Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol: Obama
Marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol "in terms of its
impact on the individual consumer," President Barack Obama said in
an interview with
The New Yorkermagazine.
He also said that marijuana users shouldn't be jailed for long
periods of time when officials who create drug laws "have probably
done the same thing," the
"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol," the Obama said the interview.
The president also noted that smoking marijuana is "not
something I encourage, and I've told my daughters I think it's a
bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy."
Obama said he is troubled that minority youth have
disproportionately high rates of arrest and imprisonment for
marijuana use, the
"Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do," he said. "And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties."
Kraft Velveeta 'Cheesy Skillets Singles-Ultimate Cheeseburger
About 1.7 million pounds of Kraft Velveeta "Cheesy Skillets
Singles-Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac" is being recalled because it may
contain an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).
The macaroni and cheese product comes in 9-ounce microwaveable
containers that were produced by Truitt Brothers Inc. of Kentucky
between May 6, 2013 and Jan. 16, 2014 and shipped to Kraft Foods
distribution centers and retail locations across the United States.
They have a Used By/Sell By date code of "02 MARCH 2014 23 OCT
The recalled food was made with the known allergens hydrolyzed
soy protein and dried soy sauce, which are not declared on some
labels. No reports of health problems linked to the consumption of
these products have been reported to the FSIS or the company.
No other Kraft or Velveeta products are affected by this recall.
For more information, consumers can call the Kraft Foods Consumer
Relations Center at 1-800-396-5512.
Two Controversial Chemicals Removed From Johnson & Johnson
Two potentially harmful chemicals have been removed from baby
shampoo and 100 other baby products sold by Johnson &
The two chemicals -- formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane -- have come
under increasing scrutiny by consumers and environmental groups,
The New York Timesreported.
In response to pressure, Johnson & Johnson promised to
remove both chemicals from its baby products by the end of 2013,
and says it has met that goal. The new products are appearing on
store shelves and will replace existing products over the next
The company also pledged to remove these and other chemicals
from all of its consumer products by 2015,
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