Cannabinoids improve symptoms in mice with endometriosis

Initial results from treating endometriosis in mice with cannabinoids suggest they can alleviate some symptoms of the disease, according to a new study in the open-access journal eLife. The findings have led to the start of a clinical trial in collaboration with the Gynecology Service of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain. This trial will evaluate the possible benefits of […]

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Medicaid expansion associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths across the US

The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a six percent reduction in total opioid overdose deaths nationally, according to new research from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and University of California, Davis. Published online January 10 in JAMA Network Open, the study is the first to look at whether […]

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Finding Joy While Struggling With Infertility Over The Holidays

Last night, my parents hosted Chanukah dinner for my siblings and our significant others. My father declared it the best Chanukkah he’s ever had. It was truly joyous. We took down several shots of vodka (we are of Russian Jewish heritage) toasting to good health and a drama-free new year.  Our family hasn’t had a holiday season like this in […]

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LOL! Jennifer Garner's Daughter Bargains With Mom Over Going to School

Smart cookie! Jennifer Garner’s daughter agreed to go to school — as long as she got something in return. “I know that I am willing to go to school, but I want something. Maybe hot chocolate? Yes or no,’” read the handwritten note that the actress, 47, posted on Instagram on Wednesday, December 18. She captioned the hilarious shot, “You […]

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In some children with autism, ‘social’ and ‘visual’ neural circuits don’t quite connect

Among the first and most-documented symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a child’s aversion to interaction with others. Specifically, they appear uninterested in social activities and stimuli that would normally attract a young child’s attention, such as watching other children play, sing or dance. In a new study, published online December 17, 2019 in the journal eLife, researchers at […]

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Early detection of brain degeneration on the horizon with innovative sensor

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be devastating to patients and their families. These diseases are difficult to diagnose before symptoms show, meaning it’s often already too late to reverse the damage to the central nervous system. Early detection is key for management of symptoms and attempts to stall progression of the disease, but current knowledge is limited […]

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Women with a low desire to avoid pregnancy still use contraception

A new study from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health challenges assumptions that women with the highest preference against pregnancy use more effective contraceptive methods and that women who might welcome pregnancy do not use contraception. Overall, women with a stronger preference to avoid pregnancy were far more likely to use […]

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