Shoppers Drug Mart to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality

The vice-president of business development at Shoppers Drug Mart says blockchain technology can provide a comfort level for doctors and pharmacists about the quality of medical cannabis. Ken Weisbrod says his company has signed a deal with TruTrace Technologies for a pilot program to provide the software to track medical cannabis from seed to final product. He says the source […]

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For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as longer course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds. The study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is published in the journal Medical Science Educator. The researchers say many medical students would like to […]

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Medtronic Mazor X robotic surgery system enters medical mainstream

Following years of work, Medtronic is launching the newest Mazor X spinal surgery system with robotic navigation in the United States, with two systems already sold in Minnesota. Spine surgeon Dr. Eiman Shafa demonstrated at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Tuesday how the new system uses robotics and in-room navigation to precisely position traditional surgical tools, making routine spine cases more […]

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Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The new Democrat governor said it was time for Wisconsin join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. The governor, who previously advocated for decriminalizing marijuana, […]

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Medical bills financially burden almost half of cardiovascular disease patients

Over 45 percent of adult atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) patients suffer financial hardship related to their medical bills, including many who cannot pay their medical bills at all, according to a cardiovascular medicine and society paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. ASCVD is the leading cause of death in the United States and the disease […]

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Medical dogs could sniff out a TEASPOON of sugar in two swimming pools

Medical alert dogs can detect odours as dilute as a TEASPOON of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools The charity Medical Detection Dogs claims the animals are better than sensors It says they are our ‘best defence’ in early diagnosis of serious illnesses Dogs are believed to be able to smell cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes and malaria They do it by […]

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Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It’s complicated

As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone. The answer—not really—was submitted to the General Assembly this week by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. “A comprehensive review of existing medical literature shows that there is no […]

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Law professor suggests a way to validate and integrate deep learning medical systems

University of Michigan professor W. Nicholson Price, who also has affiliations with Harvard Law School and the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, suggests in a Focus piece published in Science Translational Medicine, that the time has come to set up a way to validate and integrate deep learning medical systems. He claims that the medical community is already facing […]

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Harvard Medical School receives ‘transformational’ gift

Harvard has received a $200 million gift that officials say is the largest in its medical school’s 236-year history. The gift announced Thursday is from Len Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Officials say the gift will allow the medical school to accelerate research and develop new tools to diagnose, prevent and treat disease. Dean George Daley called it a […]

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Medical cannabis is available on the NHS from TODAY

Medical cannabis is available on the NHS from TODAY following a landmark move by the Government Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the change to the law last month  Cannabis products will only be prescribed by specialists on a case-by-case basis And they will only be considered when all other treatments have been exhausted Comes after epileptic boy Billy Caldwell was […]

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