Cannabidiol, or CBD, one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant, appears to be the health industry's new shining star, with producers hawking it as a quick-fix for everything from anxiety to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), despite it only being recently becoming legal in the US. But, according to recent research, out of the 62 percent of people who use CBD to treat a medical condition, most use it to manage chronic pain, arthritis and joint pain.This story discusses substances that are legal in some places but not in others and is for informational purposes only, not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You shouldn't do things that are illegal -- this story does not endorse or encourage illegal drug use. "I think there's definitely a lot of excitement about [medical marijuana]," says Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., research investigator in the department of anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan. "It's … [Read more...] about CBD for pain: Does it actually work?
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Anyone can feel lonely, even when surrounded by friends, and loneliness is on the up. How can we curb its devastating effect on people's mental and physical health? Health 19 July 2017 By Moya SarnerIMAGINE you are a zookeeper and it’s your job to design an enclosure for humans. What single feature would best ensure the health and well-being of the animals in your care? Appropriate access to food and water? Shelter? The thought experiment has only one answer, according to social neuroscientist John Cacioppo who proposed it. The enclosure, above all else, must take into account our need for connection with other humans. Advertisement We are an “obligatorily gregarious species”, in Cacioppo’s words. Yet if so, this is not how many of us live today. We are often far from our families, in homes where we are the sole occupant, socialising, working and shopping online. This can have a serious downside: a gnawing feeling of loneliness to which most of … [Read more...] about Feeling lonely? You’re not on your own
The fast-paced world we live in is a perfect driver of stress. The racing heart, knots in the stomach and vague sense of agitation are an unavoidable part of the human condition. But chronic stress can, over time, harm the body, causing everything from inflammation to cardiometabolic disease. In some cases, stress may play a role in cancer. But just how tightly are these two conditions linked? Studies suggest several ways that stress may influence cancer development, said Shelley Tworoger, an associate professor of population science at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Tworoger spoke about these links during a talk earlier this month at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Atlanta. [7 Cancers You Can Ward Off With Exercise] In those who already have certain types of cancer, stress can accelerate progression and worsen outcomes, increasing evidence suggests. But "there's more question" about whether or not chronic stress can cause cancer in the … [Read more...] about Can Chronic Stress Cause or Worsen Cancer? Here’s What the Evidence Shows.
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 12:03 AM EDT Mar 26, 2019 Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 81-year-old male. I have CMML (chronic myelomonocrytic leukemia), but Vidaza has stabilized my condition. I am otherwise in good health. Some years ago, I had an operation on my thumb that became infected, and I was given Duricef. This caused me to have colitis, which was treated by killing all my stomach bacteria and reintroducing good bacteria. I recently had diverticulitis and took ciprofloxacin and metronidazole for seven days. The oral antibiotics for the diverticulitis caused me to have stomach cramps, as do all oral antibiotics. The problem is, I frequently have cuts and abrasions that turn the surrounding area red. I would like to manage infections and inflammations while reducing the need for oral antibiotics. I am concerned that frequent use of antibiotics causes them to become less effective. I also wonder about letting a fever continue to allow natural healing. I need to monitor … [Read more...] about Doc: When it comes to antibiotic use, less is more