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Texas to Expand Marijuana Law

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Many patients suffering from severe autism are now referring to medical marijuana in Texas. As pharmaceutical drugs have failed to provide for a better cure, medical marijuana alleviates the symptoms of other disorders like cerebral palsy as well. With all these conditions, it is becoming a dire need to legalize marijuana on a bigger scale to promise an effective way of treatment.

There Is A Limited Access To Legal Marijuana In The State

House committee in Texas opened a window for legalizing medical marijuana to a larger scale last week.  According to House Bill 1365, there will be an expansion of the already existing laws. The above rules allowed physicians to recommend marijuana in deficient quantities to treat patients with different diseases and conditions. State Representative Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville presented with the bill. It is a dual party passage with a vote count of 121-23, It is acknowledgeable in the legislation as Texas out of all other states has moved at a relatively much slower pace towards broadening of the law.

However, there is still a long way to go as the bill has to go through a strict house Senate in 2017 at a court hearing on the matter of legalizing medical cannabis. The representative Lucio declared that he had lupus disease a few years ago. His witness Natasha Harper-Madison also had the same disease. Lucio reported that he was a living example of the people who were suffering from painful symptoms of the disease. There is a considerable need for research about the effects of medical marijuana in alleviating the symptoms. According to him, it was the most comprehensive and practical bill for the advocates.

Dozens of families with members suffering from chronic and painful symptoms have a lot of crowded committee hearings. They had been agreeing that marijuana has proved to be way more effective than the pharmaceutical drugs in reducing the symptoms. Not only that, the pharmaceutical drugs tended to produce side effects that significantly hurdled in the recovery process. As the laws are not regulated in favor of the substance, many families have to go undercover and use marijuana as medical refugees.

Compassionate Use Act and Existing Medical Marijuana Law

Legislative bodies voted on the Compassionate Use Act in 2015. Fort Worth Republican Representative Stephanie Klick designed the plan according to which there was an allowance for using marijuana with patients who have epilepsy in small dosage. However, this law was not comprehensive and did not have room for other problems other than epilepsy. Heather Fazio declared that it ruled out quite a significant number of citizens of Texas from the HB 1365. Around half of the doctors are an integral part of the program as mentioned earlier. Also, there were three dispensaries launched under the act according to last year statistics.

Criminal Justice Reform And Medical Marijuana Bill

Bodies signed on a new bill in last week’s meeting. It will allow a little extension of the Compassionate Use Act 2015 law. Overall, officials filed around twenty bills of medical marijuana in the last session. Out of the twenty, officials considered around seven bills in a subcommittee that also included HB 1365. However, the representatives in the Senate did not take the related measures. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced a bill to reduce penalties for marijuana possession previously. Meanwhile, the rule highlights the reform that relates to criminal justice, officials and spokespersons declared that they could be a catalyst in further expanding the laws of medical marijuana.

National Conference of State Legislatures states that around 12 states allow limited use of the substance in America. Texas is one of them. This bill calls for an expansion in the strict existing regulations.

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A rare disease that leaves “Stranger Things” star with no collar bones

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The star actor of the popular show “Stranger things” on Netflix has alone raised awareness about a rare genetic condition called cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), also known as cleidocranial dysostosis. The 17 years old actor, Gaten Matarazzo, is one of the stars of the show playing the role of Dustin Henderson. He was born with CCD.

CCD is a very rare condition that mainly affects bone and teeth development. In this condition, the collar bones are either absent or poorly developed. Their shoulders are sloppy and narrow. Therefore, the individual can bring his shoulders closer to each other in front of the body.

Among the dental abnormalities, CCD causes a delay in primary or baby teeth loss and appearance of secondary or adult teeth as well as misalignment of jaws and unusually-shaped teeth.

The other symptoms of CCD abnormal curvature of the spine, broad thumbs and short fingers, short forearms, a wide and short skull, prominent forehead and others. The symptoms vary among individuals, even within the same family. CCD develops due to mutations in the RUNX gene. This gene codes for proteins involved in the development of bones, cartilage, and teeth.

The writers added the condition in the script. The character of Matarazzo referred to the condition in the very first episode. Later, he got dentures. The actor has already discussed it in several tv talk shows.

Dustin, the character of Matarazzo, fights against the bullies by making the statement “I have told you a million times. My teeth are coming in. It is called cleidocranial dysplasia” in one of the episodes of the show.

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Dustin shared the photos of his treatment including surgeries to spread awareness regarding CCD and decreasing the sense of shame from people suffering from it.

Researchers from Oklahoma State University, Tulsa stated that after this exposure, the Google searches regarding CCD have sharply increased by over 94%.

After the premiere of the 3rd season of Stranger Things in July 2019, an informative page reported about a 125-fold increase in views.

For CCD, there is no complete cure. The supportive treatments include the management of individual symptoms including the provision of calcium and vitamin D for promoting bone development ad strength and dental care, as these individuals are usually osteopenic.

According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, CCD is a very rare genetic condition with a birth prevalence of 1 in a million. In medical literature, only 1000 cases of this condition are reported.

The study published in the journal of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck analyzed data from Google searches and trends as well as CCD-related organizations after each season of Stranger Things.

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Researchers reported that after each season, they found a tremendous spike in searches related to CCD above the expected trend. They showed that there was approximately 11.2% and 12.9% increase in Google searches for CCD after season 1 and 2 respectively. However, the highest spike was observed after the 3rd season, with an increase of 94.4% in related Google searches.

