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Colorado Town Rethinks Legalized Marijuana

Pueblo, a town of 110,000 people in the prairie of southern Colorado, has had many identities over its 175 years. Frontier trading post. Agricultural hub. Steel manufacturing capital of the West. Marijuana central. Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, the first state to do so, Pueblo County has become home to more than 100 recreational pot businesses, from massive grow operations to stores where anyone over 21 can walk in and buy some weed. The mild climate is good for growing, and the local regulatory climate is friendly for…

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Statin Use Linked to Increased Parkinson’s Risk

New findings from a large national claims database show the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to be associated with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD), contrary to previous research suggesting the drugs have a protective effect for PD. “We identified 20,000 Parkinson’s disease patients and looked at whether using statins was associated with a higher or lower risk, and we found people using statins have a higher risk of the disease, so this is the opposite of what has been hypothesized,” senior author Xuemei Huang, MD, PhD, vice chair…

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Neem Shows Promise in Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. According to the latest statistics, about 181,000 men get diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the U.S. However, while common, it has a survival rate of about 86 percent. Of those diagnosed, about 26,000 die from the disease each year. Unfortunately, conventional diagnostics and treatment options for prostate cancer leave much to be desired. Conventional diagnosis includes PSA testing and biopsy, which are prone to false positives and carry risks of side effects. Treatment typically involves drugs, surgery…

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A Link Between Birth Control and Depression?

The notion that hormonal contraception and depression are linked is nothing new, but a recent study has more evidence of a potential link. Still, the scientific community is conflicted when it comes to saying that some birth control can actually cause depression. The study, published this week in JAMA Psychiatry, noted an increased risk for first-time antidepressant use and an initial diagnosis of depression among women using hormonal birth control, especially adolescents. Mood symptoms are known reasons why some women stop using hormonal birth control. What researchers found Dr. Øjvind…

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Living with an Artificial Pancreas Machine

For years, Rian Draeger would go to sleep at night and wonder if he’d slumber throughout the evening with no interruptions. As an adult living with type 1 diabetes, Draeger has to constantly monitor the amount of glucose in his blood. During the day, a glucose sensor and insulin pump help keep Draeger stable. They provide data on whether or not he should give himself insulin. But at night, everything is different. When he sleeps, sensors are programmed to alert Draeger if his glucose levels rise or fall to dangerous…

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Dilute honey ‘may fight urine infections’

Honey and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, say UK researchers. Patients often have a catheter fitted, either to drain urine stuck in the bladder or to monitor urine output. But these flexible tubes can harbour nasty bugs and cause infection. Scientists at University of Southampton have shown in the lab that diluted honey stops some common bacteria from forming sticky, hard-to-remove layers on surfaces such as plastic. In theory, a honey solution might be useful for flushing urinary catheters to keep them clean…

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UK…MPs call for medical cannabis to be made legal

Taking cannabis for medical reasons should be made legal, says a cross-party group of UK politicians. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform says there is clear evidence cannabis could have a therapeutic role for some conditions, including chronic pain and anxiety. It says tens of thousands of people in the UK already break the law to use the drug for symptom relief. But the Home Office says there are no plans to legalise the “harmful drug.” ‘I know cannabis is illegal, but it is medicinal’ Plant cannabis…

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HCV Drug Effective in Patients With Drug Addiction

The combination drug elbasvir/grazoprevir (Zepatier, Merck) reduced viral load in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection being treated for opioid addiction in a randomized controlled trial. The favorable outcomes, reported by Gregory J. Dore, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, MPH, from the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues in an article published online August 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest the treatment is safe and effective for patients with HCV receiving opioid agonist therapy, a population that has had limited access to…

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Vitamin E Deficiency Is Rampant — Why You Don’t Want to Be

Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that helps combat damaging free radicals. It also plays a role in the making of red blood cells and helps your body use vitamin K, the latter of which is important for heart health.1 Unfortunately, estimates suggest about 6 billion people worldwide are deficient in this basic micronutrient. According to a recent review presented at the World Congress of Public Health Nutrition, more than 90 percent of Americans fail to reach the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin E. An earlier…

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Asthma pill ‘promising’ for people with severe symptoms

An experimental pill could help adults with severe asthma, an early study in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal suggests. In the small trial, patients who were given the drug, known as Fevipiprant, had less inflammation in their airways. And some patients with uncontrolled asthma felt their symptoms improved. Charity Asthma UK said the research showed “massive promise and should be greeted with cautious optimism”. More than five million people in the UK have asthma, a long-term condition that affects the airways in the lungs and can cause a cough, wheezing…

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