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