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Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Health
Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That's followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to an analysis of 15 states published Monday in the journal Health Affairs. The study didn't measure whether marijuana actually helped anyone with their problems, but the patients' reasons match up with what's known about the science of marijuana and its chemical components. "The majority of patients for whom we have data are using cannabis for reasons where the science is the strongest," said lead author Kevin Boehnke of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. California became the first state to allow medical use of marijuana in 1996. More than 30 states now allow marijuana for doze...
Bees can count using only four brain cells

Bees can count using only four brain cells

Science
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New research reveals how bees count using minimal brain power. To better understand bees' mathematic abilities, scientists designed a simple brain model on the computer, featuring just four nerve cells. Simulations showed the simple brain was capable of counting small quantities by closely studying one item at a time. Previous studies suggest bees count the same way. Meanwhile, humans look at the whole group of items and count them together. In lab experiments, bees can count upwards of five and can be trained to select the smaller or larger of two values. Bees can even choose the value of zero, when trained to select the lesser of two quantities. The latest research suggests bees don't need to understand complex math to achieve these feats of quantitative comparison. By...
Hacker lifts $1 million in cryptocurrency using San Francisco man's phone number, prosecutors say

Hacker lifts $1 million in cryptocurrency using San Francisco man's phone number, prosecutors say

Finance
Losing cellphone service is inconvenient. But in some cases, it also might mean you're getting hacked. San Francisco resident Robert Ross, a father of two, noticed his phone suddenly lose its signal on Oct. 26. Confused, he went to a nearby Apple store and later contacted his service provider, AT&T. But he wasn't quick enough to stop a hacker from draining $ 500,000 from two separate accounts he had at Coinbase and Gemini, according to Santa Clara officials. Nicholas Truglia, 21, lifted the $ 1 million from Ross' two cryptocurrency accounts, according to a felony complaint filed this month in California state court. Prose...
Investors can enjoy a tax savings on advisor fees by using this strategy

Investors can enjoy a tax savings on advisor fees by using this strategy

Finance
When investors sit down with their financial advisor to prepare their tax returns next year, they'll be confronted with new rules that for many mean an increase in the cost of having an advisor. The new tax law passed by Congress last year ends deductions on some types of advisory fees, including those based on the value of assets under management (AUM), a common way advisors charge clients. For both the client and advisor, this change is causing quite a bit of angst. Yet much of this worry is needless because many clients can still get a tax savings on some fees by using an equivalent strategy. ...