Cannabis kombucha, gluten-free edibles: weed companies jump on wellness trends

Companies are adding cannabis to smoothies or pairing it with herbal supplements to target a new class of consumers When really good weed is widely available, how does a business convince customers to buy theirs? The answer is branding, and for many companies, that means a focus on wellness. Some cannabis companies combine the drug with various nutritional supplements and herbs and ascribe benefits to the resulting products that arent necessarily real. These products target health-conscious consumers who are older and more predominantly female than cannabis core customer group: young men who want to get high. Los Angeles, said to be the worlds largest cannabis market, is also the world capital of dietary restrictions. Various wellness-oriented brands infuse weed into …

Pennsylvania attorney general sues Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

(CNN)Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Purdue Pharma is responsible for an opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state. On Tuesday, he announced that he had sued the pharmaceutical giant over it. “The complaint is part of a continuing effort to try these cases in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system. Such allegations demand clear evidence linking the conduct alleged to the harm described, but we believe the state fails to show such causation and offers little evidence to support its sweeping legal claims,” the company said in a statement. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a lawsuit against the company in April. However, Shapiro said that Pennsylvania’s suit is the first to greatly detail how …

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya received bad news about her racing career last week, news that centered on the particulars of her body. Those probing, intimate details shaped a controversial rule of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of the running world. And they are now determining the fate of other athletes. The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided last week to uphold an IAAF rule that would require Semenya to take testosterone suppressants to compete in the women’s division in her best events, the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races. Almost immediately the decision rippled out to other runners. Athletics Kenya announced on Friday that it had dropped two female sprinters from its team for the IAAF World …

Scientists Save a Sick Teen, Hackers Steal $40 Million, and More News

Viruses from a freezer saved a dying teen, hackers stole millions, and Adam Savage has some organization tips for you. Here's what you should know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Genetically tweaked viruses just saved a sick teen A teenage girl in London found herself in life-threatening peril from cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition where the lungs can’t clear mucus or disease-causing bacteria. She had already had double lung transplants and was running out of options. So her doctors turned to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, where the world's largest collection of bacteriophages—viruses that prey solely on bacteria—was stored in freezers. Scientists identified phages that could attack the bacteria assaulting the patient, and now she is slowly …

Friends and family may help Italians live healthier and longer

(CNN)If you think longevity solely comes down to genes and diet, think again. So what exactly is behind Melis’ fitness at his impressive age? Dr. Gianni Pes studied the population of this area — one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” an area with an extraordinarily long-living population — and thinks people live longer and more healthily here because they do more physical activity outdoors and feel strong connections to each other. “The community is strong and gives support to old people,” he said. For example, there are no nursing homes in the village of Arzana in Sardinia. “Elderly people stay within the family until the end of their existence,” Pes said. People who lack social connections have 50% higher odds …

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Googles Conference, and More News

Sunscreen chemicals are slipping through your pores, Google has big conference coming, and Game of Thrones made an "oopsie." Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. PSA: Sunscreen chemicals can seep into your bloodstream A new clinical trial from the FDA suggests that, contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying, the UV blocking chemicals in sunscreen do, in fact, seep into your bloodstream. Don't toss those tubes just yet though; thus far there isn't any evidence that anything harmful is happening because of it. What to expect from Google's big conference tomorrow Google's I/O conference is tomorrow. You can watch it on wired.com, but before you do, read our rundown of what we expect …

Climate anxiety is real, but there’s something you can do about it

(CNN)A student in Wendy Petersen Boring’s climate-change-focused class said she woke at 2 a.m. and then cried for two solid hours about the warming ocean. Her students aren’t alone. Polls show that many more Americans worry about global warming. There’s no clinical definition, but climate anxiety and grief or solastalgia — “the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment” — has become such a concern that the American Psychological Association created a 69-page climate-change guide to help mental health care providers. There are support networks like Good Grief in Salt Lake City, created to help people build resilience while discussing “eco-anxiety,” despair and inaction on the environment. There’s …

How to find professional help for depression, anxiety

(CNN)May is Mental Health Awareness Month — a time for renewed focus on mental health. It is a critical health problem in the U.S. according to the Department of Health. Employer mental health benefits According to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management, 81% of US employers offer mental health benefits. But many employees don’t take advantage of them. Call your insurer for a list of covered providers in your area, including therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. In most cases, once you meet your deductible, those benefits kick in just as they would for physical health issues and you just pay the co-pay. Some companies also offer employee assistance programs that can include a therapist with office hours at …

