by on April 7, 2018
A customer browses screens displaying recreational marijuana products for sale at the MedMen store in West Hollywood, California U.S. January 2, 2018 MedMen, a company that operates a chain of marijuana dispensaries, is opening a flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. The store will be for medical marijuana customers at first, but a representative for MedMen says that "momentum is on their side." It'll be open for business on April 20.   The marijuana industry is about...
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by on December 30, 2017
The move aims at making ambience of six government hospitals specialised on treating gas-tragedy victims more colourful and positive to fight depression among patients who have been suffering for last 33 years. Bhopal gas disaster survivors hold a protest rally in Bhopal. Over 150 artists, sculptors and potters came together to contribute their creations to hospitals that treat victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, in what is viewed as a real-life adaptation of O Henry’s short story, The...
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by on May 9, 2018
For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those in need of abortion access. It also made them a target of vitriolic anti-choice trolls. During the 2016 Bowl-a-Thon, trolls pledged $66 billion in fraudulent donations, took...
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by on July 23, 2018
When it comes to social policy, President Trump embraces conservative politics as usual, continuing a nearly four-decades-long effort to make these policies more restrictive. Earlier this month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers called for more “welfare reform,” which would be accomplished by expanding work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“food stamps”), Medicaid and rental housing assistance programs. Mr. Trump and his conservative allies in Con...
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by on February 2, 2018
Billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor pictured leaving U.S. District Court in Phoenix in October 2017. New York is the latest state to sue opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics.  Attorney general of New York Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office was suing Insys, alleging that the company carelessly marketed their extremely potent fentanyl spray Subsys. The complaint alleges that Insys told sales reps to get providers to prescribe higher and higher doses ...
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by on March 5, 2018
Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli may have to give up a Picasso and a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, after a U.S. judge on Monday ordered him to forfeit $7.36 million following his conviction of defrauding investors. Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli arrives at U.S. District Court for the third day of jury deliberations in his securities fraud trial in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., August 2, 2017. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn said th...
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by on February 15, 2018
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. But the initiatives unfolding this year aspire to at least raise the issue of reproductive rights even in conservative sta...
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by on April 16, 2018
School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children’s cavities. They also have emerged as an important way to improve access to dental services in medically underserved areas, often serving as the sole source of dental care for children. However, questions remain about which school-based strategies are the most effective.  The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry reports that a combination of cavity prevention strategies may be more effective than single strateg...
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by on December 30, 2017
The tax bill that passed last week made good on a host of Republican campaign promises. But it doesn’t even come close on one that almost every agrees is way overdue: Reducing the complexity of the tax code. Worse, the fact that the changes to personal income taxes expire in less than a decade, adds long-term uncertainty to all the complexity for millions of American taxpayers. Complexity and uncertainty, as you can guess, add friction to the economy (that’s been the GOP—and everyone e...
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by on May 10, 2018
Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan sent an internal email to employees after the pharmaceutical giant revealed it paid the company of President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, $1.2 million. "We made a mistake in entering into this engagement and, as a consequence, are being criticized by a world that expects more from us," Narasimhan wrote. In a Wednesday statement, Novartis said it entered a one-year agreement with Cohen for guidance on how the Trump administration would approach health-c...
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by on July 31, 2018
A new study that puts an astronomical price tag on a Medicare-for-all proposal has prompted mockery from conservatives and defensive cries from liberals. The analysis, from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University, focuses on legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and estimates that his proposal to create a national health insurance system would lead to a $32.6 trillion increase in federal spending over a 10-year period. The eye-popping figure i...
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by on February 3, 2018
Once a participant completes their treatment program, their case is dismissed and sealed, according to the Law Journal. A new program run by the Bronx Criminal Court in New York City is hoping to prioritize recovery for people charged with low-level, non-violent offenses. The Bronx’s Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) program is just over two months old, but has so far helped 50 defendants access treatment in lieu of jail, according to the New York Law Journal. “It’s not being so...
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