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Big tobacco dealt major defeat in court

Menthol cigs to remain regulatedThe nation’s second most powerful court dealt a blow to big tobacco Friday, siding with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the battle over regulating menthol cigarettes.

Tobacco companies challenged a FDA advisory report that says there is evidence to suggest that menthol makes cigarettes more addicting. The report will be used to draft new rules for products that contain the ingredient.

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'Serious accident' at clinical trial in France leaves one 'brain-dead' and five hospitalised

Botched clinical trial in FranceA "serious accident" in a French clinical test has left one person "brain dead" and three with "permanent" brain damage, the country's health minister has confirmed.

The test concerned a "cannabis-based painkiller"

Health Minister Marisol Touraine has said the test subjects were taking an oral medication during a trial in Rennes.

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Oregon greenlights pharmacist-prescribed birth control

oregon greenlights pharmacy birth controlPharmacists in Oregon are now permitted to prescribe birth control pills to qualifying women as part of a wave of new state laws for 2016.  Oregon is the first U.S. state to put such a law into effect, with California reportedly looking to follow suit.

A doctor's approval is no longer needed for a supply of pills, although experts urge women not to overlook preventative health care in the form of doctor visits.

"Just having birth control accessible through a pharmacist doesn't mean preventative health care isn't important," Dr. Alison Edelman, a supporter of the new law, told outlet KOIN.

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Edibles Pulled in Biggest Pot Recall Yet

pot recallThe city of Denver issued its largest-yet recall of marijuana products on Wednesday afternoon, involving nearly 100,000 packages of cannabis-infused edibles.

Edibles company Mountain High Suckers voluntarily recalled 99,574 packages of its suckers, lozenges and powdered candy over concerns about potentially dangerous pesticide on Wednesday. The recall was Mountain High Suckers’ first, affecting edibles that were made with source material the company had purchased from cultivation facilities Western Remedies and Rocky Mountain Farmacy.

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The Same Pill That Costs $1,000 in America Sells for $4 in India

SofosbuvirOutsiders don’t want their daughters to marry any local boys, according to the village elders swapping stories in a tailor’s shop behind the Sikh temple, because most residents are infected with black jaundice.

That’s what they call hepatitis C, which is so common in parts of India’s Punjab state that the tailor-shop gossips might not be off base in their estimate. But prevalence could be something of an advantage these days. Drugmakers have made the village of Lande Rode one of the theaters in a battle to grab market share for sofosbuvir, a miracle cure that Gilead Sciences Inc. sells in the U.S. as Sovaldi at a retail price of $1,000 a pill.

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Woman sues over Catholic hospital’s denial of tubal ligation

Woman sues Catholic hospitalA physicians group and a woman who was denied a tubal ligation at a Catholic hospital in Northern California on religious grounds filed suit Monday, saying the rejection was sex discrimination and an illegal refusal of medical care.

The suit against Mercy Medical Center of Redding and its parent company, Dignity Health of San Francisco — the state’s largest owner of private hospitals — could test the dividing line between the right to reproductive care and a provider’s religious objections.

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'It's been devastating': former NFL players count the cost of concussion

Concussion reportGeorge Visger sat in his truck, a prized possession since everything else was gone, but struggled to remember the model and year. “It’s, uh, a Chevy. Yeah. A Trailblazer, I think. 2003. No, wait, 2009. Probably around then.”

The former professional footballer paused, annoyed with himself for fluffing a banal question about the vehicle. He could not help it: fog drifts through his memory, shrouding information registered moments – or years – earlier.

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