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  • Australian researchers develop 10-minute cancer test

    12/05/2018 2:52:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 5, 2018 | Euan McKirdy
    Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body, according to a newly published study. The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water. The test works by identifying the presence of that structure, a discovery which could help detect cancer in humans far earlier than current methods, according to the paper published in journal Nature Communications. "Discovering that cancerous DNA molecules formed entirely different 3D nanostructures from normal circulating DNA was a breakthrough...
  • Magic mushrooms may soon be legal in Oregon

    12/05/2018 2:57:13 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 202 replies
    nypost.com/ ^ | 12/4/18 | Natalie O'Neill
    “Magic mushrooms” may soon become legal in Oregon, where even powerful politicians seem high — on the idea, according to a report. The state’s attorney general green-lit language allowing the bill to hit the ballots in 2020, assuming advocates get enough signatures, according to Oregonlive.com If it passes, the initiative would decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms and allow them to be manufactured with a license. Oregon would become the first US state to legalize the drug. The bill will need 140,000 signatures in order to appear on the ballots in the 2020 general election, the paper reported. Nationwide, possession of psychedelic mushrooms...
  • Results of Colorado Marijuana Legalization 4 Years Later

    11/30/2018 2:21:41 PM PST · by fwdude · 237 replies
    Barbwire ^ | November 30, 2018 | David Jolly
    On January 1, 2014, Colorado legalized the medical and recreational use of Marijuana. They claimed that it would add millions of dollars to the state’s revenue via state taxes which includes a 2.9% sales tax, 10% special sales tax and 15% excise tax, meaning the state would collect $27.90 for every $100 of recreational marijuana sold in the Rocky Mountain state. In April 2014, 19 year old foreign exchange student Levy Thamba plunged off a hotel balcony and died after eating legally purchased marijuana laced cookies. After eating just one cookie, Thamba became agitated and ran out onto the balcony...
  • Pro-Pot Folks Take Note: New Study Provides Further Evidence that Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug

    11/30/2018 7:03:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 153 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/28/2018 | John Ellis
    A new study looking at alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among adolescents gives some interesting and helpful conclusions. Well, helpful conclusions if people will be willing to remove their cultural blinders concerning marijuana. Since the politically and culturally popular thing to do is to extol the virtues of the recreational use of marijuana, the study's sharp gateway-drug implications will most likely be a warning that is derided and unheeded.Frankly, I don't really care if people smoke weed or not. To be clear, if asked, I'll warn against it. What bugs me, though, is that many who do choose to...
  • Marijuana legalization is a response to the failures of the war on drugs

    11/23/2018 8:58:41 AM PST · by Red6 · 162 replies
    VOX ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | German Lopez
    The debate over marijuana legalization is just one of the many ways the political landscape is changing as the US comes to terms with drug and criminal justice policies that many experts and Americans consider to have failed at a great cost to the nation’s liberty and finances. The war on marijuana in particular has cost the US billions of dollars over decades, led to a black market for pot that criminal organizations use to fund violent operations, and contributed to the explosive growth of America’s incarcerated population, which is now the largest in the world. And despite those costs,...
  • Cuban doctors land in Havana after program ends with Brazil

    11/24/2018 10:24:05 AM PST · by jonascord · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 11/23/18 | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    HAVANA – A first group of Cuban doctors who treated impoverished patients in Brazil returned to Havana on Friday as both countries end a program that saw thousands of doctors dispatched to underserved areas. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel greeted 211 doctors who had worked in the South American country in exchange for hundreds of millions in badly needed hard currency given to the government. They were among the more than 8,000 doctors that Cuba has recalled after rejecting conditions imposed by far-right Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who stipulated that doctors would need to directly receive their salaries from Brazil and...
  • VIDEO: NANCY PELOSI FLUBS VICTORY SPEECH - ‘LET’S HEAR IT MORE FOR PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS!’

    11/08/2018 1:49:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 11/07/18 | SHANE CROUCHER
    **SNIP** “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi, 78, said at the election night party in Washington D.C. “It’s about stopping the GOP and Mike—Mitch—McConnell’s assaults on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.” Then, raising her fist in the air, Pelosi declared: “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions!”
  • Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis: Voters may relax the rules Tuesday, bringing the total to 32

    11/05/2018 9:04:56 AM PST · by billorites · 94 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2018 | John Boehner
    Citizens in four states vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives to legalize some form of cannabis. Residents of Missouri and Utah will decide on its medical availability, Michigan and North Dakota on recreational consumption for adults. If all four measures pass, the tally of states that allow some sort of cannabis use will jump to 32, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. The trend could not be clearer: Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. A Gallup poll last month found 66% of Americans favor legal marijuana. I am now one of those Americans. It began when a friend of mine who...
  • For the first time in the world, two women have carried the same baby

    10/31/2018 2:52:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | 10/26/18 | Sonia Azad
    This story is the story about an amazing medical advance that allowed one same-sex North Texas couple to do what was otherwise impossible.
  • This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation

    10/21/2018 12:25:49 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2018 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    NEW YORK — When future historians look back on the 21st century, one of the most iconic photos may be of a smiling, dark-haired man in blue scrubs protectively holding a newborn — the world’s first commercially produced “three-parent” baby. This is John Zhang, the Chinese-born, British-educated founder and medical director of a Manhattan fertility center that is blowing up the way humans reproduce. In 2009, Zhang helped a 49-year-old patient become the world’s oldest known woman to carry her own child. In the not-too-distant future, he says, 60-year-old women will be able to do the same. In 2015, Zhang...
  • Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

