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    Most areas are expected to be put in the two toughest tiers of restrictions when the lockdown ends. Read more

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak said an extra £1bn in social care funding would be available to councils. Read more

    "Inadequate" stockpiles meant the government had to boost supplies quickly, the spending watchdog says. Read more

    "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," Meghan writes in an article. Read more

    The UK's five-day relaxation of rules will throw "fuel on the Covid fire", scientists warn. Read more

    Scientists demonstrate a scanning device that will make it easier to study the brain. Read more

    Non-essential shops will reopen this weekend but bars and restaurants will stay closed into January. Read more

    Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid. Read more

    People have tendency to soldier on, potentially making colleagues sick, health secretary says. Read more

    The vaccine is cheaper than other options and easier to distribute around the world. Read more

    People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days. Read more

    A 14-year-old transgender boy is taking legal action against NHS England over treatment delays. Read more

    Borrowing - which hit a record £22.3bn in October - cannot go on indefinitely, chancellor says. Read more

    Christmas could be a dangerous time to contract the virus - but precautions can be taken. Read more

    Busting myths and explaining the facts around immunisation. Read more

    Several vaccines are showing promise and one is already being reviewed by the UK regulator. Read more

    A question everyone's asking: what's my Covid risk? Here's how to find out. Read more

    Prof Sarah Gilbert got to work quickly on a coronavirus vaccine in January after decades of research. Read more

    We answer some of your questions about the Oxford vaccine. Read more

    BBC News spoke to key government figures, scientists and health officials involved from the start. Read more

    A BBC documentary highlights weaknesses in the expert analysis of the likely impact of coronavirus. Read more

    The UK government has opted out of EU schemes to source medical equipment and vaccines. What have they delivered? Read more

    England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week. Read more

    A vaccine for Covid-19 is set to be put forward for emergency approval. Read more

    Four nurses describe the pressure they are under as the second coronavirus wave gathers force. Read more

    People around the UK must now wear face coverings in many public places, but what are the rules? Read more

    Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households". Read more

    What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work? Read more

    A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus. Read more

    What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated? Read more

    Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more

    While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick. Read more

    With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus. Read more

    Evan was diagnosed with ME in 2017, and she believes her experience can support long Covid sufferers. Read more

    This doctor made a video simulating what a dying Covid patient sees - to urge people to wear masks. Read more

    How you and your family can celebrate Christmas and minimise the spread of coronavirus. Read more

    Hospital staff speak of "tired" colleagues while they tackle the second wave of coronavirus. Read more

    It's tougher than last time following complaints the previous system wasn't sufficient. Read more

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    PMID:  Br J Nutr. 2020 Nov 9:1-28. Epub 2020 Nov 9. PMID: 33161904 Abstract Title:  Blackcurrant () lowers sugar-induced postprandial glycaemia independently and in a product with fermented quinoa: a randomized crossover trial. Abstract:  Berries rich in anthocyanins have beneficial effects on postprandial glycaemia. We investigated whether blackcurrant (75 g in a portion) independently and in a product with fermented quinoa induced similar effects on the sugar-induced postprandial glucose metabolism as observed before with 150 g of blackcurrant. Twenty-six healthy subjects (22 females and 4 males) consumed four test products after fasting overnight in a randomized, controlled crossover design. Each test product portion contained 31 g of available carbohydrates and had similar composition of sugar components: 300 ml water with sucrose, glucose and fructose (SW; reference), blackcurrant puree with added sugars (BC), a product consisting of the blackcurrant puree and a product base with fermented quinoa (BCP), and the product base without blackcurrant (PB). Blood samples were collected at 0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 180 min after eating each test product to analyze the concentrations of glucose, insulin, and free fatty acids (FFA). In comparison with the SW, the intake of both the BC and BCP resulted… Read more

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    PMID:  Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Nov 11 ;9(11). Epub 2020 Nov 11. PMID: 33187302 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant and Cytoprotective Effect of Quinoa (.) with Pressurized Hot Water Extraction (PHWE). Abstract:  Quinoa is widely noted for its nutritional value. The seed is the main edible part of the plant and exists in at least three different colors: white, red and black. This study utilized a pressurized hot water extraction (PHWE) for the extraction of phytochemicals from quinoa. Chemical fingerprints with LC/UV and LC/MS using a targeted approach and pattern recognition tools were used to evaluate the quinoa extracts. The antioxidant properties for various types of quinoa were evaluated using DPPH assay, ABTS assay and the cytoprotective effect of quinoa extracts were investigated in HMEC-1 cell line. Distinctive chemical profiles obtained from black and red quinoa were well correlated with the antioxidant activities and cytoprotective effects. The combination of PHWE, chemical standardization with LC/UV and LC/MS, pattern recognition tools and biological assay provided an approach for the evaluation and eventual production of quinoa extracts for functional food. read more Read more

