Smoking high strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

Smoking high strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres that handle the flow of messages across the two halves of the brain, scientists claim. Brain scans of people who regularly smoked strong skunk-like cannabis revealed subtle differences in the white matter that connects the left and right hemispheres and carries signals from one side of the brain to the other. The changes were not seen in those who never used cannabis or smoked only the less potent forms of the drug, the researchers found.

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Moonlighting molecules: finding new uses for old enzymes

Moonlighting molecules: finding new uses for old enzymes

A collaboration has led researchers to identify a potentially significant new application for a well-known human enzyme, which may have implications for treating respiratory diseases such as asthma. “MMP8 is well-known, we all thought we understood its function, but it’s clear that this, and probably many other enzymes, ‘moonlight’ and have several functions within the body,”

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New strategy for treating arthritis discovered

New strategy for treating arthritis discovered

Arthritis patients could one day benefit from a novel form of medicine, according to researchers. Their early study indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to therapies, could be treated by a patient's own 'microvesicles' that are able to travel into cartilage cells and deliver therapeutic agents.

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Is it possible to build ‘meat’ out of plant protein?

Is it possible to build 'meat' out of plant protein?

Americans eat three times the world average of beef each year. However, with each pound requiring more than 50 gallons of water, producers in drought-stricken California are looking to find other ways to get protein into our diets. Dr. James Hamblin, a senior editor at The Atlantic Magazine, reports.

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$750/pill pharma company reverses decision to lower drug price

$750/pill pharma company reverses decision to lower drug price

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG will not reverse its decision to raise the price of a decades-old drug, Daraprim, by more than 5,000 percent, backing out of previous statements that it would cut the cost by the end of the year. In an announcement on Tuesday, the company said that the list price of Daraprim, which jumped from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill earlier this year, will not change. Instead, the company will offer hospitals up to 50 percent discounts and will make…

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