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  • Climbers got so stoned on top of mountain they couldn’t get back down

    09/24/2017 4:27:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    A group of climbers had to be rescued from the top of a mountain after getting so stoned they couldn’t get back down. The four walkers got stuck on top of the 3,209ft Scafell Pike in Cumbria’s Lake District – the highest peak in England. After successfully reaching the top, however, they found themselves ‘incapacitated’ from having taken cannabis. Cumbria Police confirmed that mountain rescue and air ambulances had to be scrambled in order to rescue the climbers. ‘Persons stuck on mountain after taking cannabis. Now having to deploy mountain rescue, air support and ambulance to rescue them,’ Cumbria Police...
  • Protect yourself from Hepatitis A Learn More

    09/22/2017 2:10:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Mild cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months. Los Angeles County is experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. The majority of cases are occurring in individuals who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs. Outbreaks of hepatitis A in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs are also occurring in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties.
  • Studies help explain link between autism, severe infection during pregnancy

    09/22/2017 2:08:53 AM PDT · by Enchante · 35 replies
    MIT News ^ | September 13, 2017 | Anne Trafton
    Mothers who experience an infection severe enough to require hospitalization during pregnancy are at higher risk of having a child with autism. Two new studies from MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School shed more light on this phenomenon and identify possible approaches to preventing it. In research on mice, the researchers found that the composition of bacterial populations in the mother’s digestive tract can influence whether maternal infection leads to autistic-like behaviors in offspring. They also discovered the specific brain changes that produce these behaviors. “We identified a very discrete brain region that seems to be modulating all...
  • Yes, I’m Dependent on Weed

    09/17/2017 8:14:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 15, 2017 | Andrew Sullivan
    Do I smoke too much pot? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years, and it raised its uncomfortable head this week as I absorbed the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The first thing to note about the report is the good news. One of the major and legitimate fears of those who have opposed legalization is that teen use would increase. Weed is genuinely harmful to the developing adolescent brain and those of us who passionately advocated legalization argued that making it legal would actually make it harder for teens to get...
  • Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana delivery with $27 million in new funding

    09/17/2017 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Sept. 14, 2017
    Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana delivery with $27 million in new funding The cannabis industry has lit up in the last year, including weed delivery startup Eaze, which just raised $27 million in Series B financing and claims a 300 percent year-over-year increase in gross sales. But the weed delivery startup has come under scrutiny recently for burning through at least $1 million in cash per month. In contrast, other software-based pot delivery startups like Meadow have played it lean, focusing more on improving the software and logistics. Eaze has gone hard on marketing spend, using aggressive growth tactics...
  • I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer.(Barf alert)

    09/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13th September 2017 | David A. Ansell
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own. Sarai’s plight was brought to my attention when a local religious group held a hunger strike advocating transplant access for Sarai and other uninsured patients. When she died, her congregation marched seven miles, holding her photograph and lugging coffins emblazoned with her name, to launch a sit-in in front of Northwestern University Hospital. Her death certificate named...
  • Mice found able to ward off fungal lung infections by causing fungus to kill itself

    09/08/2017 2:14:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | September 8, 2017 | by Bob Yirka
    (Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers from the U.S., Germany and Israel has found that mice are able to ward off fungal lung infections because their immune systems cause fungal spores to die. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the means by which they discovered how mice are able to ward off fungal lung infections and what their findings might mean for human patients. Fungus is all around us, so much so that most people breathe in approximately 1000 fungal spores every single day. But the means by which people ward off fungal infections in the...
  • Zika virus can kill brain tumor cells, Washington University researchers discover

    09/05/2017 10:22:48 AM PDT · by Enchante · 12 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 5, 2017 | Blythe Bernhard
    "We take a virus, learn how it works and then we leverage it," said Dr. Michael Diamond, a professor of molecular microbiology, pathology and immunology. "Let's take advantage of what it's good at, use it to eradicate cells we don't want. Take viruses that would normally do some damage and make them do some good."
  • Ethanol: A Lethal Injection For Tumors (100% success rate in hamster study)

    09/03/2017 1:09:07 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 54 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | September 3, 2017 | Alex Berezow
    In the rich world, cancer therapy is expensive. In the developing world, it may not be available at all. Not only is cutting-edge technology in short supply, but so are things like electricity and medical personnel. The lack of necessary resources for basic healthcare is made obvious by the fact that, if diagnosed with cancer, a person in the developing world is more likely to die from it than a person in the developed world. To help alleviate this problem, cheap, uncomplicated, portable, and preferably non-surgical treatments that do not require electricity are needed. Now, a team of researchers from...
  • E-mail: From Charlottesville to Orlando, Medicine Moves Forward( Liberal SJW Alert!)

