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Kratom Tea Is Being Used to Treat Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Even Opiate Withdrawal—but Is It Safe and Effective?

Kratom Tea Is Being Used to Treat Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Even Opiate Withdrawal—but Is It Safe and Effective?

Health
What is Kratom tea? This buzzy tea is made from the leaves of the kratom tree, which is native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is thought to act as a stimulant in smaller doses. In larger amounts, it has a sedative effect. Some people even use kratom to ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It's marketed as a "natural high" and is illegal in many countries. Kratom tea has also been in the news lately because a Florida mother recently filed a lawsuit claiming that her daughter suffered permanent brain damage due to her kratom tea habit. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that they sent warning letters to two sellers of kratom tea for making health claims that are not supported by research. ...
Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

Health
Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve.This could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each patient.A team led by the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) and the University of Edinburgh developed a new technique known as Revolver (Repeated Evolution of Cancer).This picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers and uses the information to forecast future genetic changes.The researchers said the ever-changing nature of tumours was one of the biggest challenges in treating cancer - with cancers often evolving to a drug-resistant form.Breast tumoursHowever, if doctors can predict how a tumour will evolve, they could intervene earlier to stop cancer in its...
Dolphins used in minesweeping operations during RIMPAC exercise

Dolphins used in minesweeping operations during RIMPAC exercise

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July 30 (UPI) -- Bottlenose dolphins in the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Systems Program recently participated in mine clearance training during the Rim of the Pacific exercise. The dolphins, known as Mark 7 Marine Mammal Systems, are part of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal program based out of Naval Base Loma, Calif. Technicians directed the dolphins to detect and mark simulated mines as part of RIMPAC SOCAL, according to the Navy. The dolphins were transported in padded mats by small boat and were slid into the water. When deployed near a mine, they would typically discover it within 30 seconds, Navy officials said. After signaling to their handler that they found a mine, and then being sent back down to confirm, they are given a marker to place near the mine. After divers confirm the dolphin'...
Inside Tottenham Hotspur's training ground hotel being used for the first time by Brazil's World Cup squad

Inside Tottenham Hotspur's training ground hotel being used for the first time by Brazil's World Cup squad

Sports
Brazil's World Cup team are using The Lodge at Spurs' training ground Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Tottenham are set to make a mint from this brand new hotel located on their training ground in Enfield, north London. Situated on the site of Myddelton Farm, Spurs say The Lodge is a high quality private accommodation and treatment facilities for players and teams. According to tottenhamhotspur.com, the rooms are designed to maximise sleep, using 'ultra-comfortable mattresses to lighting that automatically changes temperature depending on the time of day.' The Lodge’s basement is dedicated to 'Wellness and Recovery', and includes a gym, an altitude chamber, massage beds and even a doctor’s surgery. 'Adjoining the gym is ...
Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

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May 10 (UPI) -- New research suggests women are increasingly foregoing BRCA tests, which only test for mutations in either of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, opting instead for more comprehensive tests that detect mutations in a larger number of genes.Because multigene tests can identify a variety of mutations, the risks of which aren't well established, health researchers hypothesized the increase in such tests would lead to an uptick in prophylactic mastectomies -- the removal of both breasts to prevent the development of cancers.However, the latest survey of breast cancer testing showed changes in test preferences haven't resulted in more mastectomy surgeries."In general, multigene panel tests yield more clinically useful results and are rapidly becoming the norm," Dr. Allison Kurian, an ass...