Navigation Links
Medical Marijuana: Voodoo or Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?
Date:2/20/2013

By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine a 68-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer, looking for a better way to ease her chronic pain, low appetite, fatigue and nausea. Should she or shouldn't she be prescribed marijuana?

That's the question physicians debate in the "Clinical Decisions" section of the New England Journal of Medicine released online Feb. 20.

According to the hypothetical case study in the journal, a woman named Marilyn has metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her lungs and spine. She's taking chemotherapy and two anti-nausea drugs that just aren't working. Despite taking 1,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, every eight hours, she's in pain. At night, she sometimes takes 5 to 10 mg of oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine, to help relieve the pain so she can sleep.

Marilyn lives in a state where marijuana is legal for personal medicinal use, and her family stands ready to grow it for her.

Why not let Marilyn try it?

One reason not to, in the view of one of the "con" argument's authors, Dr. Robert DuPont, is that it probably wouldn't help her. "Although marijuana probably involves little risk in this context, it is also unlikely to provide much benefit," said DuPont, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C., and the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter.

Marijuana is a dry, shredded mix of flowers, stems, seeds and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. People usually smoke it as a cigarette or in a pipe. It's the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

In an interview, DuPont said that because smoked marijuana has not been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for saf
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. MASS™ Medical Storage Selected as Premier SEEDs Supplier
2. Weight-Loss Surgery Wont Cut Obesity-Related Medical Costs: Study
3. Women’s Choice Award: Kansas Medical Center Is Top for Patient Experience in Heart Health
4. Artificial Organs (Medical Bionic Implants) Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% & to reach $17.82 billion by 2017 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
5. Advanced Male Medical Center Proud to Announce Addition of Dr. Michael King, MD
6. Laura Rosenfield, M.D., Receives InTone Specialist Certification To Treat Female Urinary Incontinence From InControl Medical, LLC
7. Protected Health Information (PHI): High Value to Hackers: Medical Facilities at Risk
8. Renowned medical genetics pioneer to join LA BioMed faculty
9. Urban Dermatology Turns to Palomar Medical Technologies for its Vectus Hair Removal Laser Tool
10. Inside Job: Medical Negligence Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Comment on Risks to Dialysis Patients and Impending Legal Action Over Fresenius Controversy
11. First Choice Emergency Room Names Dr. Shiraz Pirali Medical Director of New Katy, Texas Facility
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... Ill. One of the most popular vaccine brands ... And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when ... a more expensive option, according to a new study ... vaccines to administer can be driven by numerous factors," ... and a professor of computer science and of mathematics ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... AURORA, Colo. (April 17, 2014) Two recent ... Medicine researcher and colleagues may help scientists develop ... virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing ... of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the School ... the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and colleagues recently ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... NY, April 17, 2014U.S. military personnel who served ... impact" concussive traumatic brain injury (TBI) were compared ... for other medical reasons. Differences in measures of ... 6-12 months after injury are reported in an ... peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... affects about one in five infants in the United ... the first several months after birth. Research into probiotic ... however, the April 1, 2014 issue of the ... a study, "Probiotics and Infant Colic," concluding that the ... infant colic did not reduce crying or fussing ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... An international team led by researchers at UC Davis ... plays a key role in cell division, also boosts ... the first time the complex has been shown to ... B1/Cdk1 an excellent target to control cellular energy production, ... was published online today in the journal Developmental ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Study recalculates costs of combination vaccines 2Health News:CU researchers discover target for treating dengue fever 2Health News:Long-term effects of battle-related 'blast plus impact' concussive TBI in US military 2Health News:New study says probiotic use for infant colic is not effective in reducing symptoms 2Health News:Dual role: Key cell division proteins also power up mitochondria 2
... The drug flibanserin, which was originally created as an ... results from three separate clinical trials have found. These ... works at the level of the brain to enhance libido ... Jr., M.D., McAllister distinguished professor of obstetrics and gynecology at ...
... , RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 16 Blue Water Spa, a ... in Raleigh with an anniversary party and Raleigh food drive. Guests ... tickets. One lucky winner will receive a $10,000 spa gift certificate ... Shuttle of NC will be on hand Wed. November 18 and ...
... , SINGAPORE, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ... grew steadily in the first half of 2009 with,total consumption ... from major Contact Lens manufacturers. Positive sales,data showing a growth ... of an economic recovery that is being led by consumers ...
... NEW YORK, Nov. 16 Nearly every household has some sort ... the like. But how many people plan ahead for dental emergencies? ... a leading provider of oral care products, although one in six ... were not prepared to deal with the problem. , "You ...
... ... theory and experiments in quantum mechanics - it says there is no solidity or ... in time. This could change science, medicine, religion, economics; and create world peace, eternal life ... (PRWEB) ...
... ... tools for cognitive impairments caused by Alzheimer,s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, ADD, Schizophrenia and ... (PRWEB) ... online cognitive rehab tools for a variety of cognitive disorders at the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Viagra for women? Drug developed as antidepressant effective in treating low libido 2Health News:Raleigh Day Spa, Blue Water Spa, Raffles Off $10,000 in Day Spa Packages for Contributing to Raleigh Food Drive 2Health News:GfK Asia Reports: Malaysian Contact Lens Market Sees Strong Recovery in Second Half of 2009 2Health News:GfK Asia Reports: Malaysian Contact Lens Market Sees Strong Recovery in Second Half of 2009 3Health News:Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency During the Holidays 2Health News:New View Of Reality (In Printed Book Form) That Combines Einstein And Quantum Mechanics, And Fills The World With Miracles 2Health News:New View Of Reality (In Printed Book Form) That Combines Einstein And Quantum Mechanics, And Fills The World With Miracles 3Health News:HAPPYneuron Launches Beta Program for Innovative Cognitive Rehab Tools at AMIA Conference in San Francisco 2Health News:HAPPYneuron Launches Beta Program for Innovative Cognitive Rehab Tools at AMIA Conference in San Francisco 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... DALLAS , Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ChinaMarketResearchReports.com ... to its store . (Photo: ... consumption upgrade and policy support, China,s ... the years, with total market size rising from 3.28 ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014  Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6k27gw/dental ) has announced ... Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) ... patients in order to treat dental impairments, for tooth ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 AARP Foundation today announced it ... adults suffering from the severe cold weather that has gripped ... to helping those in need; so to support these emergency ... up to $250,000, which could mean up to $500,000 in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Orthopedic Instrument Industry in China Markets Forecast to 2015 2Orthopedic Instrument Industry in China Markets Forecast to 2015 3Dental Consumables Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, 2013 - 2018 2Dental Consumables Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, 2013 - 2018 3AARP Foundation Establishes Winter Relief Fund for Older Adults Suffering from the Severe Cold Weather 2AARP Foundation Establishes Winter Relief Fund for Older Adults Suffering from the Severe Cold Weather 3
Inquire...
Integrated closure system provides security you can feel as the plastic fasteners lock into place and is both easy to close, empty and clean....
Inquire...
One Piece: Premier Pouches - Premier pouches provide the ultimate in skin protection with our long wearing Flextend skin barriers and superior comfort with our soft and silky ComfortWear panels....
Medicine Products: