Month: August 2023

Cannabis stocks on fire as US health department calls for easing restrictions

The US government is reconsidering how it classifies marijuana, and cannabis companies are in party mode.

According to reports, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recommended reclassifying marijuana as a lower-risk Schedule III drug, from Schedule I, easing restrictions on businesses operating in the sector.

In response, shares of smaller operators Jushi Holdings Inc (CSE:JUSH, OTCQX:JUSHF), Delivra Health Brands Inc. (TSX-V:DHB), Planet 13 Holdings Inc (CSE:PLTH, OTCQX:PLNHF) and 1606 Corp. (OTC:CBDW) rallied 36%, 33%, 18% and 17% respectively on Wednesday.

Bigger players joined in, with Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE:TRUL) jumping 35% and Curaleaf Hldgs Inc. (CSE:CURA, OTCQX:CURLF) gaining 19%.

According to the Marijuana Moment website, under HHS, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed a scientific review into cannabis in 2022 following a directive from President Joe Biden. It is now advising the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that it should ease up on restrictions on marijuana.

Cannabis refers to a variety of plants in the cannabis family, while marijuana is a specific strain of cannabis that is known for its psychoactive effects. Cannabis can be used for medicinal and recreational purposes, while marijuana is typically only used for recreational purposes.

As a Schedule III drug, cannabis would still remain federally prohibited. However, the rescheduling would have major implications for researchers who’ve long criticized the Schedule I classification that creates significant barriers to access for studies, Marijuana Moment noted.

“Following the data and science, HHS has expeditiously responded to President Biden’s directive to HHS Secretary Becerra and provided its scheduling recommendation for marijuana to the DEA on August 29, 2023,” an HHS spokesperson said in a statement to Marijuana Moment on Wednesday.

“This administrative process was completed in less than 11 months, reflecting this department’s collaboration and leadership to ensure that a comprehensive scientific evaluation be

Opinion: To fix Canada’s health care, a hard economic truth must be acknowledged

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An emergency sign is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on July 10.Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press

Dr. Hance Clarke is the director of Pain Services and the medical director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital. Imran Abdool is a lecturer in Economics and Finance at Western University and member of Western’s Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) research unit.

The first step to fixing a problem is to correctly identify it. While much has been written about fixing Canadian health care, the national conversation should move beyond operational and system tweaks and instead examine the very heart of our social contract – i.e., the outdated expectation that a single high-quality public-health system can be funded out of general tax revenues.

Much research has been done on the idea of “expectations formation,” especially in the field of behavioural economics. Over decades, Canadians have formed an expectation that a public payer – specifically, the provincial and federal governments, using general tax revenues – should fund our health care.

That idea is in line with most forms of government spending: When most taxes are levied on Canadians, there is no specific expenditures that those tax receipts are restricted to. (In contrast consider the example of a fee-based or toll highway where the income is restricted to road-related expenditures.)

The expectation of health care being funded through general government funds arose after premier Tommy Douglas introduced public health care to Saskatchewan in 1959. However, the conditions that enabled the long-standing and favourable expectations of a health care system funded through general tax revenues have rapidly changed.

According to Statistics Canada data, average life expectancy increased from approximately 66 to 84 years from the early 1960s to 2011. It is also well accepted that

Is TikTok Serving or Sabotaging Youth Mental Health?

TikTok has rapidly become the fastest-growing social media platform among children and young adults in the modern digital era. However, while platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have come under intense academic scrutiny regarding their potential impact on youth mental health, TikTok remains a relatively underexplored area. In a groundbreaking study from Dublin City University, Darragh McCashin and Colette M. Murphy systematically explore TikTok’s role in public and youth mental health.

Despite the ubiquitous nature of TikTok, it has attracted limited academic attention, especially within psychology and psychiatry. McCashin and Murphy dive into this uncharted territory. The research duo first conducted a systematic review of existing studies focusing on TikTok’s role in public health or mental health. The follow-up involved a content analysis targeting TikTok’s use in an Irish context.

Their findings? Varied use of TikTok for several public and mental health purposes, though institutional accounts have been slow on the uptake. McCashin remarks in the study:

“Globally, TikTok is now the fastest growing social media platform among children and young people, but it remains surprisingly under-researched in psychology and psychiatry. This is despite the fact that social media platforms have been subject to intense academic and societal scrutiny regarding their potentially adverse effects on youth mental health and wellbeing, notwithstanding the inconsistent findings across the literature.”

