May 2017

Time to case the joint?Teryoshi/plainpicture By Andy Coghlan COMPONENTS of cannabis might help those addicted to crack cocaine to quit. Such people may find it easier to curb their usage or give up entirely when they take some form of cannabis, suggests a small study that builds on similar results from research in rodents. “This […]

A new study reveals another benefit of cannabis: treatment of a rare and severe form of epilepsy in children. Dravet syndrome is a very uncommon and often fatal epilepsy disorder. It was discovered that cannabidiol, the derivative of cannabis, was able to decrease the frequency of convulsive seizures for the patients by 39% during the […]

To find out more about the broad-ranging symptoms of Post Ebola Syndrome (PES), a clinical research team led by Dr Janet Scott and Dr Calum Semple, from the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, assessed survivors discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit at the 34th Regiment Military Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two years on from […]

A new study reveals another benefit of cannabis: treatment of a rare and severe form of epilepsy in children. Dravet syndrome is a very uncommon and often fatal epilepsy disorder. It was discovered that cannabidiol, the derivative of cannabis, was able to decrease the frequency of convulsive seizures for the patients by 39% during the […]

A pile of cocaine hydrochloride. Credit: DEA Drug Enforcement Agency, public domain Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have used viruses to infect neurons with genes that allow them to switch on brain receptors involved in suppressing addiction relapse. Results of these preclinical studies were published in the September 28th, 2016 issue […]

Glioblastoma (histology slide). Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Investigational “hunter” immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma (GBM) infiltrated patients’ tumors and triggered thousands of more T cells once inside, researchers from Penn Medicine reported in a late breaking abstract at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 (Abstract LB-053). […]

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. Unlike the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive and has significant medical benefits. According to Hemp Business Journal, the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2016 reached $688 million, while the growth of Hemp CBD contributed significantly […]

A well-known rheumatoid arthritis medication containing the active agent adalimumab, a therapeutic human monoclonal antibody, is also effective for treating non-infectious uveitis, a rare eye disease. This has now been discovered … … read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-tocilizumab-uveitis-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis.html

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from cannabis plants, but does not cause users to get high. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine comes after years of anecdotal evidence of cannabidiol’s effects. It focused on young patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. “Cannabidiol should not be viewed as a panacea […]