Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was tested in laboratory mice with a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like disease, and was found to lower the animals’ blood pressure, levels of autoantibodies, and the number of specific white blood cells called B-lymphocytes. Patients with SLE often have high blood pressure, which may be caused by B-lymphocytes, the study reports.
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About 54 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis — a debilitating joint disease that takes many forms including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis — and 24 million are disabled by some sort of the disease. That means one in four Americans is living with the disease today, up 20 percent since 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in its “Vital Signs” report.
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The daily, long-term use of cannabis is associated with improved analgesia and reduced opioid use in patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions, according to clinical trial data reported online ahead of print in The Clinical Journal of Pain.
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The Israel National Institute For Health Policy Research has provided us with a copy of the initial results from the study Health Utilization and Characterization of Patients Using Medical Cannabis in Israel.
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