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Obama: Marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol

By Jason Abbruzzese From Mashable In another inch forward for Barack Obama’s stance on marijuana, the U.S. president revealed in a new interview that he finds the drug no more dangerous than alcohol. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot…

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Can you really get a ‘contact high’ from marijuana?

By Christina Sterbenz and Lauren F Friedman From Business Insider Three decades ago, a team of Norwegian researchers hot-boxed a car — for science. The study volunteers had never smoked marijuana before, but they all piled into a small car…

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Norovirus hits Royal Caribbean

By Christina St-Jean From Liberty Voice Norovirus has apparently hit a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, leaving 68 people with more than just seasickness. There were nearly 2,600 guests with 844 crew on board the Majesty of the Seas. 66 guests…

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Florida Bill would allow medical marijuana for child seizures

By Greg Allen From NPR Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot. But Florida’s Legislature may act sooner to…

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Home-based dialysis programme provides patient freedom

With the opening of the new Dialysis Unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital recently, there has already been significant improvements for some patients requiring dialysis. The new unit signalled the start of a new home-based dialysis programme which has led…

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UPDATE: African Virus Outbreak in Caribbean Stirs Health Warnings

UPDATE: From Bloomberg Business Week The first known outbreak of the chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere has Caribbean governments working to prevent the disease from spreading and damaging the region’s tourism-dependent economies. About 280 cases of chikungunya, which can…

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UMD professor receives $375,000 grant to develop cancer vaccine technology

Alexandra “Alex” Scott was not even a year old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a common pediatric cancer that causes nerve cells to transform into tumors. Her parents were told that if she beat cancer, she would likely never…

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Teen with rare aging disease dies at 17

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai From Mashable When Sam Berns was 22 months old, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disease whose symptoms resemble those of aging. He was only supposed to live until 13 years old. Instead, he lived…

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Region at risk from spread of chikungunya virus

From Caribbean360 Since the outbreak in French St Martin was reported on December 5, cases have been confirmed in several other Caribbean countries. (File photo) STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Monday January 13, 2014, CMC – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and…

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Danielle’s Lemon-aide

I have committed to running 12 races over the course of the year (2014) to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. I appreciate any amount you can give to support these efforts–every penny counts! Please feel free to email…