cancer

Can Rick Simpson oil help treat cancer?

Rick Simpson oil is a cannabis extract that takes its name from the medical marijuana activist who created it. Simpson claims that applying the oil to cancer spots on his skin cleared the spots within days. Rick Simpson oil (RSO) is unique in that it contains higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol…

Task Force Calls for Better Enforcement of Mental Health and Addiction Parity Law

A presidential task force has made recommendations to ensure people with addiction and mental illness do not face discrimination in treatment, according to NPR. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, requires larger employer-based insurance plans to cover psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders in the…

Insurers Urged to Ensure Parity on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment

Health insurance companies should do more to ensure parity for substance abuse and mental health treatment, members of a congressional subcommittee said at a recent hearing. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires larger employer-based insurance plans to cover psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders in the…

Global Sales of E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids Nearly Doubled Last Year

The global market for e-cigarettes and e-liquids almost doubled, to $6 billion, from 2013 to 2014, a new report finds. During that same period, cigarette sales decreased 0.4 percent, according to CBS News. The report on e-cigarettes and e-liquids was issued by the market research firm Euromonitor International. The United…

FDA Scientists Question Snus Maker’s Proposal to Modify Cancer Warnings

At a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing this week to consider whether the smokeless tobacco known as “snus” is less harmful than cigarettes, government scientists questioned a proposal to modify cancer warning language on the product’s packaging. The scientists also said they have concerns about how snus manufacturer Swedish…