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Casual marijuana use linked to brain abnormalities in students

Changes in brain structures indicate the marijuana users’ brains are adapting to low-level exposure to marijuana



First study to show dramatic effects of small time use; more ‘joints’ equal more damage

Lethal Or Unintended Side Effects

Association found between long-term use of nonaspirin anti- inflammatory drugs and renal cell cancer / 51 percent increase in the relative risk

Public release date: 12-Sep-2011

CHICAGO – Long-term use of nonaspirin anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of renal cell cancer (RCC), according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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Children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms have altered digestive genes

Public release date: 16-Sep-2011

These changes may also affect the mix of bacteria present in the digestive tract

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and at the Harvard Medical School report that children with autism and gastrointestinal disturbances have altered expression of genes involved in digestion. 358 more words

Missed - Medical Breakthroughs



If you’re not an athlete or serious exerciser — and want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better — the gym scene can be intimidating. 772 more words


Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

Public release date: 25-Aug-2011

UCLA-Harvard study highlights 3 types of confusing outcome measures

Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests. 872 more words

Medical Ethics

Cushing's Awareness Challenge, Day Eight

It’s Here!

Dr. Cushing was born in Cleveland Ohio. The fourth generation in his family to become a physician, he showed great promise at Harvard Medical School and in his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (1896 to 1900), where he learned cerebral surgery under William S. 207 more words


A closer look at the placebo effect

placebos were equally as effective as albuterol in helping to relieve patients’ discomfort and their self-described asthma symptoms.

Public release date: 13-Jul-2011

Study describes subjective and objective measures of patient improvement in asthma patients receiving bronchodilator treatment vs placebo treatments vs. 759 more words

Counter Intuitive - Medical