Cannabis extract can be used to treat psychosis, says this study

Cannabis extract can be used to treat psychosis, says this study

A single dose of the non-intoxicating compound of cannabis — cannabidiol — can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis, results of a clinical trial, led by an Indian-origin doctor, has revealed. Psychosis is a mental disorder characterised by a disconnection from reality. Brain activity in the people at risk of psychosis remains abnormal compared to the healthy ones. But in people who had cannabidiol, the abnormal brain activity was less severe than for those who received a placebo, suggesting cannabidiol can help re-adjust brain activity to…

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Now Treat Your Eczema With This New Unusual Approach

Now Treat Your Eczema With This New Unusual Approach

I hate my eczema. When it flares, the skin on my eyelids becomes red and angry. The nape of my neck itches and burns. My earlobes prickle and weep from irritation. Mostly, I feel like a hostage in my own skin. I’ve tried countless remedies – including elimination diets and prescription creams and ointments. They provide a slight respite, but there’s been no magic cure. New research, though, suggests an unusual new approach that might change things for me and the 32 million other Americans who suffer from eczema: applying…

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ICMR drafts rules to manage and treat liver cancer

ICMR drafts rules to manage and treat liver cancer

Country’s research regulator, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has issued a draft consensus document for treating the most common type of liver cancer— hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) — that could work as reference point for doctors and caregivers. HCC accounts for 90% of cancers of the liver worldwide, with a growing incidence in most countries. Globally, HCC is the fifth most common cancer (7.5 lakh new cases annually) and is the third leading cause of annual deaths due to cancer (7 lakh deaths each year) after lung and stomach cancer….

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This new adhesive patch can treat painful mouth ulcers

This new adhesive patch can treat painful mouth ulcers

Turns out, a plaster which sticks to the inside of your mouth is revolutionising the treatment of painful recurring ulcers. Scientists from the University of Sheffield have developed a unique patch using special polymers which are able to stick to moist surfaces. The patch successfully administers steroids directly to oral ulcers or lesions whilst also creating a protective barrier around the affected area, accelerating the healing process. The novel plaster is a breakthrough therapy for the treatment of mucosal conditions such as oral lichen planus (OLP) and recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), which…

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More people prefer popping pills and drinking healthy tea over exercise to treat high BP

More people prefer popping pills and drinking healthy tea over exercise to treat high BP

According to a recent study, people would rather pop a pill or sip tea than exercise to treat high blood pressure. Researchers wanted to find out how people weigh the benefits of high blood pressure treatment options against its inconvenience. They asked survey respondents to imagine that they had high blood pressure and then asked about their willingness to adopt any of four “treatments” to gain an extra month, year or five years of life. In this survey, the “treatments” proposed were: a daily cup of tea, exercise, pills or…

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Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Positive self-esteem is something that gives us the strength to take charge of our lives and feel good about ourselves. The mind plays a disproportionate role in our lives and how it feels can drive how the body ends up feeling. Thus, from borderline personality disorders to depression, there are many disorders that could affect people with low self-esteem. We as doctors do counsel people to think highly of themselves, without bothering about “frivolous aspects” like looks. But man is a social animal and the way people respond and react…

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New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

Scientists have created a robot, which can be implanted into a baby’s body to treat a rare birth defect that affects the food pipe. The prototype robotic implant, developed by the researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in the US, encourages tissue growth in babies. The robot is a small device which is attached to the oesophagus by two rings. An incorporated motor then stimulates the cells by gently pulling the tissue. Using two types of sensors – one to measure the tension in the tissue and…

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6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

With an increase in environmental pollutants, rate of obesity, use of preservatives, adulteration of food and stress levels, there has been a sharp rise in asthma, allergies and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Conventional medication, manages the problem, however, asthma needs to be treated at its roots, to prevent flare-ups. Food can be extremely powerful and beneficial in fighting asthma and providing relief without any side- effects. Let’s look at few potent food choices that can provide relief and help in managing asthma. 1. Garlic and Onion: These are nature’s very own antibiotics…

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6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

With an increase in environmental pollutants, rate of obesity, use of preservatives, adulteration of food and stress levels, there has been a sharp rise in asthma, allergies and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Conventional medication, manages the problem, however, asthma needs to be treated at its roots, to prevent flare-ups. Food can be extremely powerful and beneficial in fighting asthma and providing relief without any side- effects. Let’s look at few potent food choices that can provide relief and help in managing asthma. 1. Garlic and Onion: These are nature’s very own antibiotics…

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6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

6 Simple and Natural Remedies to Treat Asthma

With an increase in environmental pollutants, rate of obesity, use of preservatives, adulteration of food and stress levels, there has been a sharp rise in asthma, allergies and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Conventional medication, manages the problem, however, asthma needs to be treated at its roots, to prevent flare-ups. Food can be extremely powerful and beneficial in fighting asthma and providing relief without any side- effects. Let’s look at few potent food choices that can provide relief and help in managing asthma. 1. Garlic and Onion: These are nature’s very own antibiotics…

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