Health

Drug safety agency authorizes sales of cannabis based medicine for the first time in France

PARIS—The French drug safety agency has approved commercial sales of a medicine derived from cannabis for the first time in France. France’s Health Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that sales of Sativex, produced by Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals, will be allowed for the treatment of muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. Sativex contains marijuana’s two …

Hundreds in Japan sick after eating pesticide tainted frozen food, in latest consumer scare

TOKYO—Hundreds of people fell sick across Japan after eating frozen food that may have been tainted with a pesticide. Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings used full-page ads in major newspapers Wednesday apologizing and warning consumers not to eat any of the tainted food, including pizza, croquettes and pancakes manufactured at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, …

A global threat or so 2013? Experts read the tea leaves on MERS coronavirus

TORONTO—Infectious disease watchers were worried in the late summer of 2013. The largest annual mass gathering in the world, the Hajj, was approaching. Meanwhile, infections with the new MERS coronavirus were mounting weekly in Saudi Arabia, where more than two million of the Muslim faithful would soon gather. The fear was the event would give …

Flu activity taking off across Canada; year shaping up as normal H1N1 year

TORONTO—Flu season has swung into full gear in many parts of the country, sowing illness, absenteeism and in some places alarm. Reports of deaths of adults in Texas and Alberta have raised questions of whether something new is afoot. And where most years by now flu shot efforts would be winding down, several provinces are …

Get your “ohmmm” on (Or not)

SO I HANG by my hands on a bar raised high over the bench. Toes pointed to the grass below and grip firm but everything else open to gravity. I do such things these days. This I do to try to stretch my shoulders out of their sockets. If you get what I mean. I …

Starving to death

I SIT here, waiting for my long-overdue lunch, ordered online for delivery, stomach growling:  I am “starving to death,” or so it would seem. These days, I use the phrase as most do— simply as a figure of speech. Barring reference to certain poverty-stricken parts of the world, most of us use it as an …

Alternative Activities for Retired Fathers

Has your father retired from work already? Do you want to give him ideas on how he can make his life after retirement more enjoyable? As a daughter with a retired father, here are some activities that I can share with you. Encourage him to exercise at least once a week. This will help him …

Practical Safety Tips when tornado hits

The tornado that killed 24 people, injured 377 people, and damaged about 12,000 homes in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, brought about a big buzz, not only in the United States, but in the whole world. According to disaster modeling company Eqecat, Moore tornado is “the most powerful of a spate of 76 twisters that touched …

‘You Don’t Need a Mastectomy or Chemotherapy’: Excerpts from Natural News and the tale of a cancer survivor

  “SHE’LL have empowered millions of women all over world. She is sexier than ever.” The quote is by one Sharon Osborne, famous celebrity, pertaining to another famous celebrity, a household name, a sex icon: Angelina Jolie. Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she had her breasts removed—a mastectomy. The actress was …

Top 10 ways to improve mother-daughter relationship

Do you believe that your relationship with your mother is at its peak? Or do you think that it needs improvement? Well, you’re not alone. Around the globe, there are various types of mother-daughter relationships. But one thing is for sure, you can improve it by practicing some ways suggested by Family and Life experts. …

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