Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Marijuana might help multiple sclerosis

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An  eight-year study, performed by experts from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University looked at the effect of THC - the active compound in marijuana - to see if smoking cannabis could help patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The finding showed MS progressed more slowly in patients treated with marijuana, but didn't stop the disease or improve motor function in one study.

In a second study, patients with MS who smoked marijuana had less spasticity and pain and greater range of motion.

Researchers hope to use the information to find new ways to treat multiple sclerosis. The findings suggested marijuana might be of some benefit for treating MS. Read more at EmaxHealth.


Is taking insulin a concern for cancer?

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Researchers say there has been much debate about whether insulin raises the risk of cancer and heart disease for people living with type 2 diabetes. 

A new study debunks the myth that Lantus insulin harms the heart or contributes to cancer development.

The study didn't look at insulin use and cancer risk for type 1 diabetics.

The finding not only showed there are was no risk of cancer, but also that patients with pre-diabetes given insulin were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, even after they stopped insulin. Read more at EmaxHealth 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Smokers more likely to quit when they eat their fruits and vegetables

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There may be a new and easier way for smokers to kick tobacco by eating more fruits and vegetables. Researchers aren't sure why, but smokers were found in a new study to be more likely to quit smoking and stay tobacco free after 30 days when they at plenty of healthy veggies and fruit.

The finding comes from University at Buffalo researchers who say eating fruits and vegetables might work for smokers because it give them a feeling of fullness. The study authors say sometime smokers confuse hunger for the urge for nicotine.

Another reason more fruits and vegetables might help with nicotine cravings is because cigarettes taste better with meat and coffee. 

Besides helping smokers quit, fruits and vegetables - especially apples and tomatoes - do good things for the lungs. Read the entire story and watch a video at Digital Journal. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Possible cancer cure on the horizon?

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Researchers might have a cure for solid tumor cancers on the horizon 

Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj, Director of the South Florida Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Institute in Boynton Beach, Florida, who is a hematologist and oncologist, is leading clinical trials to help patients with solid tumors of breast, cervical, stomach, pancreas and lung cancer and melanoma. 

The potential cancer cure involves boosting the immune system to destroy cancer. The trial is FDA approved, but the study needs funding. Read more at EmaxHealth and help spread the word. 


Urban kids less prone to food allergies than children in the city

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Researchers are trying understand why children in urban areas have higher rates of food allergies. It seems dense populations make children more susceptible to food allergies that, for some, can be life threatening.

The finding comes from a first study that mapped food allergies across the United States in various geographic locations. Researchers hope they can pinpoint environmental factors that might be contributing to serious food allergies in city kids. Read more at EmaxHealth.

Possible link between low vitamin D and erectile dysfunction

Researchers are suggesting there could be a link between low levels of vitamin D and erectile dysfunction (ED) Scientists say diseases that lead to ED are also linked to not having enough of the so-called sunshine vitamin.

Men who are having difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection might consider asking their doctor for a vitamin D level blood test. Men should also be checked for heart disease and diabetes. Only half of causes of erectile dysfunction stem from vascular (blood vessel) problems. It may be that adding vitamin D could solve erection difficulties. Read more at EmaxHealth.