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    If current events are generating increased feelings of anxiety for you, research shows that yoga may be all you need to restore balance and calm to your life Read more

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    Once Weekly Yoga Practice Clinically Shown to Reduce Anxiety

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines If current events are generating increased feelings of anxiety for you, research shows that yoga may be all you need to restore balance and calm to your liferead more Read more

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    Cucumbers offer not only a good crunch and cooling hydration. They also pack a nutritional punch and offer wonderful benefits against several prevalent disorders Read more

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    PMID:  Food Chem. 2021 Feb 15 ;338:128113. Epub 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 33092009 Abstract Title:  The hydrolysis of saponin-rich extracts from fenugreek and quinoa improves their pancreatic lipase inhibitory activity and hypocholesterolemic effect. Abstract:  Saponins are promising compounds for ameliorating hyperlipidemia but scarce information exists about sapogenins, the hydrolyzed forms of saponins. Saponin-rich extracts and their hydrolysates from fenugreek (FE, HFE) and quinoa (QE, HQE), and saponin and sapogenin standards, were assessed on the inhibition of pancreatic lipase and interference on the bioaccessibility of cholesterol by in vitro digestion models. All extracts inhibited pancreatic lipase (ICbetween 1.15 and 0.59 mg/mL), although the hydrolysis enhanced the bioactivity of HQE (p = 0.014). The ICvalue significantly correlated to the saponin content (r = -0.82; p = 0.001). Only the hydrolyzed extracts showed a reduction of bioaccessible cholesterol (p read more Read more

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    PMID:  Toxicol Res (Camb). 2020 Sep ;9(5):652-660. Epub 2020 Sep 24. PMID: 33178425 Abstract Title:  Pecan pericarp extract protects against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury through oxidative mechanism in rats. Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to quantify the proanthocyanidin content of pecan () pericarp extract (PPE) and to assess its useful impacts against carbon tetrachloride (CCl)-induced hepatotoxicity. Rats were randomly divided into four groups: Group 1: received intraperitoneal injection of saline solution, Group 2: was injected with PPE (25 mg/kg body weight) for 10 consecutive days, Group 3: received CCl(0.5 ml/kg, subcutaneous injection), Group 4: was coadministred with PPE + CCl. The CClwas administered every 3 days during 10 days. Results revealed the presence of a high amount of total proanthocyanidins in the PPE (81.01 ± 0.21 mg TAE.gDW). CClinjection induced significant reductions in hepatic antioxidants but increased hepatic lipid peroxidation (LPO) as well as serum injury biomarkers. However, cotreatment with PPE significantly ( read more Read more

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    Top Four Health Benefits of Cucumbers

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines Cucumbers offer not only a good crunch and cooling hydration. They also pack a nutritional punch and offer wonderful benefits against several prevalent disorders Cucumber may not be as exciting or awe-inducing as other items on the health savvy's checklist. Yet it's more than just a cooling cruncher -- and is actually a superfood in its own right.read more Read more

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    PMID:  Int J Biol Macromol. 2020 Jul 1 ;154:319-328. Epub 2020 Mar 13. PMID: 32173441 Abstract Title:  Evaluation of antitumor potential of cashew gum extracted from Anacardium occidentale Linn. Abstract:  This study aims to determine the antitumor potential of cashew gum in vitro and in vivo. The cashew gum (CG) structure is similar to already showed in literature. The cytotoxicity effect of CG was performed by MTT assay, and B16-F10 melanoma model was used to evaluate antitumor effect. The tumor inhibition was calculated based on tumor weight. Hematological, histopathological, FTIR, oxidative stress and Western Blot analysis were performed to elucidate the mechanism of inhibition and toxic effects. As results, CG did not demonstrate cytotoxicity in vitro, however showed a significant tumor inhibition in vivo, with about 36.9 to 43% of reduction in tumor mass, with no toxicity to organs. Animals treated with CG did not show toxicity in normal tissues, FTIR spectrum and oxidative stress analysis of the tumor tissue indicated that CG cause tumor inhibition with the presence of apoptosis morphotype cells, without alterations in the levels of antioxidants components. In addition, it was observed that CG reduced the expression ofγH2AX without changing the expression of caspase-3. With this,… Read more