    08/29/2017 2:50:22 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 11 replies
    Daniel H. Gouger, MD
    Dear AMSA, The Charlottesville travesty was a direct affront to both AMSA and American values. As the AMSA(American Medical Student Association) Fellow, I strongly condemn and denounce racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and white supremacist ideology, or any such ideals that seek to embrace racial or ethnic superiority at the expense of equality, social justice, and health, civil, and human rights. AMSA believes that these rights are essential to the protection of human dignity and are applicable to all individuals. We also respect the primacy of civil rights, even in the heightened need for security, and therefore condemn hate crimes. From Tamir...
  • German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

    08/28/2017 4:45:34 AM PDT · by Enchante · 44 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 28, 2017 | Geir Moulson
    BERLIN (AP) — A male nurse who was convicted of killing patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication is now believed to have killed at least 86 people — and the true scale of the killings could be even larger, investigators said Monday. Many of the deaths could have been prevented if health authorities had acted more quickly on their suspicions, said Johann Kuehme, police chief in the northwestern city of Oldenburg.
  • Trump declares national emergency over opioid crisis

    08/10/2017 2:41:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 10, 2017 | Aubrey Whelan
    Two days after his advisers said otherwise, President Trump said Thursday that he does plan to formally declare the opioid addiction crisis an emergency — as the commission he appointed to study the epidemic had recommended. “I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” he told reporters at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., where he has been vacationing. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency.” New Jersey Gov. Chris...
  • Immune systems of type 1 diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop destroying insulin, scientists show

    08/10/2017 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9 August 2017 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    The damaged immune systems of diabetics can be ‘retrained’ to stop them destroying insulin, scientists believe, following successful trials of a pioneering new therapy. Researchers at King’s College London and Cardiff University showed that injecting patients with tiny protein fragments prevented immune cells from targeting vital insulin. Type 1 diabetes develops when a patient's immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Without treatment the number of beta cells will slowly decrease and the body will no longer be able to maintain normal blood sugar (blood glucose) levels, leading to patients needing daily injections. But a...
  • Dr. Paul Church now expelled from four Boston area hospitals – over comments

    08/09/2017 5:49:19 AM PDT · by fwdude · 66 replies
    MassResistance ^ | August 7, 2017 | MassResistance Staff
    The horrific treatment of Dr. Paul Church has become a nightmare – affecting him, of course, but ultimately all of us as well. Because he told the medical truth and refused to bow to political correctness on this critical public health issue, he has now been banned from four prominent Boston area hospitals and a urology clinic. This is the frightening state of today’s medical profession. Dr. Church is a urologist who was on the staff of several major Boston area hospitals and clinics for nearly 30 years. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has done...
  • Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

    08/07/2017 6:28:56 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 93 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells. Results of the regenerative medicine study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. "By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements...
  • AG Sessions Marijuana Task force: Dont mess with legal weed

    08/04/2017 2:25:14 PM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 225 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group of prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials, has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general’s aggressively anti-marijuana views. The group’s report largely reiterates the current Justice Department policy on marijuana.
  • Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis

    08/02/2017 1:30:53 PM PDT · by cll · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 08/01/2017 | Danica Coto
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating millions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. Aponte, a 29-year-old biologist and chemical engineer, had been thinking of joining the wave of young Puerto Rican professionals heading to the U.S. to seek work — an exodus that has aggravated the U.S. territory’s woes. But then he saw the saw the island’s medical marijuana industry start to expand, and found one of the...
  • Expert: Videos Show Jahi McMath Is Alive, Getting Better

    07/24/2017 3:29:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 24, 2017 | Patrick May
    New finding by UCLA expert is sure to stoke the debate over how to decide if someone’s really “dead” or notThree years after being declared brain dead following an ill-fated throat surgery at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and subsequently kept on life support, Jahi McMath continues to occupy a central role in the legal and philosophical debate over when a family should remove a loved one from life support. In the latest twist to the drama, a well-known neurologist has reviewed videos of McMath and says they prove she’s still alive after all, even if her brain is not functioning...
  • New Orleans doctors help regrow toddler's brain after drowning

    07/21/2017 3:34:25 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 41 replies
    WWL ^ | July 21, 2017 | None Given
    Two-year-old Eden Carlson lost a significant amount of brain tissue after spending 15 minutes underwater. Director of Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Paul Harch, says she made remarkable improvements after being treated with oxygen for 45 minutes twice a day. Weeks later, Eden’s parents brought her to New Orleans, and Harch put her in a hyperbaric chamber. “I dosed it at the same level of oxygen but now with pressure, and she made another very noticeable improvement with just the first hyperbaric treatment and from there just accelerated,” Harch said. In February of 2016, Eden escaped the baby gate in her home...
  • The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

    07/20/2017 7:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    ProPublica ^ | July 18, 2017 | Marshall Allen
    The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless. But to Lee Cantrell, who helps run the California Poison Control System, the cache was an opportunity to answer an enduring question about the actual shelf life of drugs: Could these drugs from the bell-bottom era still be potent? Cantrell called Roy Gerona, a University of California, San Francisco, researcher who specializes in analyzing chemicals. Gerona...