UPI.com 24 December 2015The perception of marijuana’s effects on glaucoma significantly outpace what research has shown, according to a new study that researchers said suggests the public needs to be re-educated on medical uses for the drug.Marijuana has been legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in 23 states and Washington, D.C., in recent years, based largely on voter referendums.Many of the votes have been passed on a 1999 Institute of Medicine report on marijuana’s possibly therapeutic effects for a range of medical conditions, including glaucoma. Researchers note that while marijuana can relieve the effects of glaucoma for three or four hours, patients would need to be dosed eight to ten times per day for a “sustained therapeutic effect.”Researchers in the new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said patients need to be educated on the drug and its specific effects on glaucoma — which they note is not supported by scientific evidence.“This study contributes to filling the gap in our knowledge about patients’ perceptions toward using marijuana for glaucoma and their intentions to seek this therapeutic alternative,” researchers wrote in the study. “Understanding these intentions will become even more important as states continue to legalize marijuana for recreational use (currently Washington, D.C., and 4 other states), as patients with glaucoma will then have access to marijuana without the need for a physician to prescribe this drug.”http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/12/24/Study-Glaucoma-patients-need-better-education-on-marijuana/2061450962234/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
LONDON (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday.The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92) and Ta Lou (10.98) no chance of catching her.“It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.“I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to the Doha (world championships) that I’m on point. Right now the females are so close in terms of time so you definitely just have to come out and make sure that you’re ready to run.“My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium. For me, its a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”Hellen Obiri sealed the women’s 5,000m in a time of 14:20.36 while fellow Kenyan Agnes Tirop also finished ahead of new mile world record holder Sifan Hassan who was third.“In the last lap I was thinking, ‘work hard’ and said to myself when I went past Hassan ‘let me go, see if you can catch me,” Obiri, who set the best time of the year as well as a new meet record, said.Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m race with his season’s best time of 44.40 seconds, ahead of Jonathan Jones of Barbados and Jamaican compatriot Nathon Allen.Swede Daniel Stahl surpassed Gerd Kanter’s 2010 meet record in discus with a 68.56m effort.
Following grave concerns for the safety of workers and residents within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) compound and its environs after recent incidents of elevated mercury emission in said compound, a team to review the operations of the company’s laboratory was recommended by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Dr David SinghThat team has now been appointed to examine and report on all aspects of the functionality of the Guyana Gold Board’s laboratory, and to make recommendations for its efficient, secure, and environmentally safe operations, including its relocation.Headed by Dr David Singh, Executive Director of Conservation International, the appointed Committee, which includes a retired Assistant Police Commissioner and members from both the GGMC and Gold Board, has been also tasked with examining a secure site for the relocation of the said laboratory.They will commence work on April 18 and are expected to give a detailed report of their findings within a one-month period.An Air Quality Monitoring study, which was conducted by Kaizen Environmental Service Limited, showed that the mercury level in GGMC’s compound was in keeping with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.Despite the finding, however, Minister Trotman made the recommendation for the lab to be reviewed by an expert team.This decision was made by the Minister, who said that the “health and safety of persons utilising the compound, primarily the workers, are of paramount importance”.As such, he proposed “an expert’s review for the functions of the Gold Board’s lab to see how it could be made to better function, where it should be situated, what scientific and other methodology should be used and deployed to ensure that safety comes first for both the workers in the lab and those who are around the lab.”Mercury is used to purify gold from ore in a process called amalgamation. The laboratory is used to burn amalgam mixture to rid the gold of mercury.This process can be very dangerous and lead to significant mercury exposure and health risks.