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    Foods rich in B12, like fish, meats and dairy, are a natural way to restore the health of your brain and heart  Read more

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    Vitamin B12 Fights Nerve Pain and Defends Your Heart and Brain

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines Did you know that a deficiency in vitamin B12 could be an underlying cause of nerve pain and is associated with higher risks for heart disease and increased symptoms and severity of brain disorders? Foods rich in B12, like fish, meats and dairy, are a natural way to restore your healthread more Read more

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    PMID:  Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Oct 14 ;9(10). Epub 2020 Oct 14. PMID: 33066525 Abstract Title:  CashewL.) Nuts Modulate the Nrf2 and NLRP3 Pathways in Pancreas and Lung after Induction of Acute Pancreatitis by Cerulein. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: One of the most common co-morbidities, that often leads to death, associated with acute pancreatitis (AP) is represented by acute lung injury (ALI). While many aspects of AP-induced lung inflammation have been investigated, the involvement of specific pathways, such as those centered on nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat (NLR) and pyrin domain containing receptor 3 (NLRP3), has not been fully elucidated.METHODS: To investigate the effect of cashew (L.) nuts on pancreatic and lung injury induced by cerulein injection, cerulein (50μg/kg) was administered to CD1 mice for 10 h. Oral treatment with cashew nuts at a dose of 100 mg/kg was given 30 min and 2 h after the first cerulein injection. One hour after the final cerulein injection, mice were euthanized and blood, lung and pancreatic tissue samples were collected.RESULTS: Cashew nuts were able to (1) reduce histological damage; (2) mitigate the induction of mast cell degranulation as well as the activity of myeloperoxidase and malondialdehyde; (3) decrease… Read more

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    PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020 ;2020:8869484. Epub 2020 Nov 7. PMID: 33224258 Abstract Title:  Amelioration of Rheumatoid Arthritis byvia Inhibition of Collagenase and Lysosomal Enzymes. Abstract:  (cashew) has been used in the traditional system of medicine for curing many inflammatory disorders. The present study investigates the antiarthritic effects of cashew leaves extract using the rat model of FCA-induced rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritic rats were treated with 100 and 200 mg/kg b.w. ethanolic extract of cashew leaves. Animals were sacrificed at day 23, and before sacrificing the animals, gross pathological changes were observed. Histopathology of ankle joint was evaluated with hematoxylin and eosin staining, whereas the serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) were evaluated by the agglutination method. Inflammatory cells and other hematological parameters were assessed by employing an automated hemocytometer and chemistry analyzer. Rheumatoid factor (Rf) and lysosomal enzymes levels were determined in blood. Results indicated thatsignificantly decreased the CPR levels, macroscopic arthritic score, and rheumatoid factor as compared to the diseased group. Histopathological evaluation showed significant attenuation in bone erosion, joint inflammation, and pannus formation by plant extract. Treatment withsignificantly suppressed the levels of acid phosphatase,-galactosidase,-glucuronidase,-acetylglucosaminidase, and collagenase. Moreover,significantly raised the HB levels and RBCs counts which were found… Read more

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    PMID:  JBI Evid Synth. 2020 Nov 2. Epub 2020 Nov 2. PMID: 33141798 Abstract Title:  The effect of tree nuts on glycaemic outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to synthesize the best available research evidence regarding the effectiveness of tree nuts on glycemic outcomes in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.INTRODUCTION: There has been an increase in the use of complementary therapy, particularly botanical products, for management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It has been reported that increasing mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids in diet effectively lowers the risk of development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Hence, it was hypothesized that consumption of nuts, which are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, may aid in preventing diabetes and reducing levels of blood glucose by reducing glycemic load by displacing dietary carbohydrates present in diet.INCLUSION CRITERIA: This systematic review included randomized controlled trials that compared the consumption of any type and form of tree nut with a placebo or any other intervention in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Trials were included if they measured fasting blood glucose, post prandial blood glucose, and/or glycated hemoglobin.… Read more

