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New Mexico Tries to Figure Out How to Get Medical Cannabis to Patientsnew

The Compassionate Use Act, passed in 2007, calls for the state's Department of Health to build regulations that would govern the production and distribution system for medical marijuana. But it doesn't outline how -- and that's become the real sticking point.
Weekly Alibi  |  Marisa Demarco  |  09-16-2008  |  Science

The Botox Bluesnew

After the the Endoscopy Center's hepatitis C scare, the way we use needles draws attention to the wrinkle industry.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Stacy J. Willis  |  09-11-2008  |  Culture

Sick Story: The Next Generation of Doctors Sees Patients as 'Authors'new

Many would consider Matt Dettmer to be the picture of an ideal doctor, one who combines an aptitude for science with the humanistic insight of an artist. But in many ways Dettmer isn't unique -- he's part of a growing trend at medical universities in which courses in the humanities are playing a larger role in educating the next generation of doctors.
Charleston City Paper  |  Morrow Dowdle  |  09-03-2008  |  Science

What the Mexico City AIDS Conference Taught Menew

The CDC now tells us that, oops, they counted wrong for the past several years. The true number of new HIV infections occurring each year in the U.S. is more than 40 percent higher than previously reported.
INDY Week  |  Steven Petrow  |  08-28-2008  |  Science

Life and Death in Washingtonnew

Call it "death with dignity" or "assisted suicide," Washington preps for Initiative 1000 -- with Oregon's help.
Willamette Week  |  Paula L. Stepankowsky  |  08-27-2008  |  Science

Bear Kaufman Says Being Carbon-Neutral Isn't Enoughnew

The senior at San Francisco State University's earth system science department has been experimenting with a scheme to return most of the carbon created by generating power to the ground in the form of charcoal, where it can improve the soil. His ultimate goal: A carbon-negative world.
East Bay Express  |  Susan Kuchinskas  |  08-27-2008  |  Environment

Chimp Owner Faces Criminal Chargesnew

Arizona Game and Fish officials claim that Kristy Pruett, a severely diabetic woman, illegally imported her "service animal": a chimp named Joey.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  08-26-2008  |  Science

Why Does Minnesota Have the Nation's Highest Autism Rate?new

There are no good answers for why autism rates are rising in Minnesota. One camp believes it is due primarily to over-vaccination of infants and previous exposure to Thimerosal, a type of antiseptic containing mercury that was removed from regular childhood vaccines in 2001. Another camp points to increased awareness about the disease.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  08-20-2008  |  Science

Living Forever?new

Can technology and science add to our human existence? Transhumanists think so.
Tucson Weekly  |  Irene Messina  |  08-15-2008  |  Science

New Report Casts Bad Light on Popular Sunscreensnew

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Environmental Working Group studied 952 sunscreens with a SPF of 15 or higher and discovered that 80 percent contain harmful chemicals and didn't really protect skin from the most damaging rays of the sun.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Amanda Witherell  |  08-13-2008  |  Science

Though Potentially Helpful, Osteopathic Medicine is Still Accessible to Only a Fewnew

It is also possible that more people could reap the benefits of osteopathic medicine if insurance companies made them more readily available. Although in practice most DOs are indistinguishable from MDs, their philosophy will always be inherently different from that of a typical MD, an allopathic physician.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Liz Hedrick  |  08-11-2008  |  Science

Texas Woman Fights Abuse at the State's Schools for the Mentally Retardednew

Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School.
Dallas Observer  |  Jesse Hyde  |  08-05-2008  |  Science

Philly's Rise in HIV Among Young Gay Males Has Led to New Testing Measures ... at Night Clubsnew

Years ago, drawing vials of blood and waiting two weeks for results gave way to a finger-prick or cheek swab and a 20-minute wait. Since today's tests are light on equipment, the process has been moved out of stuffy clinics and into RVs that can be parked in parts of town where incidences of the disease run high.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Namako  |  08-05-2008  |  Science

A Seattle Company Tries to Prove That Playing its Games Improves Your Mental Statenew

Is sitting on your ass and staring at the screen on your phone the gateway to greater alertness and contentment? PopCap Games says yes. With a staff of 180, it's one of the heavy hitters in the $2.25 billion-a-year casual-games industry.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jesse Froehling  |  08-04-2008  |  Video Games

Looking at the Implications of Colorado's Proposed Anti-Choice Amendmentnew

If voters pass Amendment 48 in November, the Colorado Constitution will be changed so that even a pronuclear embryo -- a single-celled, newly fertilized human egg -- will have the same rights and protections as a fully developed, living, breathing human being. The so-called "Personhood Amendment," an initiative placed on the ballot by anti-abortion extremists, would impact not only abortion, experts say, but also a broad range of issues pertaining to women's health from access to contraception to infertility treatment to the flexibility doctors have in treating pregnant women.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  08-04-2008  |  Sex

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