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. — Montage Laguna Beach is continuing its series of insider wine tastings and seminars in The Loft Bistro at the oceanfront resort, offered Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m. December through July, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Targeting wine lovers, The Artistry Of Wine is a wine education series that features tastings of different varietals and vintages from wine regions around the world. Seminars and tastings led by Montage sommeliers focus on wine themes ranging from “New Horizons” to “French Showcase.” Cost is $35 per person, space is limited.DECEMBER 20 Horizons Where does the wine world go next? There are always new and experimental winemakers and techniques to be found. Let us show you the latest in cutting-edge winemaking.JANUARY 10 New World Fruit and Spice Australia has taken the Syrah grape and renamed it Shiraz. Enjoy some of the world’s boldest, richest red wines that are bursting with fruit and spice flavors.JANUARY 17 No Tasting, Martin Luther King Holiday WeekendJANUARY 24 Green Wines The number of wines available certified as organic and biodynamic is steadily growing, and include some of the world’s most sought-after labels. No matter what grape variety, the wines display a purity of fruit and a distinct sense of place.JANUARY 31 Bubbles – Prepare for Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s the romance, the tickle of the bubbles or just the taste, the entire world is in love with sparkling wines. Virtually every country in the wine-producing world makes its own version. Delight in an assortment of sparkling wines from Champagne to Tasmania.FEBRUARY 7 No Tasting, Superbowl SundayFEBRUARY 14 No Tasting, Valentine’s Day/President’s DayFEBRUARY 21 Spanish Reds – New Wines from Old Vines Modern techniques, new winemaking talent and seriously old vines combine to make Spain the country to watch in the coming years.FEBRUARY 28 White Burgundy, North to South Explore the white wines of Burgundy from North to South, and experience what these winemakers already know – real estate can mean everything.MARCH 7 Red Burgundy, North to South Join us as we examine the red wines of Burgundy, and see how the soils of the different villages can produce subtle and not-so-subtle differences in the wines.MARCH 14 What’s in a Name? Blends, Part 1 Bordeaux, Claret, Meritage: What do these wines have in common? Examine the various expressions of the Cabernet- and Merlot – based blends throughout the world.MARCH 21 Zinfandel, An American Immigrant Zinfandel is a unique American grape with roots as deep as the vines themselves. Allow us to showcase some of the finest examples crafted in the hills of California and compare them to Primitivo, the grape’s European forefather.MARCH 28 Rhône and the Rhône Rangers – Blends, Part 2 The Rhône Valley is the motherland of many grape varietals and wine styles. Enjoy some of these classics and explore how and where these grapes and styles have emigrated elsewhere in the world.APRIL 4 No Tasting, Easter SundayAPRIL 11 I Drank What? – Blends, Part 3 You’ve tried the classics. Now experience some examples of blends from cutting-edge winemakers who play their own rules with great result.APRIL 18 Wines of Alsace – Rich and Aromatic Whites Chardonnay isn’t the only grape variety with incredible complexity. Taste a line-up of some of France’s most noble white grapes. You may never crave Chardonnay again.APRIL 25 New Zealand, Not Just Sauvignon Blanc Yes, the New Zealanders built their wine reputation on producing vibrant and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc. Are there more wines coming from this magical destination? Join us to find out.MAY 2 Mother’s Day is Next Week – Celebrate Women in Wine The average woman has more taste buds than a man, and some of the world’s finest wines are made by women winemakers. Come taste handcrafted wines made from a woman’s perspective. Gentlemen are also welcome.MAY 9 No Tasting, Mother’s DayMAY 16 Hidden Treasures of the United States Did you know that wine is made in all 50 states? Join us to find out why finely crafted American wine is not all about California, Oregon and Washington.MAY 23 Artisan Saké Saké is said to have originated in China in 4800 B.C. Today there are roughly 1,800 saké breweries producing more than 40,000 types of saké. Raise a glass (or two) and taste the nearly 7,000 years of tradition behind this incredible artisanal drink.MAY 30 No Tasting, Memorial Day WeekendJUNE 6 Drink Pink! Rosés are a favorite among winemakers the world over. Find out why these wines pair well with a simple warm summer day on the ocean.JUNE 13 Chardonnay – You Know You Want it From lean and steely to generous and decadent, it’s easy to understand why this wine is produced throughout the world in so many regions and styles. Try a few with us, and forget what you think you know about this wine.JUNE 20 No Tasting, Father’s DayJUNE 27 Riesling – The most noble grape variety To many wine lovers, Riesling is the epitome of white wine. From bone dry to sticky sweet, Riesling comes in a myriad of styles that reflect its origins more so than any other grape variety. See why we are passionate about this wine.JULY 4 No Tasting, Independence DayJULY 11 French Showcase French wine styles are often the goal of winemakers worldwide. Help us celebrate France’s upcoming Bastille Day by experiencing wines from French regions whose names are synonymous with style and quality.JULY 18 Comfort Food Indulge in New World Cabernet Sauvignon, from Napa Valley to Washington to Australia. This dense and dark wine speaks for itself as an easy to love glass of juice.JULY 25 South Africa South Africa is the home to a truly unique grape variety, Pinotage. Its wine heritage goes much deeper. Try some incredible wines from this very respected wine-producing country.To reserve, please call 949-715-6420.About Montage Laguna BeachMontage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage, toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the Web site atwww.montagelagunabeach.com.