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Medical marijuana increases pain threshold for patients

Medical marijuana increases pain threshold for patients

Health
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...
Murdoch's Fox increases Sky bid to £24.5bn in takeover battle

Murdoch's Fox increases Sky bid to £24.5bn in takeover battle

Business
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has increased its offer for UK broadcaster Sky to £24.5bn, topping a previous offer from rival bidder Comcast.US media giant Comcast made a £22bn offer for Sky in February, trumping a previous offer from Fox, which valued Sky at £18.5bn.Fox is expecting to get regulatory approval from Britain this week for the deal.Fox said Sky's independent committee had agreed the deal.Fox has been trying to get approval from UK regulators since 2016 to buy the 61% of Sky it does not own already.The bid was held up by fears that it could give Mr Murdoch too much power over UK media.Fox has been trying to address those concerns through concessions, including selling Sky News to Disney once the deal is complete.In June, ...
10-year study shows obesity increases risk for 12 cancers

10-year study shows obesity increases risk for 12 cancers

Health
May 24 (UPI) -- A new report by the World Cancer Research Fund Thursday links excessive body fat to 12 types of cancers, at a time it says obesity is on the rise globally. The report Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective examines a decade of research linking cancer prevention to diet and lifestyle, and is the third to address the subject. The first and second reports were published in 1997 and 2007. Thursday's report found obesity increases humans' risk of getting 12 cancers -- in the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, colorectum, breast, ovary, endometrium, prostate and kidney. The prevalence of obesity, it said, has increased at a rate faster than ever before. "In 2016, an estimated 1.97 billion adults and over 338 million children an...
Study finds infertility increases risk of death in women

Study finds infertility increases risk of death in women

Health
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- New research from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have found that women who have experienced infertility are at an increased risk of death.The study will be presented this week at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress & Expo in San Antonio.Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn analyzed data form 78,214 women enrolled in the National Cancer Institute's Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer screening trial between 1992 and 2001, who were then followed for 13 years. About 14.5 percent of women in the study reported infertility problems."While associations between infertility and overall health have been noted in the male population, until now, the relationship between a woman's fertility and her over...
More lenient concealed carry laws linked with increases in homicide rate, study finds

More lenient concealed carry laws linked with increases in homicide rate, study finds

Science
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- More permissive concealed carry laws -- those that grant greater access to concealed firearms -- are associated with increased homicide rates, according to new research.Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health analyzed the relationship between changes in gun laws and the firearm-related homicide rates in all 50 states between 1991 and 2015.Concealed firearm permits are issued in all 50 states, but some state laws provide local police with a greater amount of discretion in deciding whether to issue someone a license."May issue" laws are on the books in nine states; in these states, law enforcement officials can decline to issue a concealed carry license to anyone they deem to be at risk of committing violence, whether or not they have a criminal history....