    10/17/2018 5:31:41 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 125 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 17, 2018
    Cannabis becomes legal in Canada Country becomes second and largest with legal national marketplace. The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Canada legalizes marijuana: here's everything you need to know Read more A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday. The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since...
  • U.S. cannabis firms press Trump about Canada’s ‘competitive advantage’

    10/16/2018 2:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | October 16, 2018 | James McCarten The Canadian Press
    An American cannabis producer took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal warning that the United States is “rapidly losing” its competitive advantage in the industry to Canada, the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot. An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border. A full-page ad in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the...
  • NHS in Quicksand As Faces "National Emergency"

    09/17/2018 12:37:25 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 19 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 9/12/18 | Jamie Wells, M.D.
    On the verge of a “national emergency,” regulatory experts from the National Health Service (NHS) Improvement body just released their latest review which reveals a crisis in workforce shortages. One in eleven jobs is vacant with nursing staff vacancies up 17% in only the last three months. As BBC Health reports, this reality comes after “sustained efforts by ministers and NHS bosses to tackle the shortages, including a new pay deal and recruitment and retention campaigns.” Leadership referenced the situation as painting a “bleak picture” to acknowledging the burdens of increased demand, employee shortages and financial pressures was making it...
  • Why the Trump Administration's Plot to Derail Marijuana Momentum Will Flop Bigly

    09/03/2018 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 02 Sep 18 | Keith Speights
    Call it a buzzkiller from BuzzFeed. On Wednesday, online news site BuzzFeed reported that the Trump Administration is engaged in a "secret war on weed." BuzzFeed stated that the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee told multiple federal agencies to submit "data demonstrating the most significant negative trends" about marijuana use. The goal appears to be to try to prevent further support for relaxing federal anti-marijuana laws. If the committee is successful in its efforts, companies with U.S. marijuana operations such as Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), CannaRoyalty (NASDAQOTH:CNNRF), and Kush Bottles (NASDAQOTH:KSHB) could see their hopes of operating in a fully legal environment...
  • The heated ‘egg whisk’ that reduces asthma attacks by 55 per cent shrinking scarred lung tissue

    09/02/2018 12:38:03 AM PDT · by blueplum · 27 replies
    TheDailyMail ^ | 01 Sep 2018 | Carol Davis
    A new NHS-backed treatment could dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of people plagued by severe asthma attacks and who require regular trips to A&E. The new procedure involves a tiny probe that resembles an egg whisk being inserted into the lungs. This emits heat that shrinks scarred, thickened lung tissue, and aids breathing....{snip} ...studies showed it reduced emergency hospital admissions for life-threatening asthma attacks by 55 per cent – and that benefits continue for ten years...
  • Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 YEARS

    08/22/2018 8:15:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 102 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2018 | Alexandra Thompson
    Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 years, new research suggests. This is compared to four years in schizophrenia patients, according to the largest study of its kind. Brain ageing is defined as reduced blood flow through the organ. Excessive alcohol also ages the organ by 0.6 years, the research adds. Lead author Dr Daniel Amen, founder of Amen Clinics, said: 'The cannabis abuse finding was especially important, as our culture is starting to see marijuana as an innocuous substance. This study should give us pause about it.' Reduced brain blood flow has previously been linked to...
  • Unpublished Egyptian texts reveal new insights into ancient medicine

    08/22/2018 7:52:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Science Nordic ^ | August 14, 2018 | Lise Brix, tr by Catherine Jex
    The University of Copenhagen in Denmark is home to a unique collection of Ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts. A large part of the collection has not yet been translated, leaving researchers in the dark about what they might contain. "A large part of the texts are still unpublished. Texts about medicine, botany, astronomy, astrology, and other sciences practiced in Ancient Egypt," says Egyptologist Kim Ryholt, Head of the Carlsberg Papyrus Collection at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark... "It's totally unique for me to be able to work with unpublished material. It doesn't happen in many places around the world," says PhD...
  • Teva goes on hiring spree after FDA approval for its generic EpiPen

    08/22/2018 3:04:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Thinknum ^ | August 21, 2018 | James Mattone
    On August 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to Teva Pharmaceuticals USA ($NYSE:TEVA) to produce the first generic version of EpiPen, the portable epinephrine (adrenaline) device carried by millions for severe allergic episodes. It will also produce a generic version of EpiPen Jr. which is used on children who weigh 33 to 66 lbs. The announcement comes while there is a nationwide shortage of EpiPens — right when schools are getting back in session — to which the FDA also announced an extension on expiration dates for certain lots of the drug. Currently, those who...
  • not forsaken but Esteemed[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/21/2018 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I have not forsaken you, even now you stand in my courts beside me as I in all My majesty release my justice and blessings . You see you are on display in my courts as one wise and esteemed for you know IAM and in the precipise of this revelation all of creation stands before The living God awaiting My desire for I AM All in All and this is who you know to be True and Faithfull as Creator Lord and God . Yahweh is My name and there is nothing before I AM. Therfore fear not oh...
  • Amazon hires Mass Gen cardiologist in latest healthcare move

    08/21/2018 10:10:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Health Exec ^ | August 21, 2018 | Amy Baxter
    Online retail giant Amazon has made another splash into the healthcare pond by hiring cardiologist Maulik Majmudar, MD, . Majmudar, who announced he will be moving to “an exciting and challenging role” at Amazon via Twitter, is associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and a lecturer at MIT. The new hire comes at a time when healthcare executives are beginning to see Amazon as a potential competitor and disruptor in the field, according to a recent survey. Majmudar did not specify the exact nature of the work he will be doing at Amazon, adding to...