Wednesday, July 11, 2018

28th annual conference for the International Cannabinoid Research Society

Image result for tweed medical marijuanaCanada is set to legalize marijuana.  The new Canadian laws forbid celebrities advertising for companies.

Our nearby facility, Tweed - Canadian Cannabis,  has been producing medical marijuana for a few years. Their packaging is getting to be pretty sweet.
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This would be an interesting conference. Much research is being done.

Cannabinoid Research Company ebbu Returns to Annual Meeting of World’s Top Cannabis Researchers, Presenting New Study Findings on Mood Effects

LEIDEN, The Netherlands—July 11, 2018—Pioneering cannabis science firm ebbu has released findings from its innovative clinical research into the mood effects of cannabis. These findings were presented this week at the 28th annual conference for the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), where the world’s foremost cannabis researchers convened to discuss ongoing studies and findings with their peers, gain valuable feedback and forge partnerships with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how the body processes and is affected by cannabis.

ebbu Director of Clinical Pharmacology
Dr. Jonathan Martin 

About ebbu
Colorado-based ebbu is generating clinically-proven cannabinoid formulations for medicine, and mainstreaming hemp and adult-use cannabis by creating consistent, predictable sensations. ebbu partners with category-leading companies to power infused products using its patented, lab-tested and science-based platform. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memory and cognitive function

Memory and cognitive function naturally decline as we age, but there are things that we can do to preserve our brain health. A healthy diet and regular exercise have been found to help preserve brain function, but a new study published today in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience suggests that maintaining a strong social network could also be the key to preserving memory.

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and lead author of the study, says the discovery bolsters a body of research that supports the role of social connections in preserving the mind and improving quality of life. affects the brain on a molecular level so researchers can mimic or support those changes to better protect brain function as people get older.

Elizabeth Kirby, PhD, of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center led a study that observed mice to examine how having a social network helps preserve memory and cognitive function in the aging brain.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fewer Men Are Being Screened, Diagnosed, and Treated for Prostate Cancer

A new study reveals declines in prostate cancer screening and diagnoses in the United States in recent years, as well as decreases in the use of definitive treatments in men who have been diagnosed. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

There is considerable debate surrounding the value of prostate cancer screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, and the 2012 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against PSA testing lies at the center of this debate. This recommendation was made in part due to the potential harms—such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence—associated with the treatment of clinically insignificant prostate cancer with radical prostatectomy or radiation.

To examine the use of diagnostics and treatments for prostate cancer in the years surrounding the USPSTF recommendation, James Kearns, MD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and his colleagues analyzed MarketScan claims, which capture more than 30 million privately insured patients in the United States. The team looked specifically at information related to PSA testing, prostate biopsy, prostate cancer diagnosis, and definitive local treatment in men aged 40-64 years for the years 2008-2014. 

Men under age 65 years may benefit most from radiation or surgery for their prostate cancer because prostate cancer tends to cause problems for men many years after diagnosis.
In the analysis of approximately 6 million men with a full year of data, PSA testing, prostate biopsy, and prostate cancer detection declined significantly between 2009 and 2014, most notably after 2011. The prostate biopsy rate per 100 patients with a PSA test decreased over the study period from 1.95 to 1.52. Prostate cancer incidence per prostate biopsy increased over the study period from 0.36 to 0.39. Of new prostate cancer diagnoses, the proportion managed with definitive local treatment decreased from 69 percent to 54 percent. Both PSA testing and prostate cancer incidence decreased significantly after 2011.

Cognitive App for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

One in every 10 people over the age of 65 suffers from Alzheimer’s, but MindMate developed an app aimed at supporting the cognitive function in Baby Boomers and seniors. This iOS application helps stave off the mental signs of aging, simply by allowing seniors to play on their phone. Here’s why it matters:

Recent studies show that cognitive stimulation paired with physical activity reduces the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and improves cognitive function in those already suffering from the disease(s).
Studies also found that those who followed the MIND diet (rich in whole grains, vegetables, fish and healthy fats) scored higher on tests of memory and thinking skills compared to those who did not eat these kinds of foods. On average, MIND diet followers were the equivalent of 7.5 years younger in terms of “brain health.”​
- One in every 10 people over the age of 65 suffers from Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America.

