According to German law, medical marijuana is only prescribed for severe illnesses: chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. To qualify, participation in a scientific study is required.
Tobacco and alcohol consumption is falling, but a graying Germany is at risk of becoming more dependent on pharmaceuticals.
A drug used to treat epilepsy has led to up to 4,100 cases of "severe malformations" of children in France, according to regulators. Despite the risk, a ruling has allowed pregnant women to continue to use it.
A new report published by the World Health Organization has revealed "record-breaking progress" in the fight against tropical diseases. Broader poverty issues, however, threaten to stagnate further improvements.
The German parliament has voted to allow consumption of the drug for medical purposes. The issue had been a point of heated discussion in the country for a long time.
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