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FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

Health
April 17 (UPI) -- Staff members at the Food and Drug Administration have approved an experimental drug made from a marijuana plant that is used to treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy affecting children.The FDA briefing document, released Tuesday, was prepared before an advisory committee meeting scheduled for Thursday. The next step is for the FDA commissioners to approve the drug.Epidiolex, manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, was studied to treat Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are rare forms of epilepsy most resistant to other treatment that affect children 2 years old and older.The drug is given as a syrup with strawberry flavoring and includes cannabidiol, an active ingredient found in marijuana. But it contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahyd...
How boards of directors of PSU and private banks can be made more responsible

How boards of directors of PSU and private banks can be made more responsible

Finance
By M DamodaranYears ago, during an impassioned discussion on banking, especially lending practices, a friend, in a moment of excitement, coined a new word — creditability. The rest of us laughed. Recent developments seem to indicate that he was spot on. Creditability, a combination of creditworthiness and credibility, implying thereby the ability to repay and the willingness to repay, seems to have been a missing ingredient in the decision-making process in several banks. The focus of this piece is, however, not the credibility of the borrower but the credibility of bank boards. Corporate governance theory rests on the foundation that the Board of Directors is the custodian of the interests of all stakeholders. Simply stated, its role, and also its responsibility, is to keep management hon
You’d Never Guess These Chocolate-Chia Popsicles Were Made With White Beans

You’d Never Guess These Chocolate-Chia Popsicles Were Made With White Beans

Health
The recipe is super simple, and packed with nutrients. I love creating recipes that include unexpected ingredients. That’s why I had so much fun developing and testing recipes for my newest book, Slim Down Now, which stars pulses. If you’re not familiar with word "pulses" in a culinary context, it’s the umbrella term for lentils, peas, chickpeas, and all types of beans. I love pulses because they’re naturally gluten-free, rarely a trigger when it comes to allergies or intolerances, and rich in nutrients (hello, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!).Pulses also have a long list of health perks: Studies suggest that eating them regularly may help curb cholesterol, protect against certain cancers, improve athletic performanc
Neanderthals made first cave paintings 20,000 years before modern humans

Neanderthals made first cave paintings 20,000 years before modern humans

Science
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Modern humans weren't the first hominin with an artistic side. New research suggests Neanderthals were painting the walls of caves at least 64,000 years ago, roughly 20,000 years before modern humans began populating Europe.Archaeologists discovered a series of ancient cave paintings in Spain. The artwork was made with paint derived from rich red-colored minerals. Scientists were able to date the paintings by analyzing the layers of carbonate deposited atop the paint.The analysis method, called deuranium-thorium dating, proved the paintings were made more than 64,000 years ago."Our results show that the paintings we dated are, by far, the oldest known cave art in the world," Chris Standish, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton, said in a news release.[embedded...