Can Recreational Marijuana Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?

image: vintagestockBy Crabby McSlackerMore states may be legalizing cannabis, but recreational use is still considered pretty controversial.Getting "high" on purpose, not as a side effect of medicinal use? Many people see that as wicked or sinful. And even more folks dismiss it as silly, weak, reckless, or immature. We're all well-acquainted with the stereotype, right? The lazy, bumbling, airheaded stoner, escaping real life in a cloud of smelly smoke, becoming more moronic and demotivated with every hit.So how could something that can make a person appear so dimwitted and dysfunctional possibly be considered perfectly acceptable, let alone healthy?And yet I'm taking a mostly enthusiastic pro-marijuana stance! With of course a bunch of caveats and qualifications.Because yeah, I know how seriously people are going to take opinions about reefer from someone who blogs as "Crabby McSlacker."What Does the Research Say: Is Marijuana Dangerous or Beneficial to Your Health?If you already have an opinion you'd like to reinforce, you can cherry-pick research to say pretty much whatever you want it to say. Pot is a complex substance, and we humans are complex physiological systems, plus we vary a lot in our physical and psychological responses to the same drugs. Marijuana seems to have both beneficial and not so beneficial aspects, and people who do the studies and compile information often have an agenda.You could try to follow headlines as articles come out, b...
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We report a successful case of hepatic ductoplasty combined with hepaticojejunostomy (H-J) for the treatment of iatrogenic Bismuth type 2 stricture.Presentation of caseThe patient was a 68-year-woman who had undergone choledochojejunostomy (C-J) 6 years earlier due to bile duct injury after laparoscopic cholecystectomy for cholelithiasis. She complained of recurrent chills and upper back pain. Cholangiography and computed tomography revealed a C-J anastomotic stricture with hepatolithiasis. The diagnosis was reflux cholangitis with hepatolithiasis due to C-J stricture and a fistula between the reconstructed jejunal limb an...
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 August 2018Source: NeuroImage: ClinicalAuthor(s): Francisco Oliveira, Antoine Leuzy, João Castelhano, Konstantinos Chiotis, Steen Gregers Hasselbalch, Juha Rinne, Alexandre Mendonça, Markus Otto, Alberto Lleó, Isabel Santana, Jarkko Johansson, Sarah Straub, Christine Arnim, Ambros Beer, Rafael Blesa, Juan Fortea, Herukka Sanna-Kaisa, Erik Portelius, Josef Pannee, Henrik ZetterbergAbstractPositron emission tomography (PET) neuroimaging with the Pittsburgh Compound_B (PiB) is widely used to assess amyloid plaque burden. Standard quantification approaches normalize Pi...
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While I was caring for my mom, who lived with Alzheimer's, I learned that she reacted much better to visual cues than she did to verbal cues.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomThis lead me to the conclusion that she couldlive a happier and more engaged life if I added visual cues to our daily environment and activities.A toy parrot, stuffed animals that sing and dance, baby dolls, puzzles, and even a cup of coffee can help a person living with dementia to have a happier life.People living with Alzheimer's want to have fun, just like you and me.The Importance of Touch and Kindness in Dementia CareSubscribe to the Alzheim...
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Regulation of transforming growth factor β-mediated epithelial-mesenchymal transition of lens epithelial cells by c-Src kinase under high glucose conditions. Exp Ther Med. 2018 Aug;16(2):1520-1528 Authors: Han ZH, Wang F, Wang FL, Liu Q, Zhou J Abstract Recent studies have reported that high glucose (HG) conditions may contribute to the acceleration of renal cell apoptosis and renal fibrosis by inducing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of tubular epithelial cells, in which c-Src kinase and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β are key modulators. In the present study, the roles of c-Src k...
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Authors: Al-Kafaji G, Aljadaan A, Kamal A, Bakhiet M Abstract The mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNA-CN) is a surrogate measure of mitochondrial function and altered mtDNA-CN reflects the oxidant-induced cell damage. A previous study by our group demonstrated that a reduction in the renal mtDNA-CN is implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN), a leading cause of end-stage renal disease in diabetic patients. In the present study, it was investigated whether the mtDNA-CN in the peripheral blood may be utilized as a biomarker for DN in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients. The study included 50 non-diabet...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
Authors: Zhu W, Gong X, Luo C, Lu J Abstract Correlation between the serum cystatin C and substance P in peripheral blood of diabetes mellitus patients complicated with hypertension was investigated. Diabetes mellitus patients with or without hypertension were selected in No. 215 Hospital of Shaanxi Nuclear Industry from December 2015 to February 2017. There were 60 patients with only hypertension (hypertension control group), 60 patients with only diabetes mellitus (diabetes mellitus control group) and 60 patients with diabetes mellitus combined with hypertension (observation group). Levels of serum cystatin C and...
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