TikTok is a social media company owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance Ltd., which has led to controversy around the platform in the United States. There have been multiple attempts to block or ban the platform within the U.S. Despite this, as Darragh McCashin and Collette Murphy point out, TikTok continues to grow and is the most widely used platform by children and young people (CYP).

“TikTok allows users to consume and create short videos between 15–60 in length, using various filters,

Saskatoon partnership aims to help refugees with health-care translation – Saskatoon

A partnership in Saskatoon aims to build health literacy within Saskatchewan for newcomers to the province.

Saskatchewan Blue Cross says it has partnered up with 10 organizations within the health literacy space, one of them being Global Gathering Place.

Kelly Wilson, the president and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross, said they started their partnership with Global Gathering Place in 2021 after there was an influx of refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine.

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Racism partly to blame for unequal health care provided to Indigenous women: PHAC

“There were a lot of newcomers in our province and you can imagine that they don’t always know our language when they land,” Wilson said.

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She said there’s a big need to help support people to understand their health-care needs.

Wilson said with Global Gathering Place they are working on cultural and language services and providing translation and funding for a number of the programs that Global Gathering Place has.

She said they help support 10 partners within the health literacy space.

Doha Kharsa works with Global Gathering Place as a path facilitator. She said she helps provide access to the health-care system for refugees.

She said refugees and newcomers to Saskatchewan will meet with the Open Door Society, an organization that helps connect newcomers to several services, which then refer those people to path facilitators.

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Is Saskatchewan’s health-care system falling short?

“Then we will start assisting them to navigate the health-care system, and the program is for six months.”

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She said health care is a priority for everyone, noting many refugees have no clue

17 Best Outdoor Clothing Brands for Men 2023

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Launched in 2011 by two Issey Miyake alums, And Wander has pretty quickly become the darling of fashion outdoors types, and it’s because of the marriage of form and function. No matter how wild the concepts get—asymmetrical zippers, attachable pouches, etc.—they’re always born out of real functional needs. It’s all whimsical, but nothing is done for the sake of doing it. Also, the little poem tagline is better than any other brand manifesto:

to be rained upon

caught in wind

or simply trekking

the mountain is fun

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Before terms like gorpcore and techwear existed, people just wore The North Face. No single brand can be credited for sending down puffers mass market, but The North Face comes as close as any. And to this day, that’s what we like to get there—whether it’s a classic Nuptse for the city or this Breithorn mid layer.

Best Place to Buy a Base Layer



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This is the purchase that probably most differentiates real outdoorspeople from people that like outdoor clothing. If you’re doing any outdoor sport, your base layer is maybe your most important piece of clothing. It’s should keep you warm and dry—trapping body heat while wicking sweat. For that, there’s no better natural material than merino wool (often it’s even better than synthetics). And for wool base layers, we’re always going to go Smartwool.

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Return of health care staff to Yellowknife will be phased, CEO says


The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority has not yet called for all staff to return to Yellowknife but is working on a plan to resume core services in the capital.

That’s according to an email sent to staff Tuesday on behalf of Kimberly Riles, chief executive officer of the health authority, which was shared with Cabin Radio.

“Staff should not yet return to Yellowknife and should not be coming back to the community until they are directly contacted,” the email states.

“You will be contacted individually and specifically recalled when it is time as you will be required to be listed on a repatriation flight, or to be issued essential services clearance to return by road.”



NWT Fire announced on Monday afternoon the wildfire burning to the west of Yellowknife, labelled fire ZF015, was “being held.” That does not mean it is now safe to return, the wildfire agency said, but the fire is unlikely to spread beyond expected boundaries.

While an evacuation order for the city and surrounding areas remains in place, the City of Yellowknife said Monday it had begun asking staff “critical” to re-entry efforts to return.

It remains unclear when the general public may be allowed to re-enter the municipality.

The email from the health authority states it has been working with the territory’s emergency management organization, among other government departments and agencies, on return planning. It said “several planning assumptions,” such as the availability of groceries and childcare services, need to be confirmed before it can finalize timelines.



