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Month: October 2018

Seeds of Parkinson's disease may hide in the appendix

Seeds of Parkinson's disease may hide in the appendix

Medical Science
Even a healthy appendix harbors a clumped form of the protein α-synuclein (red)—a key feature of Parkinson’s disease in the brain. B. A. Killinger et al. Science Translational Medicine (2018) By Kelly ServickOct. 31, 2018 , 2:00 PM The appendix has a reputation of being useless at best. We tend to ignore this pinkie-size pouch dangling off our large intestine unless it gets inflamed and needs cutting out. But a new study suggests this enigmatic organ in the gut harbors a supply of a brain-damaging protein involved in Parkinson&...
Colectomy associated with increased risk of diabetes

Colectomy associated with increased risk of diabetes

Medical Science
People who have had a colectomy have increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals have shown in a new study analysing data from more than 46,000 citizens. The researchers hope this new knowledge may pave the way for new ways of preventing and treating the disease. The colon may play a role in regulating the body's blood sugar level, a new study conducted by researchers at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals suggests. In the large study the researchers have shown what happens when patients have parts of or the entire colon removed. The researchers have seen increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes following this ...
Study shows marijuana could affect memory. What do you think?

Study shows marijuana could affect memory. What do you think?

Medical Study
COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Ohio employers decide whether their policies should accommodate workers who need medical marijuana, a new study shows adolescents and young adults who abstain from cannabis for a month have improved memory.The Massachusetts General Hospital study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, will likely be referenced among Ohio employers and educators as medical marijuana hits the market, which could be soon.“It’s a good study,” said Gary Wenk, an Ohio State University Behavioral Neuroscience professor. " It contributes a small amount of information."And its conclusions are consistent with previous research that shows young people’s brains are developing and they should not consume marijuana, said Wenk, who is a member ...
Cigna study shows benefits of integration across medical, behavioral and pharmacy

Cigna study shows benefits of integration across medical, behavioral and pharmacy

Medical Study
A new study released by Cigna shows that the integration of  medical, behavioral and pharmacy benefits at the company saves $193 per covered individual and increases participation in health coaching and case management programs by 22 percent. WHY THIS MATTERS Cigna, in September, received Department of Justice approval to acquire pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts for $67 billion. CVS Health is expected to close its $69 billion deal to buy Aetna. The study does not make a direct link in having a connected insurer and PBM to achieve the benefits of integration, and in fact, the study is based on customer claims studied from January 2016 to December 2017, before the merger was approved. The deal has yet to close. But there is clearly an incentive for the proposed vertical inte...
NCAA, Pentagon, IU medical school broaden concussion research on student-athletes

NCAA, Pentagon, IU medical school broaden concussion research on student-athletes

Medical Study
The NCAA, which has been sued dozens of times for its role in handling concussions, will help fund an expanded $22.5 million study to examine the impacts of head injuries.The Indianapolis-based college sports governing body is extending its partnership with the Department of Defense and several medical institutions, including the Indiana University School of Medicine, to take a deeper look at the effects of concussions on student athletes and military cadets. The organizations said Wednesday the latest phase of the study will including comprehensive testing of athletes when they leave college and up to four years after their collegiate sports or service academy careers have ended. The study began in 2014 with the goal of understanding how concussions affect the brain and identifying w...
Benefits of medical marijuana inspire local cannabis cultivator

Benefits of medical marijuana inspire local cannabis cultivator

Medical Cannabis
Cannabis cultivator Jessica Ryan had a deep personal connection to pot long before she started growing it. Ryan’s father was diagnosed in 2004 with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare type of head and neck cancer. She believes marijuana was one of the things that kept him alive. “I saw him at his worst, on his death bed, and cannabis was the only thing that helped his nausea, sleep, pain and mental health,” Ryan said. After about a year and a half, the cancer was sent into remission. Given her experience, Ryan knew she wanted to get into the pot business as soon as former Gov. Pat Quinn signed Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program into law in 2013. At the time, Ryan was “no stranger to plants.” She had graduated from Joliet Junior Co...
Columbia University To Study Impact Of Medical Cannabis On Opioid Use

Columbia University To Study Impact Of Medical Cannabis On Opioid Use

Medical Study
The Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and Columbia Care LLC, the nation’s leading medical cannabis company, today announced that researchers from Columbia University have been awarded an R21 research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study, in collaboration with Columbia Care, the potential mechanisms of how using Columbia Care’s formulated dose-metered cannabinoid medicines influences opioid use and overdose risk among patients with non-cancer pain conditions.The research will be led by Dr. Arthur Robin Williams, MD, MBE, assistant professor in the Division on Substance Use Disorders in the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. The study will expand upon pilot data collected by Columbia Care, an entity independent from Columbia Uni...
Thailand wants to be the first Asian nation to legalize medical marijuana

Thailand wants to be the first Asian nation to legalize medical marijuana

Medical Cannabis
“Thailand has the best marijuana in the world.”So claims Jet Sirathraanon, chairman of the country’s National Legislative Assembly’s standing committee of public health, who is pushing to legalize cannabis for medical use. A draft bill to permit medical marijuana had been sent to the legislative body, and will be reviewed within a month, reports the AFP.According to Sirathraanon, Thailand has long sat by the sidelines as other countries such as Canada and Uruguay have cashed in on legalizing the drug. In 2017, the global medical marijuana market was estimated to have generated $11.8 billion in revenue.Marijuana was once classified as a traditional herbal medicine in Thailand, with its use in medicine dating back to the 17th century. However, it was re-categorized...