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    PMID:  Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2020 ;2020:1727142. Epub 2020 Oct 17. PMID: 33123309 Abstract Title:  Apitherapy for Parkinson's Disease: A Focus on the Effects of Propolis and Royal Jelly. Abstract:  The vast increase of world's aging populations is associated with increased risk of age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is a widespread disorder characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra, which encompasses a wide range of debilitating motor, emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms. PD threatens the quality of life of millions of patients and their families. Additionally, public welfare and healthcare systems are burdened with its high cost of care. Available treatments provide only a symptomatic relief and produce a trail of noxious side effects, which increase noncompliance. Hence, researchers have recently focused on the use of nutraceuticals as safe adjunctive treatments of PD to limit its progress and associated damages in affected groups. Propolis is a common product of the beehive, which possesses a large number of therapeutic properties. Royal jelly (RJ) is a bee product that is fed to bee queens during their entire life, and it contributes to their high physical fitness, fertility, and long lifespan. Evidence suggests that propolis… Read more

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    PMID:  Mol Biol Rep. 2020 Nov ;47(11):8867-8879. Epub 2020 Nov 1. PMID: 33135128 Abstract Title:  Royal jelly attenuates gastric mucosal injury in a rat ethanol-induced gastric injury model. Abstract:  The aim of the study was to investigate traditionally used Royal Jelly (RJ) for treating an ethanol-induced gastric ulcer model in rats. A total of 32 Wistar albino male rats were divided into 4 groups of 8: group I = Control, group II = Ethanol, group III = RJ + Ethanol, and group IV = Lansoprazole + Ethanol. In groups II, III, and IV, animals were administered 1 ml of absolute ethanol orally after a 24-h fast to induce ulcer formation. The histopathological changes in the gastric mucosa were determined using hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) staining. Immunohistochemically, inducible nitric oxide (iNOS) and nuclear factor kappa beta (Nf-κβ) markings were evaluated in gastric tissue. Cell death in the gastric mucosa was determined by the TUNEL method. Oxidative status markers, superoxide dismutase (SOD), malondialdehyde (MDA), catalase (CAT), and myeloperoxidase (MPO) levels were determined spectrophotometrically. Expression of the interleukin - 1 beta (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) genes in gastric tissues was determined by real-time PCR; and TNF-α, IL-10, and IL-1β levels were determined. RJ was… Read more

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    PMID:  J Funct Foods. 2020 Nov 11:104282. Epub 2020 Nov 11. PMID: 33199981 Abstract Title:  The potential antiviral effect of major royal jelly protein2 and its isoform X1 against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): Insight on their sialidase activity and molecular docking. Abstract:  Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-2 is a newly emerging type of CoV. We evaluated the predicted anti-SARS-CoV-2 effect of major royal jelly protein (MRJP)2 and MRJP2 isoform X1, which recently showed high efficacy against other enveloped RNA-viruses (HCV and HIV). Some in-silico analyses have been performed to predict the impact of these proteins on viral entry, replication, and complications. These proteins have shown a high potency in sialic acid hydrolysis from the lung cells (WI-38) surface. Docking analysis showed that these proteins have a high binding affinity to viral receptor-binding sites in the receptor-binding domain, causing attachment prevention. Moreover, MRJPs can exert an inhibitory influence, via different mechanisms, for SARS-CoV-2 non-structural proteins (main and papain proteases, RNA replicase, RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, and methyltransferase). Also, they can bind to hemoglobin-binding sites on viral-nsps and prevent their hemoglobin attack. Thus, MRJP2 and MRJP2 X1 can be a promising therapy for SARS-CoV-2 infection. read more Read more

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    PMID:  Curr Pharm Des. 2020 ;26(37):4712-4720. PMID: 32767923 Abstract Title:  Edible Nuts for Memory. Abstract:  Nuts hold prime significance throughout the world as they offer multiple health benefits owing to their highly nutritious profile. A number of scientific studies have demonstrated their actions against inflammation, oxidative damage, the aging process, as well as dementia or memory loss. However, only walnuts, followed by almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios, have shown promising results in empirical studies for memory improvements. So, the current review focuses on presenting hypotheses regarding anti-dementia property of nine different nuts: almond, walnut, pistachio, Brazil nut, peanut, pecans, cashew, hazelnut, and chestnut. The nutritious profile of nuts contains essential fats (mostly mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids), proteins (source for arginine, lysine and tryptophan), vitamins (riboflavin, folate, and various tocopherols), fibers, minerals (calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium) and trace elements (copper, zinc, and selenium). Interestingly, the constituents of natural products, nuts being an excellent example, work synergistically and/or in a side-effect neutralizing manner. These latter properties can make nuts an alternate therapy for humankind to fight against memory loss. read more Read more

