Opinion: Marijuana is not an all-purpose medical cure

first_imgCBC News 14 October 2017Family First Comment: A fascinating article from a Canadian pediatrician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. (So he should know!)Some quotes of interest:• “I find the possibility of a new medicine to benefit conditions that don’t respond well to current medications exciting. Unfortunately, the research is not there yet.”• “Some of the popularized ways in which medical marijuana is currently being used, such as for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, lack long-term evaluation. While medical marijuana may have short-term benefits, long-term use may result in increased aggressive behaviours or even worsening of symptoms.”• “While I remain hopeful that medical marijuana may bring medical breakthroughs in the future, more needs to be done to inform the public that medical marijuana remains in experimental stages — and currently, for the majority of conditions or ailments, it has minimal to no evidence of benefit and may even be harmful.”Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a medical doctor, I’m far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana.Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say out of the gate that I’m not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle – I’m just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this so-called “miracle drug.”Looking at the researchLet’s first look at the research on the medical use of marijuana. I am frequently asked about medical marijuana in my pediatric practice by caring parents who want to help their children with difficult-to-treat conditions. Over the last few months, parents have asked me if medical marijuana can be used to treat their child’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy, for example.Parents are considering such options because these medical conditions do not always respond well to traditional prescription drug or therapy options. Many have heard of “miracle cures” in the media from the use of medical marijuana.I wish I could be more positive when they ask. I find the possibility of a new medicine to benefit conditions that don’t respond well to current medications exciting. Unfortunately, the research is not there yet.So, what do we know so far?Here’s the good news. In May of this year, a double-blind placebo controlled trial showed that cannabidiol — one of the active ingredients within the marijuana plant — reduced the number of seizures in children with Dravet syndrome, a condition that results in severe seizures, developmental delays and problems with movement and balance.The drug may even be approved for use in difficult-to-treat epilepsy cases by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration, based on the latest research.There’s some other promising news: medical marijuana has also shown a moderate degree of benefit for patients with neuropathic pain and stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis.Other uses, such as the treatment of nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy for those with cancer; assistance with improving weight gain in HIV patients; improvement in sleep disorders and the reduction of the symptoms of Tourette syndrome all have less evidence of benefit, but may be promising for some in the future.But that’s where the research ends. Some of the popularized ways in which medical marijuana is currently being used, such as for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, lack long-term evaluation. While medical marijuana may have short-term benefits, long-term use may result in increased aggressive behaviours or even worsening of symptoms.Today’s medical marijuana is also not what it once was. Generally, we’ve seen a consistent increase in the THC content of marijuana — the main psychoactive component — from the 1960s to the present day. In fact, THC is being sold by licensed producers at concentrations of greater than 15 per cent in a substantial proportion of available strains.Still experimentalWhy is this a problem? The cannabis used in medical research contains less than 10 per cent THC. We do know that using cannabis with higher THC concentrations is associated with an increased risk of psychosis, but we really don’t know much about the medical effects at these higher concentrations.While I remain hopeful that medical marijuana may bring medical breakthroughs in the future, more needs to be done to inform the public that medical marijuana remains in experimental stages — and currently, for the majority of conditions or ailments, it has minimal to no evidence of benefit and may even be harmful.Legalization will remove some red tape to allow for more research, but many patients might opt to self-medicate without ongoing monitoring of their symptoms, or else, may choose to delay seeking help from a medical professional. These are just some of the public health consequences that could come from the legalization of something that many see as an all-purpose medical cure. It’s in everyone’s best interests to try to set the record straight.About The Author:Scott McLeod, MD, FRCPC, is a pediatrician practicing in Calgary who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. An expert with EvidenceNetwork.ca, he is a dedicated advocate for patients and provides care in an evidence-based and family-centred manner.http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/marijuana-medical-cure-1.4354196last_img read more

