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‘Marijuana is the new OxyContin’: Should we be concerned with how docs are learning about pot?

Cannabis companies are becoming a growing presence in the medical industry, but some doctors aren’t welcoming them.

‘Marijuana is the new OxyContin’: Should we be concerned with how docs are learning about pot?

Cannabis companies are becoming a growing presence in the medical industry, but some doctors aren’t welcoming them.

Boulder Company Bakes Special ‘Thomas Bar’ To Help Kids With Terminal Illnesses

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)Bobo’s Oat Bars is using a new flavor — inspired by a young fan — to make a difference in the lives of families. Thomas Buck lost his battle with cancer at just 4 years old. He loved Bobo Bars, so the company dedicated its new Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavor to him.


Thomas’ mother works for There With Care, a local nonprofit that helps families who have children with terminal illnesses. To celebrate the launch of Thomas’ oat bar, the two companies came together for a day of giving back.


Volunteers spent Friday morning making care packages full of toys and activities for sick in the hospital. Bobo’s says the Thomas Bar combines the passions of both companies to create a product that’s meaningful.


“At Bobo’s we talk a lot about bringing people home and feeding them like family. We talk a lot about love in this company. As we have gotten closer to There with Care, we decided we would honor Thomas and raise money and awareness for the organization,” said TJ McIntyre, CEO of BoBo’s Oat Bars.


Thirty percent of sales from the There with Care Bars will be donated directly to There with Care.

The limited edition bars can be purchased online at

San Francisco Startup’s High-Tech Bottle Purifies Water With UV Light

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — LARQ, a San Francisco-based startup, claims to have built the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle.

In just 60 seconds, LARQ will purify water and clean the inner surfaces of the water bottle.

LARQ says it created proprietary UV-C LED technology to kill nearly 100 percent of germs and harmful bacteria and viruses.

“A big part of what we’re trying to solve is not that people can’t clean the water bottle, it’s that we find that a lot of people end up reaching for a plastic water bottle,” said CEO & Co-Founder Justin Wang.

CEO and co-founder Justin Wang says he came up with the idea after feeling guilty about grabbing for a plastic water bottle one too many times.

Wang first launched a wildly successful KickStarter campaign, raising almost $2 million for LARQ.

The bottle activates every two hours in self-cleaning mode.

“We always found this issue of, when you’re on the go and you’re searching for your water bottle, it’s not clean. It’s a little smelly, you can’t purify water on the go, sometimes,” said Wang.

LARQ says only a tiny fraction of plastic bottles are recycled and turned into new ones. More than 1 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every minute.

“Water safety and water is not only a third-world-country issue but it’s also something that affects the U.S. so having that option every time during a hurricane or even in Flint, Michigan you have water-quality issues,” he added.

Even when the water quality is good, as is the case with most tap water in San Francisco, LARQ says many germs, and the stench come from the bottle itself.

“I definitely would try it out, give it a shot, I think bottles always get really disgusting on the inside if you have it for awhile,” said Bay Area resident Chiko Chingaya.

UC Berkeley environmental engineering professor Ashok Gadgil specializes in safe drinking water.

“UV disinfection is a very effective and safe way to disinfect water,” Gadgil said.

He says UV light illuminates the water and kills the DNA of the bacteria.

“It’s a pretty, pretty new technology and to have it reach commercial prices, the prices have come down for commercial use, that’s a very recent development,” he added.

The LARQ bottle retails for $95. It is rechargeable and each charge lasts a month.

“It’s very steep, although if it does all that and if it lasts for a month and you break it down per day then it wouldn’t be so bad,” said Theresa Soto, who is visiting San Francisco from Kansas.

LARQ is currently sold at Bloomingdale stores nationwide and on its website. In the first three months since it went live, LARQ says it has shipped 25,000 bottles.

The company says it is working on expanding to more retailers across the country and introducing similar technology for use in homes.

Unlike Emilia Clarke, it’s highly uncommon to recover from a brain aneurysm

An estimated six million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm right now, according to the the Brain Aneurysm Foundation