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Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

Published March 10, 2015

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Leaders announce ceasefire plan in Ukraine conflict

Published February 12, 2015

With the announcement of a new ceasefire to begin on February 15, many are questioning if the agreement will bring lasting peace to a region that has seen a steady increase in fighting over the last month.

Compound pharmacies possible alternative to addictive medications

Published January 5, 2015

As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to proliferate, medical professionals continue to search for ways to reduce their reliance on these dangerous and addictive medications — for many, the use of compound drugs has been the answer.

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

Published December 9, 2014

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management. This comes amidst a growing recognition among doctors that prescription opiate addiction is a problem.

UNICEF declares 2014 a 'devastating year' for children

Published December 8, 2014

According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts. Over 15 million children have been affected by the armed conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. These conflicts have created an domestic and international refugee crisis with many forced to flee the areas of intense conflict.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency for 'Ferguson' verdict

Published November 17, 2014

On Monday, November 17, Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury’s decision regarding whether criminal charges will be filed against police officer Darren Wilson that shot 18 year-old, unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri in August earlier this year.

How medical marijuana can help sick children

Published November 12, 2013

Raising a child with a disease is a struggle for any parent, but when one California mother saw her autistic 9-year-old drop down to 42 pounds, she made a decision to try anything that might help him. Joey had been diagnosed with anorexia and malnutrition, conditions directly associated with the pharmaceuticals being used to treat his autism. Joey’s mother, Mieko Hester-Perez, searched desperately for anything that could help her son and, after much research, she finally came upon medical marijuana as a possible solution.

How medical marijuana helps treat autism

Published October 29, 2013

Compounds in marijuana may help treat autism, two major studies concluded. A study released earlier this year by researchers at Stanford University found that autism may be caused in large part by a mutation in a gene which blocks the action of molecules responsible for signaling in the brain.

New York’s problem with prescription drugs

Published August 30, 2013

New York - Nationwide, overdose rates are increasing at an alarming rate. In some states, overdose deaths have surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. As the death toll rises, many are asking what can be done to combat this trend.

NYC Council passes Community Safety Act, overrides Mayor’s veto

Published August 23, 2013

In an historic vote today, a proposal to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act passed the New York City Council.

NC Gov signs bill to protect fast food from lawsuits & soda bans

Published August 1, 2013

As cities like NYC are working to increase people’s access to healthy foods and discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods, North Carolina policy-makers have shown that they have a different priority—protecting the fast food industry and its profits

How does medical marijuana affect a patient’s relationships?

Published July 16, 2013

As regions across the world continue to legalize the use of medical marijuana, many patients admit there are still considerable social and personal…(

Washington State releases regulations for legal marijuana

Published June 27, 2013

A little over a month ago, the Washington State Liquor Control Board released an initial draft of the regulations and restrictions thatwill govern the newly legal marijuana industry in Washington State.

Comprehensive immigration reform considered on Senate floor

Published June 13, 2013

Debate on the Senate’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, SB 744, continues this week, as a series of amendments are being considered that aim to make the bill palatable for Senate and House Republicans, who so far, have opposed immigration reform.

New Yorkers line Fifth Avenue for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Special

Published June 11, 2013

New York - Yesterday, Sunday June 9, marked the 56th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Cheers and music could be heard up and down 5th Avenue, as the parade made its way from 44th street in midtown up along Central Park all the way to 79th street.

Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

Published June 8, 2013

On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on "lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose."

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