Month: April 2017

The Canadian government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, plans on passing new legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use across Canada for anyone over the age of 18. Despite wide public support, some policy makers and politicians have concerns regarding the logistics and wholesome regulation of recreational marijuana.   Legalizing recreational marijuana has been a
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Results of a retrospective study published in the Journal of American Medical Association show that children of mothers who were overweight or obese during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing epilepsy.   Epilepsy is a syndrome characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. Although it is one of the common neurological disorders encountered by clinicians,
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Researchers in India report that yoga postures, breathing disciplines and meditation may be the key to prolonging that proverbial fountain of youth. Biomarkers found in human blood samples drawn during a clinical trial showed the anti-aging benefits of practicing these ancient holistic practices.   In the Yoga and Meditation Based Lifestyle Intervention (YMLI) clinical trial,
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A population-based study in New Zealand examined the effects of childhood lead exposure at age 11 and again at age 38.  The degree of lead exposure was determined to be inversely correlated with IQ levels and socioeconomic advancement.   In the wake of Flint Michigan, lead poisoning has made its way into the media spotlight.
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Antibiotics are commonly used in beekeeping to prevent bacterial infections, but these drugs also come with side-effects that are not fully understood in many species. This group aims to study the effects of antibiotic treatment on the composition of gut bacteria in honeybees and effects on the bees’ overall health.   Antibiotics are commonly used
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Researchers from Stanford University analyzed health insurance claims from 2001 to 2013 to investigate a relationship between concurrent benzodiazepine and opioid use and opioid overdose. A significant increase in the incidence of current use and the risk of overdose was found in patients taking both types of medications.   Opioid abuse continues to be a
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A clinical study of adult patients with an asthma diagnosis suggests that follow-up reassessment may be warranted.   A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association investigated whether asthma can be ruled out and medications can safely be stopped in some adult patients.According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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Nearly 100 female infants and babies living in harsh conditions for more than six months in Romanian orphanages, before British parents adopted them, demonstrated more childhood disorders during their early years and young adulthood when compared with their counterparts.   European doctors of medicine and the sciences wanted to learn what effects early-life experiences would
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A meta-analysis of pooled individual data from cohorts of cases and controls found that participants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from 23 sites in North and South America, Europe and China had smaller amygdala, accumbens, and hippocampus volumes compared to healthy controls.   Previously, meta-analyses of clinical data revealed reduced volumes of basal ganglia,
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