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Australia Set to Legalize Growing of Medicinal Cannabis

Australia Saturday announced plans to legalize the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes, saying those suffering debilitating illnesses deserved access to the most effective treatments.

Research, most recently findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, showed marijuana has some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain.

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Nestle Says Fresh Tests Show Maggi Noodles are Safe

Nestle said Friday that laboratory tests ordered by an Indian court had found its popular Maggi noodles were safe to eat, paving the way for their return following a government ban.

India's food safety watchdog banned the noodles in June, saying lead levels exceeded statutory limits.

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Study: Antibiotic Resistance Threat to Patients

Spreading antibiotic resistance could have disastrous consequences for patients undergoing surgery or chemotherapy, a study said Thursday.

In the United States, up to half of infections after surgery and over a quarter of infections after chemotherapy are caused by organisms resistant to standard antibiotics, researchers found.

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Supplements Blamed for 23,000 Emergency Visits Each Year

Over the counter supplements, including vitamins, sexual enhancements and weight loss aids, are being blamed for 23,000 visits to U.S. emergency rooms each year, according to a decade-long study this week.

The findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine are based on reports from a nationally representative sample of 63 emergency departments from 2004 through 2013.

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India's Pharmacies Shut down to Protest Online Sales

Around 800,000 Indian pharmacies downed their shutters Wednesday to demand a crackdown on online drug sales, which they say is unregulated and eroding their business.

The one-day strike is aimed at curbing India's burgeoning online drug retail industry, which the All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) says is putting customers at risk by failing to follow existing rules.

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Bangladesh's Illegal Kidney Trade Booms as Donors Turn Brokers

After years of crippling debt, Bangladeshi villager Rawshan Ara decided to follow in her family's footsteps -- and sell a kidney on the black market to raise cash.

Like many of her neighbour in this poor farming area, the 28-year-old easily found a local broker and quickly became a victim of Bangladesh's thriving but illegal organ trade.

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Planned Parenthood Ends Fetal Tissue Donation Reimbursements

Seeking to douse a months-long scandal over providing fetal tissue for research, women's healthcare giant Planned Parenthood said Tuesday it will no longer accept reimbursements for costs of the donations.

The move is aimed at debunking what the group calls a "disingenuous argument" by critics attacking Planned Parenthood over the procedure.

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Last S. Korea MERS Patient Rediagnosed with Virus

A South Korean man believed cured of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been rediagnosed with the deadly virus, health officials said Tuesday.

The diagnosis deals a blow to Seoul's hopes of being declared free of a disease that has infected 186 people in South Korea, killing 36 of them, since its outbreak in May.

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British Ebola Survivor Nurse Back in Hospital Isolation

A British nurse who was successfully treated in January after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone was back in a specialist hospital Friday due to an "unusual late complication" with the virus.

Pauline Cafferkey, who voluntarily went to the west African country to treat Ebola patients, was flown from a Glasgow hospital to London's Royal Free Hospital, which houses Britain's only isolation ward for the lethal disease.

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Singapore Screens Hundreds after Hepatitis C Outbreak

A hepatitis C scare linked to four deaths so far in Singapore widened Friday after its largest hospital said nearly 1,000 patients and health staff need to be screened for the virus.

The state-run Singapore General Hospital said 678 patients as well as 273 medical workers were being contacted to be screened for the virus, local media reported, double the number initially estimated to be affected.

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