Medical marijuana has NO public health risks and should not be withheld from patients, WHO declares after months of deliberation Read more

The World Health Organization has declared that CBD – the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana – should not be a scheduled drug. As legalization of cannabis has spread rapidly across the United States and around the world, health officials have cautioned that we do not have enough research to rule out any down sides. But today, after months of deliberation and investigation, the WHO has concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) is a useful…

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‘The bad days are shocking’: Fresh hope for endometriosis sufferers

It’s the ‘invisible’ disease nobody wants to talk about, and few know how to treat, but sufferers of a debilitating and often misunderstood condition have found some hope in the federal government’s announcement last week of a National Action Plan for Endometriosis. Perth sufferer Joanne McCormick co-runs a “sisterhood of support” group on Facebook, and said she “bawled her eyes out” when Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the plan which will seek to improve…

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Endometriosis: 20 things every woman (and every doctor) should know

For example: you do not have this disease because you failed to breed in your early 20s. And pregnancy is not a cure! • What is endometriosis? A visual guide There is often a long delay between a woman going to a doctor about her symptoms and being diagnosed – eight and a half years is the average. Photograph: Alamy Gabrielle Jackson Pregnancy is not a cure for endometriosis. Being pregnant may provide temporary relief…

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Listen to women’: UK doctors issued with first guidance on endometriosis

Disease, which causes crippling pain and can lead to infertility, affects 176 million women worldwide and currently takes seven to eight years to diagnose Years of pain, but no diagnosis: one woman’s experience of endometriosis Hormonal treatment, including the pill, can help relieve pain but in severe cases specialised surgery is necessary. Photograph: Burger/Phanie/Rex Shutterstock Sarah Boseley Health editor Doctors are being advised to listen to what women tell them about crippling pelvic and period…

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Painful Menstruation? You Might Have Endometriosis (A Must Read)

Do you: Feel like your waist is on fire during your menstrual period? Experience pain during s*xual intercourse? Complain of serious abdominal pain before your period begins? Feel extremely tired or nauseous during your period? Can’t stand the pain when urinating during your menstrual cycle? If you answered yes to more than three, Then continue with the follow-up questions: Did you start menstruating at an early age? Do you menstruate more than once in a…

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A study about how endometriosis affects men’s sex lives? That’s enraging

Endometriosis affects 176 million women but there is no cure, no known cause and treatment is limited. There is no case for a study about its impact on men ‘Studies like this one make it look like the only way endometriosis will get attention is if we highlight how it hurts men. It’s not enough for women to share their countless stories of pain and suffering.’ Endometriosis is a disease that affects one in 10…

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Giving peanut-based foods to babies early prevents allergies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy. In this photo provided by the Carrie Stevenson, her daughter Estelle holds a bag of peanut snacks in her pediatrician’s office at age nine-months, in Columbus, Ohio. —The Associated Press The new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health mark…

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Scientists Take Significant Step Forwards In Curing Peanut Allergies

Australian researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute might have found a successful and low-risk method to cure children born with a peanut allergy. Two-thirds of the children that received the treatment have become desensitized to peanuts and this has lasted up to four years after the treatment. The study, published in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, describes the effect of the probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT) method. Immunity building by exposure to…

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Lifelong Protection From Severe Allergies Could Be Possible With New Treatment

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia say they have found a way to “turn-off” immune responses from certain severe allergies such as asthma. The findings, published in JCI Insight, suggest that those allergic to common ingredients like peanuts and shellfish may no longer have to fear eating food that could cause dramatic symptoms. The technique is based around erasing the memory of immune cells, known as T-cells. These typically form a memory that…

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If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It’s A Real Syndrome.Must Watch

Allison Aubrey Yamtono Sardi/Getty Images/iStockphoto If you have ever noticed an itchy or tingly sensation in your mouth after biting into a raw apple, carrot, banana or any of the fruits and veggies listed here, read on. People who are allergic to pollen are accustomed to runny eyes and sniffles this time of year. But some seasonal allergy sufferers have it worse: They can develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables. The allergic reactions…

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