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How Berkeley took on the might of Big Soda and won

Berkeley v Big SodaIn Berkeley, America’s unofficial capital of progressive politics, they’re calling it the battle against Big Soda.

A coalition of public health advocates, educators, environmentalists and local politicians believes that the time has come to push back against the great foaming tide of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sugar-clogged fizzy drinks that have contributed to an epidemic of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.


How marijuana was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

Marijuana cured brain cancerWidely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions. Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use.

Sativex, for example, which contains an equal mixture of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is already licenced as a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis and in the US, dronabinol and nabilone are commercially available for treating cancer-related side effects.


Sierra Leone doctor with Ebola headed to U.S. is critically ill

sierra leone doctorA Sierra Leone surgeon with Ebola being flown to the United States for treatment is critically ill, possibly sicker than other patients treated in the U.S., the Nebraska Medical Center said on Saturday.

Dr Martin Salia, 44, a permanent U.S. resident who caught Ebola working as a surgeon in a Freetown hospital, was stable enough to take a flight from West Africa to the U.S. and was expected to arrive in Nebraska at 4 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) on Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.


Chemicals in sunscreen could cause infertility

Chemicals cause infertilityChemicals found in some sunscreens, shampoos and moisturizers may lead to infertility in men, a new study says.

The preliminary study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the New York state Department of Health's Wadsworth Center found about 29 chemicals in a class called benzophenone-type ultraviolet filters could lead to delays in fertility for men.


Challenge To Obamacare On Contraceptives Rejected

contraceptive challenge rejectedA federal appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge to Obamacare that would have enabled non-profit religious organizations to avoid government-approved contraception programs.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the challenged regulations do not impose a substantial burden on religious groups.


US bishops may tighten restrictions on Catholic hospital mergers

Catholic hopsital mergersU.S. bishops may soon ramp up efforts to restrict reproductive health care, including women’s access to abortions, at facilities where Catholic hospitals have merged or partnered with their secular counterparts.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this week voted almost unanimously — in a 213-2 vote — to review its policy on “forming new partnerships with health care organizations” to address a directive issued in February from the Vatican’s conservative Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith that, in essence, prohibits Catholic hospitals from merging with secular hospitals that do not uphold the same values.


Nurses stage global protests over Ebola

Nurses stage ebola protestTens of thousands of nurses in the United States and around the world are expected to participate in a global day of action over Ebola on Wednesday, demanding better training and equipment to help them combat the deadly virus.

A day ahead of the protests, America’s largest nurses union, National Nurses United (NNU) estimated that some 100,000 of its members would participate in strikes and vigils to highlight perceived failings in the national response to the Ebola threat.


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