Marijuana seized in Numancia buy-bust

first_imgJohn Lee Yapendon yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Drug suspect John Lee Yapendon (right) stands handcuffed while antidrug operatives conduct an inventory of items seized from him during an entrapment operation in Barangay Navitas, Numancia, Aklan on July 18. PDEA REGIONAL OFFICE VI FB ILOILO City – Suspected marijuana weighing about four grams was seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Navitas, Numancia, Aklan. Charges for Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him. (With a report from PDEA-6/PN) The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Numancia municipal police station. Yapendon was caught after he sold suspected marijuana to an undercover officer around 5:20 p.m. on July 18, it added.last_img read more

Antique capital logs first COVID-19 case

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – An overseas Filipino worker who is a resident of Barangay San Pedro in this capital town tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), results released by the Department of Health-Western Visayas Center for Health Development showed. Mayor Elmer Untaran said this capital town’s first confirmed case, a 27-year-old female, was preparing to return to her work in the United Arab Emirates. She underwent swab testing on July 23. The specimens of the two other patients were collected on July 24 and released on July 27. These seven individuals are also being quarantined in the house of the patient. “The result of her reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test came out only on July 26,” said Untaran. San Remigio Mayor Margarito Mission, meanwhile, issued another official statement that their municipality has already three confirmed cases of COVID-19. “We are appealing to the public to always wash your hands, wear your facemasks, apply proper physical distancing, avoid non-essential travel, and observe health standards to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” Mission said. San Jose Municipal Health Officer Melba Billones, for her part, said 17 individuals are now under home quarantine after they were exposed to the patient. “Ten of them were with the patient since she arrived last March,” she added. “The seven others were with the patient on July 26 only because the latter was supposed to have a farewell party,” Billones said.center_img “They will undergo RPT-PCR (testing) within seven days if they will have signs and symptoms of the virus,” said Billones. According to Billones, 10 of the individuals – all family members of the patient – yielded negative results for the virus in their rapid diagnostic testing on July 27.  They traveled together from Quezon City to San Remigio town in this province last July 17. San Jose, Antique Mayor Elmer Untaran (right) and Municipal Health Officer Melba Billones (left) reveal to the media on Moday the town’s first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019. Billones said 17 individuals are now under home quarantine after they were exposed to the patient. PNA Mission said the two new confirmed cases were exposed to the first positive patient of the town, a 22-year-old female. The patients, all in the isolation facility of the municipality, are in stable condition, he added. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

EC Trojan Football Standout Evan Greiwe Commits To Play Football For Spartans

Evan Greiwe signs his Letter of Intent to play football and study accounting at Manchester University.Greiwe, the 6’2”, 190lb Linebacker has had an exciting four years as a Trojan with four Conference, four Sectional, two Regional, two Semi State and a State Championship title.  Greiwe is looking forward to continuing his football career as a Spartan.Evan is the son of Scott and Joett Greiwe.

Liverpool look to pick up where they left off

first_imgMadrid: The English Premier League kicks off the new decade with a slew of New Year’s Day matches for bleary-eyed fans to tune into as Liverpool look to pick things up where they left off in 2019 having gone 19 matches unbeaten.Jurgen Klopp’s side sits atop the table with a game in hand and gets ready to host Sheffield United at Anfield on January 2, reports Efe news. The Merseyside team has only dropped two points so far this season thanks to a draw with arch-rivals Manchester United.It is a string of tightly packed fixtures for Liverpool, who will have to see of Chris Wilder’s side on New Year’s Day before taking on cross-city rivals Everton in the FA Cup on January 5.Arsenal, currently in 12th and under the new management of Mikel Arteta, and Manchester United, coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently in 5th, will also go head-to-head on the first day of 2020.Everton gets set to tackle Manchester City, whose bid to defend the title seems to be fading in 3rd place, 14 points behind Liverpool. Pep Guardiola will hope playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who has assisted 12 goals so far this season, continues his top form.Carlo Ancelotti, Everton’s newest arrival, might place his trust in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored a double to give the Toffees a win against Newcastle over the Christmas period.Fans of second-place Leicester will travel to the northeast for a game with Newcastle, in which the Foxes will hope to reduce the gap with Liverpool.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, meanwhile, go down to Brighton with the wind in their sails after a victory against rivals Arsenal in the London derby. (IANS)Also Read: Liverpool Continue March Towards Title; United Down NewcastleAlso Watch: Habitat Loss leads to rise in Man-Elephant Conflict in West Karbi Anglong’s Kheronilast_img read more

