Review Category : Health

Can Marijuana Help Reduce Internal Parasites?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Marijuana has already been proven to have medical uses. Now, a new study finds another one: to help reduce internal parasites.

The American Journal of Human Biology reports a Washington State University research team recognized this medicinal use of marijuana in the isolated civilization of Aka hunter-gatherers in the Congo basin.

And the craving for marijuana could be only natural, because of its medicinal value.

“In the same way we have a taste for salt, we might have a taste for psychoactive plant toxins, because these things kill parasites,” said WSU Vancouver anthropologist Ed Hagen in a statement.

The Aka reported an average of 70 percent of the Aka men and 6 percent of women use cannabis.

Those numbers were compared with a 95 percent rate of internal parasites called helminths in the Aka men’s stool samples. For the 68 percent of men who had recently used cannabis, the rate of parasites was much lower, showing the chemicals in the plant may have had an effect. There was also a lower re-infection rate after a year of treatment with a commercial medicine.

Researchers say the Aka typically make a tea out of a local plant called montuga to treat parasites, but it may actually be the smoked marijuana that helps most.

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Study: Almost 8% of Americans Abuse Alcohol

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How much alcohol are you drinking nowadays? It could be too much.

Nearly 8 percent of Americans have a drinking disorder, according to the world’s first comprehensive report on global alcohol and drug use, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

The study by Australia’s University of Adelaide shows that Americans are far above the 4.9 percent average for the world’s population when it comes to drinking problems. It also reveals 68.9 percent of people living in the U.S. consume alcohol at least once a year.

Despite the high numbers, the U.K. surpasses the U.S. with some 12 percent of people suffering from alcohol abuse issues.

Other results show that Australia has the highest numbers when it comes to illegal drug use, such as cannabis and ecstasy.

Researchers say alcohol and tobacco are the most commonly used drugs in the world, and so cause the most deaths each year.

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President Obama Calls For Fewer Antibiotics In Meat

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Less drugs in meat, more effective drugs for people.

That was the goal of a memorandum President Obama signed Tuesday, which calls for reducing antibiotics and hormones in meat and poultry.

The President’s order urges the country’s meat producers to curb “feeding medically important antibiotics to food-producing animals for growth promotion.”

The push is part of a White House Summit, aimed at slowing antibiotic resistance.

“The emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is undermining the effectiveness of current antibiotics and our ability to treat and prevent disease,” the White House said in a statement.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria results in roughly 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The President’s own food service has agreed to serve antibiotic and hormone-free meat in the White House.

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Devon Still’s Daughter ‘Doing Better’ After Stem Cell Transplant Complication

Oleg Nikishin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defense tackle Devon Still was doing better after suffering a complication in her stem cell transplant, her father said Monday.

Still posted a photo of himself and his 5-year-old daughter Leah to Instagram, saying Monday marked the first time she had “really been awake” in four days. The girl was giving a thumbs up in the photo.

Still said Friday that his daughter suffered a complication in her stem cell transplant but didn’t specify what it was, only calling it VOD.

Leah was diagnosed a year ago Tuesday with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, ESPN reports. In March, her father said she was in remission but she must still undergo stem cell treatments.

Still and his daughter will be honored during the ESPYS next month when they receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, reports ESPN.

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New Study Says Breastfeeding Reduces Children’s Leukemia Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says breastfeeding may reduce the risk of babies developing leukemia.

According to a report from researchers in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, children who were breastfed for at least six months were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with leukemia.

The University of Haifa and the Israel Center for Disease Control researchers were testing the Greaves hypothesis which concludes children are susceptible to leukemia by a prenatal genetic mutation and then exposure to an “infective agent” can cause cancer growth. Breast milk could be an antidote to leukemia if the hypothesis is proven correct.

The researchers said the study was an effort to facilitate a more profound social acceptance of breastfeeding.

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New Study Says Breastfeeding Reduces Children’s Leukemia Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says breastfeeding may reduce the risk of babies developing leukemia.

According to a report from researchers in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, children who were breastfed for at least six months were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with leukemia.

The University of Haifa and the Israel Center for Disease Control researchers were testing the Greaves hypothesis which concludes children are susceptible to leukemia by a prenatal genetic mutation and then exposure to an “infective agent” can cause cancer growth. Breast milk could be an antidote to leukemia if the hypothesis is proven correct.

The researchers said the study was an effort to facilitate a more profound social acceptance of breastfeeding.

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Don’t Eat Fish Swimming in New Jersey Flood Zones

WABC-TV(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey officials smell something fishy.

