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Ukraine's top health ministry official advocates legalization of medical cannabis – UNIAN

Ukraine's top health ministry official advocates legalization of medical cannabis – UNIAN

Medical Cannabis
At the moment, the use of medical cannabis for health care and scientific purposes is completely prohibited in Ukraine.pixabay.comUkraine's acting health minister Ulana Suprun on Thursday stood up for the legalization in Ukraine of medical cannabis – the move already made by some governments worldwide and widely endorsed by both doctors and patients.The statement, delivered via a Facebook posting, came a day after a petition was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada, calling for legislators to amend the law to allow the use of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes."Medical cannabis helps ease the suffering of patients and normalize their condition in a number of serious diseases and conditions. Therefore, to use it in health care, of course, with certain reservations, i...
A 25% pay raise? That's not nearly enough, young Indian scientists say – Science Magazine

A 25% pay raise? That's not nearly enough, young Indian scientists say – Science Magazine

Medical Science
Early-career scientists hold a rally at the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on 16 January. Pallava Bagla By Pallava BaglaJan. 31, 2019 , 1:25 PM NEW DELHI—In response to months of protests and marches, the Indian government announced yesterday that it will give early-career scientists raises of up to 25%. But leaders of the protest movement, who had asked for an 80% hike, immediately rejected the offer. “This hike is not acceptable. We will continue the street protests,” says Lal Chan...
'Physician Associates' an asset to hospital medical and surgical teams, study finds – Medical Xpress

'Physician Associates' an asset to hospital medical and surgical teams, study finds – Medical Xpress

Medical Study
The first study into the impact on the NHS of a new type of health worker in hospitals, physician associates, has found that they benefit medical and surgical teams and their patients over a wide range of specialities. Researchers found that physician associates safely supported the workloads of clinical teams and helped provide team continuity, as well as positively contributing to patient experience and patient journey. Researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) set out to investigate the use, acceptability and impact of physician associates within a hospital setting in a sample of six acute care hospital organisations in England....
Indiana Med School Move Creates New Opportunities – WVXU

Indiana Med School Move Creates New Opportunities – WVXU

Medical School
The Indiana University School of Medicine’s (IUSM) Evansville campus has a new home. Once located on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana, the med school moved late last year to downtown Evansville.  Side Effects asked Dr. Steven Becker, the school’s director and associate dean, about the move – and his plans.(Answers have been edited for length.) Why move? What’s better about having a downtown location, and sharing a building with other health professions programs from the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville?Many factors were considered in the move to downtown. Location, funding and student preferences were the impetus for such a critical decision. Location: As the collaborative venture was originally planne...
Medical cannabis relieves symptoms in children with autism: study – Medical Xpress

Medical cannabis relieves symptoms in children with autism: study – Medical Xpress

Medical Study
Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a new study of patients with autism who are 18 years old and under, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center report that cannabis as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders appears to be a well-tolerated, safe and effective option to relieve symptoms including seizures, tics, depression, restlessness, and rage attacks. In the study published in Scientific Reports, "Overall, more than 80 percent of the parents reported significant or moderate improvement in their child," according to Lihi Bar-Lev...
Green Growth Brands Enters Arizona Medical Cannabis Market with… – New Cannabis Ventures

Green Growth Brands Enters Arizona Medical Cannabis Market with… – New Cannabis Ventures

Medical Cannabis
Green Growth Brands Expands its Multi-State Operations into Arizona Acquisition of a vertically-integrated business adds a third U.S. state to Green Growth Brands’ operations and is the next step in its accelerated plan to become a leading American MSO COLUMBUS, OH, Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Green Growth Brands, Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) (GGB or the Company) announced that yesterday, January 30, it executed an arm’s length definitive agreement to acquire control of ZLJT LLC & Arizona Natural Pain Solutions Inc, collectively referred to as “Desert Rose”. Desert Rose holds a license for a vertically-integrated operation in Arizona, including retail, cultivation & infusion (kitchen). As consideration for the membership i...
New Study: A Taste of Rural Medicine Proves Powerful – AAFP News

New Study: A Taste of Rural Medicine Proves Powerful – AAFP News

Medical Study
Some lucky family physicians have seen this firsthand -- that "ah ha" moment when a medical student who's been raised in a city or its suburbs first feels the pull of practicing medicine in a rural community after spending a little time in one. A study published in the latest issue of the The Journal of Rural Health explores the art of introducing citified medical students to rural medicine by way of an eight-week rural rotation. Authors of the article, titled "Rural Medicine Realities: The Impact of Immersion on Urban-Based Medical Students,"(onlinelibrary.wiley.com) confirmed their initial hypothesis that urban students would report an increased level of rural community support at the end of the ...
Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Study probes link – Medical News Today

Hearing loss and cognitive decline: Study probes link – Medical News Today

Medical Study
Recent research adds to a growing body of knowledge that links hearing loss with cognitive decline, which is a hallmark of dementia and often precedes the disease. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline. After analyzing 8 years of data from a health study of more than 10,000 men, scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, MA, found that hearing loss is tied to an appreciably higher risk of subjective cognitive decline. In addition, the analysis revealed that the size of the risk went up in line with the severity of hearing loss. The risk of subjective cognitive decline was 30 percent higher among men with mild hearing loss, compared with those with no hearing loss. For men with moderate or severe hearing loss, the...
Reinventing Medical Research Studies With Qolty – Nanalyze

Reinventing Medical Research Studies With Qolty – Nanalyze

Medical Study
The first time you fly into Los Angeles on a clear-ish day, and look across the great concrete expanse of the city, you see a landscape that’s so barren it would seem that the only thing growing there is the crime rate. That’s not entirely true though, because as the property values in Silicon Valley reach astronomical levels, companies with half a brain are looking for alternatives to set up camp where they can still enjoy the Californian sunshine and lifestyle without having to share a studio apartment with seven people. This is an especially good idea if the money you’re spending to get your startup off the ground is coming out of your own pocket. That’s the case with an interesting startup we came across recently called Qolty. A Startup Named Qolty Founded in...