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FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy medication

The FDA has approved the nation's first medication based on an active ingredient from marijuana. The drug, Epidiolex, is intended to treat seizures resulting from Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy. The medication has been approved for patients aged two years or older and marks the first time the agency has approved a drug derived from cannabis.

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Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Virtual reality headsets make it easier to give kids shots

Children aren't the most receptive when it comes to needles, but virtual reality is helping change that. A new study details research into the use of VR headsets in the doctor's office, specifically as a tool to distract kids from the mild pain associated with getting a shot or blood drawn. Turns out, the majority of kids stop caring about the needle when there's a headset strapped to their face.

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Gaming Disorder is a real addiction insists the WHO

Gaming Disorder is a real addiction insists the WHO

Addiction gaming is a real condition, the World Health Organization has decided, though not everybody agrees with the conclusion. The WHO released the latest version of its International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, today, and among the changes from the previous iteration is that "gaming disorder" has been added to the section on addictive disorders.

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Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

A study out of the University of Illinois, Chicago, warns that kids and teens -- especially teens -- are using "alternative medicine" in growing numbers. The research was recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, which reports that despite warnings from officials that kids shouldn't use supplements, teens are increasingly using things like melatonin.

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Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

A new study out of South Korea's Seoul National University College of Medicine has found weight implications associated with both excess sleep and a lack of sleep. The research, which was recently published in the BMC Public Health journal, evaluated 133,608 individuals aged from 40- to 69-years-old. Too much sleep may negatively effect cholesterol levels, as well.

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Psychedelics may help heal brains marred by depression, anxiety, and PTSD

Psychedelics may help heal brains marred by depression, anxiety, and PTSD

Some say we're on the brink of a psychedelics revolution, one that may pave the way for more effective depression and anxiety treatments. Studies on psychedelics are still limited due to the substances' legal status, but an increasing body of research hints at potentially beneficial mental health effects from psilocybin, ketamine, and more. The latest study indicates psychedelics may "rewire" the brain to counter the effects of depression and similar disorders.

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This pill mimics gastric bypass to treat obesity and diabetes

This pill mimics gastric bypass to treat obesity and diabetes

Gastric bypass is a life-saving surgery for some people...assuming they survive the surgery. It's a drastic procedure with life-altering effects, making it a last resort for many people. The future may hold a better alternative, though, one that comes in the form of a simple pill. Such a development has been detailed in a recently published study.

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A simple pregnancy blood test could help warn of preterm babies

A simple pregnancy blood test could help warn of preterm babies

A new blood test could flag pregnant women at risk of giving birth prematurely, giving healthcare providers a vital insight into potential risks to both parent and child. The new test relies on identifying chemicals in the mother's bloodstream that affect the gene activity within the child.

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ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this year, is addressing that problem with the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market.

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Popular antibacterial ingredient linked to IBD and gut bacteria issues

Popular antibacterial ingredient linked to IBD and gut bacteria issues

A popular antimicrobial ingredient found in a variety of consumer hygiene and health products, including soaps and toothpaste, has been linked to health problems. According to a newly published study, the ingredient triclosan may alter gut bacteria leading to other health issues, including colon inflammation and "exaggerated disease development."

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Researchers create the first 3D printed human corneas

Researchers create the first 3D printed human corneas

One of the important parts of the eye that allows humans to see is the outer layer known as the cornea. That part of the eye has a key role in focusing. For people with cornea problems, the only hope of clear vision is a cornea transplant from a donor, which are hard to come by. Researchers have now been able to 3D print the first human corneas that could eliminate the shortage.

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Study finds popular vitamin and mineral supplements are useless

Study finds popular vitamin and mineral supplements are useless

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reveals that you may be wasting your money on vitamin and mineral supplements. According to the study, most of these supplements provide neither consistent health benefits or harm, at least when it comes to heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, and premature death.

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