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Scientists Cracked Themselves Up with a Study that Found Parachutes Are No More Effective than Empty Backpacks – Smithsonian.com

Scientists Cracked Themselves Up with a Study that Found Parachutes Are No More Effective than Empty Backpacks – Smithsonian.com

Medical Study
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you’re planning to jump out of a plane, it’s a good idea to have a working parachute at your disposal. But a recent study calls this assumption into question, showing that parachutes are no better at protecting people from harm than empty backpacks. A minor detail worth mentioning: all of the participants involved in the research jumped from aircraft that were firmly rooted on the ground. Published in the Christmas edition of the journal BMJ, the study is a gleeful satire, though you might not know it if you only took a cursory glance at the report. It has all the veneer of a serious investigation: scientific jargon, citations, meti...
3 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Buy – Investorplace.com

3 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Buy – Investorplace.com

Medical Cannabis
Often, when analysts or bloggers talk up the potential of marijuana stocks, the focus is on the consumer side of the industry. But some of the best stocks in the pot sector may be medical marijuana stocks. Indeed, it’s on the medical side where growth likely is to be largest in the near term. Canada did legalize recreational marijuana in October, but investors promptly sold the news in response. U.S. legalization is likely to be a long slog. Attitudes are mixed in Europe — but even in legalized markets anywhere, black market (and untaxed) operators will be able to take share. Meanwhile, approval of medical marijuana (in the U.S. and elsewhere) seems to be moving at a faster pace. In such a highly regulated market, black market and even smaller producers likely will be shut o...
Shisha leads to more serious medical challenges than cigarettes, study reveals – The Punch

Shisha leads to more serious medical challenges than cigarettes, study reveals – The Punch

Medical Study
Scientists in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have found that Shisha pipes posed more serious medical problems compared to cigarettes. Ms Ayesha Mohammed, a chemistry lecturer at the University of Sharjah and the lead author of the study, said, “Traditional medwakh and Shisha pipes have no filters. “So toxic metals can quickly enter the lungs, causing different diseases, such as lung and oral cancers, oral infections and cardiovascular diseases. “I will never recommend dokha (medwakh) and Shisha smoking because both don’t have filters, so trace elements can easily enter human body and cause harm compared to cigarettes and cause several cancers.” Published in Oxford University Press’s Journal of Analytical Toxicology, the latest study looked at 13 medwakh to...
Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries – Rheumatology Advisor

Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries – Rheumatology Advisor

Medical School
December 31, 2018 Share this content: An institutional gender equity initiative can reduce gender-based salary gaps among medical school faculty. HealthDay News — An institutional gender equity initiative (GEI) can reduce gender-based salary gaps among medical school faculty, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open. Avani D. Rao, M.D., from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues characterized gender disparities in salary and examined the outcomes associated with a GEI. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine annual salary and promotion data were retrospectively reviewed in a quality improvement study with...
What will 2019 bring for science and medicine? We asked experts – STAT

What will 2019 bring for science and medicine? We asked experts – STAT

Medical Science
It has been a tumultuous year for science and medicine, and also for the business and politics of both. And with CRISPR babies still in the headlines, Donald Trump still in the White House, and the Dow down again, 2019 is shaping up to be just as turbulent. We asked a whole host of experts — scientists, CEOs, policymakers, and professors — to weigh in on what themes they expect to see emerge in the next 12 months. We’re getting closer to a universal flu vaccine I think we’ll see substantial progress in the quest for improved influenza vaccines that get us closer to the goal of a broadly protective, durable “universal vaccine.” We will not have a true universal influenza vaccine by any stretch of the imagination in 2019. However, we will likely see pos...
Meet the Family Doctor Who Lost a Son … and Came Out of the Space Closet – OZY

Meet the Family Doctor Who Lost a Son … and Came Out of the Space Closet – OZY

Medical Science
In the 20 years that Maree Batchelor worked as a family doctor, she never gave much thought to alternative medicine. To be more precise, her rigorous academic training made her suspicious of anything that even hinted of woo-woo. But then an underage driver plowed into her 4-year-old son, William, outside her home city of Melbourne, Australia, in June 2008. William died 11 days later, and everything in Batchelor’s life began to change.Now on a mission to connect the worlds of metaphysics and medical science, the 52-year-old finds herself in the curious position of advocating for a new way to think about our health that her pre-accident self would have deemed crazy. In short: The human race is undergoing an evolutionary leap in consciousness to prepare us to take our rightful place ...
Lawmakers considering allowing farmers to grow medical marijuana – wgxa.tv

Lawmakers considering allowing farmers to grow medical marijuana – wgxa.tv

Medical Study
MACON/ATLANTA, Ga-- The Georgia Legislature will consider bills allowing medical marijuana to be sold and grown here in the state in their upcoming legislative session.This comes after a study committee recommendation.Lawmakers are considering providing ten growing licences, ten manufacturing licences, and an "adequate" number of dispensing licences for medical marijuana in Georgia.This after a joint house and senate meeting last week according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.State representative and Middle Georgia farmer Robert Dickey said this is long overdue for patients who need it."It's causing real problems for patients and so I think this being able to manufacture the drug here for those patients would be very helpful and very important," Representative Dickey said.But former...
Would recreational pot affect Illinois’ medical marijuana? – Peoria Journal Star

Would recreational pot affect Illinois’ medical marijuana? – Peoria Journal Star

Medical Cannabis
The need for a statewide medical-marijuana program won’t go away if the Illinois General Assembly and Gov.-elect JB Pritzker approve recreational use of cannabis in 2019, advocates of marijuana legalization say.Those crafting legislation to allow production and sales of recreational marijuana plan to include provisions ensuring that patients in the medical pilot program have an adequate selection of products specifically geared for medical use, according to state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago.It’s unknown how the startup of a recreational marijuana market in Illinois will affect enrollment in the state’s highly regulated medical-marijuana program, said Steans, a leader in the push to make recreational use legal.But supporters of recreational use don’t want t...
War-veteran couple to donate body for medical study – Daily Pioneer

War-veteran couple to donate body for medical study – Daily Pioneer

Medical Study
War-veteran of Indian Army Bhagbali Joshi and his wife Durpat Bai, resident of BRP Colony, Maroda, Bhilai, have pledged to donate their body for medical study on death. Generally, the medical colleges all over the country are facing shortage of human body for medical studies. Many organizations have been motivating the people to donate their body after death. Setting such an example for all, 78 year-old Bhagbali Joshi and his wife Durpat Bai, have written a will to donate their body for medical studies. On the occasion, social organization based in Bhilai ‘Pranam’ office bearers felicitated the elderly couple after their declaration. Bhagbali Joshi, had retired as Subedar from India Army. He had been part of the contingent in 1962 War with China and, 1965 and 1971 wars wit...
Wall & Main: UMass Medical School licensing revenue on the rise – Worcester Telegram

Wall & Main: UMass Medical School licensing revenue on the rise – Worcester Telegram

Medical School
One of the reasons that universities are such valuable contributors to a city’s startup scene is that they produce intellectual property, or IP. Some of most successful universities turn that IP into cash by licensing it to companies.Those universities also can contribute valuable human capital – namely the professors who develop the intellectual property and help attract entrepreneurial talent to convert that IP into companies that create jobs – for the alumni and students at the university and others.Those were among the findings of my latest book, “Startup Cities.”And on at least one of these dimensions, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is playing a part in Worcester’s startup scene. According to my Dec. 18 interview with Mark S...