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Research On Medical Marijuana

A comprehensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the medical claims for medical marijuana are mostly based on weak evidence, anecdote, and wishful thinking.

“There is some evidence to support the use of marijuana for nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, specific pain syndromes, and spasticity from multiple sclerosis,” the accompanying editorial said. For other conditions – including PTSD – the evidence is poor.

For a host of legal and other reasons, marijuana hasn’t been rigorously tested on a large scale. But, the people who promote and sell marijuana make a great many unsubstantiated claims about its efficacy about its “medicinal qualities.”

To date, medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states, as well as in Canada.

Approved drugs are standardized, with specific doses and a limited number of uniform ingredients that are subject to strict quality control. The same cannot be said of marijuana, even medical marijuana.

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2338230

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Energy Drinks Can Knock You Down

Energy drinks may not be as safe as the majority of consumers think they are.  There aren’t side effect warnings on most energy drink cans, but there are usually warnings about consuming more than what the manufacturers say is a safe amount.

There can be serious side effects from over-indulging in these pick-me-up beverages, and the effects can damage the liver.

A peer-reviewed research study from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville (FL) published their findings in the BMJ Case Report on November 1, 2016.  It can be read online via this link:

http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2016/bcr-2016-216612

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Children Need Less Screen Time

According to new guidelines shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics at a national conference held in San Francisco recently, setting healthy limits on digital media exposure was discussed in detail.

Infants who are 18 months of age and younger should not have access to technology as it takes away valuable time from brain development activities and parent-child connections and interactions.

Children two to five years old should have no more than one hour per day maximum, and creative, unplugged playtime should be the primary focus for this age group.

Children six years and older need to focus on school, homework, interactions with other family members, extracurricular activities, physical activity (at least one hour per day), social contact (other than virtual socializing via technology), and sleep.

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx

You can create a healthy digital media plan for your children on the Healthy Children website by clicking on this link.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx#wizard

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Placebos and Pain

According to a study published in PAIN, the Medical Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain on October 13, 2016, placebos can produce real benefits beyond the psychological trick placebos are known for creating.

Research revealed that the pain medication group experienced a nine percent reduction in usual pain, a sixteen percent reduction in maximum pain, and no reduction in disability.

Research also revealed that the placebo group experienced a thirty percent reduction in both usual and maximum pain, and twenty-nine percent reduction in disability.

The study results arrive at the same conclusion as a similar study published two years ago that also studied the effects of placebos on pain reduction and disability.

http://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/publishahead/Open_label_placebo_treatment_in_chronic_low_back.99404.aspx

SUGGESTED READING

http://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/2015/12000/Increasing_placebo_responses_over_time_in_U_S_.27.aspx

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002570

http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2015/01/28/WNL.0000000000001282

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/22/the-power-of-placebos/

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-placebo-effect/