New Form Of Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Kids With Epilepsy

A new strain of marijuana containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, may be the answer to treating various medical conditions, including epilepsy, schizophrenia, and cancer. Scientists think this new form has some very important health benefits, while not getting the user high. Marijuana is made up of two major substances, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The two chemicals have a specific and simple relationship in the marijuana plant: the higher the CBD, the lower the THC, and vice versa. The THC in cannabis creates the infamous mind-altering effects, not CBD. With a low amount of THC, the new form of high-CBD marijuana is ideal for medical purposes, especially since most patients do not want the high associated with THC. Since a user does not get “buzzed” by the substance, marijuana containing high levels of CBD has helped alleviate many of the political, legal, and medical concerns of legalizing the plant for medical purposes. With a lower threat of criticism and potential legal ramifications, this has encouraged many cannabis growers to produce marijuana plants with high levels of CBD specifically for the medical community. Some cannabis growers cultivating new strain of medical marijuana. [Image by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images] Martin Lee, the director of a nonprofit organization named Project CBD, believes CBD can help change the negative perception of medical cannabis, according to a Washington Post report. “CBD has been a game-changer for medical marijuana. Its safety and lack of psychoactivity undermines any argument that it should be illegal. It’s really shifted the national discussion on this issue.” Despite some concerns from pediatricians and lawmakers, thousands of kids nationwide use medical marijuana to help relieve symptoms of various health conditions. As of yet, there are no national laws that address how medical cannabis should be used to treat children. For most of his young life, Jackson Leyden had no health issues and acted like most 8-year-old kids. Yet, in 2011, he suddenly started having multiple seizures everyday. While most were minor, lasting only a few seconds, some episodes were severe enough to cause collapse and injury. From 2011 to 2013, Jackson was in the hospital nearly four dozen times. Multiple doctors tried to help, prescribing various medications, but nothing seemed to stop the seizures. In 2014, Jackson’s parents tried something new – medical marijuana. Jackson’s mother, Lisa, was amazed by the results. “Within a few days, he was having hardly any seizures. I was shocked.” Now 13-years-old, Jackson still uses medical marijuana for treatment. The number and intensity of his seizures has fallen dramatically from nearly 200 a month to less than 10. In recent years, scientists have seen great potential in CBD, especially with epilepsy research. A recent study conducted by New York University neurologists Orrin Devinsky and Daniel Friedman found patients taking CBD had 39 percent fewer seizures than others who continued their traditional drug routine. Despite federal restrictions, high-CBD marijuana still being researched as a possible epilepsy treatment. [Image by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images] While much more research is needed to determine if high-CBD cannabis does make a difference, many patients are eager to get their hands on it. “If other drugs don’t work, it’s certainly reasonable to try this,” Devinsky said. Other potential medical benefits of cannabis containing high levels of CBD include relief of symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. While most research has been done on lab mice, a German study four years ago found giving CBD to schizophrenic patients significantly reduced hallucinations and episodes of confusion. The treatment of cancer is another area where the new strain of marijuana might help. Researchers Sean McAllister and Pierre Desprez with the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute discovered CBD can effectively block cancer cells from metastasizing. Even though the high-CBD marijuana strain does not get a user high, it is still illegal under federal law. As a result, very restrictive laws limit most research of the drug and discourage many scientists from even trying. According to Devinsky, getting government approval to study CBD for epilepsy is a lengthy process that requires “dozens of hours of extra work.” Currently, 29 states have legalized medical marijuana in some form. An additional 15 states allow low-THC, high-CBD cannabis for treatment of various medical ailments. [Featured Image by David McNew/Getty Images]

FDA Warns Pregnant Women Of High Rate Of False Positives For Zika Test: Less Than Half Of Positive ZIKV Detect Test Samples Actually Had Zika

