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US funded Study Confirms that Chemicals in Marijuana Help Fight Brain Cancer

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute, has officially announced that marijuana holds the power to kill cancer cells.

Cannabis’ potential medical benefits were accounted in a report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports:

“Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

NIDA also revealed that two chemicals present in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabinoid (CBD), used as medication for cancer patients proved to be effective in the treatment of the fatal form of brain tumors.

The was released shortly after the Senate moved to end the federal ban on medical marijuana by classifying it as a Schedule II drug instead of Schedule I.

Also, it was declared by the Surgeon General of USA, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy in February 2015 that Cannabis offers health benefits. In addition, the NIDA fact sheet on medical marijuana was updated with the potency of CBD, which is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, for the treatment of Alzheimers Disease, inflammation and pain to seizures, mental disorders and substance abuse.

“It couldn’t be any clearer that marijuana has medical value. When even NIDA and the surgeon general are acknowledging that marijuana can help people who are suffering, it is time for the Obama administration to reschedule the drug. The attorney general can initiate that process today, and there’s no reason for him not to, especially when polling shows that such a huge majority of Americans supports medical marijuana,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

Now, the big question is why the US government still continues the ban on weed for individual use? However, a statement released by the government on Wednesday stated that while it will not stop states that allow medical marijuana from carrying out their programs, it will still arrest marijuana users.

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)