smoking or possession to trivial matters, like calling 911 to…

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Mighty Ducks Star Shaun Weiss Slow Fall From Grace

Early Saturday morning, police officers amused officers with his sense of humor; they called him witty. The witty man police arrested and later released was none other than Shaun Weiss, former child star and actor famous for his roles in The Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights. Born in 1978 in Montvale, New Jersey, Weiss got his start in show business in 1986 with a small part by Emilio Estevez was a surprise hit for Disney at the box office and spawned two sequels. In between Mighty Ducks films, Weiss kept busy…

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23andMe’s Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along

Since the launch of its DNA testing service in 2007, genomics giant 23andMe has convinced more than 5 million people to fill a plastic tube with half a teaspoon of saliva. In return for all that spit (and some cash too), customers get insights into their biological inheritance, from the superficial—do you have dry earwax or wet?—to mutations associated with disease. What 23andMe gets is an ever-expanding supply of valuable behavioral, health, and genetic information from the 80 percent of its customers who consent to having their data used for…

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First Marijuana-Based Medicine Is Approved for Sale in U.S.

The first-ever medical treatment derived from a marijuana plant will hit the U.S. market in a few months after regulators on Monday gave the epilepsy treatment the green light. The Food and Drug Administration approved Photographer: Kathy Young/AP Epilepsy patients and doctors have long had interest in marijuana’s therapeutic potential. The approval marks the first time patients will have access in the U.S. to a cannabis-derived drug that has undergone a safety and efficacy review by the FDA. “The same principles around any prescription medication can now be applied to…

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Americas Southwest Border Is Not Out of Control

President Donald Trump’s vision of the U.S. southwestern border verges on the apocalyptic. “Caravans are heading here,” he claims. “Deadly ravages of drugs, gangs and crime [are] pouring across our border,” while legal loopholes allow in murderers and thieves who have “transformed once-peaceful neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields.” Never mind the studies showing that illegal immigrants commit crimes at rates less likely to be incarcerated than people born in the U.S. And ignore, for the moment, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s own put it this week, look instead at the historical record of…

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The hard truth about back pain: dont rely on drugs, scans or quick fixes | Ann Robinson

Most treatment is wasteful, wanton and wrong, says the Lancet. The key is to try to keep walking and working, says the GP Ann Robinson Back pain is the biggest cause of disability globally, and most of us will have at least one nasty bout of it. But papers in the Lancet . Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted, it says. Its perfectly understandable to want a quick-fix solution to make…

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Tom Petty died from an accidental overdose’ of opioids, family confirms

Tom Petty died in October 2017.Image: Michael Putland/Getty Images) Tom Petty’s family confirmed the musician’s death was caused by an accidental drug overdose in a statement on Friday. News broke on Oct. 2 last year that the iconic guitarist had suffered from cardiac arrest in the early morning hours in his home in Malibu. Petty was then rushed to UCLA Medical Center, but was unable to be revived. He was 66-years-old. SEE ALSO: John Oliver gets real on America’s crippling opioid epidemic Friday’s letter, which was posted to the official…

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Amazon Threat Causes Shakeout in the Health-Care Industry

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. And late in the day, shares of CVS Health Corp. Executives in the drug industry say that Amazon could use its expansive online reach and its logistical muscle to threaten companies that ship and sell medicines to consumers and cut pricing deals with drug makers. “Size and scale-wise, they can disrupt anywhere they want to disrupt,” said Chip Davis, president of the Association for Accessible Medicines, a trade group for generic medication, in an interview Thursday. Competitive Squeeze A deal for Aetna could conceivably move…

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Its Your First Day At A New High School. Can You Become Popular?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Take a deep breath and march boldly through the front door. Go lie down on the grass instead. Wow, school. The place where knowledge happens. How exciting it is to be in your new stomping grounds. You’ve been told to go to the atrium, where your orientation buddy will be waiting to show you around the school. Go inside high school. “Are you Kevin? It is me, Ormul, your orientation buddy!” he says. “The school has chosen me to be your new best friend.…

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It was all yellow: did digitalis affect the way Van Gogh saw the world?

Extracted from foxgloves, digitalis was once used as a treatment for epilepsy. Could a side effect have triggered the artists yellow period? It was recently the 127th anniversary of the tragic death of may have been treated with digitalis for the epileptic fits he experienced. Digitalis, extracted from foxglove plants, is a powerful medicine still in use today as a treatment for certain heart conditions, but not epilepsy. In Van Goghs day, and for a long time before then, digitalis was known to be an effective treatment of may have…

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Secret supervised drug injection facility has been operating at US site for years

Lives have been saved at site run by a social service agency in an undisclosed city, according to newly released data, in an effort to battle the overdose epidemic For nearly three years, in an undisclosed US city, a social service agency has quietly been inviting people to inject illegal drugs at a clandestine site, without the governments approval. More than 100 people have injected drugs at the site, according to data released Tuesday about the 2,754 injections. This data provides the first glimpse of what it would look like…

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Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says

Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public is wrong and should be overturned. Patients have traditionally been told that they must complete courses of antibiotics, the theory being that taking too few tablets will allow the bacteria causing their…

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Indonesia police ordered to shoot drug dealers to tackle ‘narcotics emergency’

President Joko Widodos comments echo those of Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war has killed thousands Indonesias president, Joko Widodo, has told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with what he called a narcotics emergency facing the country. Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now, Widodo said in a speech delivered at a political event late on Friday. His remarks have drawn comparisons to those of Philippines…

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