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Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some U.S. restrictions would remain, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21. The proposal introduced Thursday has support from members of Congress from both parties, including Republican U.S. Sen. C...
Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

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In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. More than 60 awards have gone to people working in the NHS. Professor Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for England, said she was "both humbled and absolutely overjoyed" to be made a dame for services to the 100,000 Genomes Project. Midwives, nurses, psychiatrists, GPs and volunteers have also been honoured. Prof Hill said: "Across my career I have had the privilege and honour of working with dedicated and committed healthcare professionals, patients and their families. "This award is not so much about my individual contribution but a recognition and celebration of our joint efforts to ...
GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

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The Trump administration's decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law's popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, beginning with the unpopular requirement that people carry health insurance, but also including widely-supported provisions that guarantee access for people with medical problems and limit what insurers can charge older, sicker adults. Friday, the insurance industry warned in stark terms of "harm that would come to millions of Americans" if such protections are struck down, causing premiums "to go even higher for older...
CDC: Suicide rates rose 30% across nation since 1999

CDC: Suicide rates rose 30% across nation since 1999

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June 7 (UPI) -- Suicide rates have risen 30 percent nationwide in less than two decades, data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide, the 10th leading cause of death, the federal agency said. The CDC examined state-level trends from 1999 to two years ago, finding that rates have risen in 44 states, including 25 states with gains more than 30 percent. The information is available in the latest VitalSigns report. "Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans -- and it's a tragedy for families and communities across the country," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, said in a news release. "From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals,...
CDC: E-cigs most common youth tobacco product for 4 straight years

CDC: E-cigs most common youth tobacco product for 4 straight years

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June 7 (UPI) -- E-cigarettes were the most common way for U.S. young people to use tobacco for the fourth year in a row in 2017, a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. "For the fourth straight year, the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found e-cigarettes remain the most commonly used tobacco product among youth," American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer said in a statement released Thursday in response to the new survey. The CDC based its data on seven years of voluntary pencil-and-paper surveys self-administered by U.S. middle and high school students. The 2017 survey had a sample size of 17,872 and a response rate of 68.1 percent. Though e-cigarette use, also known as vaping, was also the most common way for youth to consum...