Is Coca-Cola really putting pot in its beverages?

A flurry of recent news reports would make you think so — here are a few examples: Coke plans to brew weed drink Coca-Cola In Talks To Make Marijuana-Infused Drink Coca-Cola eyes cannabis market The truth turns out to be a bit less dramatic. Here’s how the company’s statement put it: “We have no interest in marijuana or cannabis. Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world…. No decisions have been made at this time.” A few clarifications are in order here: “CBD” is short for cannabidiol; it’s found in marijuana but also in hemp, and there are claims that it can provide a number of health benefits (see below). “Non-psychoactive” means that it does not cause a person to feel intoxicated or “high.” As such, CBD is not considered to be addictive or prone to abuse; that’s why it is legal in all 50 states (though with some restrictions). “Functional wellness beverages” are those that provide some health benefit above and beyond nutrition or hydration. Gatorade is one example, as it is ‘fortified’ with electrolytes lost during intense exercise. There are many others, such as Pom Wonderful, which describes its products as “the Antioxidant Superpower” and “the perfect fuel to get you to CrazyHealthy;” or Red Bull, which &ldqu...
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Authors: Guadagno E, De Rosa G, Nappi O Abstract A national project for the quality assessment of breast immunohistochemistry, involving 155 pathology laboratories distributed all over the Italian territory ( 19 regions), was carried out. The Project lasted one year from December 2014 to December 2015 and it was strongly supported by the Italian Society of Anatomic Pathology (SIAPEC/IAP). Proficiency tests were carried out by the Nordic Immunohistochemical Quality Control (NordiQC) organization. The main aim of the project was to investigate on the general performance of immunohistochemistry (ER, PR and HER2) in th...
Source: Pathologica - Category: Pathology Tags: Pathologica Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 December 2018Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related DisordersAuthor(s): Ram N. Narayan, Morgan McCreary, Darrel Conger, Cynthia Wang, Benjamin M. GreenbergAbstractBackgroundOptic nerve involvement in anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody associated syndrome (MOG ab syndrome) tends to have unique features. Few studies have reported optical coherence tomography (OCT) measures like retinal nerve fiber layer thickness findings in the setting of pediatric MOG ab syndrome.ObjectivesThe aim of this study is to compare visual acuity between MOG ab positive and MOG ab negative pedia...
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study highlights a particular phenotype of first clinical inflammatory demyelinating events in predominantly female patients aged>70 years who have severe motor impairment with common longitudinal extensive myelitis and large and common very active radiological inflammatory lesions. Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders seem overrepresented.
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe emphasize the rarity of this antibody combination in children and suggest these patients, although clinically improved, may require longer follow-up due to the risk of recurrence of two autoimmune disorders.
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionUnder random effect model of meta-analysis, the data showed that the results of Tregs in MS were different according to the definition method; and the proportion of Tregs defined by “CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+” was decreased in MS. That result demonstrates that FOXP3 may be a vital definition of Tregs, and Tregs defined by stricter definition methods should be involved in the pathogenic mechanisms of MS.Graphical AbstractUnder random effect model of meta-analysis, the data showed that the results of Tregs were different according to the definition methods; and the proportion of Tregs defined by “CD4+ CD2...
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionIn this nationwide study, multiple sclerosis patients did not have increased cancer incidence or increased cancer-specific mortality. We observed an increased risk of malignant melanoma mainly attributed to increased risk in the first part of our study period.
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 14 December 2018Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related DisordersAuthor(s): Mohamed Salah Mohamed, Eslam. M.A. El- Nahrery, Nevin Shalaby, Mona Hussein, Reda Abd El Aal, Magdy Mahmoud MohamedAbstractBackgroundThe involvement of micro RNAs (miRNAs) in multiple sclerosis (MS) has been recently explored. Up-regulated miRNAs may play critical roles in MS pathogenesis and may be used as a signature for MS. Besides, the role of inflammatory cytokines has been long established with recent focus on interleukin-17 (IL-17).ObjectiveTo evaluate the level of expression miR-18b in relation to IL-17A in...
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe applied 6m periodized, home-based and HIIT-oriented cycling program provided good therapy adherence with similar improvements in exercise capacity compared to healthy controls. Furthermore, this exercise regimen trained mildly-affected persons with MS adequately to climb the Mont Ventoux.
Source: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionConventional MRI, diffusion weighted imaging and contrast enhanced MR images are superior to TVUS in patients with endometrial cancer and ADC values help to differentiate between normal and endometrial cancer which may replace MR contrast enhanced images.
Source: Alexandria Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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