Q&A: What is Elijah Stewart’s ideal date?

first_imgThe Daily Trojan had the opportunity to sit down with sophomore guard Elijah Stewart to get to know him and his teammates a little better. Stewart is currently averaging 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds a game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field overall and 42.7 percent from behind the arc. Here’s what he had to say:Daily Trojan: What’s your favorite basketball memory?Elijah Stewart: My best basketball memory that I can tell is when my high school team went to Hawaii [for a tournament].DT: When was the first time you dunked?ES: In a game, ninth grade, and it was an and-one.DT: What’s your go-to dunk?ES: Classic windmill.DT: Who on the team is the best dancer?ES: Best dancer? Outside of me, probably Shaqquan [Aaron]. He knows his moves that don’t make him look awkward.DT: Best rapper?ES: Julian [Jacobs]. It’s not even close, he is by far the best.DT: Who is your favorite superhero?ES: I just started watching Young Justice, and they’re big on the sidekicks coming up, so Aqualad, because he’s the only black superhero, and also Green Arrow.DT: What is your spirit animal?ES: Peacock, they look so nice, but they don’t let you get close to them, and I don’t like people touching me. You can look from a distance, but you can’t touch.DT: But, you play basketball…?ES: Oh for sure, and if you notice, I try to avoid all types of contact.On a serious note, they say people have three faces, and basketball is just one of my faces.DT: What other sports could you play at USC?ES: I could definitely walk-on track. For sure, football as a wide receiver. Tennis, I don’t think I could walk-on to the tennis squad. I couldn’t play water polo. Water polo players are crazy, mad respect there. I could for sure get baseball too. Put me in left field though, I ain’t trying to get too much action on defense; I’m more of a hitter.DT: What is your favorite place you have visited?ES: Italy. It was for basketball, but the competition was pretty good, but not as developed as here.DT: What is your favorite place on campus?ES: Campus Center is cool. I like Ground Zero on Mondays because that’s Open Mic Night, and you can hear awkward stand-up comedy.DT: What is your favorite class?ES: Dance class over the summer. It was traditional dance; we focused on ballroom.DT: So you can take a girl out dancing?ES: No. But I do know the different kinds of ballroom dances, but I would need to refresh myself on the material.DT: What is your favorite food?ES: That’s a tough one. I love food. I am a food connoisseur. I would recommend Flossie’s. It’s somewhere around the Forum. It’s like soul food, Louisiana type food.DT: What is your favorite pro team?ES: WarriorsDT: Have you been a fan before this season?ES: Oh for sure, even when [Steph] Curry was out there rolling his ankles every game.DT: Who is your favorite basketball player?ES: Probably Curry because not just up on the court, but he’s a family man. He isn’t around doing any weird stuff.DT: What’s your ideal first date?ES: For sure, first date. I’m taking a girl to … Hold up, I really got to think about this. The first date, you don’t want to go sit down and eat; y’all don’t really know each other. That’s not really interactive. You don’t want to take them to the movies ’cause you don’t get to talk … Like what did y’all do? You just sat next to each other for two hours. So I’m going to take you … We got to work on some team-building skills, so we’re about to go paintballing.last_img read more