London Marathon investigates reports runners were called ‘fat’ and ‘slow’

London (CNN)The organizers of the London Marathon said Thursday they would investigate reports from a pacer that runners at the tail end of the 26.2-mile course were sprayed with cleaning fluid and hassled to speed up by event officials and clean-up workers. As a pacer, Ayres said she was asked to run the race within seven and a half hours, motivate participants and provide support to them. She said that she had encountered a number of issues, such as no water stations being available after the third mile, clean-up operations starting while she was still running and officials insulting competitors. Ayres told the BBC she heard insults from event workers including: “If you weren’t so fat you could run faster,” …

‘It’s not a little child’: gynecologists join the fight against six-week abortion bans

Doctors argue that the bans, known as fetal heartbeat bills, are medically inaccurate and use misleading language High-profile gynecologists are criticizing the framing of six-week abortion bans, known as fetal heartbeat bills, as medically inaccurate. The bans, now moving through nearly a dozen state legislatures, propose the strictest limitations on the right to abortion as established by the US supreme court case Roe v Wade in 1973. These bills present the idea that theres something that looks like what you or a person on the street would call a baby a thing thats almost ready to go for a walk, said Dr Jen Gunter, a gynecologist in Canada and the US who runs an Original Article : HERE ; This …

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69. This study comes months after a joint study between UC San Francisco, Stanford, and Google, which reported results of machine-learning-based data mining of electronic health records to assess the likelihood that a patient would die in hospital. One goal of both studies was to assess how this information might help clinicians decide which patients might most benefit from intervention. The FDA is also looking at how AI will be used in health care and posted a …

A new condom emphasizes consent by requiring four hands to open the package

(CNN)It takes four hands to open this new condom, created by an Argentine company in a bid to highlight the importance of consent. The pack’s “unique system” requires four hands — or two people — to agree to open it, by clicking four buttons on the top and sides of the box at the same time. Executive creative directors of BBDO Argentina, Joaquin Campins and Christian Rosli, said in a statement to CNN: “Tulipan has always spoken of safe pleasure, but for this campaign we understood that we had to talk about the most important thing in every sexual relationship: pleasure is possible only if you both give your consent first.” The condom is limited edition for now and being …

This drug-resistant fungus is spreading. Scientists warn of new superbugs to come

(CNN)It began in 2009, when doctors in Tokyo swabbed the ear of a 70-year-old woman and found an unknown strain of fungus that can infect humans and, in severe cases, cause a blood infection in high-risk patients. It’s called Candida auris. But when scientists went looking for C. auris in old samples — knowing that earlier tests may have misidentified it or not picked it up — it was hardly anywhere to be found. “It’s a bit of a paradox, really,” said Dr. David Eyre, an infectious disease physician based at Oxford University. “Why has it suddenly come to cause a problem at a similar time in different parts of the world?” Could it have to do with our use …

A pregnant mother was cited by police after her 3-year-old urinated in a parking lot on his way to the bathroom

(CNN)As parents of toddlers know, nature doesn’t always call at the most convenient time. “He was peeing before his pants were even all the way down, so obviously he had to go,” says the mom, who lives in Beech Island, South Carolina. But law enforcement wasn’t so sympathetic. A Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed the incident, which occurred March 29, and cited Johns for disorderly conduct. “She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot. I observed the male’s genitals and the urination,” the officer wrote on a copy of the ticket, obtained by WRDW. “Public restrooms are offered at the location.” The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office told CNN on Monday that nobody was available to comment. Johns …

Illinois is the latest state to raise the age for tobacco purchases

(CNN)Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on Sunday that raises the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Teen smoking rates have declined over the years, but advocates warn that the popularity of e-cigarettes threatens to reverse the progress. Some tobacco and e-cigarette companies have signaled support for Tobacco 21 policies. The chief executive officer of JUUL Labs commended Pritzker and the bill’s sponsors for their “leadership on the issue.” In a statement, Ken Burns pledged the e-cigarette maker’s support for similar legislation in other states, saying the policies reduce sharing by legal-age peers, a major contributor to youth tobacco use. “We know Tobacco 21 policies work. In areas where they are already …

New antibiotics could be developed using fish slime, scientists say

Mucus that protects fish contains substances that could help tackle MRSA and E coli Fish slime could be key to the development of new antibiotics, researchers say. Antibiotic resistance is a growing danger, with aiming to cut antibiotic use by 15% by 2024 in a bid to tackle the problem which has been called a danger to humanity while the government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific