Doctors, Breaking With AMA, Form Group To Support Legalization Of Marijuana
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation says the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana use does more harm to the public than good. In other news, researchers wonder if parasites can actually help treat diseases.
The Washington Post:
More And More Doctors Want To Make Marijuana Legal
A group of more than 50 physicians, including a former surgeon general and faculty members at some of the nation's leading medical schools, has formed the first national organization of doctors to call on states and the federal government to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in the interest of public health. The group — which is announcing its formation Friday, under the name Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) — is endorsing the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use, a break from the position of the American Medical Association, the largest organization of doctors in the country. (Ingraham, 4/15)
When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness
Could swallowing the eggs of a parasitic worm help treat a disease? It might just work in some cases, according to the work of P'ng Loke and Ken Cadwell, two researchers at New York University who study parasites and the immune system. Several years ago, Loke got an intriguing phone call from a man with inflammatory bowel disease. The man told Loke that he had become so desperate that he had undergone a risky treatment in Thailand. It involved swallowing worm eggs and letting the worms, or helminths, hatch in his gut. (Sofia, 4/14)