Syracuse defeats Virginia, 12-0, behind Romero’s record-setting no-hitter

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 16, 2018 at 9:58 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu For the third time this season, pitcher Alexa Romero threw a no-hitter to help Syracuse (14-7, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) defeat Virginia (8-18, 0-4) 12-0 in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday night. Over five innings, Romero retired nine of the 17 batters she faced via strikeout and walked two. She is the first pitcher for Syracuse to throw three no-hitters in one season and is 10-4 this season.On the offensive side of the ball, eight different runners crossed home to make up the 12 runs. The score was 3-0 going into the fifth inning. Center fielder Alicia Hansen was first to bat for the Orange. She was walked, the first of four straight SU batters to receive a free pass. Before the fourth batter (second baseman Gabby Teran) was up to bat, the Cavaliers pulled their pitcher for Tabby Dabney.Third-baseman Neli Casares-Maher was the fifth batter to step up to the plate in the inning. She singled, recording the first hit in the inning. Syracuse made it through the batting order, ending with nine runs off three hits.Teran led the team in hits and runs with two and three, respectively. Right fielder Toni Martin joined Teran, Casares-Maher and designated hitter Andrea Bombace as the only members of the team to put a tally in the hit column. Martin also scored two runs, as did left fielder Bryce Holmgren. Five other players rounded out the scoring to bring the final score to 12-0.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will face Virginia for the second of a three-game series on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more

VIDEO: Can Lakers make playoffs in Lonzo Ball’s first year?

first_imgBill Oram, Mark Medina, and Jonathan Khamis of the Southern California News Group discuss what’s next for the Lakers, as Lonzo Ball was introduced. The press conference included statements from Magic Johnson, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, and Lonzo Ball. Video by Jonathan Khamis, for the Southern California News Group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma targets Friday in Dallas for return to lineup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCoach Frank Vogel said he’s expecting to limit Kuzma’s minutes to around 20. It’s possible that he could come off the bench. Adding an extra scorer at the forward position, where the Lakers (3-1) are particularly thin, could be a huge boost in the midst of a relatively soft portion of the schedule to start the season.“It’s a challenge, but he’s got some familiarities with the guys who were here last year, and obviously, he’s a sponge,” Vogel said. “So as we’re implementing our system throughout training camp and whatnot, he’s on the sidelines, paying attention in film sessions, those sorts of things. There’ll be a little bit of a learning curve for him, but hopefully, it doesn’t take too long.”Kuzma said his Wednesday session with the Lakers’ G League affiliate was the most running he’s done since the injury, which he suffered in August when he was playing with USA basketball. When he woke up Thursday without much soreness in his foot, he took it as a positive omen.Kuzma has tried to maintain his conditioning through assorted activities that limit the strain on his feet: swimming, an underwater treadmill, an Alter-G treadmill and an upper body ergometer. In the meantime, he’s also done skill work with assistant Phil Handy, which he felt has helped improve his footwork and ball-handling.“I’m going to bring it out if I play,” he said. “I feel good. Up and down, I feel like I’m myself, but the conditioning aspect – playing more than three, four or five possessions – trying to get up and down, that’s going to take a little bit of time. But I think once I get my legs and conditioning, people will see me.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The addition of Kuzma, who averaged 18.7 points per game last season, is expected to take some of the scoring burden off of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Vogel has had to work to stagger his two stars in the first four games to keep a scorer on the floor. Several players, including Kuzma, have also been excited about the prospect of a lineup with Davis playing center and Kuzma playing power foward alongside him and James.Davis said he’s admired Kuzma’s work ethic during his recovery so far and is even more excited to start playing together.“With his scoring ability, his ability to draw defenders’ eyes, he’s able to take pressure off of everyone,” Davis said. “That’s why we’re so excited to have him back. We can put Kuz on the floor and know he can go get a bucket for us and also be able to defend on the other end. It’s a good problem to have. We have a lot of guys who can score the basketball, create for themselves. When you have that, it takes a burden off everyone’s shoulders.”In other injury news: Davis said his right shoulder, which was sore during Tuesday’s game against Memphis, was feeling better. The Lakers kept him out of the contact portion of practice on Thursday, but Vogel expected him to play Friday against the Mavericks.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo has been ruled out for Friday’s game, even though he’s traveling on the three-game trip. The Lakers have reduced his workload in the last week since an MRI confirmed a calf strain in his right leg. The team has described his recovery timetable as “day-to-day.”LAKERS GO SPOOKY, SPOOFY IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMESWhile the team flew to Dallas on Thursday afternoon ahead of traditional trick-or-treating hours, many players celebrated in elaborate costumes at a party that James invited teammates to attend.James, who famously goes all-out for Halloween, said he spent three-and-a-half hours getting in makeup and wardrobe for his Edward Scissorhands costume. The one regret he had about his choice was that having scissors for hands made it difficult to hold a drink during the festivities.“I felt like my wife for a change with hair and makeup and all that stuff it takes for her to get ready,” he said of the lengthy preparation. “But yeah, it was a long process, but it was very fun.”Some of the other costumes the Lakers donned: Joker (Anthony Davis, paying tribute to the Jared Leto “Suicide Squad” version), Beetlejuice (JaVale McGee), The Penguin (trainer Mike Mancias), rapper Blueface (Kyle Kuzma), Dwight Schrute from “The Office” (Alex Caruso) and Rasputia from “Norbit” (Dwight Howard, which Kuzma called “elite”). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — He’s a little bit less conditioned than he’d like to be, but it’s to be expected after two-and-a-half months out of the game.Nevertheless, when Kyle Kuzma took the court on Thursday for his first live-contact practice with his Lakers teammates this season, they were able to recognize the hallmarks of his game. It has drummed up some excitement for his expected season debut on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers’ first true road game of the year.“Obviously he’s been training and working out, but like I always tell you guys there’s no substitution for game fatigue and game stamina,” LeBron James said. “That will come, though. It’s great to have him back on the floor. We definitely missed him.”Kuzma has made a big leap in his recovery in the last week, ramping up from four-on-four half-court work with coaches, to a South Bay Lakers practice on Wednesday, to a full team practice on Thursday. Assuming he feels fully recovered from his stress reaction in his foot following Friday’s shootaround in Dallas, he’ll play in the game.last_img read more

