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WHO Contemplates Rescheduling Cannabis

June 20, 2018

A very important gathering has finished up in Geneva – the 40th meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), which is examining cannabis scheduling.
“The current international policies on cannabis are outdated and are having a detrimental impact on patients in the United States and …

Timing resuscitation compressions using the song ‘La Macarena’

New research presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark shows that the quality of chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be improved by using either a smartphone app or by using the song “La Macarena” as a mental memory aid.
The study is by Professor Enrique Carrero Cardenal …

Asthma and flu: a double whammy

Asthma and respiratory viruses don’t go well together. Weakened by the common cold or the flu, a person suffering an asthma attack often responds poorly to emergency treatment; some must be hospitalized. This is especially true for preschoolers.
But what if there were a simple solution to help ward off the …

Probiotic Shot May Alleviate Brain Stress

June 13, 2018

Stress can lead to anxiety and symptoms of depression, which are caused, in part, by neuroinflammatory processes. Studies in mice by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder have now shown how injections of the bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae can prevent these stress-related inflammatory responses in the brain and reduce stress-induced anxiety …

Highly Educated, Very Nearsighted?

The more years of schooling you have, the higher your risk for nearsightedness.
Observational studies have suggested a link between education and myopia. But a new study used a genetic technique called Mendelian randomization to minimize the effect of several variables and provide stronger evidence of cause and effect.
Using eye examinations …

Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with long-term risks of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases

Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined – for the first time – the long-term effects of the operations.

The researchers suggest renewed evaluation of alternatives to these common paediatric surgeries that include removal of tonsils …

Most women with early breast cancer do not benefit from chemotherapy

June 06, 2018

New findings from the groundbreaking Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx trial, show no benefit from chemotherapy for 70 percent of women with the most common type of breast cancer. The study found that for women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node¬-negative breast cancer, treatment …

Inadequate sleep could cost countries billions

Inadequate sleep is a public health problem affecting more than one in three adults worldwide. A new study in the journal Sleep, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that insufficient sleep could also have grave economic consequences.

Community sleep surveys suggest that inadequate sleep is substantial and increasing. Surveys performed several years …

‘Schools need to react quickly’: Education expert urges smartphone ban

Smartphones should be banned at primary level and high schools should “act quickly” to teach tech self-discipline to stem the damage they are causing children’s learning, warns world-renowned Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg.
Dr Sahlberg, who will join the University of New South Wales as professor of education this year, said …

We asked five experts: is walking enough exercise?

May 30, 2018

We humans need to exercise in order to stay healthy. Exercise protects against disease and early death, and keeps us mobile and able to perform daily tasks.
Walking is an easy, free and enjoyable form of exercise. But is a nice stroll enough to confer the life-saving benefits we know come …

Pregnant women are at increased risk of domestic violence in all cultural groups

Domestic violence occurs across all age groups and life stages. Rather than reducing during pregnancy, expecting a child is a key risk factor for domestic violence beginning or escalating.
Our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open, found that 4.3% of pregnant women due to give birth in Western Sydney …

Losing wealth, health and life: how financial loss can have catastrophic effects

Public hearings for the Financial Services Royal Commission, which resumed this week, are bringing to light some questionable practices in the sector – from lending beyond people’s means, to giving the wrong financial advice and charging for advice that was never given.
Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer …

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