Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Jan 13, 2017

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Marijuana and cannabis can help to safely alleviate pain for some patients but many uncertainties remain about their health and safety risks, according to a major scientific review published Thursday. A committee of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at ...

Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Jan 11, 2017

Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he will oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in a move likely to reignite debate over now-debunked research that tied childhood immunizations to autism. “President-elect ...

Jan 9, 2017

Studies find worrying misuse of medicine worldwide

Up to 70 percent of hysterectomies in the United States, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, over-used health care, researchers said on Monday. Experts who carried out a series of studies across ...

Agency seeks to deter nonemergency 119 calls

Jan 5, 2017

Agency seeks to deter nonemergency 119 calls

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Some callers just want a ride. Others are lonely and simply want to chat. The problem? They’ve called 119. Amid efforts to deter nonessential use of ambulances, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin to look at the issue in depth with a ...

Dec 28, 2016

U.S. posts rules for addressing cyberbugs in medical devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cybervulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging systems. “Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present and continuously changing,” Suzanne Schwartz, a senior Food and ...