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FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

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- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed measures on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to consumers younger than 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or TV advertising, likely disappointing some public health advocates.

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California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed business thrives 23 Apr 2014

SACRAMENTO, California - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry.

California city sees spike in whooping cough cases 23 Apr 2014

- A Southern California city has seen a spike in reported whooping cough cases so far this year, with the number of infections nearly tripling compared to all of last year, possibly due to a less potent vaccine or lower vaccination rates, officials said on Wednesday.

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Herbalife punished 600 distributors for medical claims: ABC News 4:07am BST

WASHINGTON - Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making unsubstantiated medical claims about its products, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Weight loss plan better than usual diet for diabetes patients 23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A commercial diet plan that includes prepackaged foods, menu plans and access to counselors was better at helping people with type 2 diabetes shed pounds than a typical diet, according to a new study.

France sees small increase in pot-related heart problems 23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of heart complications attributed to marijuana use increased slightly in France between 2006 and 2010, according to a new study.

Gates-backed TB drug to enter late-stage testing 23 Apr 2014

CHICAGO - The first experimental drug that fights both conventional and drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis is advancing to late-stage clinical testing, researchers said on Wednesday, raising hope for a new way to stem the growing threat of drug-resistant TB.

Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor 23 Apr 2014

- A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk.

Aspirin's benefit in preventing colon cancer depends on DNA 23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - Cancer is the first disease where physicians have personalized treatment, matching a tumor's genetics to the appropriate chemotherapy, and now it may be the first in which prevention, too, can be personalized.

Could shared sex toys transmit HPV? 23 Apr 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with the potentially cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, may be putting their partners at risk if they share sex toys during intimate relations, a new study suggests.