Lou Gehrig had it. Professor Stephen Hawking has it. Although the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is low as compared to other diseases, with only about 5600 new cases reported every year in the United States, this neurological ailment is significant.
How many people in the US would support the legalization and use of marijuana? The answer is a whopping 70% of respondents of a survey support legalization of marijuana for medical use and 62 % favor its legalization for recreational use. When young adults ranging in age from 18-29 years were asked about legalization of marijuana use, 62% of the respondents favored the decriminalization of marijuana as a recreational drug. Statistical analysis presented in these polls show that marijuana is increasingly being "accepted" as a substance of use (medical or otherwise) in American society and social stigma associated with marijuana use has eroded considerably.
Substance addiction is a perplexing phenomenon for those who fortunately do not suffer from it. Although it is incredible to believe that people would willfully engage in behaviors that create problems with their lives on so many levels, substance addiction is a reality for millions of people. According to data published by NIDA (National Institutes of Drug Abuse) nearly 20 million Americans have undergone opioid de-addiction therapy in 2010. What makes some people so susceptible to substance abuse while others are able to protect themselves?
Think of the health benefits of vitamin D, and you’ll probably think of bone strength. For decades, diseases like osteoporosis, osteopenia, and osteomalacia have been prevented and treated with adequate vitamin D intake, among other interventions. In recent years, the evidence that vitamin D affects more than just bones has mounted; cardiovascular disease, cancers, stroke, depression, and metabolic disorders have all been linked to low vitamin D levels. A new review adds cognitive decline and dementia to that list.
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