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Jul 20, 2016

The good news: Teenagers are smoking less! The bad news: They are vaping more.  A national survey confirms earlier indications that e-cigarettes are now more popular among teenage students than traditional cigarettes and other forms of tobacco according to federal health officials.

Slip, Slop, Slap! This slogan, coined in 1981, became one of the most popular public service announcements in Victoria, Australia. The alliterative command was given by a seagull on the beach in an attempt to get swimmers to SLIP on protective clothing, SLOP on sunscreen and SLAP on a wide-brimmed hat. In the decade that followed, there was a 50% reduction in sunburn among Victoria residents.  

After nine months of anticipation, when parents finally welcome their new baby, they might focus on counting her tiny fingers and toes, without realizing that something precious is about to be thrown away…something someone who needs a stem cell transplant could be counting on.

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month.

John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail that July 4th “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Independence Day is almost here and many of us will be celebrating it in a style that would make John Adams proud. However, this is also the time of year that the National Council on Fireworks Safety reminds the public that the safe and responsible.

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Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law House Bill 1568. The new law will expand access to Naloxone, a lifesaving drug proven to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Under the new legislation, pharmacists are now able to sell and distribute naloxone commonly known by its brand name Narcan. In addition, anyone who administers the drug to an individual who has overdosed on an opioid will be protected from disciplinary actions. The law is set to take effect on August 28.