There have been some incredible animal rescues from the elements, but Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness warned New Jerseyans Monday not to catch or eat fish that may have washed up due to floods or entered waterways where they would normally not be found.

Residents and visitors alike should stay away from “trapping, catching, and eating any fish caught on the streets,” said the agency’s director, Hanaa Hamdi.

The statement was released after multiple reports to Hamdi’s office about people catching the homeless fish. One man rescued two slippery fish from a storm drain Monday morning near Weequahic Park in Newark, according to ABC’s New York station WABC-TV. Fish were swimming up the street and away from the overflowing lake.

“It’s June 1st, not April 1st. At some point people need to be told things,” said one Newark official, ostensibly referring to April Fool’s Day.

Officials don’t know how elements outside the fish’s normal living situations are affecting them.

“We’re just alerting the community because of last night’s flooding,” Hamdi told ABC News Monday. “It’s really out of an abundance of caution.”

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FDA May Approve ‘Women’s Viagra’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FDA will soon review a women’s sexual enhancement drug for the third time.

The proposed sexual enhancement drug flibanserin, sometimes referred to as “women’s Viagra,” will be reviewed for possible approval by an FDA advisory committee on Thursday in a public meeting.

The Sprout Pharmaceuticals drug has been rejected twice by the agency due to an argument that the benefit does not outweigh the side effects such as dizziness and nausea.

The drug is designed to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, known to cause low sex drive in women. Supporters say it plays a role in gender equality since women lack similar resources as men do concerning sexual dysfunction.

Other versions of drugs treating low libido in women have also been rejected by the FDA.

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Breastfeeding Mom Outraged When Stranger Posts Photo of Her on Social Media

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A young mother who breast-fed her son inside a restaurant said she was later horrified to discover that a picture of her feeding her child had been posted on social media by a stranger whom she claims was shaming her.

“Shock. That was my initial response,” Connor Kendall, 20, told ABC News.

The Indiana woman was eating at a TGI Friday’s in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Wednesday morning when it was time for her 4-month-old son to nurse.

“I turned away from everybody because we were in a corner,” she said. “I really didn’t feel like I was that exposed.”

An unidentified man who was also dining at the restaurant snapped a photo of her and posted it to social media, writing: “I want to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat.”

He also wrote that there were “little kids around,” adding: “Could you at least cover your boob up?”

Kendall was so infuriated that she posted a lengthy response on her Facebook page. The post, which had been shared more than 63,000 times as of Sunday night, took the man to task for his action.

“The man who took this picture was a complete stranger to me, he was sitting 3 tables away from us with his young daughter. He snapped the photo and then put it up on social media (Facebook and Instagram), many of the comments that followed were nothing less than harassing and shameful to, not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” she wrote. “Over the course of a couple or hours it was taken down and reposted multiple times before it was finally deleted. I was really very hurt by this act, because I was in no way bothering him, so what gave him the right to shame me?”

Kendall wouldn’t reveal the name of the man out of respect for his privacy, but in her post she said she wrote to him directly in a private message, telling him that she did nothing wrong and explaining that she didn’t use a cover while feeding her son because he “fights them, screams, and doesn’t eat at all while under them.”

“If he had been screaming because he was hungry then I would be a bad mom for not feeding my hungry child. I did not pump before leaving home, A-because my son does not like to take a bottle and B-because it is my right to feed him any way I see fit wherever I see fit. I wanted to thank you for showing the public your ignorance and for shedding light on a topic that is near and dear to my heart,” she continued, adding that the man had shown his “true colors to many and you’ve exposed others who are likewise simpleminded.”

Kendall told ABC News: “I let him know that it was not OK to make me feel bad for feeding my child. I showed less than … you see every day walking down the street.”

Kendall’s post garnered a flood of support, with one poster writing: “Good for you Mama. Way to turn a bad situation in to a positive one!” while another wrote: “Way to stick up for yourself and all of us breast feeding mamas!!”

Kendall said the man later apologized to her in a private message.

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Too Little Sleep May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Here’s something to help you sleep at night, researchers say too little sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s.

In a new study, Canadian researchers believe they have come up with evidence revealing how not enough sleep prevents the brain from removing toxins. The researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto said people who didn’t get enough sleep ended up with “enlarged, fluid-filled spaces in the brain.”

According to the researchers, the brain’s removal of toxins is essential because it’s possible toxins that don’t get flushed out may contribute to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Normally these toxins get flushed away during a good night’s rest.

It’s only a small study, but the team is hopeful including Dr. Mark Boulos, a neurologist in the group, who said the study “does open important avenues for future research.”

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