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    PMID:  Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2020 Oct 12:1-12. Epub 2020 Oct 12. PMID: 33043712 Abstract Title:  Effect of chronic consumption of nuts on oxidative stress: a systematic review of clinical trials. Abstract:  Nuts consumption has been associated with a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases and oxidative stress-related disorders. We aimed to perform a systematic review with clinical trials to assess the impact of chronic nuts consumption on oxidative stress and the possible mechanisms involved. Studies were identified by searching in three electronic databases: PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, and LILACS, and selected following PRISMA guidelines. Two authors perform searching and data extraction. A total of 16 articles were included (12 randomized clinical trials and 4 one or two-arm clinical trials). Nut doses were generally high (>30 g/d), except for Brazil nuts (5-13 g/d). The follow-up time ranges between four weeks and six months, and the oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) was the most assessed biomarker. Eight articles reported improvement in oxidative stress biomarkers after nuts supplementation. Pathways regulated by selenium (e.g. glutathione peroxidase activity and nuclear factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) regulation), monounsaturated fatty acids (e.g. reduction of LDL oxidation), and bioactive compounds (e.g. antioxidant activity) were described as mechanisms involved in these beneficial effects. No… Read more

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    PMID:  Pain Med. 2020 Oct 1 ;21(10):2212-2218. PMID: 33118602 Abstract Title:  Ingestion of a THC-Rich Cannabis Oil in People with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To determine the benefit of a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis oil on symptoms and quality of life of fibromyalgia patients.METHODS: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted for eight weeks to determine the benefit of a THC-rich cannabis oil (24.44 mg/mL of THC and 0.51 mg/mL of cannabidiol [CBD]) on symptoms and quality of life of 17 women with fibromyalgia, residents of a neighborhood with a low socioeconomic profile and a high incidence of violence in the city of Florianopolis, Brazil. The initial dose was one drop (∼1.22 mg of THCand 0.02 mg of CBD) a day with subsequent increases according to symptoms. The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) was applied at pre- and postintervention moments and in five visits over eight weeks.RESULTS: There were no significant differences on baseline FIQ score between groups. However, after the intervention, the cannabis group presented a significant decrease in FIQ score in comparison with the placebo group (P = 0.005) and in comparison with cannabis group baseline score. (P read more Read more

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    PMID:  Ann Hepatol. 2020 Nov 3. Epub 2020 Nov 3. PMID: 33157269 Abstract Title:  Cannabis Use May Reduce Healthcare Utilization and Improve Hospital Outcomes in Patients with Cirrhosis. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Previous studies reveal conflicting data on the effect of cannabis use in patients with cirrhosis. This research evaluates the impact of cannabis on hepatic decompensation, health care utilization, and mortality in patients with cirrhosis.MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the State Inpatient Database (SID) was performed evaluating patients from Colorado and Washington in 2011 to represent pre-cannabis legalization and 2015 to represent post-cannabis legalization. Multivariable analysis was performed to study the impact of cannabis on the rate of admissions with hepatic decompensations, healthcare utilization, and mortality in patients with cirrhosis.RESULTS: Cannabis use was detected in 370 (2.1%) of 17,520 cirrhotics admitted in 2011 and in 1,162 (5.3%) of 21,917 cirrhotics in 2015 (p-valueread more Read more

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    As natural and indigenous people, we enjoy immediate health benefits by desiring less technology in our lives, choosing instead to be happy with our unlimited imaginations and the natural biology Read more

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    The Psychology of Blame: A Health Freedom Lawyer’s Message From the Front Lines

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines Introduction I am an organic rancher who grows healing herbs like chamomile; my family eats 100% organic; we take no drugs or surgery; I've been a health freedom lawyer activist for about 15-years -- and I am the first to admit I am creating BigPharma.read more Read more

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    PMID:  Rheumatology (Oxford). 2020 Nov 7. Epub 2020 Nov 7. PMID: 33159797 Abstract Title:  Cannabis use assessment and its impact on pain in rheumatologic diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: Despite classic analgesic or effective treatments in rheumatic diseases, such as synthetic DMARDs in RA, patients remain in pain and often turn to non-prescribed pharmacological alternatives, such as cannabis self-therapeutic use. However, this medical use of cannabis has not been thoroughly studied.METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review up to June 2020. The incidence of cannabis consumption was calculated by metaproportion. Differences between cannabis users and non-users were expressed as standardized mean differences using the inverse-variance method. We also assessed the effects of cannabis on pain.RESULTS: A total of 2900 patients reported cannabis consumption in a sample of 10 873 patients [incidence 40.4% (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.28, 0.54)], and 15.3% (95% CI: 0.07, 0.27) specified that they were currently taking cannabis. Cannabis use was higher in the four fibromyalgia studies [68.2% (95% CI: 0.41, 0.90), n = 611] compared with seven articles concerning RA or lupus [26.0% (95% CI: 0.14, 0.41), n = 8168]. Cannabis consumption was associated with a decrease in pain intensity [VAS pain at baseline 8.2 (2.9) vs 5.6… Read more