The authors of the study wrote that raising awareness has contributed to increasing funding for researches, early diagnosis, increasing treatment choices, reducing the sense of isolation among affected individuals and improving the quality of life for them.

Dustin recently shared the photos of his treatment including surgeries to spread awareness regarding CCD and decreasing the sense of shame from people suffering from it.

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The Deadly Coronavirus Takes 250 lives in China, Thousands of Others Infected 

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The coronavirus is a highly contagious pneumonia-causing illness that infects the respiratory tract and responsible for several deaths in China. But now the virus spreads globally.

The current estimates tell that its death toll has crossed more than 250 people in China and many other countries are also reporting coronavirus infections. That’s the reason countries have started pulling out their residents from Chinese cities. Coronavirus has infected more People than severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The World Health Organization ( WHO)  convoked its panel to estimate whether the Coronavirus is a global emergency. The committee has advised that it may be not the right time to make an announcement. As per to latest news there is an increment in reported cases and deaths. Most of the deaths are in Hubei Province.

Indian Health Ministry states that a local student of Wuhan was observed infected with the virus when the student returned home from Wuhan. However, the health instructor of the Philippine confirmed a woman to be safe from Virus who also traveled from Wuhan.

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Some other reports find that the only 9 persons had symptoms of cough and fever from a total of 210 people, who were transferred from China to Tokyo. Europeans countries arranged flights to bring back  Europeans. The flights brought 350 Europeans and 195 Americans to their countries. All the evacuees were observed and checked. Other countries are also making efforts to get out there citizens.

The member of the World Health Organization ( WHO), Maria Van Kerkhove speaks about the condition concerning the new virus in a media talk. The airlines have discontinued their services in China and attempts continued to discover the treatment. The South Koreans protested to urge their government officials to evacuate the seven hundred south Koreans from China.

The official Xinhua News Agency reports that the Chinese authorities are trying to fulfill the basic needs of people living in hot-spot areas. Because these areas are facing shortages in daily necessities and food. It is estimated that Wuhan city f China ensures the supply of rice, cooking oil, pork, vegetables, and eggs for the next fifteen days.

The deputy director of market supervision from the National Post, Hou Yanbo requests people not to order food or any other thing from online or home delivery business other than the daily life necessities. The Chinese authorities are trying to keep people at their homes. The foreigners living in Wuhan city can become a cause of virus spread in other countries if they allowed leaving to their homelands.

The emergencies chief of WHO, Michael Ryan, finds that China has taken extraordinary measures to face an extraordinary challenge.

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The scientists have given a rough estimate of the fatality rate seems that many virus-infected cases are missed. The death rate due to virus is estimated 2 percent in Ryan as 99 percent cases of virus-infected are estimated in China. The Chinese authorities have asked all the people who traveled from or to the Wuhan city to report to health authorities. And reports show that a person can be infectious after 14 days of leaving Wuhan.

The measures taken by China in response to coronavirus are praiseworthy as many lives will be safe due to taking some measures in time. The SARS lead to 800 people deaths in the whole world due to delayed response.

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Dangerous Effects of Cannabis During Pregnancy Explained by New Research

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Cannabis is a derivative of Cannabis sativa that affects the normal functioning of the brain and impairs motor coordination leading to hallucinating effect. This new study suggests that cannabis exposure has real-time devastating effects on the fetus and placental development during the gestation period in pregnancy.

The principal constituent in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the researchers at Western University and Queens University find that regular exposure to THC has a great effect on the development of the placenta and fetus during gestation. Since recreational cannabis has been legalized in Canada, the effects of cannabis during pregnancy are beginning to be perceived.

This study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports and it is available online.

Researchers used a rat model and human placental cells to show that regular exposure to THC during pregnancy has a great impact on not only the development of the vital organs of the fetus but also on the gene expression that is extremely important for the proper functioning of the placenta.

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The researchers practically find an 8 percent deduction in birth weight and diminished growth of brain and liver by more than 20 percent during gestation in a rat model due to the regular exposure to a low-dose of THC that copies the daily use of cannabis.

An associate professor, Daniel B. Hardy at Westerns Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and co-author on the paper suggests that the use of cannabis during pregnancy is highly linked with low birth weight babies.

Clinical data is hard to analyze because it is perplexed by other factors. The study is a definite way that supports that THC has a direct influence on the growth of the placenta and fetus.

Oxygen and nutrients cross the placenta into the developing fetus for nourishment and the research team characterizes how THC prevents oxygen and nutrients from crossing the placenta.

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A decrease in a glucose transporter called GLUT-1 is caused by the exposure to THC that was found by studying the placental cells of humans. This shows that THC is stopping the transfer of key nutrient glucose through the placenta, from mother to the fetus. A reduction in placental vasculature was also found in the rat model and infers a reduced flow of blood from the mother to the fetus.

In the researcher’s opinion the restricted growth they observed in the offspring is likely caused by both of these factors and find that there are recently no proper guidelines from Health Canada on the use of cannabis during the gestation period.

To prevent morning sickness, for anxiety, depression or social issues up to one in five women are using cannabis during pregnancy according to some studies.

A Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, David Natale at Queens finds in Canada and many states of the US the use of marijuana has been legalized, but its use during gestation period has not been studied well. There are very real devastating risks associated with the regular exposure of cannabis during pregnancy.

 

 

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