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There are two common types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but both affect the joints, causing pain, swelling, and limiting movement....

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One of the unavoidable side effects of chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer is the killing of healthy cells. Hence, following the chemotherapy treatments, the patient may experience various adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and loss of control over the body. Medical marihuana is an effective natural antiemetic, which helps in overcoming nausea, thus allowing the patient to enjoy meals....

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Epilepsy is a persistent (chronic) condition of the brain. It involves unpredictable abnormal electrical discharges or misfirings of brain cells (neurons). . This misfiring in the brain can cause episodes of bodily convulsions, loss of coordination, loss of consciousness or altered sensory states. These episodes are commonly called seizures. People with epilepsy have persistent and recurring seizures. One may be born with epilepsy, or may acquire it...

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Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which people experience long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. . Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms.   Causes, incidence, and risk factors   The cause of this disorder is unknown. Although none have been well proven, possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:   Physical or emotional trauma. An...

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Researchers investigating anecdotal evidence that cannabis relieves some of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have discovered a potential new target for cannabis-derived drugs for treatment of the disease.. This finding, published in the journal Gastroenterology today, could bring new hope for the UK’s 90,000 – 180,000 sufferers of diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis* with the possibility that cannabis-derived drugs may help to heal...

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Glioma is a type of cancer that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain.. Massi P, Vaccani A, Bianchessi S, Costa B, Macchi P, Parolaro D   Department of Pharmacology, Chemotherapy and Medical Toxicology, University of Milan, via Vanvitelli 32, 20129 Milan, Italy.   Recently, we have shown that...

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Hepatitis C is a viral disease that leads to swelling (inflammation) of the liver.. Causes, incidence, and risk factors. There are many different ways of contracting The hepatitis C virus (HCV).   Hepatitis C has an acute and chronic form. Most people who are infected with the virus develop chronic hepatitis C.   The following symptoms could occur with hepatitis C infection: Abdominal pain (right upper abdomen) Abdominal swelling...

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Many HIV - AIDS patients experience the involuntary loss of body weight because of diarrhea, fever, mouth or throat infections, ulcers, or adverse effects of medications. Cannabis can be used as an appetite stimulant and to combat nausea for the treatment of AIDS-related weight loss.. Smoking marihuana effectively relieves chronic HIV-associated nerve pain, including aching, painful numbness, and burning, according to a...

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Huntington's disease is an inherited degenerative disease that usually appears in middle age and results in atrophy or loss of neurons in the caudate nucleus, putamen, and cerebral cortex. . It is characterized by arrhythmic, rapid muscular contractions (chorea), emotional disturbance, and dementia (impairment in intellectual and social ability). Animal studies suggest that cannabinoids have antichoreic activity, presumably because of stimulation of CB1 receptors in the basal...

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Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of bladder control, can have a dramatic impact on one’s life!. Did you know there are over 3.3 million Canadians experiencing urinary incontinence?   Imagine not being able to travel, enjoy a movie and dinner with your partner, work out at your gym, lift your child or groceries, as you may have an accident. You cannot be away from...

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Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the Central Nervous System (CNS) - that's the brain and spinal cord. . Predominantly, it is a disease of the "white matter" tissue. The white matter is made up of nerve fibres which are responsible for transmitting communication signals both internally within the CNS and between the CNS and the nerves supplying rest of the body.   In...

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Scientists investigating the effects of cannabis on bone health have found that its impact varies dramatically with age..   The study has found that although cannabis could reduce bone strength in young people, it may protect against osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, in later life. The team at the University of Edinburgh has shown that a molecule found naturally in the body, which...

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Glaucoma is a disease of the major nerve of vision, called the optic nerve. . The optic nerve receives light-generated nerve impulses from the retina and transmits these to the brain, where we recognize those electrical signals as vision. Glaucoma is characterized by a particular pattern of progressive damage to the optic nerve that generally begins with a subtle loss of side vision (peripheral vision). If glaucoma...

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA); Hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) . Last reviewed: May 30, 2009. U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   National Center for Biotechnology Information U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics.   MRSA is a strain of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. S. aureus is a...

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Evzin Ruzicka, an attending neurologist at Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic, reported the findings here at the Movement Disorders Society's Seventh International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. . Ruzicka is also a consultant at the Prague Movement Disorders Center.   "It's difficult to directly study the medical effects of cannabis in the Czech Republic, where we conducted our research, because of...

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Cannabis can be prescribed as a sleep aid. Indica dominant marihuana strains have a sedative effect. . Sleep apnea is a medical disorder characterized by frequent interruptions in breathing of up to ten seconds or more during sleep. The condition is associated with numerous physiological disorders, including fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke. Though sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, it is estimated...

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