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Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

Posted: 07/02/2014 - PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Oklahoma man is slowly gaining strength at a Pittsburgh hospital with a second set of transplanted lungs in a procedure that was possible only through a device that until now hasn't been used in the U.S.

Warning signs and how to prevent a drowning

Updated: 06/19/2014 - DENISON, TX -- As the temperatures rise in Texoma, lifeguards and emergency crews are concerned about an increase in drowning accidents as more people hit the water.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

Posted: 06/17/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

Safe Family: BB gun problems

Posted: 05/22/2014 - IOWA -- An Iowa woman is warning parents about the dangers of BB guns. She was hit in the chest and it is now lodged in her body. Vanessa Peng has her story in today's safe family report.

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

Posted: 04/21/2014 - CHICAGO (AP) - Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

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  • California chef brings cannabis to fine dining

    Chef Sayegh holds marijuana buds and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) oils as he poses in his kitchen in Los AngelesCannabis may join the herb and spice rack in California kitchens as the most populous U.S. state prepares for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in November. Chef Chris Sayegh is leading the way by taking haute cuisine to a higher place with his cannabis-infused menus in private homes for as much as $500 a head, or in "pop-up" banquets around Los Angeles for $20 to $200 a person. For now, diners must show their medical marijuana cards.

  • U.S. to end bid to close major California pot dispensary: lawyers
    Federal prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a four-year-old forfeiture case in northern California aimed at shutting down the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, attorneys for the clinic said on Tuesday. The deal was reached in talks between the U.S. Attorney's Office for the San Francisco Bay area and the Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, and it is expected to be filed in court in a matter of days, said Henry Wykowski, an attorney for Harborside.
  • Zika fears over baseball games in Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico reported its first Zika case -- known as the index patient -- in NovemberThe fate of two Major League Baseball games due to take place in Puerto Rico later this month hung in the balance amid fears over the Zika virus. The Major League Baseball Players Association said it was holding ongoing discussions with league chiefs over a pair of matches between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins in San Juan on May 30-31. The report said players from the Pirates and the Marlins had banded together to request the games be moved to Miami.

  • California senate approves bill ending mandatory prostitution sentences
    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would repeal mandatory jail time for convicted prostitutes under a bill approved by the state Senate amid growing concern that many are victims of human trafficking or addicts who need treatment. The measure by Senator William Monning, a Democrat, reflects a growing national conversation about whether people who exchange sex for money should be viewed as victims rather than as criminals, along with a movement in California to end mandatory sentencing for non-violent offenders. "As we learn more, particularly about women who engage in prostitution, we're learning more and more about human trafficking," Monning said.
  • Company recalls frozen vegetables linked to listeria
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.
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