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Cannabis can make patients ‘less bothered by pain’

(BBC)  Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests. Using brain imaging, researchers found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis reduced activity in a part of the brain linked to emotional aspects of pain. But the effect on the pain experienced varied greatly, they said. The researchers’ findings are published in the journal Pain. The Oxford researchers recruited 12 healthy men to take part in their small study. Participants were given either a 15mg tablet of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – the…

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What you should know about caffeine

(TIME.com) — Last week, 5-hour Energy came under fire after the New York Times reported the Food and Drug Administrationreceived 13 reports of deaths possibly linked to the energy drink. The claims add to the five deaths reported to the agency linked to Monster Energy, raising concerns about the safety of the beverages. How could the energy drinks, whose main ingredient is caffeine, be connected to the deaths? Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science…

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Global malaria battle stalls as financing gets tight

Recent gains in the fight against malaria could be reversed because funding has stalled, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Its latest World Malaria Report says 1.1 million lives were saved in the past decade but that the expansion in funding from 2004-09 halted in 2010-12. Less than half of the $5.1bn (£3.1bn) needed was spent last year. The WHO’s latest figures – for 2010 – show some 219 million people were infected, with 660,000 people dying. ‘Precarious situation’ The WHO said in a statement that the plateau in…

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HIV claimed 14,000 lives in Ghana in 2011

A total of 14,000 people died from AIDs in Ghana last year, whilst 12, 073 new HIV infections were recorded , according to the HIV Epidemic Response for Ghana. In the same year, Ghana had an HIV population of 225, 487 with 30,397 of the umber being children, whilst an estimated 172,000 children were orphaned by AIDS. This was made known by Dr Richard Amenyah, Director of Technical Services at the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), when he presented a paper on the “Overview of the National HIV Response: Achievements and…

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US Agency warns consumers about cholesterol drug

The Food and Drug Administration advised concerned consumers Thursday to stop taking a popular cholesterol drug that may be contaminated with specks of glass if the pills came from one of 41 recalled lots. The recall of generic Lipitor was initiated nearly three weeks ago by Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, but this is the first time the FDA — or anyone else — has told consumers to stop taking the drug. The FDA also announced Thursday that Ranbaxy would stop making atorvastatin while it investigates how the glass might have gotten into the drug….

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