Medical Marijuana Ads May Spur Teen Pot Use

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who watch more medical marijuana ads are more likely to smoke pot themselves, new research indicates. “Our findings suggest that increased exposure to medical marijuana advertising is associated with increased marijuana use and related negative consequences throughout adolescence,” said study lead author Elizabeth D’Amico, of the RAND…

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Men May Gain More From Cancer Immunotherapy

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Male cancer patients seem to fare significantly better following immunotherapy treatment than female patients, new research indicates. “Both sex and gender can potentially affect the strength of the body’s immune response,” explained study author Dr. Fabio Conforti, from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. For example,…

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Want to Give Your Memory a Boost?

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Whether you’re studying for an important exam or learning a new language, there’s more proof that nonstop cramming sessions may not translate into the long-term memory retention you want. Memory is a complex process that requires time for the brain to absorb new information. One needed step is…

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Could Nonprofit Drug Companies Cut Sky-High Prices?

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Generic prescription drugs should be cheap, but prices for some have soared in the United States in recent years. Now a group of U.S. hospitals thinks it has a solution: a nonprofit drug maker. Earlier this year, the consortium of several large hospital systems announced it would form…

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More Cases in Lettuce-Linked E. Coli Outbreak, But End May Be Near

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Twenty-three more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by U.S. health officials on Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases to 172, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. But there was potential good news: The outbreak,…

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Breast Cancer Patients May Shorten Herceptin Regimen: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For years, the drug Herceptin has helped women with an aggressive form of breast cancer beat the disease. But there’s one downside: In a minority of cases, the drug can trigger heart damage. Now, a new study finds that women who need the drug might get away with…

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Low Dose of CBD Oil Eases Epilepsy Seizures: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less appears to be more when it comes to treating epilepsy with the marijuana extract cannabidiol, a new clinical trial suggests. Patients taking a 10-milligram (mg) daily dose of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) experienced nearly as great a reduction in seizures as patients on 20 mg, and with…

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Too Few Smokers Get Lifesaving Lung Cancer Tests

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less than 2 percent of the 7 million Americans who are or once were heavy smokers get screened for lung cancer, new research shows. “Our analysis reveals a markedly low and inadequate rate of lung cancer screening for both 2016 and 2017,” said study author Dr. Danh Pham.…

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Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Another study finds that organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades. “We were surprised to learn that almost all of the increased transplant activity in the United States within the last five years is a result…

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After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A dual-drug approach after a “mini-stroke” might maximize a person’s odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as “transient ischemic attacks” (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of…

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AHA: A Fairy Tale With a Happy Ending That Many Share

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Once upon a time, there was a royal wedding planned between a handsome prince and a beautiful actress. In an English castle, they planned to profess their love before the world. The public romance of Britain’s Prince Harry and Hollywood’s Meghan Markle may seem more fairy tale…

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