ALBUQUERQUE - Under a law passed by New Mexico's State Legislature and signed into
law by Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico doctors are allowed to prescribe marijuana to help seriously ill patients combat their pain and nausea.
"The law will provide for much needed relief to New Mexicans suffering from debilitating diseases," said Richardson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. President in 2008, at the signing
ceremony. "It is the right thing to do."
WASHINGTON - A study published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in the International Journal of Cancer has concluded that sun tanning beds used by minors and
young adults under the age of 35 may boost the risk of melanoma cancer by as much as 75%.
Melanoma cancer, considered to be the deadliest form of skin cancer, was found to occur as much as 75% more frequently by those that were under the age of 35 that used indoor tanning beds.
WASHINGTON - In a study financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and not by the pizza industry, food chemists at the University of Maryland have determined that they have found ways to increase the antioxidant levels of whole-grain wheat pizza. Antioxidants are believed by experts to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases.
As part of a broader research study to improve the health promoting properties found in wheat-based food products, pizza was selected because it was a very popular food. Not just in the U.S.
WASHINGTON - According to a report released by the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million people in the U. S. have Alzheimer's disease. That's up 10% from the previous estimate in 2000. The Association further stated that the number of new cases is expected to grow by 400,000 a year.
Alzheimer's is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of dementia. There is no cure.
NEW YORK - In an article published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Australian researchers have found that motivational heath advice given over the phone is surprisingly effective.
In a review of 26 studies, phone "advice" from nurses or other counselors for exercise or diet proved to be successful in 75% of the cases. This is good news for people that either can't afford or don't want to join a formal group activity, according to the study authors.
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