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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Toronto’s vanishing grow-ops fall victim to pot economics | Globalnews.ca



Toronto police are busting fewer grow-ops – down about two-thirds since 2010: That year, police found 245 marijuana grow houses, compared to just 87 last year.



And defence lawyer Peter Zaduk links the change to pot prices in the United States falling “very drastically,” which over the past few years has wrecked Canada’s marijuana exports.



Meantime, Canada’s losing its technological advantage.





“It used to be that Canada was far ahead of the United States in terms of our hydroponic marijuana industry, and much of the Canadian product was exported to the United States. But in the last five years, production methods from Canada have been copied in the United States, so they now have a very much greater domestic marijuana industry.”



It’s having a serious impact on Zaduk’s business.




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Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/1269627/cheaper-u-s-pot-behind-steep-fall-in-toronto-grow-operations-lawyer/

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Vancouver, Canada Clinical Trials | CenterWatch





Vancouver, Canada Clinical Trials
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

GSK Investigational Site

Patients are needed to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate Lung Injury, Acute

GSK Investigational Site

Patients are needed to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate Lung Injury, Acute

Adenocarcinoma"



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Link: http://www.centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/location/international/Canada/Vancouver











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Monday, April 21, 2014

Medical Marijuana Pill May Ease MS Symptoms | Medical News and Health Information




"The guideline looked at unconventional therapies used in addition to or instead of doctor-recommended therapies, and found that certain forms of medical marijuana, in pill or oral spray, may help reduce patients’ spasticity, pain due to spasticity, and frequent urination, but not loss of bladder control. Long-term safety of medical marijuana use in pill or oral spray is unknown. Most of the studies are short, lasting six to 15 weeks.

Medical marijuana in pill or oral spray may cause side effects such as seizures, dizziness, thinking and memory problems, and depression.

“Using different CAM therapies is common in 33 to 80 percent of people with MS, particularly those who are female, have higher education levels and report poorer health,” guideline lead author Vijayshree Yadav, MD, MCR, with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, was quoted as saying. “People with MS should let their doctors know what types of these therapies they are taking, or thinking about taking.”




For more information, go to:

http://www.neurology.org/content/82/12/1083.short?sid=6cba0d35-a34a-4a2f-900c-850e77535fd0

SOURCE: Neurology, March 2014"









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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Attitude



When something of an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.

- Rousseau




Or you learn to work around the obstacle, if it is an incurable disease like M.S. that is ongoing and causes systematically more disability.




It is important to take an attitude of adapting and thriving in spite of the disease.  



Leave the cure to the scientists and manage your life with the attitude that you can deal with the problems created by the disease. 



You will probably need to give up some activities,like the balance beam (LOL) and other athletic pursuits that require balance, strength or require being on your feet for too long. 



Focus on what you can still do and not on what you have lost.

















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Monday, April 7, 2014

Multiple sclerosis news






MNT Multiple Scl


@mnt_multiplescl



The latest multiple sclerosis news published daily. Articles from research centers, universities and prestigious journals.




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Research my lead to development of novel therapeutic agents for multiple sclerosis  

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Researchers testing gene therapy to thwart effects of multiple sclerosis   

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Marijuana pills and sprays ease MS symptoms  



Marijuana pills and sprays ease MS symptoms


Medical marijuana in the form of pills and oral sprays has been shown to relieve MS symptoms. A new guideline reviews other alternative therapies for the condition.


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Natalizumab treatment in patients with multiple sclerosis associated with JC virus infection


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Multiple sclerosis: raising awareness of a complex disease

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Statins slow the progression of advanced multiple sclerosis in clinical trial

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A potential treatment target for multiple sclerosis offered by PD-L1

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Study may provide future insights into causes and mechanisms of demyelinating diseases


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In multiple sclerosis, antibodies detected years before symptoms


Antibodies to a protein called KIR4.1 may be present in the blood of multiple sclerosis patients years before the onset of the first disease symptoms, according to a small study.


