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Pregnancy causes lifelong changes in a woman’s brain: study

Pregnancy causes lifelong changes in a woman’s brain: study

Pregnancy not only affects women’s body but also causes lasting changes to parts of their brain, a new study conducted by a team of neuroscientists at Leiden University in the Netherlands revealed.

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Colorado’s pot czar may become Massachusetts regulator

Colorado’s pot czar may become Mass. regulator

Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s bespectacled pot czar who is bringing together the state’s bureaucracy, law enforcement, marijuana industry and public health advocates to address the challenges created by marijuana’s legalization, is being seen as possible Massachusetts’ regulator.

According to emerging media reports, Freedman is among the contenders to be one of the three regulators who will be responsible for overseeing Massachusetts’ new recreational industry. However, there is also speculation that he might be appointed as an adviser to the regulators as a paid consultant.

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U.S. overdose deaths rising ruthlessly: CDC report

U.S. overdose deaths rising ruthlessly: CDC report

Driven by heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl, overall drug overdose deaths in the United States have jumped by nearly 33 per cent in the last five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's latest report.

At least 30 states saw spikes in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers or opioids, with some states seeing increases of nearly 200 per cent. For instance, the states of New Hampshire and Maine saw increases of 191 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively.

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Abortion -- a hot topic of debate around the world

Abortion -- a hot topic of debate around the world

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month announced that she would explore ways to offer women in Northern Ireland a free and legal means to terminate their pregnancy.

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