MindMate is a comprehensive iOS app that provides games, entertainment, nutritional advice, recipes, and exercises aimed at stimulating the senior mind.

The app is free to download and use and can be found in Apple’s App Store.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Older Canadian women are being overprescribed

Older women are being prescribed too many “risky” medications, new report suggests
When it comes to taking medication, older women are at a greater risk of suffering from adverse drug reactions than older men. Despite this, 54% of senior women in Canada were prescribed at least one “risky” and potentially inappropriate medication in 2016.

This was one of the major findings revealed in the report Drug Use Among Seniors in Canada2016, (PDF) released this morning by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health Dr. Cara Tannenbaum and CIHR-funded researcher Dr. James Silvius are available to speak about the findings of this report, and about the importance of developing non-drug therapies to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seniors in Canada.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Non-Surgical Steps For Treating Your Arthritis

This is an article, sent as a press release. It has good advice, if only we could take it. A lot of people in my age group and older are have knee surgery. Prevention is much better, however.

Arthritis afflicts 54 million U.S. adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

It is the leading cause of disability among U.S. adults over 55, and in many cases leads to total-joint replacements. That is a big decision – sometimes necessary, sometimes premature, says Dr. Victor Romano, an orthopedist and author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results – With and Without Orthopaedic Surgery.

Romano recommends five steps you can take to handle arthritis before opting for surgery:

•    Wear good shoes with arch supports. With weight bearing and time, the arches in feet tend to fail. “Good shoes with arch supports improve the alignment of the feet and ultimately improve the alignment of the knees,” Romano says. “The feet and ankles act as shock absorbers for the knees.”

•    Have a daily exercise and balance program. Studies show that arthritic patients who exercise do much better than those who don’t. Romano recommends at least a 20-minute daily exercise program for all patients with arthritis. “Exercise should include stretching, aerobic activity, and strength training,” he says.

•    Use a hinged knee brace, as needed, for support.  Wear the smallest brace that makes you the most comfortable. “Do not wear the brace for everyday activities,” Romano says, “but for extra activities such as golfing, shopping or exercise. It unloads the arthritic area and allows you to pursue more pain-free activities, which you may not have been able to do otherwise.”

•    Eat nutritious foods; keep your weight under control.  Weight loss reduces the stress on your knees and increases mobility.  “Why not try an anti-inflammatory diet?” Romano says. “Sugar and processed foods cause inflammation of the arteries as well as inflammation of the joints.”

•    Improve your bone health. Improving your bone health with increased calcium intake, daily vitamin D, and weight-bearing exercises can lessen the pain of arthritis. “Should you eventually need a total joint replacement, building up your bone density will improve your chances of having a long-lasting replacement,” Romano says.

About Dr. Victor Romano
Dr. Victor Romano ( is an orthopedic surgeon in Oak Park, Ill., and the author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results – With and WithoutOrthopaedic Surgery. He is board-certified in orthopedics and sports medicine with over 25 years of experience in the field. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and completed medical school at the University of Loyola-Chicago.

Monday, April 30, 2018

False-Positive Cancer Screening

People with False-Positive Cancer Screening Results May Be More Likely to Receive Future Screening
An analysis of electronic medical records indicates that patients who previously had a false-positive breast or prostate cancer screening test are more likely to obtain future recommended cancer screenings. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that false-positives may be reminders to screen for cancer. Additional studies are needed to explore whether false-positives have a detrimental effect on quality of life or increase anxiety about cancer.

False-positive cancer screening test results—when results that are suggestive of cancer ultimately turn out to be wrong—are common. Over 10 years, about 50 to 60 in 100 women who get annual mammograms, 23 in 100 people who get regular stool tests, and 10 to 12 in 100 men who get regular prostate cancer testing will have false-positive results. Such results may affect individuals’ willingness to continue screening for cancer in the future, causing them to be either more diligent or more reluctant about getting screened.

“Implications of False-Positives for Future Cancer Screenings.” Glen B. Taksler, Nancy L. Keating, and Michael B. Rothberg. CANCER; Published Online: April 23, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31271).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The language of cancer

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Drug policy research in Ontario