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Medical cannabis products available on prescription

Medical cannabis products available on prescription

Health
Medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients across the UK for the first time.The treatments can be prescribed only by specialist doctors in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed.The decision to relax the rules on the treatments followed an outcry over two boys with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil.But one charity fears access to it will be "much more limited" than expected.Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis?What are the rules about cannabis oil in the UK?Among those who stand to benefit will be children with rare, severe forms of epilepsy. Media playback is unsupported on your device ...
How to maximize your tax benefits from medical expenses this year

How to maximize your tax benefits from medical expenses this year

Finance
With more than six months left until 2018 tax returns are due, it might seem way too early to think about anything tax-related. Yet when it comes to your health-care costs, there are some strategic moves you might be able to make this year to maximize their tax benefit. Experts say it's worth exploring, as the cost of health care continues its upward trajectory. Last year, per-household spending increased to an average $ 4,928, up 6.9 percent from $ 4,612 in 2016, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Addit...
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...
The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News When Drew Calver had a heart attack last year, his health plan paid nearly $ 56,000 for the 44-year-old’s four-day emergency hospital stay at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a hospital that was not in his insurance network. But the hospital charged Calver another $ 109,000. That sum — a so-called balance bill — was the difference between what the hospital and his insurer thought his care was worth. Though in-network hospitals must accept pre-contracted rates from health plans, out-of-network hospitals can try to bill as they like. Calver’s bill eventually was reduced to $ 332 after Kaiser Health News and NPR published a story about it last month. Yet his experience shines a light on an unintended conseq...
New York University offers free tuition to all medical students

New York University offers free tuition to all medical students

Health
New York University medical students received life-changing news on Thursday -- the School of Medicine will cover full tuition going forward for all current and future students, regardless of need or merit. The stunning announcement was made Thursday morning at the end of the annual "White Coat Ceremony," where new medical students are given white lab coats to mark the start of their M.D. degree program. At the same time, all current NYU medical students received emails saying the school is offering them full-ride scholarships too. "Our last thing was to tell the students and their parents that, hey, tuition is going to be on us," Dr. Rafael Rivera, associate dean for admission and financial aid, told ABC News on Thursday. "It was awesome to see the emotions on their faces." The sk...