Latest Articles: Health/Medical
Maine's governor vetoes marijuana bill
Post Date: 2017-11-03 20:44:23 by Gatlin
Residents of Maine voted to legalize marijuana in 2016. But their governor on Friday vetoed a bill that would regulate and tax the sale of recreational marijuana, dealing a set back to the state's effort to implement retail markets. Paul LePage said one reason he vetoed the bill is because the federal government prohibits cannabis. "Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine," he said, in a letter to state lawmakers. "We need assurances that a change in policy or administration at the federal ...
Marijuana use is associated with worse outcomes in symptom severity and violent behavior in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Post Date: 2017-10-30 15:49:14 by Gatlin
OBJECTIVE; An increasing number of states have approved posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, although little evidence exists evaluating the effect of marijuana use in PTSD. We examined the association between marijuana use and PTSD symptom severity in a longitudinal, observational study. METHOD: From 1992 to 2011, veterans with DSM-III/-IV PTSD (N = 2,276) were admitted to specialized Veterans Affairs treatment programs, with assessments conducted at intake and 4 months after discharge. Subjects were classified into 4 groups according to marijuana use: those with no use at admission or after discharge ("never-users"), those who ...
The Connection between Marijuana Abuse and PTSD
Post Date: 2017-10-30 15:30:33 by Gatlin
What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a type of anxiety disorder triggered by a traumatic experience. Causes of PTSD include: - Experiencing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, whether as a child or adult - Surviving a natural disaster, tragic accident, terrorist event, or violence - Being part of combat, as a soldier or civilian - Being an emergency responder and working at the site of a disaster - The sudden death of a loved one The first month after the traumatic event, symptoms are associated with acute stress disorder (ASD). The person displays three or more symptoms: - Emotional numbing, detachment, or absence - Depersonalization - Derealization - Reduction in ...
Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find
Post Date: 2017-10-30 15:08:31 by Gatlin
(CNN)Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Increasingly, people are turning to cannabis to treat a range of symptoms and conditions, including nausea, bipolar disorder and seizures. But when it comes to using marijuana to treat chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, two related reviews published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine find little scientific evidence to support either its effectiveness or its safety. Up to 80% of people who request medical marijuana want to ease pain, while more than a third cite PTSD as their primary reason, the US Department of Veterans Affairs researchers wrote, citing a separate recent small study. ...
Marijuana Use and PTSD among Veterans
Post Date: 2017-10-30 08:11:42 by Gatlin
Marijuana Use and PTSD among Veterans Marijuana use for medical conditions is an issue of growing concern. Some Veterans use marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD and several states specifically approve the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. However, controlled studies have not been conducted to evaluate the safety or effectiveness of medical marijuana for PTSD. Thus, there is no evidence at this time that marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD. In fact, research suggests that marijuana can be harmful to individuals with PTSD. [Boldness Added] Epidemiology Marijuana use has increased over the past decade. In 2013, a study found that 19.8 million people reported using marijuana in the ...
Veterans turn to forbidden cures for relief from their nightmares.
Post Date: 2017-10-30 06:02:17 by Deckard
After deploying to Iraq for a seven-month tour of duty in 2004, Nigel McCourry recalls, "I was engaged in a fight every day, whether it was gunshots or bombs blowing up next to me or land mines. It was the most intense experience of my life." That experience did not end when McCourry, a U.S. Marine, returned to the United States. "It didn't matter if it was a year or four years or six years after coming back from Iraq," he says. "There was no sense of separation of time. The experience was so fresh that I was constantly reliving it. I was alive in it." Separation was also elusive for Roberto Pickering, another Marine, who arrived in Iraq a year before ...
Man With Down Syndrome Slams ‘Final Solution’ of Abortion
Post Date: 2017-10-27 23:31:09 by Tooconservative
On Wednesday, Frank Stephens, a man with Down Syndrome, gave a powerful speech about the worth of his life and inherent value the Down Syndrome community adds to society. Stephens made his emotionally stirring speech before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies which held a hearing to discuss medical research in regards to Down Syndrome. Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living, Stephens said, eliciting a round of supportive applause. He went on to add, Seriously, I dont feel I should have to justify my ...
Teen boy 'saved by cannabis' reveals how his mum's illegal drug-buying stopped him from dying
Post Date: 2017-10-24 05:10:26 by Operation 40
Deryn Blackwell, from Norfolk, was sent to a hospice shortly after his 14th birthday to live out his final few days. He was frail and in extraordinary pain after a relentless battle with a one in a billion form of cancer, Langerhans cell sarcoma. But after his parents secretly gave him cannabis oil to ease his pain and anxiety, he made a miracle recovery, as the Daily Mirror previously reported. Today, Deryn - who had also battled leukaemia - is a happy and healthy 17-year-old student, with friends and a girlfriend. And he was on Loose Women, with his mum Callie Blackwell speaking about the wonders cannabis did for him - and how he felt when his mum first told him about her cannabis ...
