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Smoking marijuana can increase the risk of stroke, arrhythmia in young adults, experts warn

Young people who use cannabis often have more than twice the risk of having a stroke as a non-user, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2019, which ended on Monday. Another new study found that those diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were more likely to be admitted to hospital for arrhythmia (heart rhythm …

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15-year-old bit of rabid raccoon in Polk County

Rabid raccoon bites teenager in Polk Co. Teenagers took video of what they thought was a damaged animal, but it turned out to be rabid. DAVENPORT, Fla. – In the tenth case of rabies confirmed in Polk County this year, a teenager was bitten by a raccoon. He wants to warn others about animals that may seem a little too …

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A new type of migraine medication just passed a promising large-scale trial

A new class of migraine medication can make a "big difference" for those in desperate need of relief. The drug unbrogepant has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, but a large-scale clinical trial suggests that this oral pill can work safely where other treatments do not. Within two hours of being taken, researchers found that …

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What is a hemorrhoid and how can you get rid of it?

Hemorrhoids are one of the causes of rectal bleeding. (iStock) Dear Dr. Manny, I think I can have a hemorrhoid? But I am not sure. What is a hemorrhoid and what can I do about it? Is it like a Finn? Thank you for your question. Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins in the rectal area. The walls of these …

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'We Failed': CEO of Seattle Children's Hospital admits that 6 deaths and more diseases were due to mold

Fourteen surgical patients have been infected with Aspergillus mold and six have died since 2001 at Seattle Children's Hospital, which has been struggling with mold again this year, the hospital announced on Monday. In a news conference on Monday, hospital manager Dr. Jeff Sperring said it is believed that seven illnesses and five deaths between 2001 and 2014 were isolated …

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Malaria detection can lead to better HIV and lupus treatments

Credit: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute A finding of how the immune system responds to malaria infection can lead to better treatments for hepatitis C, HIV and lupus, Australian researchers say. The research team showed, in laboratory models, that strong inflammatory signals caused by malaria infection activate molecules that trigger the production of very potent antibodies to fight the disease. …

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The Ayahuasca Association turns brainwaves into a lively "wake-up dream" state

Brainwaves measured with EEG under control conditions. Credit: Imperial College London, Chris Timmermann Scientists have looked inside the brain to show how taking DMT affects human consciousness by significantly altering the brain's electrical activity. DMT (or dimethyltryptamine) is one of the most important psychoactive ingredients in ayahuasca, the psychedelic brew traditionally made from vines and leaves from the Amazon rainforest. …

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Arthritis drugs can prevent lethal spread of breast cancer

T he studied, largely funded by charity Breast Cancer Now and published in the journal Nature Communications, revealed that anakinra could prevent breast cancer forming secondary tumors in the bone. Follow the treatment with anakinra, only 14 percent of the mice in the study developed secondary bone tumors, compared with 42 percent of control animals. Breast cancer is most commonly …

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