The FDA has issued an alert to doctors and pregnant women, warning them that presumptive test results for the Zika virus have turned up unexpectedly high rates of false positives. Less than half of the samples that the ZIKV Detect test said were positive for the Zika virus were later confirmed as actually having the Zika virus in CDC tests, according to The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. The FDA is alerting physicians who care for pregnant women that the U.S. commercial testing facility, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), has reported a high number of false positive results from the ZIKV Detect test. FDA Warns Against False Positive Zika Test Results https://t.co/hNV81YwusB — fazeel ashraf (@fazeel_sheikh) December 25, 2016 Since Zika confirmation tests can take a week to a month to complete, the FDA issued the alert so that health care providers and patients know about a higher likelihood of false positive results, they say. While the FDA has not yet determined if the reported false positives are related to the ZIKV Detect test or the commercial testing facility, they say it is important to remember that “IgM tests remain useful in ruling out Zika exposure but require confirmatory testing.” In an alert to medical professionals on December 23, the FDA urged health care providers to inform their patients that presumptive positive results need to be confirmed so that pregnant women are not making health care decisions based on incomplete or inaccurate information. They also cautioned doctors not to rely on presumptive positive Zika virus IgM test results as the sole basis for significant patient management decisions. The FDA recommends doctors look at patient history, clinical observations, epidemiological information and results from other testing such as follow-up confirmatory testing before making a Zika diagnosis. They also remind doctors that they can request that confirmation tests be prioritized by laboratories if the patient is pregnant. #Canada – #Mosquito Surveillance Reveals the Aedes aegypti Species in Southern #Ontario. #ZikaVirus #windsor https://t.co/fQZzZ10Ipd pic.twitter.com/3ycxpbuZ3n — MFS – The Other News (@MFS001) October 30, 2016 The ZIKV Detect IgM Capture ELISA test, which is manufactured by InBios International, was authorized by the FDA as the first commercially available Zika serological IgM test in August. Since then, several commercial laboratories have switched their serological Zika testing from the CDC assay that was authorized at the beginning of last year to the new commercial assay. Both the CDC test and the ZIKV Detect test report only “presumptive positive results,” and samples have to be sent for actual confirmation of the Zika virus. In the past, most of the presumptive positive results from both tests were ultimately confirmed. After transitioning to the ZIKV Detect test, the FDA reports that LabCorp observed higher than expected false positive results. Less than half of those presumptive positive results from the ZIKV Detect test were confirmed as positive by the CDC. CDC confirmed #Zika false positive results … less than 50% … by #LabCorp through #ZIKV Detect test #pharmacy https://t.co/qbHAzCM9zN — Don Hackett (@donaldhackett) December 30, 2016 In a press release directed towards pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika and their doctors, the FDA warned pregnant women to confirm any positive Zika test before making health decisions based on the results. If you have been tested for exposure for the Zika virus by this test and have received a preliminary positive result, this test result should be confirmed. There is a chance that a preliminary positive test result may incorrectly show that you have been exposed to the Zika virus. If you have any questions, please contact your health care provider. As Inquisitr has previously reported, the CDC and other health officials around the world believe that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. The CDC also says that other problems have been detected among infants infected with Zika virus before birth, such as defects of the eye, hearing deficits and impaired growth. [Featured Image by Pressmaster/Shutterstock]

Over 700 U.S. Hospitals Penalized For 'Superbug' Infections And Patient Injuries: Is Your Hospital On The List?

The federal government has penalized 769 U.S. hospitals who had high rates of patient injuries and other hospital acquired conditions such as the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to NPR. The penalties are based on the percentage of avoidable complications that patients are experiencing in the hospitals, such as bed sores, blood clots, falls and certain infections. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determined the penalties based on which hospitals have the highest rates of these complications. This year was the first year that hospitalized were also penalized for the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria “superbugs” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates there were 6,300 cases of infections from MRSA last year and the agency reported C. difficile was found in 100,000 cases last year. Hospitals penalized by Medicare for spread of #AntibioticResistance -Does your hospital have a strong ASP? https://t.co/4fRmmWEeOV — DASON (@DASON_duke) December 23, 2016 The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examines rates of infections from hospital surgeries and procedures to determine which hospitals are the lowest performing in patient safety. The hospital-acquired complications often take place after procedures such as hysterectomies, colon surgeries and the insertion of urinary tract catheters and central line tubes. Complications such as bed sores, hip fractures and blood clots are also factored into the hospital scores, along with other complications. The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates there were 3.8 million hospital injuries last year, which amounts to 115 injuries for every 1,000 patient hospital stays, according East Bay Times. Approximately a quarter of a million of those injuries involve patients who became infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics while in the hospital. The CDC estimates that 2 million people acquired antibiotic-resistant infections last year, 23,000 of whom died. They estimate that between 20 and 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are either not needed or inappropriate. The overuse of antibiotics — not just in hospitals but among outpatients and in farm animals used in our food supply — has led to the spread of stubborn bacterial strains that can be deadly for patients who become infected with them. How hospitals, nursing homes keep deadly ‘superbug’ outbreaks secret https://t.co/1TTbNhjQHj#MRSA #healthpolicy — HCSM News (@HCSMnews) December 23, 2016 The government informed the hospitals that they would be cutting 1 percent of their Medicare payments as a penalty for the high rates of injuries, which is expected to cost larger hospitals over a million dollars each. The cuts will affect Medicare payments over this federal fiscal year, which runs from October 2016 through next September. The federal government does not penalize specialized hospitals, such as those that treat psychiatric patients, veterans and children, which are exempt from the penalties. Hospitals that are designated “critical access” facilities because they are the only provider in the area are also exempt from the penalties. The Affordable Care Act requires that Medicare penalize the lowest performing 25 percent of the remaining hospitals, even if they have reduced their complication, injury and infection rates from previous years. The penalized hospitals will lose about $430 million in total, which is 18 percent more than they lost last year, according to an estimate from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The list of hospitals penalized for patient safety is out. Is yours on the list? https://t.co/ZkiqJCH7cX pic.twitter.com/95XqMGSDN8 — Kaiser Health News (@KHNews) December 26, 2016 To see if your area hospitals are on the list of those penalized, you can refer to Kaiser Health News, which has listed all of the low-performing hospitals that were penalized nationwide. The database is searchable, allowing you to search by city, state or hospital name. Note that Maryland hospitals are exempted from the penalties because Maryland has a separate payment arrangement with Medicare. [Featured Image by Chaikom/Shutterstock]

