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Medical Marijuana Linked to Lower Rx Overdose Deaths

August 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests.

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Cancer is Number One Killer in Some Countries

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Ivy Shiue | News | Comments

A study suggests that, although cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes twice as many deaths as cancer in some countries, in 10– Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, San Marino and Israel– cancer has now overtaken it as the leading cause of death in men. Denmark has also become the first country where cancer has overtaken CVD as the leading cause of death in women.

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Project Aims to Decipher Cryptography with Phones

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Modern cryptography is not infallible. All encryption types, among which we can find the widely used RSA, can theoretically be broken. If so, how do we ensure that our data remains protected? The answer lies on the time and computational effort required to break the code.

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Japan Offers Flu Drug to Fight Ebola

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mari Yamaguchi | News | Comments

Today, Japan announced it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., at any time at the request of the World Health Organization.

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Thailand's Farmers Turn to Edible Bugs

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Denis Gray | News | Comments

Farmers in Thailand are turning to the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects.

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Pediatricians Call for Later School Start Time

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Pediatricians have a prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems.

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Bioengineers Close to Poppy-free Opioid Painkillers

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

For centuries poppy plants have been grown to provide opium, the compound from which morphine and other important medicines, such as oxycodone, are derived. Now, bioengineers have hacked the DNA of yeast, reprograming these simple cells to make opioid-based medicines via a sophisticated extension of the basic brewing process that makes beer.

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Changes in Retina Can Predict Brain Problems

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia in people with a genetic risk for the disorder— even before any changes appear in their behavior.

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Two Satellites Are in Wrong Orbit

August 25, 2014 8:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.

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Super-absorbing Ring Key to Ultimate Camera

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create super-absorbing systems to make the ultimate camera.

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Brain Rhythm Can Heighten Sense of Touch in Mice

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Brown Univ. | News | Comments

By striking up the right rhythm in the right brain region at the right time, neuroscientists report that they have managed to endow mice with greater touch sensitivity than other mice, making hard-to-perceive vibrations suddenly vivid to them.

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Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big— in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

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Mimicking Evolution Key to Improving Drug Diversity

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Leeds | News | Comments

A revolutionary new scientific method will improve the diversity of biologically active molecules, such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents. Scientist took their inspiration from evolution in nature. Their research may uncover new pharmaceutical drugs that traditional methods would never have found.

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Genetic Signatures May Help Predictive Climate Models

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by DOE/Joint Genome Institute | News | Comments

A recent study offers an in-depth, population-based approach to identifying genetic mechanisms for adaptation in plant, and describes a method that could be harnessed for developing more accurate predictive climate change models.

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Genome Study Disputes Birthplace of Honeybees

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Uppsala Univ. | News | Comments

In a study, researchers have presented the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought.

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