Is Marijuana Medicine?

(Newswise)–While many states have pushed for new laws to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons, there are few well-controlled studies that demonstrate its effectiveness. As such, most major state and national medical professional societies have not yet supported its use in patient care until further research is conducted to show it is a […]

Safeguard Wanderers With “Take Me Home” Registry

By Dave Roberts Do you know a wanderer? If you do, please register in the Take Me Home program right away. Take Me Home is an online information system that is accessible to authorities that encounter a person who, because of Alzheimer’s disease or other disabilities, is unable to communicate where he or she lives. […]

Pedal The Cause Partners Ride For A Child With Rady Children’s Hospital

SAN DIEGO–Pedal the Cause, the grassroots bike tour that raises money to fund innovative cancer research in San Diego, has launched its new Ride for a Child program, in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Ride for a Child (RFC) is a special way to connect pediatric oncology patients at Rady Children’s with […]

Study Shows Racial And Socioeconomic Disparities In Hip Fracture Care Put Patients At A Disadvantage

Michael Parks, MD

(Newswise)–A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that people in certain racial and socioeconomic groups are at a disadvantage when it comes to care they receive after fracturing a hip. The study, titled, “Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Hip Fracture Timing of Care, Complications, and Mortality,” will be presented at the […]

Boosting A Natural Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease

LA JOLLA–Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene variant that may be used to predict people most likely to respond to an investigational therapy under development for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, published March 12 in Cell Stem Cell, is based on experiments with cultured neurons derived from […]

Decreased Sexual Activity, Desire May Lead To Decline In Serum Testosterone In Older Men

(Newswise)–In older men, decreased sexual activity and desire, not erectile dysfunction, may cause serum testosterone to decline, a new study from Australia finds. The results were presented March 7 at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in San Diego. “We found that over two years, men with declining serum concentrations of testosterone […]

So Let Me School You On What It’s Like To Get Mental Health Care In The U.S.

By Ragna Cook I have bipolar disorder type NOS. Basically what this means is I do not cycle like a person with Type I or Type II does. Essentially my type of bipolar means I cycle through various levels of mania all the time. Depression, for me, is incredibly rare, though it does happen. What […]

Medication Effective in Helping Smokers Quit Gradually

(Newswise)–Among cigarette smokers not willing or able to quit smoking in the next month but willing to reduce with the goal of quitting in the next 3 months, use of the nicotine addiction medication varenicline for 24 weeks compared with placebo produced greater reductions in smoking prior to quitting and increased smoking cessation rates at […]

Autism Genes Activate During Fetal Brain Development

LA JOLLA–Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development. The research, led by Lilia Iakoucheva, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is published in the February 18 issue of Neuron. The researchers studied […]

E-Cigarette Exposure Impairs Immune Responses In Mouse Model

(Newswise)–In a study with mice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that e-cigarettes compromise the immune system in the lungs and generate some of the same potentially dangerous chemicals found in traditional nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarettes are an emerging public health health concern, as they gain popularity among current and former smokers […]