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    PMID:  Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Nov 14 ;9(11). Epub 2020 Nov 14. PMID: 33202647 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant Effects of Hemp (L.) Inflorescence Extract in Stripped Linseed Oil. Abstract:  The ability of hemp (L.) inflorescence extract to counteract lipid oxidation was studied in stripped linseed oil. The ethanolic extract was characterized in terms of terpenes (6.00 mg/mL), cannabidiol (4.99%), phenolic compounds (1.80 mg gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/mL), antiradical, and metal ion-chelating activities (50% effective concentration (EC) of 2.47 mg/mL and 0.39 mg/mL, respectively). The stripped linseed oil, used as control (CO), was mixed with hemp extract (HO) orα-tocopherol (EO) at a ratio of 0.6% () and stored for 7 days in darkness at 40°C. Hemp extract reduced the oxidation and lipolysis processes. At the end of the storage, HO showed a significantly higher level of α-linolenic acid (ALA; 26.64 g/100 g), lower peroxide value (PV) (21.19 meq O/kg oil), and lower hexanal content (7.67 mmol/kg oil) than those found in the control. In contrast, EO showed a marked lipolysis (the free fatty acids increased by 42.57%) and a noticeable oxidation, since the ALA content decreased by 2.10% and a PV of 50 meq O/kg oil was observed. This study demonstrates that hemp… Read more

    - GMI Research Group

    It's that time of year, when "pumpkin spice" becomes ubiquitous for everything from coffee to the candle burning on your bedside table, but whether or not it's good for you depends on what you buy Read more

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    Is Pumpkin Spice Good for You?

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines It's that time of year, when "pumpkin spice" becomes ubiquitous for everything from coffee to the candle burning on your bedside table. Let's take a closer look at the warmly aromatic spice blend that has become synonymous with fall Pumpkin spice, often sold as pumpkin pie spice, is a convenience blend of the different spices called for in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe. A combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and sometimes allspice, these warm, aromatic spices bring out the subtle sweetness of pumpkin, a type of squash used not just in pies, but in breads, cookies, drinks and other recipes that mark the autumn season in North America.read more Read more

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    PMID:  J Parkinsons Dis. 2020 Nov 11. Epub 2020 Nov 11. PMID: 33216043 Abstract Title:  Cannabis in Parkinson's Disease: The Patients' View. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Little is known about the patients' view on treatment with medical cannabis (MC) for Parkinson's disease (PD).OBJECTIVE: To assess the PD community's perception of MC and patients' experience with MC.METHODS: Applying a questionnaire-based survey, we evaluated general knowledge and interest in MC as well as the frequency, modalities, efficacy, and tolerability of application. Questionnaires were distributed nationwide via the membership journal of the German Parkinson Association and locally in our clinic to control for report bias.RESULTS: Overall, 1.348 questionnaires (1.123 nationwide, 225 local) were analysed. 51% of participants were aware of the legality of MC application, 28% of various routes of administration (ROA) and 9% of the difference between delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). PD-related cannabis use was reported by 8.4% of patients and associated with younger age, living in large cities and better knowledge about the legal and clinical aspects of MC. Reduction of pain and muscle cramps was reported by more than 40% of cannabis users. Stiffness/akinesia, freezing, tremor, depression, anxiety and restless legs syndrome subjectively improved for more than 20% and overall tolerability… Read more

    - GMI Research Group

    More than just a celebrated autumn fruit, pumpkin provides a wealth of health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases, facilitating wound healing and cardiovascular protection Read more

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    Four Top Health Benefits of Pumpkin

    This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2020Visit our Re-post guidelines More than just a celebrated autumn fruit, pumpkin provides a wealth of health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases, facilitating wound healing and providing cardiovascular protection Pumpkin is popularly known as a Halloween decoration or a delicious Thanksgiving pie. Yet it's more than just a symbol of these annual festivities -- it offers a bounty of health benefits that have been celebrated for centuries.read more Read more