Landmark Study Shows Psychedelics Far More Effective at Reducing Crime Than Police
Post Date: 2017-10-23 09:00:16 by Deckard
In recent years the U.S. has seen a dramatic resurgence of research into the medical use of psychedelics, after the drug war put a decades-long halt on scientific advancement. Despite psilocybin, LSD and other hallucinogens still being labeled as Schedule 1 drugs, researchers are discovering the astounding benefits of their medical application. Last December, pioneering clinical trials found that magic mushrooms heal mental illness like a surgical intervention. Advanced cancer patients have experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and depression, improvements that were sustained for at least six months. Psychedelics can treat addiction, ...
When you die you know you're dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no sign of life
Post Date: 2017-10-18 13:54:36 by Willie Green
Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware theyre dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life. That means that, theoretically, someone may even hear their own death being announced by medics. The claim was made by Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. He and his team are looking at people who suffered cardiac arrest, technically died, but were later revived. Its the largest study of its type ever carried out. Some of those studied say they had awareness of full conversations and seeing things that were going on ...
'We have removed natural selection': Cancer treatment is a 'double-edged sword' by allowing survivors to pass on their tumour-causing genes, controversial study claims
Post Date: 2017-10-13 08:54:10 by cranky
Medicine allows genes to be passed on that predisposes people to poor healthBuild up of 'cancer genes' between generations is a 'delayed-death sentence'Countries with advanced healthcare have up to 14 times higher cancer ratesLung cancer is 12 times higher in developed countries and skin cancer 10 times Cancer patients should consider genetic engineering to 'turn off' such genes Cancer treatment is a 'double-edged sword' by allowing survivors to pass on their tumour-causing genes, a leading scientist claims. Study author Professor Maciej Henneberg from the University of Adelaide, said: 'Besides the obvious benefits that modern medicine gives, it also ...
Trump Admin Will Cease Paying Critical Obamacare Subsidies
Post Date: 2017-10-13 00:30:35 by Tooconservative
The Trump administration announced Thursday night that it will cease making payments to a subsidy that helps low to moderate income individuals purchase Obamacare health insurance plans. The U.S. government cannot lawfully continue making the cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) that help prop up the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced in a statement. President Donald Trumps decision to nix CSRs comes after several months of flirting with the idea. The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system, the White House ...
40 percent of US cancers linked to excess weight
Post Date: 2017-10-03 18:20:38 by Tooconservative
About 40 percent of all cancers in the United States -- more than 630,000 in all -- are associated with excess weight, health officials said Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on prevention. In a nation where 71 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, the findings by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "are a cause for concern," said the agency's director Brenda Fitzgerald. "A majority of American adults weigh more than recommended - and being overweight or obese puts people at higher risk for a number of cancers," she said in a statement. "By getting to and keeping a healthy weight, we all can play a role in cancer ...
How the Elderly Lose Their Rights [predatory guardians]
Post Date: 2017-10-03 17:34:57 by Tooconservative
Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consentand reap a profit from it. For years, Rudy North woke up at 9 A.M. and read the Las Vegas Review-Journal while eating a piece of toast. Then he read a novelhe liked James Patterson and Clive Cussleror, if he was feeling more ambitious, Freud. On scraps of paper and legal notepads, he jotted down thoughts sparked by his reading. Deep below the rational part of our brain is an underground ocean where strange things swim, he wrote on one notepad. On another, Life: the longer it cooks, the better it tastes. Rennie, his wife of fifty-seven years, was slower to ...
Rand Paul’s Plan for Free Market Health Insurance Reform May Be Coming to Fruition [new Trump EO]
Post Date: 2017-09-28 14:11:15 by Tooconservative
It looks like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may be getting his way with Republican efforts to change healthcare laws, at least in one capacity, as Trump may soon sign an executive order allowing the purchase of healthcare across state lines. Paul first hinted at the executive order in a radio interview with Western Kentucky University Public Radio, where Paul claimed that Trump is considering an executive order on health care reform that may allow customers to form groups across state lines that purchase insurance together at lower rates depending on their needs. This approach would create competition, reducing rates, and increasing consumer choices. However, opponents of the approach wish claim ...
Can an Illegal Drug Help Your Liver?
Post Date: 2017-09-13 08:25:29 by Deckard
Cases of fatty liver disease are on the rise as peoples waistlines continue to grow. As fat permeates the liver, the organ becomes unable to function properly. Over time, fatty liver disease can worsen into fibrosis or, ultimately, liver cancer or cirrhosis. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects nearly one in three Americans. NAFLD can be caused by high sugar levels (hyperglycemia), high levels of fat (triglycerides) particularly in the blood, obesity, or diabetes. However, the rate of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease seems to be lower among cannabis users. Cannabis use may lower risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease Researchers at the University of Massachusetts ...
Utah nurse screams 'help me' as she's cuffed by cop for refusing to draw blood on unconscious patient, video shows [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-09-02 00:34:39 by Pinguinite
Nurse arrested for refusing to draw unconscious man's blood A Utah nurse screamed help me after a cop handcuffed her for refusing to draw blood on an unconscious patient July 26, police body camera footage showed. The video showed University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, an Alpine skier who participated in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic games, calmly explaining to Salt Lake Detective Jeff Payne that she could not draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a car accident, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Wubbels told Payne the patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. Otherwise, she said police needed a warrant. Payne ...
BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines
Post Date: 2017-08-31 04:10:05 by Tooconservative
(Natural News) In war-torn Syria, theres little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to protect children against polio has backfire infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them. Vaccines make children sick, you dont say? As World Health Organization representative Elizabeth Hoff reports, As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed. The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are ...
President Trump Needs To Stop Breaking The Law Over Obamacare Like Obama Did
Post Date: 2017-08-16 08:22:50 by Tooconservative
Over the last several months, this space has highlighted that President Trump has an opportunity and a challenge: Restoring the constitutional rule of law his predecessor often ignored. Such a move would require ending the Obama administrations ad hoc rewriting of Obamacare, implementing the law as writtenno more, no less. Into that debate stepped the Conservative Action Project on Friday, with a memo noting that the president can and should lead on Obamacare. The title suggests a continuation of Obamas pen and a phone mentality, emphasizing executive unilateralism in the face of Congress inability to pass repeal-and-replace legislation ...
Seniors Becoming Fastest Growing Marijuana Users
Post Date: 2017-08-13 10:26:43 by Willie Green
DENVER (CBS4) Seniors are becoming as the fastest growing segment of the marijuana industry. According to a national survey, usage among adults 65 and older is up 250 percent, while adults 50-65 have also increased usage nearly 58 percent. Ive generally felt that recreational drugs of any kind were no nos, and I still do, says 91-year-old Duane Kniebes. Cannabis seems to be somewhere in between. Kniebes was part of a standing room-only meeting in Louisville meant to educate seniors on marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain. The World War II veteran who suffers from chronic foot pain says his opinion of marijuana has changed dramatically. ...
That Chicago soda tax was an even bigger hot mess than predicted
Post Date: 2017-08-12 22:51:04 by Tooconservative
Back in December of last year, over vocal protests from residents, Cook County, Illinois (which is primarily composed of Chicago) adopted a policy similar to many other cash strapped, liberal municipalities. They decided to save the people from themselves and simultaneously put a bunch of money in the citys nearly empty coffers by imposing a sin tax on soda and other sweetened beverages. Their argument was that soda is unhealthy so people would drink less of it if it cost more, and if they managed to keep the the bankruptcy lawyers away from the door for a while longer, all the better! Weve written about these sin taxes of various sorts at length here and studied ...
Should Physicians Decide Who Gets to Use Psychedelics?
Post Date: 2017-08-04 08:39:32 by Deckard
Good luck controlling access to stuff that grows in cow dungIf MDMA and psilocybin move from schedule I to prescription status in the next decade--and there's good reason to think they will--obtaining the drugs will require going to a doctor and using them in a controlled setting. In the new issue of Drug Science, Policy and Law, the University of Amsterdam's James W.B. Elsey argues that while the medicalization of psychedelic drugs makes sense from a health care perspective, "the nebulous boundary between treatment and enhancement, and indeed between religious and personal discovery or spiritual uses, raises problems for the clarity of law": For example, is a person who ...
WaPo: Why Jeff Sessions is going to lose his war against cannabis
Post Date: 2017-08-01 18:50:10 by Tooconservative
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon receive a report he has been waiting for. The document, from the Presidents Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, is expected to clarify the federal governments position on marijuana and the conflicts that exist between state and federal laws. It clear what Sessions wants to do: Over the past month, he has asked Congress for permission to prosecute medical cannabis suppliers who are acting in accordance with their states laws, reauthorized civil asset forfeiture (a highly controversial practice used in drug cases), and announced his desire to start a new war on drugs. On at least one front, however, ...
Unexpected Ben & Jerry's Ingredient: Herbicide
Post Date: 2017-07-26 15:06:47 by Hondo68
Traces of glyphosate found in ice cream samplesHmmm. (AP) (Newser) Ben & Jerry's: non-GMO, fair trade, made with "caring dairy" and cage-free eggs, concerned with the environment ... and containing herbicide? The popular ice cream brand is under fire after the Organic Consumers Association released Tuesday a list of food brands found to contain traces of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. On that list: 10 of the 11 samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream that were tested, the New York Times reports. The paper notes that the levels were "far below" the EPA's limits, but Ronnie Cummins, the OCA's ...
The Cost of Not Having Single Payer: $1.4 Trillion Per Year
Post Date: 2017-07-16 07:47:16 by A Pole
You could not devise a worse health care system than that of the United States if you tried. By far the most expensive, with among the worst results. Perhaps saying among the worst results is being too kind. That is an accurate statement if we are simply measuring metrics such as mortality rates and other medical outcomes. But if we consider that tens of millions of United Statesians go without health insurance while none do in any advanced capitalist country (or most any other) and that tens of thousands annually die because of that lack then we must reasonably assess the U.S. health care system as the worst. This is the high cost of private profit in health ...
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