Ryan Reynolds in talks for Mars mission film from Deadpool writers

If this pamphlet is indeed accurate, it’s possible Fox has been planning an R-rated Wolverine 3 for a while now, before Deadpool was a proven commodity.

Speaking exclusively to Empire for the Deadpool Spoiler Special Podcast, Reynolds spoke of the “endless” debates with executives at the studio, 20th Century Fox, over which supporting X-Men they were allowed to include.
Reynolds got straight in there with the most important questions for his old X-Men Origins co-star. Each previous X-Men related film, including Wolverine’s two solo outings, have been rated PG-13. According to the early reactions, the film is the kind of delightful, funny, and heartwarming underdog story we’re hoping for. As James Gunn predicted, studios are going to be emboldened to go R-rated for their superhero projects, following the smash success of “Deadpool“.
A photo taken at Toy Fair 2016 and posted by an imgur user revealed 20th Century Fox is anticipating an R-rating for Hugh Jackman’s final “Wolverine film, obtained by Comicbook.com”. But today we got word showing the strongest indication yet that R-rated comic book movies are making a comeback.
Kinberg would be credible enough as to what will work within the genre of the film. Taron Egerton, who made his feature film starring debut in Kingsman: The Secret Service, portrays Eddie the Eagle, and Hugh Jackman plays a ski jumping expert from Lake Placid who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics. Finally, Wolverine’s claws can actually cut and maim people, rather than just bloodlessly killing them.
Wolverine 3 is set for a March 3, 2017 release.

People are leaving applesauce and broccoli at Antonin Scalia’s memorial – here’s why

Earnest gave no clues about who Obama might pick but said the lengthy briefing materials included information about “some potential nominees” including career accomplishments and experience. Cory Gardner left open the possibility – ever so slightly – that he might consider a U.S. Supreme Court nominee offered by President Barack Obama, the Colorado Republican slammed shut any chance of that prospect in a radio interview with Dan Caplis on 710 KNUS.

Former President Ronald Reagan nominated Scalia to the Supreme Court in 1986, after Chief Justice Warren Burger announced he would retire.
Family members, including Justice Scalia’s widow Maureen Scalia, waited at the top of the steps to receive the casket.
Watch above, via C-Span 3.
In Indiana, we have a proud tradition of senators who have embodied that approach by looking beyond partisanship and giving full and fair consideration to a president’s nominee.
“I do believe that the nominee should get a hearing”, Sen. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will attend.
Justice Scalia, 79 years old, died at a Texas resort last weekend of natural causes, authorities said.
Earnest declined to share the timetable the president has discussed with regard to the nomination selection process, but he did point out that the process took four or five weeks when he had to fill the seats of Justices John Paul Stevens and David Souter.
He was known as a leading proponent of conservative policies and an “originalist”, meaning that he was guided in his intepretation of the U.S. Constitution by what the country’s founders in the 18th century had in mind when they wrote the national charter.
Cruz echoed the opinion held by most conservatives in hopes that the next president will be a Republican, continuing the trend of a Supreme Court leaning to the right.
The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in Washington, D.C. recently filed an amicus brief requesting that the Supreme Court overturn lower court rulings requiring Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based organization to obey an abortion pill mandate or be subject to fines. There is still time to make a nomination and confirmation of a justice during Obama’s term.
“It’s pure applesauce”, Scalia said of the court’s reasoning in last year’s King v. Burwell case regarding Obamacare subsidies, which were upheld by the court in a 6-3 decision. “In order to get this done, the president is not going to be able to go out, nor would it be his instinct anyway, to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court”.

