New records reveal the cost of Pa.’s failure to clarify rules around addiction treatment and marijuana | News

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Harrisburg, Pa. — The failure by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to clarify federal rules around addiction treatment funding and medical marijuana caused even greater confusion and serious consequences than previously disclosed, a follow-up Spotlight PA investigation has found.

In September 2019, the federal agency that pays out hundreds of millions of dollars to Pennsylvania each year to combat the addiction crisis began warning recipients not to permit “marijuana use for the purposes of treating substance use or mental disorders.” That was particularly serious here, in one of the few states to endorse cannabis as a treatment option for opioid use disorder.

The rules weren’t as restrictive as they might have seemed, however. A few months later — on Jan. 1,

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Mumbai: Mucormycosis cases drop in state, but 1,700+ on treatment | India News

MUMBAI: Mucormycosis has seen a significant dip in cases, but the deadly fungal infection continues to affect Covid-19 patients.
In August, the state reported 161 cases of mucormycosis despite a drop in Covid-19 infections. However, August cases were a massive decline over 5,644 reported in May, 2,653 in June and 675 in July.

Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary (health), said over 1,700 people continue to be under treatment for mucormycosis in the state. The fungal infection that saw an exponential surge in the second wave has affected 10,104 people so far. “Mucormycosis has a mortality rate of 20%. In advanced cases, people also have to go through debilitating surgeries such as removal of eyes, jaws, which causes disfigurement. We need to remain vigilant, prevent it and detect them early,” he said.
While the mortality rate for mucormycosis is maybe 20% for the state, certain districts saw a much higher

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US raises concerns about treatment of ex-Jordanian official | World News

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. State Department has raised concerns with Jordan about the possible mistreatment of a former top official imprisoned for sedition in an alleged plot against the Western-allied monarchy involving the half-brother of King Abdullah II.

Representatives for Bassem Awadallah, who is a U.S. citizen, have said the trial lacked due process and alleged his client has endured inhumane conditions, including beatings, torture and solitary confinement. Jordan rejects the charges.

A State Department official confirmed the U.S. Embassy in Amman on Aug. 9 “expressed concerns to the government of Jordan over allegations of mistreatment and the denial of family visits.”

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under department guidelines, said that Jordan denied the allegations. “The embassy will continue to provide all appropriate consulate assistance to Mr. Awadallah in line with our commitment to assisting U.S. citizens abroad,” the official said.

The U.S. considers Jordan a

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At-Home Fitness News Discussion Prompts and Pause Points

Before the Movie:


Why is getting exercise important, even during the Covid-19 pandemic?  (Tap prior knowledge)


During the Movie (Pause Points):


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 0:59: What are some benefits of exercise, and why has it been challenging to get active? (Identify cause/effect; Identify problem/solution)

Timecode 1:26: Why is it a good idea to check with a grown-up before you start your workout? (Explain)

Timecode 4:00: How does the Deck of Cards Workout game work? What are the steps? And what are some ways you can change it up? (Identify steps in a process; Explain)



After the Movie:


Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to

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More than 30 crore vaccine doses provided by Centre to states/UTs: Health ministry | India News

NEW DELHI: More than 30 crore vaccine doses have been provided by the Centre to states and union territories so far, Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday.
As per the latest data, 30,33,27,440 vaccine doses have been provided by the Centre through the government of India (free of cost channel) and through the direct state procurement category. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages, is 28,43,40,936 doses.
“The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain,” the official statement read.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government of India has been supporting the states and Union Territories by providing them Covid vaccines free of cost.
In the new phase of the
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Oxford University explores anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as Covid-19 treatment | India News

NEW DELHI: The University of Oxford said on Wednesday it was testing anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as a possible treatment for Covid-19, as part of a British government-backed study that aims to aid recoveries in non-hospital settings.
Ivermectin resulted in a reduction of virus replication in laboratory studies, the university said, adding that a small pilot showed giving the drug early could reduce viral load and the duration of symptoms in some patients with mild Covid-19.
Dubbed PRINCIPLE, the British study in January showed that antibiotics azithromycin and doxycycline were generally ineffective against early-stage Covid-19.
While the World Health Organization, and European and US regulators have recommended against using ivermectin in Covid-19 patients, it is being used to treat the illness in some countries, including India.
“By including ivermectin in a large-scale trial like PRINCIPLE, we hope to generate robust evidence to determine how effective the treatment is against Covid-19, and
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Fitness News — ScienceDaily

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UN propaganda on Kashmir fails, PDP leader Waheed Para gets VIP treatment in Srinagar Jail | India News

Days after Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations (UN) sought a response from the Government of India (GoI) on an alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir with the arrest of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, we have found that the PDP leader is enjoying all the luxuries in a Srinagar Jail.

Usually, a jail term would typically mean a life devoid of freedom and common luxuries and in accordance with the jail authority rules, however for Waheed, who enjoys all jail privileges in a Srinagar jail. Getting special treatment, have a TV, orders food, Enjoys various comforts is a daily norm. The perks are so high that Waheed is allowed to wear personal clothes and has a separate visitors room.

Inputs with us say that during interrogation he was sitting on the chair, laughing and was well treated by NIA and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

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New Marian Regional behavioral health outpatient unit to offer local treatment, intervention | Local News

Officials at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria hope to address gaps in mental health care with the opening of a new Behavioral Health Outpatient Unit in the coming months. 

The facility, which includes beds for eight people, has been in the works for the past few years, with the potential for expansion. Services that will be provided to those experiencing a mental health crisis include intervention, assessment, evaluation, therapy and support resources, according to Dignity Health Central Coast spokeswoman Sara San Juan.

Members of the public and local officials, including Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, were introduced to the unit on Tuesday through a tour and blessing ceremony.

While a lack of mental health beds and resources in North County previously meant that local residents had to be sent to areas like Santa Barbara for inpatient care, the facility now provides the opportunity for more immediate care for

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Tucker time: Therapy dog supports Davis Park Elementary community | News

A therapy dog at Davis Park Elementary has been on school counselor Katrina Doty’s wish list since she first read “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats to first graders a few years ago. She recognized then how a dog could aide in student reading, attendance and overall behavior.

Tucker time: Therapy dog supports Davis Park Elementary community

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. GarzaWho’s a good boy? Tucker, the therapy dog at Davis Park Elementary, is well loved. But make no mistake — he’s got daily duties.

But therapy dogs can be expensive to purchase and train. Because most fundraisers have all but gone to the wayside since the COVID-19 pandemic, Doty figured it would be years before the school could afford one.

Thanks to a couple of good Samaritans and a grant from United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Youth Success Impact Council, Tucker, the Goldendoodle, is now the unofficial head of the guidance department.

Goldendoodles are a

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