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Cannabis Could Decrease Lethality Of H1N1 Flu

Good News: Cannabis could help decreasing risk of death from some influenza strains.

Bad News: Smoking it will not work and may even make things worse.

According to Cannabis Science Inc., which specializes in research and development of cannabis for medicinal purposes, the world may have at their disposal a mean of combating the deadly effects of some influenza strains (including H5N1 avian flu and H1N1 swine flu).

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Spanish Researchers Find A New Analgesic More Potent Than Morphin

Researchers from the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas" (CSIC) have found a synthetic derivative of morphine which, when administered in rats, shows an analgesic effect one hundred times more powerful and twice as durable than morphine, as well as having fewer side effects.

The finding, published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, opens the door to design new and better analgesics for the treatment of chronic and severe pain.

"Although in the past 40 years many new compounds with analgesic capacity have been discovered, there has been no significant progress for the treatment of chronic pain," says researcher Gregory Valencia. "This is the first time that a sugar (mannoside) derivative of morphine shows more analgesic capacity than the original drug".

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WHO Raises Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Level

On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 3 to phase 4 (on a scale of 6), indicating that efforts to contain the spread of the virus had failed.

Keiji Fukuda, Head of the WHO Global Influenza Programme, said that outbreaks in Mexico, the U.S. and Spain demonstrate that the H1N1 virus expansion can't be hindered but does not require to close the fronters or to restrict travels, but "it is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention".

Epidemiological data demonstrate human-to-human transmission and the ability of the virus to cause community-level outbreaks.

Although not yet a pandemic, the situation has to be considered very seriously worlwide.

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The First Step to Quitting Smoking

This article goes over the first step people should take before they try to quit smoking. Understanding this really helps make quitting smoking a lot easier to stick to because you understand why it doesn't make sense to smoke in the first place, and greatly improves your chances of successfully becoming a non-smoker. There are a few insights regarding the thought processes of smokers in here that many smokers actually already know but usually never think about. It is a good start for people who are thinking about quitting smoking but don’t know where to start or need a little persuading to actually start quitting.

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Researchers Cast Doubt On Role Of Free Radicals In Aging

For more than 40 years, the prevailing explanation of why we get old has been tied to what is called oxidative stress. This theory postulates that when molecules like free radicals, oxygen ions and peroxides build up in cells, they overwhelm the cells’ ability to repair the damage they cause, and the cells age.

An industry of “alternative” antioxidant therapies -- such as Vitamin E or CoQ10 supplements in megadose format --has sprung up as the result of this theory. However, clinical trials have not shown that these treatments have statistically significant effects.

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Clean Living Way To Beat Cancer

Over 40% of breast and bowel cancer cases in rich countries are preventable through diet, physical activity and weight control alone, experts say.

Simple measures like cycling to work and swapping fatty foods for fruit can make all the difference for these and many other cancers, they say.

Globally, each year there are millions of these preventable cancer cases, the World Cancer Research Fund estimates.

Its report makes recommendations for "clean living" policies.

According to the report, about a third of the 12 most common cancers in high-income countries and about a quarter in lower income countries could be prevented through diet, exercise and weight control.

This include cancers of the throat, lung and bowel.

Not inevitable

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Experimental Vaccine Reduces Risks Of HIV/AIDS Contagion

Sept. 24, 2009 - Thai health authorities have presented yesterday in Bangkok the results of an HIV/AIDS vaccine studey conducted on more than 16,000 people.

The study conducted in Thailand was sponsored by the US Army Medical Research and the National Institute of Health.

The experimental vaccine (known as RV144) is a combination of two genetically engineered vaccines developed by Sanofi-Aventis SA and VaxGen Inc., whih had failed in previous trials.

The protection offered by this new vaccine is very low, as it only reduces the risk of contagion by 31.2 percent, but the results give some indication that researchers are heading in the right direction.

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FDA Warns Consumers Against Eating Pistachios Amid Salmonella Scare

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In another food scare sure to rattle consumers who watched the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts unfold, federal food officials are now warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios, which could carry contamination from the same bacteria.

The Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts shipped since last fall.

"Our advice to consumers is that they avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety. "The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow, simply because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers."

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A Macaque Model of HIV Infection

“We can quite accurately recapitulate the early stages of infection.” Paul D. Bieniasz

Researchers have taken a major step toward developing a better animal model of human AIDS. Such a model could greatly improve researchers’ ability to evaluate potential strategies for preventing and treating the disease.

Researchers have lacked a reliable animal model in which to study HIV infection, because the virus replicates poorly in most other animals. But now a team assembled by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator Paul D. Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) has genetically modified the human virus so that it can infect a species of rhesus monkeys. Viral infection in the monkeys mimics the early stages of HIV infection in humans.

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Drinking Tea Reduce Risk of Stroke

Drinking three or more cups of tea a day may significantly reduce the chances of having a stroke, scientists claim.

At least three cups of Indian or Chinese tea reduces the risk of a stroke by more than a fifth, according to researchers.

A major study carried out by scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles found that tea could well be a powerful weapon in the fight against strokes.

"By drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of a stroke was reduced 21 per cent," said Dr Lenore Arab, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine.

The more you drink, the better your odds of staving off a stroke, the professor added.

"That's why these findings are so exciting," Professor Arab said. "If we can find a way to prevent the stroke, or prevent the damage, that is simple and not toxic, that would be a great advance."

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