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In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, 11-year-old Alyssa Howes and her service dog, Flint, pose for a photo at her home in Lakewood, Calif. Alyssa was diagnosed with leukemia at 3, went blind at 4 and started having seizures. Three years ago, 4 Paws for Ability trained Flint for Alyssa, whose leukemia is in remission. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

“It gives her a companion to enjoy the moments when she is doing things she likes to do,” said her mother, Juliette Palomaki. “And if she is having a bad day, she will call him and they will just be together.”

FILE - In this April 11, 2015 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest raw opium at a poppy field in Kandahar’s Zhari district, Afghanistan. A team led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has identified the steps to make morphine and other painkillers in the laboratory without needing to grow opium poppies. While homemade morphine is not yet a reality, researchers are calling for regulations. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan,File)

LOS ANGELES | Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for regulations to prevent garage tinkerers from making do-it-yourself […]

File - In this Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, marijuana and cannabis-infused products are displayed for sale at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. Colorado lawmakers started work Thursday, April 9, 2015 on a proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

DENVER | Colorado’s governor is signing into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper was scheduled Monday, May 18, to sign a bill that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for “severe pain.” That’s the most common condition on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The new law […]

In this Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, collects fat from a patient’s back as the part of an experimental stem cell procedure, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Berman’s company is the largest in the mushrooming industry of for-profit clinics that market stem cells to patients with dozens of different diseases and conditions. Critics say the businesses have flourished due to a lack of government oversight. (AP Photo/Raquel Dillion)

“It’s sort of this 21st century cutting-edge technology. But the way it’s being implemented at these clinics and how it’s regulated is more like the 19th century. It’s a Wild West,” says Dr. Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell researcher at the University of California at Davis.

NEW YORK | When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today. Bing, the Lamaze International co-founder who popularized what was known as natural childbirth and helped change how women […]

FILE - In this Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, smoke wafts up as hamburgers are cooked on a grill outside the White House in Washington. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the CDC says fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers. Illnesses from a dangerous form of E. coli bacteria have fallen 20 percent in the previous few years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

That E. coli strain got attention in the early 1990s when it was the culprit in a deadly outbreak linked to hamburger meat. Leafy vegetables have also been tied to illnesses; a 2006 outbreak of E. coli was traced to contaminated fresh spinach.

“He walked into PHQ at the top of Chair 4 and said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack,’ and he was right,” Greenberg said. “He was sledded down to the base of Gondola One, got loaded in an ambulance and taken over to our emergency room. We did an EKG on the patient, and sure enough, he was having a rather large heart attack.”

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