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Health study: Half of Dr. Oz's advice is bad

Dr. Oz information flawedThe British Medical Journal examined popular daytime medical talk shows "The Doctors" and "The Dr. Oz Show" for the accuracy of their advice and found that much of it was wrong.

The BMJ evaluated 40 episodes each of "The Doctors" and "The Dr. Oz Show" and compared their medical advice to the accurate medical information available. They found at least half of the advice half of the advice and recommendations prescribed by Dr. Mehmet Oz and the cast of "The Doctors" was supported by no evidence or contradicted the best information available.

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NY releases planned medical marijuana rules

NY medical marijuanaThe state took another step Thursday toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running, with the Department of Health releasing a set of proposed rules that will soon be put to public comment.

The planned regulations lays out procedures that include identification cards for users and a detailed application process for those seeking one of four licenses to grow the drug. They come six months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature approved a law allowing marijuana to be prescribed by doctors.

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Ebola kills Sierra Leone's most senior doctor

Ebola kills senior doctorSierra Leone’s most senior doctor has died of Ebola just hours after an experimental drug to treat him arrived at Freetown’s airport.

Dr Victory Willoughby is the 11th of the country’s 120 doctors to die from the virus, during an outbreak that has killed almost 7,000 people.

The country’s chief medical officer said the death of Willoughby, who tested positive for Ebola on Saturday, was a major loss for Sierra Leone.

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Stem cells: First therapy approved by EU

stem cellsA stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time.

Stem cells can become any type of tissue in the body and hold huge promise in medicine.

The treatment - Holoclar - is used to treat a rare eye condition that can lead to blindness. It works in around 80% of cases. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said the move represented a "major step forward" for the field.

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Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Study

Autism and air pollutionWomen who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found the risk of autism rises in parallel with exposure to fine particulate matter during pregnancy, with the biggest effect occurring in the final months of gestation. The results appear in the Dec. 18 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs

Planned parenthoodThe Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts.

The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that blocked rules that regulate where and how women can take drugs that induce abortion. The rules also would prohibit the use of the abortion medications after the seventh week of pregnancy instead of the ninth.

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Oregon GMO labeling proponents concede defeat

Oregon defeats GO labelingProponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome.

The Yes on 92 campaign said there are no legal options remaining that could lead them to victory.

"The labeling movement will continue to grow," the campaign said in a statement. "We draw strength from the fact that we came so achingly close to winning this vote, despite being outspent by more than $12 million."

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