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An analysis of 10,000 scientific studies on marijuana concretely supports only three medical benefits

More than half the states in the US now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as well as at least 16 other countries. Yet of the hundreds of purported medical benefits, only three are concretely supported by scientific evidence: treating chronic pain, nausea after chemotherapy, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

This is the conclusion of a new 400-page report from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, which analyzed more than 10,000 scientific studies.
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But those three are huge issues, and aren't particularly well-served by competitive therapies.
Still, it'll be nice to not have people telling me I should smoke weed to cure my asthma. (Or at least now I have a response with a good study to back it up.)
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A myth that won’t die: Why patients blame the weather for their aching joints

“The good news is that we cannot change the weather, but there are a lot of things that we can change that we know will trigger pain in the back and the knee: stress, your weight.”

Same goes for patients with broken limbs, back pains, fibromyalgia — you name it — who feel the changes of the weather in their bones. When scientists have examined the claim, though, the results have been all over the place. Now, two Australian studies — one published in December, another this week — are hoping to set the record straight: Osteoarthritis and back pain, they found, are not dependent on the weather.
New research adds to the evidence that weather doesn't aggravate joint pain. But patients will likely hold onto the belief.
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The internet wanted to know which animals fart, so scientists happily obliged

Although we all fart (admit it), not all animals do. The table below is what scientists were able to provide. Some of the answers are obviously silly—we have no idea if aliens fart, and extinct animals like mastodons definitely don’t—but some include insightful scientific observation. Birds do not fart, for example, because they have different bacteria that live in their guts that don’t produce the same gaseous byproducts.
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All things must pass.
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Puppies Like It Better When You Speak to Them in Baby Talk

The study authors didn’t have a firm conclusion as to why that was the case, but they speculated that, as with humans, talking high and slow “may be efficient to promote word learning, an ability well demonstrated in dogs” — which, they argued, is the same reason why we do it in the first place: Our minds lump dogs together with babies as “nonverbal companions,” entities that only kinda sorta maybe understand what we’re saying.
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These Are the Best- and Worst-Performing Airlines in the World

For those who insist that traveling is all about the journey, we say this: It really depends on which carrier you’re flying.

The Worst 10 International Airlines of 2016

10. Hainan Airlines – 30.3 percent
9. Korean Air – 31.74 percent
8. Air China – 32.73 percent
7. Hong Kong Airlines – 33.42 percent
6. China Eastern Airlines – 35.8 percent
5. Asiana Airlines – 37.46 percent
4. Philippine Airlines – 38.33 percent
3. Air India – 38.71 percent
2. Icelandair – 41.05 percent
1. El Al – 56 percent

The Best 10 International Airlines of 2016

10. Qantas – 15.7 percent
9. TAM Linhas Aéreas – 14.93 percent
8. Delta Air Lines – 14.83 percent
7. Singapore Airlines – 14.55 percent
6. ANA – 14.46 percent
5. Austrian – 14.26 percent
4. Qatar Airways – 13.66 percent
3. JAL – 12.2 percent
2. Iberia – 11.82 percent
1. KLM – 11.47 percent
Consult this list before picking your next long-haul flight.
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This isn't a list by quality; it's a list by on-time performance. Which seems like a list of rather limited use.
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A Gut Makeover for the New Year

“When you look at populations that eat real food that’s high in fiber, and more plant-based foods, you’re going to see they have a more robust microbiota, with more genetic diversity, healthier species and fewer pathogenic bacteria living in the gut.” 
What you eat can affect the microbes in your gut — and your long-term health.
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Everything you wanted to know about cancer diets

Eating too much fatty and sugary food is not good for anyone. But the idea that cancer has a sweet tooth and that a patient can “starve” their cancer by cutting all sugars and carbohydrates is a gross oversimplification for a complex disease that behaves differently from patient to patient. It simply isn’t the case that cake feeds cancer while eggs feed healthy cells, and cutting carbs completely puts patients at increased risk of malnutrition. A study of more than 1,000 patients across three Irish hospitals found alarming levels of malnutrition amongst cancer patients.
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Study finds association between eating hot peppers and decreased mortality

Consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, a large prospective study has found.

Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality -- primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke -- in a large prospective study.

The Paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0169876
Consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, a large prospective study has found.
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A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US

“I think it’s concerning. We have relied for so long on just newer and newer antibiotics. But obviously the bugs can often [develop resistance] faster than we can make new ones.”

Other scientists are saying this case is yet another sign that researchers and governments need to take antibiotic resistance seriously. It was reported Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal published by the CDC.

The authors of the report note this case underscores the need for hospitals to ask incoming patients about foreign travel and also about whether they had recently been hospitalized elsewhere.
The 70-year-old woman had broken her leg while traveling in India. The bacteria in her system was resistant to 26 different antibiotics.
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Forget what you’ve heard: Turmeric seems to have zero medicinal properties

“Curcumin is a cautionary tale,” Michael Walters of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis told Nature. Cautionary because curcumin falls in a category of compounds, appropriately named these compounds PAINS (for pan-assay interference compounds), known to produce such false results.

Inside the body, curcumin breaks down into chemicals which have different properties. Sometimes it is contaminated with other compounds that have their own biological activity, which gets falsely ascribed to curcumin. It even becomes fluorescent when ultraviolet light is shone on it, which fools a common scientific technique used to detect if a chemical is interacting with a specific protein.

“Much effort and funding has been wasted on curcumin research,” Gunda Georg, co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, which published the review, told Nature. At least 15 studies on curcumin have been retracted from scientific literature, and dozens more have had corrections appended to them.
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Tastes good though. One of my favourite spices. 
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Counting croutons: Restaurants tally items for calorie rules

“You would not be penalized for over-declaring calories versus under-declaring.”

Restaurant and grocery chains scrambling to post calorie counts on their menus by spring have peppered the Food and Drug Administration with queries that offer a window — often complex, occasionally comic — into the ingredient riddles they are trying to solve.
Restaurant and grocery chains have peppered the FDA with calorie count queries that offer a window into the ingredient riddles they are trying to solve.
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Coca-Cola accused of using tobacco industry tactics to mislead public over health effects of its fizzy drinks

Coca-Cola has been accused of using tactics similar to the tobacco industry in minimising the damaging health effects of its fizzy drinks and deceiving customers.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Praxis Project accused Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, of misleading customers, including children, regarding the health risks of consuming sugary drinks such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Coca-Cola has been accused of using tactics similar to the tobacco industry in minimising the damaging health effects of its fizzy drinks and deceiving customers. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Praxis Project accused Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, of misleading customers, including children, regarding the health risks of consuming sugary drinks such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.
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Introduction
hello!

An aspiring dietician, preparing for 
Master's of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

I practice yoga, pilates and I'm a marathon runner.

Graduate in Marketing Communications - Advertising 
(Columbia College of Chicago)


Quotes:

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." ― Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water to children, or do you want a chance to change the world?" ― Steve Jobs


My General Interest and Passion:
  • Food Science
  • Human Nutrition
  • Art
  • design
  • music
  • sports
  • fashion
  • technology
  • social media
  • photography
  • martial arts
  • outdoors
  • running
  • creativity
  • world peace


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All content within my Google Plus page is provided for general information and discussion purposes only. It reflects my personal observations, experiences and thoughts. It doesn't represent the positions of my employer or former employer. I link to information, article, design, photography, videos, etc., that I find interesting and exciting. But, not necessarily agree with it. I am not responsible for the content of any linked information that is not part of my Google Plus page. Majority of my post are public so please remember that any information you submitted through comments are un-secure. 

Thanks for reading.

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Sense of Humor Changes With Age
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