Qalandars felt Yasir, Mustafizur’s absence in PSL: Lahore Owner

The West Indian is now placed on the warning list and may continue to to be selected to play and bowl for his team, but will be barred from bowling if umpires spot another infringement.

In defence of 133, Gladiators continued to strike in regular intervals with Grant Elliott and Mohammad Nawaz taking three wickets to themselves. As the tournament gets to its business end the games will start to get more intense and full of action as all the four qualified teams will look to give their best.
“Nabi became a very important part of Quetta Gladiators as he bowled well in tough situations throughout so we’ll miss him badly”, Moin said.
Led by longtime Pakistan star and his national T20 cricket team’s captain Shahid Afridi, Peshawar was favored to win the inaugural PSL tournament and they delivered on the predictions, winning six of their eight matches with a PSL-leading net run rate of +0.573 to take the top of the table.
In the remaining 45 deliveries in the innings, Quetta Gladiators managed only 42 runs as Peshawar Zalmi struck at regular intervals, including a three-wicket final over from Riaz (3-17), one of them being a run out.
In reply to Lahore’s score Peshawar scored 160-7 in 20 overs and lost the game by four runs.
Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara set the platform for the Gladiators with a valuable 79-run stand for the third wicket.
A lot of people had said that PSL was a chance for the youngsters to share the dressing room with the veterans and learn the art of pressure-handling and decision making, but one player who found his prime in the tournament was the experienced Umar Akmal. Mohammad Irfan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-22 in his 4 overs.
Speaking at the toss, Afridi said they have made two changes for the match as Jonny Bairstow comes in for Tamim Iqbal and youngster Hassan Ali gets a game.
Zalmi started off well but with Nawaz dismissing Hafeez and Hodge on back to back deliveries turned things back into the favour of Gladiators.
Nawaz was awarded the man of the match for his incredible spell of bowling.
Lahore and Karachi Kings were in tight race for the fourth place but the latter had the edge with their only two wins coming against the Qalandars allowing them to sneak through on head-to-head advantage.

Watch Derrick Henry run a 4.54 40 at NFL Scouting Combine

Notre Dame speedster Will Fuller and 10-flat 100 meter runner Kolby Listenbee to their respective cracks at in Saturday.Henry, at 6-foot-3 and now 247 pounds, put down a 4.54 40-yard dash, the 11th fastest of the running back group, he completed 22 reps in the bench press and and finished the day tied for second in the broad jump, hitting a mark of 10 feet, 10 inches.Ott hopes to hear a final ruling in the next two weeks, but it is ironic that he is now at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which is less than a mile from the NCAA headquarters.

The cure for your junk food cravings? Sleep

The study showed that when the participants slept less, they not only reported higher scores for hunger and a stronger desire, but also ate almost twice as much fat as when they had slept for eight hours when they were given access to a buffet.The research found that sleep-deprived participants in this study, all young, healthy volunteers, were unable to resist what the researchers called “highly palatable, rewarding snacks”, meaning cookies, candy and chips, even though they had consumed a meal that supplied 90 percent of their daily caloric needs two hours before.It amplifies and extends blood levels of a chemical signal that enhances the joy of eating, particularly the guilty pleasures gained from sweet or salty, high fat snack foods.Levels of this chemical – endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or 2-AG for short – are typically low at night, and slowly rise during the day, peaking in early afternoon. Their 2-AG levels rose higher as well, corresponding to the time they disclosed feeling hungrier.

First case of Zika infection identified in Philadelphia

Illinois’ fifth case of the Zika virus has been reported in Chicago, officials announced Monday. “The Union Health Ministry has issued travel advisory that pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant should defer or cancel their travel to the affected areas”, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.The virus is most commonly contracted from a mosquito bite and generally does not cause symptoms severe enough to send an infected person to the hospital.