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Medical marijuana increases pain threshold for patients

Medical marijuana increases pain threshold for patients

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Drugs derived from an active ingredient in marijuana produced only modest increases in pain threshold and tolerance but no reduction in ongoing intensity, according to an analysis of research. Researchers examined 18 placebo-controlled studies in determining the effectiveness of cannabidiol, which contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana that makes users high. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers concluded that cannabis-induced improvements in pain-related situations "may underlie the widely held belief that cannabis relieves pain." "Cannabinoid drugs are widely used as analgesics [painkillers], but experimental pain studies have produced mi...
What 5 Dietitians Order at The Cheesecake Factory

What 5 Dietitians Order at The Cheesecake Factory

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This chain may have a more-is-more philosophy, but there's no need to swear it off. With these 5 nutritionist-recommended choices, you might even have room for dessert. With 200+ menu options, brimming plates of pasta, and gargantuan slices of cake, the Cheesecake Factory is all about expansive hospitality.Alas, their more-is-more philosophy extends to the nutrition profile of many of the dishes. With a 2,780-calorie bruleed French toast dish, 2,410-calorie Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic, and a 1,500-calorie slice of Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, the chain nabbed three out of nine spots on the annual Xtreme Eating Awards, a list of the unhealthiest dishes in America compiled by the Cent...
Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

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Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say.The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets.The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types.Only natural and Greek-style yoghurts could be classed as low in sugar.The study comes as government health officials are encouraging manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar consumed by the public.Yoghurts have been identified as one of the food types on which Public Health England wants to see progress.This research was undertaken shortly after the launch of the sugar-reduction programme. Unsurprisingly, yoghurt desserts contained ...
Day-tripping to the dispensary: Seniors in pain hop aboard the canna-bus

Day-tripping to the dispensary: Seniors in pain hop aboard the canna-bus

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This story is from Kaiser Health News. Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options. “It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said. So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary. The retired manager of an oncology office says she’s seeking the same relief she saw cancer patients get from smoking marijuana 25 years ago. “At that time [marijuana] wasn&rs...
Study: Nanoparticle therapy restores tumor's suppressor in prostate cancer

Study: Nanoparticle therapy restores tumor's suppressor in prostate cancer

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Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Using nanotechnology, researchers have developed a way to treat prostate cancer by restoring tumor suppressors, based on preclinical models in the lab. The loss of tumor suppressors, including genes such as PTEN and p53, helps cancer cells grow uninhibited. Researchers from the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston, as well as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, published their findings Monday in Nature Biomedical Engineering. While other researchers have focused on developing cancer therapies to target proteins and pathways highly active in cancer cells, the Boston-led team is studying ones that have been lost. "Our approach represents the convergence of nanotechnology and biology," co-corresponding author...