How cannabis is firing up the US supply chain

U.S. companies cannot stop talking about marijuana, hoping in part they can catch investor interest as the booming economy around the drug lifts revenues throughout the supply chain. FILE PHOTO: A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year’s day in … Read more

Health Canada plans to suspend Allergan’s breast implant license

The Canadian health regulator said on Thursday it was advising Allergan Plc that it plans to suspend the license for the Botox-maker’s Biocell breast implants. FILE PHOTO: The Allergan logo is seen in this photo illustration November 23, 2015. To match special report USA-FDA/CASES REUTERS/Thomas White REUTERS: Health Canada plans to suspend the license for … Read more

Starting workouts in middle age tied to longer life

(Photo: Unsplash) While regularly exercising over the course of decades is a great way to live longer, a US study suggests that even people who don’t start working out until middle-age may see similar longevity benefits. To help people live longer, national guidelines for physical fitness recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity … Read more

No US labs follow all guidelines for ‘cell-free’ prenatal testing

Not even one of the commercial labs offering “cell-free” noninvasive prenatal screening for chromosomal disorders is fully following the recommendations published by the American College of Medical Genetics, according to a new report. The report was put together by a team of specialists in medical genetics and published in Genetics in Medicine. The ACMG made … Read more

Moderate muscle strength tied to lower risk of diabetes

(Photo: Unsplash) Maintaining a moderate amount of muscle strength may help adults lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a US study suggests. Researchers asked 4,681 people without diabetes, whose average age was 43, to do leg and bench presses to measure their muscle strength, and to perform treadmill tests to assess their cardiorespiratory fitness. … Read more

Here’s Why This Man Had a Giant White Mass on His Eyeball

A man developed an extremely rare eye mass called a “corneal keloid” in his right eye. Above, images of the man’s eye (left), and a cross-section of the eye showing a “cleft” between the cornea and the lesion (right). Credit: JAMA Ophthalmology. 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0519. Copyright© 2019 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. It looks like … Read more

Molecules with strong anti-Zika virus potential: The finding might also have application in developing anti-parasite and antibacterial treatments

The Zika virus is widely known for causing microcephaly and other brain defects in the fetuses of pregnant, infected women. Currently, there are no approved antiviral therapies specifically designed to treat Zika, but researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Hunter College, and … Read more

Visualization strategies may backfire on consumers pursuing health goals

Using visualization as motivation is a common technique for achieving goals, but consumers who are pursuing health goals such as eating healthy or losing weight should use caution when using perspective-based visualizations, a new study has found. Adopting a third-person perspective, by viewing one’s self through an observer’s eyes, may backfire when the goal is … Read more

New PET imaging biomarker could better predict progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have discovered a way to better predict progression of Alzheimer’s disease. By imaging microglial activation levels with positron emission tomography (PET), researchers were able to better predict progression of the disease than with beta-amyloid PET imaging, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. According to the … Read more

Harvard research shows new link between sleep and clogged arteries

Sleep, heart disease link leads from brain to marrow Four years ago, Cameron McAlpine (from left) and Filip Swirski began experiments with their colleagues at MGH designed to explore the connection between poor sleep and heart disease. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer MGH research finds chemical pathway from lack of shut-eye to atherosclerosis Researchers have known … Read more

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