Julie Pickstock

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Minnesota House advances medical marijuana study bill

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota state Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would establish an observational research study to make medical marijuana available in liquid or pill form to patients suffering from one of several severe illnesses.<p>Representatives voted 86-39 on a bipartisan …

Louisiana author claims in book Zodiac killer is his father

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The author of a new book released on Tuesday claims he is the son of the notorious Zodiac killer, an unidentified serial killer who terrorized Northern California in the late 1960s.<p>Gary L. Stewart, who penned “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” with journalist Susan Mustafa, …

AstraZeneca drug shows promise as lung cancer treatment

(Reuters) - Britain’s AstraZeneca Plc, the target of a $106 billion takeover effort by Pfizer Inc, released promising data on Wednesday for a new lung cancer treatment targeting a genetic mutation that helps tumors evade current treatments.<p>The drug, known as AZD9291, in an early-stage trial shrank …

New lung cancer screening guidelines could cost Medicare $9.3 billion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of Medicare beneficiaries with a history of heavy smoking found that new lung cancer screening guidelines would likely double the proportion of lung cancers found at an early stage, but at a steep cost of some $9.3 billion over five years, U.S. researchers said on …

Birth defect in some rural Washington state babies stumps scientists

OLYMPIA Wash. (Reuters) - An alarming number of babies in a rural swath of central Washington state over the last four years have been born with a rare and fatal defect that leaves them without part of their brain and skull, and scientists are stumped.<p>In a three-county area that includes the city …

Reckitt Benckiser to develop XenoPort alcohol abuse drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Reckitt Benckiser Group’s pharmaceuticals unit will develop and sell XenoPort Inc’s drug to treat alcohol use disorders, the companies said on Thursday.<p>Under the terms of the exclusive global licensing deal, XenoPort is entitled to $20 million up front, followed by another $5 …

Promising cancer drug data helps AstraZeneca in Pfizer fight

(Reuters) - New data showing an experimental AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrank tumors in more than half of patients gave the British group fresh ammunition to argue that Pfizer’s takeover offer undervalues it substantially.<p>The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in …

Muscle pain not well defined in most statin studies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies evaluating cholesterol-lowering drugs might find more muscle problems if they did a better job of defining and asking about muscle pain, suggests a new review.<p>Researchers say 10 to 25 percent of real-world patients on statins report having muscle problems, but …

U.S. FDA lowers starting dose of sleep drug Lunesta over safety

(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Thursday said they required a label change for the sleep drug Lunesta to cut the recommended starting dose over concerns it could impair alertness in some people the following morning.<p>The Food and Drug Administration said the starting dose for the drug taken at …

Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom

GENEVA (Reuters) - Average life expectancy has risen globally to 73 years for a girl born in 2012 and 68 for a boy following successes in fighting diseases and child mortality, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.<p>An elderly couple sits on a bench on the peak of Mount Hochwacht (988 …

Early promise, and caution, in measles virus cancer therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mayo Clinic researchers stirred excitement on Thursday by saying they had treated a patient’s blood cancer with a specially engineered measles virus, but even scientists involved in the work caution the response does not prove they have a cure.<p>Many failed cancer drug …

Kamada's lead drug in development fails key trial

(Reuters) - Israel-based drugmaker Kamada Ltd said its experimental drug failed in a key trial to treat an inherited condition that raises the risk of lung and liver disease.<p>Kamada’s stock plunged almost 35 percent in heavy trade on the Nasdaq on Friday.<p>“I think its clear to say they wont be able …

Disney Parks After Dark: Big Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

This photo was taken a few months ago – in the middle of January – on a night with an almost full moon and one of the clearest night skies that I’ve …

The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark V, 1986-2008

I love when we can have a Disney Parks Blog series that spans both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, so many thanks to my fellow author, Nate …

Step In Time: ‘Mickey Mania’ Celebrates the Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park

In the summer of 1994, a new procession called the “Mickey Mania Parade” hit the streets of Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate the one and only Mickey …

Bringing Maleficent to Life for ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park

One of the highlights of the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park is seeing Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” loom overhead …

'it’s a small world' Around the World: Magic Kingdom Park

The world’s second “it’s a small world” attraction debuted at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on the park’s opening day, October 1, …

Five Things You Might Not Know About ‘it’s a small world’ at Disney Parks

Around the world, Disney Parks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” which debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. You can …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

In its second year of operation, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort continues to surprise and delight guests with its animation-inspired design, …

Disney Parks After Dark: Morocco Pavilion After Sunset at Epcot

This week’s “After Dark” image was shot by Disney Photographer Kent Phillips in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. I just love the gold colors of the …

Step in Time: ‘Magical Moments Parade’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

Last week, we took a look at debut of the popular “Remember the Magic” parade at Magic Kingdom Park. When the 25th anniversary celebration concluded, …