Ashya King’s parents released from prison as arrest warrant is terminated

The Guardian, 3 September 2014
Author: Caroline Davies, Josh Halliday, Peter Walker, Patrick Wintour, Matthew Weaver
The parents of Ashya King have been released from prison and are expected to be reunited with their desperately ill son on Tuesday night, the couple’s lawyer has said. Brett and Naghmeh King were released from separate wings of a Spanish jail hours after prosecutors in London terminated a European arrest warrant and said the couple would face no charges.
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What Texas’s controversial abortion law means for women in the state

The Guardian, 3 September 2014
Author: Nadja Popovich
Abortion rights advocates in Texas are celebrating a judge’s ruling late last week that struck down two key provisions of a controversial new abortion law, but are wary that the decision is merely a temporary roadblock in the state’s plan to close dozens of clinics.
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Marijuana’s hazy contribution to highway deaths

The Seattle Times, 2 September 2014
Author: Joan Lowy
As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths. It’s not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question.
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Ashya King: sad outcome of a breakdown in trust

The Guardian, 2 September 2014
Author: Sarah Boseley
Ashya King, the five year-old boy with a brain tumour, is now being treated in a Malaga hospital under police guard while his parents are in what their lawyer termed “preventive custody” in a Spanish jail. The outcome of the Kings’ attempt to get what they believe is better treatment for their son than Southampton hospital was offering has come to a shocking situation that benefits no one. The boy is in a foreign ward without his family and his parents face being criminalised on suspicion of child cruelty for, if anything, becoming over-involved.
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Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable

The Guardian, 31 August 2014
Author: Tracy McVeigh
Poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets and is leading to the return of rickets and gout – diseases of the Victorian age that affect bones and joints – according the UK Faculty of Public Health.The public health professionals’ body will call for a national food policy, including a sugar tax, as concerns rise over malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies in British children. It will also appeal for all political parties to back a living wage to help combat the illnesses.
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HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban

MedPage Today, 31 August 2014
Author: James Arvantes
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.
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Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates

NYT Health, 1 September 2014
Author: Erica Goode
Corrections officials in California will make significant changes in the use of solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners, revising decades-old policies that have kept thousands of inmates who have psychiatric disorders in isolation.
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Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

NYT Health, 1 September 2014
Author: Pam Belluck
Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.
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A dollar to light up: smokers brace for another jump in tobacco excise

SMH, 1 September 2014
Author: Peter Martin
Cigarette taxes will jump by a hefty 13.7 per cent on Monday, the second of four outsized increases in as many years.
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Here Is What Coffee Actually Does To Your Brain

Business Insider Australia, 29 August 2014
Author: Lauren F Friedman
“Coffee wakes you up in the morning and keeps you alert throughout the day, but how does its magic ingredient actually work?”
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