In multiple sclerosis, antibodies detected years before symptoms  


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Task meaningfulness influences learning and memory in multiple sclerosis


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Autologous stem cell transplant in multiple sclerosis leads to extensive renewal of the T cell repertoire

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Newly discovered blood cells fight brain inflammation

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Protein identified that has potential to repair damaged brain tissue in multiple sclerosis    

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Immune treatment for MS shows promise

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Comparison of cognitive tests shows SDMT effective in determining employment status in MS  

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Food bug toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis patients experience decreased life expectancy

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Vitamin D status associated with multiple sclerosis activity, progression

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New hope for lupus screening and treatment

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Mapping reveals 110 MS-risk genes  

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Inverse association between alcohol consumption, multiple sclerosis

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Antioxidant drug knocks down multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice

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Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells isolated from multiple sclerosis patients have decreased suppressive function

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Improved anti-inflammatory therapy for acute MS relapses


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Clinical trial of vitamin' D for multiple sclerosis

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TB vaccine holds promise for MS sufferers

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Marijuana treatments for autoimmune disorders

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Study provides first class 1 evidence for cognitive rehabilitation in MS


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New understanding, warning signs, and potential treatments for multiple sclerosis  

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MS and cognition focus of recent studies  

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Research my lead to development of novel therapeutic agents for multiple sclerosis  


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A variety of auto-inflammatory diseases could be impacted by newly discovered signaling pathway  








Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stem Cell and other News

The Boston Globe 
A dramatic advance in creating stem cells for research received a serious blow Tuesday when a Japanese scientist who led the work was accused of fraud by her own institute. The RIKEN Institute...
 
  Jaenisch on STAP situation "it's not good for the field"


Apr 1
Haruko Obokata, Who Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough, Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct
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Apr 2
WSCS/GPI Founder Bernard Siegel to Address "World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research" in Rome.


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Harvard University

New hope for treating ALS

Harvard stem cell scientists have discovered that a recently approved medication for epilepsy might be a meaningful treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s...




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Apr 4
The Potential of Fat for Regenerative Medicine. (via )

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Apr 4
", and the tooth fairy" with Dr. Allyson Muotri by blogger



Cool video from about the use of bioreactors to scale-up cell culture systems for cellular therapies:



Today's post strips down to the muscle - video interview by features 's Michael Rudnicki



Useful! We've got a fact sheet on and cerebral palsy too:




Since it's cerebral palsy awareness day, why not check out my article about potential of for









Stem Cell Directory

@Stem_Cell_Dir

is a fully searchable, human-edited directory for the entire Stem Cell industry
Los Angeles, CA · stemcelldirectory.com


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Paralyzed Muscles Resume Function With New Technique Using Light-Activated Neurons From -


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Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from  


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Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells

(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major step toward being able to grow whole organs and...


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Compelling evidence that very small embryonic-like from human adult tissues are multipotent -


Better way to grow motor neurons from


Haruko Obokata, Who Claimed Stem Cell Breakthrough, Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct




Regenerative medicine a step closer as new method yields potent, renewable human -


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from muscle can repair nerve damage after injury, researchers show

Stem cells from muscle can repair nerve damage after injury, resear...

Stem cells derived from human muscle tissue were able to repair nerve damage and restore function in an animal model of sciatic nerve injury, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh...


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EuroStemCell

EuroStemCell

@eurostemcell

Europe’s stem cell hub: information, education, conversation. Tweets by Kate Doherty, Emma Kemp + guests


Parkinson's disease: How could regenerative medicine help? See also:


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Evaluating the use of comics in communicating science Take survey here:




Embryonic in focus: new topic page = lots of content on ES cell research and ethics in one place



RT : Scientist Live-Blogs His Lab’s Attempts to Generate New Type of Stem Cells | Science/AAAS | News

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RT "So great: Neurocomic, a graphic novel about how the brain works   "










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"What is essential is invisible to the eye." The Little Prince is 71 today –





Dr. Brian Goldman

@NightShiftMD

ER physician, Host of CBC's top-rated White Coat, Black Art, author of 'The Night Shift' & 'The Secret Language of Doctors'.


Calls to Poison Centers for Exposures to Electronic Cigarettes... - A warning about e-cigarettes.


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View this content on The Globe and Mail's website

New pot regime is going to pot

 
April 1 was supposed to mark the beginning of a new era for medicinal marijuana in Canada. Instead, uncertainty and confusion mean the new rules are having the exact opposite of their intended effect



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