December 14, 2011

AKA K2 and Spice

1 Synthetic Marijuana Use on Rise among Teens

While teen smoking and alcohol use are at historically low rates, marijuana and prescription drug use continue strong. A new study reports that synthetic marijuana, aka Spice or K2, was used by more than 11% of high school seniors over the past year. “Spice and K2 now rank as the second most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors, second only to marijuana," says Gil Kerlikoeske, White House Ofc. of Nat’l Drug Control Policy. Poison control centers received nearly 6000 calls regarding synthetic marijuana this year, double last year’s number - and up until recently, synthetic marijuana was sold legally across the country. The DEA subsequently banned the sale of chemicals used to make it but authorities say parents need to warn their kids about this and all drugs.

More at CNN.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tweens Who Smoke Cigarettes More Likely to Use Pot

Tags: Drug Use in Adolescents, Marijuana, Spice, Drug Use in Teens, Student Drug Use, K2, Gil Kerlikoeske, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

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All Players to Get Baseline Exam

2 NBA Has New Concussion Policy

All NBA players will receive an annual baseline neurological exam and cognitive assessment as part of the new concussion policy, which went into effect on Friday as players reported to training camp. The program is designed to protect players from the long-term impact of concussions, reports CNN. As part of the concussion management program, athletes who receive a concussion during a game will undergo a customized series of tests before playing again. Concussion information, such as treatment and long-term impact, will be kept on file. The program will be run by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a leading expert on head injuries and sports.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lou Gehrig Perhaps Didn't Have Lou Gehrig's

Tags: Concussion Danger Basketball, Concussions Sports, New NBA Concussion Policy, Investigating Sport Concussions, Annual Baseline Neurological Exam, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher

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Reverses Hypoxia

3 Heart Drug Reverses Cancer Cell Resistance

New research in mice conducted at Queen’s University has shown that hypoxia in cancer cells allows them to evade the immune system and that nitroglycerin which is used to treat chest pain, reverses that resistance. When cancer cells oxygen levels decrease, which is known as hypoxia, an enzyme called ADAM10 is overproduced which allows the cells to fight off being destroyed by the immune system. Treating the mice with nitroglycerin eliminated the hypoxia and allowed the immune system to attack the cancer cells. Previous research from the same group showed that prostate tumor growth was inhibited by nitric oxide and their research in using nitroglycerin as a cancer treatment has generated over 10 patents.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Drug Targets Blood Vessels in Ovarian Cancer

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Drug Resistant Cancer Cells, Nitroglycerin, Hypoxia

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