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  • Review: Wilko Johnson embraces life on ‘Blow Your Mind’

    Wilko Johnson, “Blow Your Mind” (UMe/Chess) Wilko Johnson’s new album is a raucous blast of life, overshadowed by mortality. At 70, the British guitarist has been invigorated by a reprieve from death. In 2012, Johnson — former member of U.K. blues-rock rabble-rousers Dr. Feelgood –was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told it was terminal. […]
  • Epileptic boy’s case sparks UK review of medical pot laws

    LONDON (AP) — British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures. British officials intervened over the weekend to allow the boy to use cannabis oil even though […]
  • Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

    GENEVA (AP) — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing […]
  • Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control. Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for […]
  • Congo’s Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat

    MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that for […]
  • Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the […]
  • California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. The unprecedented action Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to propose a regulation to clear coffee of the […]
  • State appeals court reinstates California’s right-to-die law

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California’s law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The court also gave opponents of its […]
  • California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials bucked a recent court ruling Friday and offered reassurance to concerned coffee drinkers that their fix won’t give them cancer. The unprecedented action by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to propose a regulation to essentially clear coffee of the stigma that it could pose a toxic risk […]
  • Ex-hospice supervisor pleads guilty in $60M fraud scheme

    DALLAS (AP) — A former hospice nursing supervisor in North Texas has pleaded guilty to her role in a $60 million health care fraud scheme that prosecutors allege involved overdosing patients for profit. Jessica Love pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud as part of an agreement filed Monday. Love worked as a […]