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Tables Turned On Cancer Doc, Pot Shops Warned & Rx For OTC

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Ripping a page from the traditional blog playbook, I bring you an old-fashioned morning roundup of health stories that might pique your interest.

First up, Dr. Peter Bach's weekly column for the New York Times' Well blog about his wife's treatment for breast cancer. Bach, an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, knows plenty about cancer and also can write. In this week's essay, the third so far, he tells us about his wife's chemo-induced baldness, the side effects of Taxol and how your view of statistics changes when you are the one who comes up short.

Out West, there's a story in the Los Angeles Times about the latest crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. The Los Angeles city attorney's office has told 140 "pot shops" it's closing time. In letters sent Monday, the office says L.A. could sue if the operators don't shut down.

And on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, there's a provocative story that says patients are clogging doctors' offices seeking prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines. Say what? The reason, the Journal writes, is that the federal health law only allows the use of flexible spending for OTC meds when a doctor prescribes them. I've spent a lot of time in pharmacies and doctors offices lately but have yet to observe this myself. How about you?

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