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Cannabis use can be prevented, reduced or delayed
(University of Montreal) Contrary to some popular beliefs, marijuana is harmful to adolescent brains. Researchers have found that targeting at-risk youth through school programmes can limit their use of this drug

Beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine predict use among patients with cancer
(Wiley) A new study has shed light on how cancer patients' attitudes and beliefs drive the use of complementary and alternative medicine.

Surgical skills lab and dissection curricula train neurosurgical residents
(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) A surgical skills laboratory and corresponding dissection curricula were established in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in the 2011-2012 academic year. The authors describe how this came about and what it has meant for neurosurgical resident training and assessment of residents' surgical skills.

Re-hospitalization rates for traumatic brain injury higher than previously reported
(University Health Network) A new, Ontario-wide study shows that rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are greater than other chronic diseases and injuries and are higher than previously reported.

Researchers unveil new gene subgroup in prostate cancer
(University Health Network) Prostate cancer researchers have drawn a molecular portrait that provides the first complete picture of localized, multi-focal disease within the prostate and also unveils a new gene subgroup driving it. The discoveries, published online today in Nature Genetics, are a further step along the road to personalizing prostate cancer medicine say study co-leads, Dr. Robert Bristow, a clinician-scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Dr. Paul Boutros, an investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

'Pain sensing' gene discovery could help in development of new methods of pain relief
(University of Cambridge) A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers co-led by the University of Cambridge. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.

Oldest old less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery
(BMJ) Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Road traffic noise linked to heightened risk of mid-riff bulge
(BMJ) Road traffic noise is linked to a heightened risk of developing a mid-riff bulge, indicates research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Very overweight teens may double their risk of bowel cancer in middle age
(BMJ) Being very overweight in your teens may double the risk of developing bowel cancer by the time you are middle aged, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

Complex signaling between blood and stem cells controls regeneration in fly gut
(Buck Institute for Age Research) Having a healthy gut may well depend on maintaining a complex signaling dance between immune cells and the stem cells that line the intestine. Scientists report significant new insight into how these interactions control intestinal regeneration after an infection. It's a dance that ensures repair after a challenge, but that also goes awry in aging fruit flies. The work offers important new clues into possible causes of age-related human maladies, including IBS and colorectal cancer.

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