    Despite their reputation, rats are surprisingly sociable and regularly help each other out. Researchers have shown that a rat just has to smell another rat that is engaged in helpful behavior to increase their own helpfulness. This is the first study to show that just the smell of a cooperating rat is enough to trigger a helpful response. Read more

    Twice as much freshwater is stored offshore of Hawai'i Island than previously thought, revealed a new study with important implications for volcanic islands around the world. An extensive reservoir of freshwater within the submarine southern flank of the Hualalai aquifer was mapped by researchers with Hawai'i EPSCoR 'Ike Wai project, showing a way in which substantial volumes of freshwater are transported from onshore to offshore submarine aquifers along the coast of Hawai'i Island. Read more

    Scientists report the detection of neutrinos from the sun, directly revealing for the first time that the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen (CNO) fusion-cycle is at work in our sun. Read more

    Researchers have discovered that assembly of the algal pyrenoid, a structure that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars, is guided by the presence of a particular protein sequence, or motif. Read more

    Researchers have discovered how Rubisco holoenzymes assemble to form the fluid-like matrix of the algal pyrenoid, an organelle that mediates the incorporation of carbon dioxide into sugars. Read more

    Researchers have detected a connection between Brachyspira, a genus of bacteria in the intestines, and IBS -- especially the form that causes diarrhea. Although the discovery needs confirmation in larger studies, there is hope that it might lead to new remedies for many people with irritable bowel syndrome. Read more

    Small, community-based reserves in Thailand's Salween River Basin are serving as critical refuges for fish diversity in a region whose subsistence fisheries have suffered from decades of over-harvesting. Read more

    New research sheds light on the production of an 800-year-old turkey feather blanket and explores the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply feathers in the ancient Southwest. Read more

    It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year. Read more

    Researchers have developed an optical toolbox to build microscopes for a few hundred euros that deliver high-resolution images comparable to commercial microscopes that cost up to a thousand times more. The 3D printed open-source modular system can be combined in the way the research question requires -- from the observation of living organisms in the incubator to a toolbox for education. Read more

    Wheat researchers are pioneering a new technique that promises to improve gene discovery for the globally important crop. Read more

    Telomeres are specialized structures at the end of chromosomes which protect our DNA and ensure healthy division of cells. According to a new study, the mechanisms of telomere protection are surprisingly unique in stem cells. Read more

    Over the past 40,000 years, ice sheets thousands of kilometers apart have influenced one another through sea level changes, according to new research. New modelling of ice sheet changes during the most recent glacial cycle demonstrates, for the first time, that during this period, changes in the Antarctic ice sheet were driven by the melting ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere. Read more

    Studies of both mice and humans who have traveled into space reveal that critical parts of a cell's energy production machinery, the mitochondria, can be made dysfunctional due to changes in gravity, radiation exposure and other factors. These findings are part of an extensive research effort across many scientific disciplines to look at the health effects of travel into space. Read more

    In a landmark discovery for global wheat production, a team has sequenced the genomes for 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programs around the world, enabling scientists and breeders to much more quickly identify influential genes for improved yield, pest resistance and other important crop traits. Read more

    An international study has revealed that the genetic risk of pre-eclampsia - a potentially dangerous condition in pregnancy - is related to blood pressure and body mass index. Read more

    Researchers have determined the three dimensional (3D) structure of a protein responsible for glass formation in sponges. They explain how the earliest and, in fact, the only known natural protein-mineral crystal is formed. Read more

    Researchers at the University of York have created a new modified wheat variety that increases grain production by up to 12%. Read more

    Products derived from nanotechnology are efficient and highly sought-after, yet their effects on the environment are still poorly understood. A research team has investigated the effects of nanosilver, currently used in almost 450 products for its antibacterial properties, on the algae known as Poterioochromonas malhamensis. The results show that nanosilver disturb the alga's entire metabolism. Its membrane becomes more permeable, the cellular ROS increases and photosynthesis is less effective. Read more

    Neuroscientists tracked the brains and pupils of self-described basketball fans as they watched March Madness games, to study how people process surprise -- an unexpected change of circumstances that shifts an anticipated outcome. They found that that shifts in the pattern of activity in high-level brain areas only happened at moments that contradicted the watchers' current beliefs about which team was more likely to win. Read more

    Gut hormones play an important role in regulating fat production in the body. One key hormone, released a few hours after eating, turns off fat production by regulating gene expression in the liver, but this regulation is abnormal in obesity, researchers found in a new study. Read more

    Scientists have discovered a training method to further improve the delicate touch of pianists by optimizing the method rather than increase the amount of training. They developed a system that freely controls the weight of piano keys using a haptic device, which enables to control the strength and direction of the force. The results of experiments showed that enhancing the somatosensory function of fingertips with AHT could improve the accuracy of keystrokes. Read more

    Physical activity makes happy and is important to maintain psychic health. Researchers studied the brain regions which play a central role in this process. Their findings reveal that even everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, significantly enhance well-being, in particular of persons susceptible to psychiatric disorders. Read more

    The Loricifera is a microscopic, sediment-dwelling marine invertebrate, with a head covered in over 200 spines and an abdomen with a protective shell - known as a lorica. Since it was first discovered in 1983, just under 40 species have been written about. Now, that number is one more thanks to a group of scientists who reported on a new genus and species of Loricifera. Read more

    Researchers find that viewing interests as developable, not fixed, can help people make connections among diverse fields that others might miss, with implications for innovation. Their research suggests that understanding this can benefit organizations in generating innovative solutions and ideas, job seekers taking on new or wide-ranging responsibilities, and can create a culture for interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving. Read more

    Researchers have identified a unique population of astrocytes in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord of mice that produces pain hypersensitivity when activated by neurons carrying signals down from the brain. The findings indicate that the role of descending neurons in controlling spinal pain transmission is not limited to suppression and point to this group of astrocytes as a new target for enhancing the effect of chronic pain treatments. Read more

    Researchers have developed a tool that allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome (SAS) in plants using Raman spectroscopy in significantly less time compared to conventional methods. The discovery can help farmers better monitor plant health and lead to improved crop yield. Read more

    Advanced imaging with CT shows that people who cook with biomass fuels like wood are at risk of suffering considerable damage to their lungs from breathing in dangerous concentrations of pollutants and bacterial toxins, according to a new study. Read more

    A new study grounded in the northern Rockies explores the role of wildfire in the finely tuned dance between plants and their pollinators. Previous studies have looked at how fire affects plants, or how fire affects animals. But what is largely understudied is the question of how fire affects both, and about how linkages within those ecological networks might respond to fire disturbance. The findings are particularly significant in light of recent reports about the rapid and widespread decline of insects globally. Read more

    Multimaterial fibers that integrate metal, glass and semiconductors could be useful for applications such as biomedicine, smart textiles and robotics. But because the fibers are composed of the same materials along their lengths, it is difficult to position functional elements, such as electrodes or sensors, at specific locations. Now, researchers have developed a method to pattern hundreds-of-meters-long multimaterial fibers with embedded functional elements. Read more

    Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows. Read more

    Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. Read more

    The key factor in deciding how to incorporate AI recommenders is whether consumers are focused on the functional and practical aspects of a product (its utilitarian value) or on the experiential and sensory aspects of a product (its hedonic value). Read more

    A research team has shown that microbes taken from trees growing beside pristine mountain-fed streams in Western Washington could make phosphorus trapped in soils more accessible to agricultural crops. Read more

    Researchers have used cutting edge technology to bioprint miniature human kidneys in the lab, paving the way for new treatments for kidney failure and possibly lab-grown transplants. Read more

    By cutting into dinosaur bones and analyzing the growth lines, a team of researchers discovered that T. rex and its closest relatives got big thanks to a huge growth spurt in adolescence, while its more distant cousins kept on growing a little bit every year throughout their lives. Read more

    Engineers filled a glass tube bent like a tuning fork, kept vibrating by a circuit at its resonance frequency, with simulated stomach and intestine contents and passed an over-the-counter time-release drug granule through the tube. They observed a brief change in the frequency. When plotted, they could compare the peaks of resonance frequency against the time to learn the buoyant mass of the drug granule at that moment. Read more

    Couinter-intuitively, small marine animals don't use their limbs or propulsors to push themselves through the water while swimming. Instead, their appendages create negative pressure behind them that pulls the animal through the water, scientists report. Read more

    Anthraquinones are a class of naturally occurring compounds prized for their medicinal properties, as well as for other applications, including ecologically friendly dyes. Despite wide interest, the mechanism by which plants produce them has remained shrouded in mystery until now. New work reveals a gene responsible for anthraquinone synthesis in plants. Their findings could help scientists cultivate a plant-based mechanism for harvesting these useful compounds in bulk quantities. Read more

    A common insecticide that is a major hazard for honeybees is now effectively detected in honey thanks to a simple new method. Read more

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