NBA free agency news: Cavaliers waive JR Smith

first_img NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers ‘surprised they haven’t found a taker’ for JR Smith Thank you, @TheRealJRSmith 🏆NEWS: https://t.co/XKDBc8h7pe pic.twitter.com/CO5g8bC8oG— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 15, 2019Smith will now receive over $4.4 million, according to The Athletic, and become a free agent after almost five seasons with the organization.Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived JR Smith, making him a free agent. Cavs had been attempting to move Smith all the way up until the 5 p.m. ET waiver deadline today.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2019It ends an era in Cleveland in which Smith was part of NBA Finals teams. Related News NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers would want combination of young players, picks for Kevin Love The Cavaliers have dribbled out the final seconds of JR Smith’s time with the team.The Cavs waived Smith on Monday, thanking him in a tweet announcing the move.center_img His shirtless celebration of the Cavaliers’ 2016 title was among his most memorable moments — Smith opened the second half Game 7 by making three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the second half, erasing most of a Warriors lead.His most meme-able moment? Game 1 of the 2018 Finals, when he grabbed a rebound at the end of the game and, forgetting that the Cavs weren’t winning, dribbled out most of the final seconds of the fourth quarter. It was a gaffe followed by LeBron James yelling at him and then walking away.Jordan Clarkson (#FormerLaker) and LeBron James combined for 55 points, but they could not get past JR Smith. pic.twitter.com/JDetNiWDDV— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 1, 2018Smith also will be remembered for being visible on the city’s sports scene, a regular at Browns and Indians games. He even played in the celebrity softball game as part of this month’s MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.Now with Smith’s release, the Cavaliers will remain about $22 million over the cap, set at $109 million for the upcoming season but still under the luxury tax line of $132 million.Talks of trading Smith began shortly after he was asked to leave the team in November, when the Cavs considered him a trade asset. Instead, they were unable to complete any deals involving him — Cleveland had hoped to get a future first-round pick — and eventually saw waiving him and staying under the luxury tax line as a benefit itself. It allows the Cavs to stay out of the repeater tax until they are ready to be competitive again, and it also gives them financial flexibility, something they view as important during this rebuild, according to cleveland.com, which earlier Monday was first to report of Smith’s impending release.Smith, 33, played in only 11 games in 2018-19 after agreeing to leave the team in November to await a trade or his release. A 15-year NBA veteran, he is a career 37 percent 3-point shooter.last_img read more