The email states some staff will be recalled sooner than others as service resumption will be phased with a focus on life-sustaining emergency services. Some staff may not be recalled until the general public is allowed to return to Yellowknife.

Should Health Information Services Stock Schrodinger Inc (SDGR) Be in Your Portfolio Thursday?

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Should Health Information Services Stock Schrodinger Inc (SDGR) Be in Your Portfolio Thursday?

The 56 rating InvestorsObserver gives to Schrodinger Inc (SDGR) stock puts it near the top of the Health Information Services industry. In addition to scoring higher than 81 percent of stocks in the Health Information Services industry, SDGR’s 56 overall rating means the stock scores better than 56 percent of all stocks.

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SDGR has an Overall Score of 56. Find out what this means to you and get the rest of the rankings on SDGR!

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Trying to find the best stocks can be a daunting task. There are a wide variety of ways to analyze stocks in order to determine which ones are performing the strongest. InvestorsObserver makes the entire process easier by using percentile rankings that allows you to easily find the stocks who have the strongest evaluations by analysts.

These rankings allows you to easily compare stocks and view what the strengths and weaknesses are of a given company. This lets you find the stocks with the best short and long term growth prospects in a matter of seconds. The combined score incorporates technical and fundamental analysis in order to give a comprehensive overview of a stocks performance. Investors who then want to focus on analysts rankings or valuations are able to see the separate scores for each section.

What’s Happening With Schrodinger Inc Stock Today?

Schrodinger Inc (SDGR) stock is trading at $34.28 as of 11:07 AM on Thursday, Aug 24, a decline of -$3.67, or -9.67% from the previous closing price of $37.95. The stock has traded between $34.27 and $39.12 so far today. Volume today is low. So far 616,729 shares have traded compared to average volume of 1,190,790 shares.

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Ottawa County board tells health department to advertise child vaccine waivers

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — In a meeting filled with impassioned public comments about whether vaccines are safe for children, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday, Aug. 22, that asks the county health department to advertise childhood vaccine waivers.

The resolution, passed in a 9-2 vote, recommends that all Ottawa County health department communications to the public about vaccines for schoolchildren include information about the availability of exemption waivers.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Don't forget to add vaccinations to your back-to-school checklist!...

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How Do People Know What Health Information to Believe?

Panthagani is an emergency resident physician and researcher.

During his final weeks as the director of the NIH, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, proposed an important new project: studying health communication. After watching the profound communication failures during the pandemic, it was finally time for the NIH to invest in fixing this problem — to study where communication breaks down between the medical community and the public, and how to make it better.

I was in my last year of medical school at the time. Between clinics and residency interviews, I volunteered my free time addressing science rumors online and teaching people to recognize logical fallacies that may trick them into believing false information.

The year before, I had finished my PhD studying the microbiome, which gave me the skills to dig into the literature and analyze and communicate data. But I knew the microbiome wasn’t the topic I wanted to study long-term. I was asked, “What do you want to research?” during nearly every residency interview. And the honest answer was “I don’t know.”

“Health communications research” is a nascent field and wasn’t on my radar at the time. But Collin’s announcement changed that.

In the following months, a new NIH initiative was launched: Advancing Health Communication Science and Practice, which was anticipated to fund more than $150 million in health communication research over the next several years.

But now, it seems the project has been killed. This is an awful mistake.

Academic researchers, unfortunately, can’t study whatever we want. Not only do we have to find topics that are interesting and worthwhile, but we also must find topics that will be funded. While “funding” has become misunderstood during the pandemic, the simple reality is this: scientific research costs millions of dollars, and unless a researcher is independently wealthy,

Healthy Aging Advice From Dr. Sanjay Gupta for His Younger Self

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently shared three pieces of aging advice he’s learned.
  • He believes we should ask older people for advice and have more positive views of aging.
  • He also emphasized maintaining great physical health as you age.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, recently shared the three pieces of advice he wished he knew when he was younger.

The main theme: Aging isn’t necessarily bad. “I have learned so much about getting older, the myths and the realities, and what it takes to be in the best physical and mental condition during any stage of life,” Gupta, 53, said in his article for

Below are the three things Gupta said are important for living a long, healthy, and happy life.

1. Talk to people who are older

Gupta said you can learn a lot from asking older people about their routines — especially if they’re in great health.

When he interviewed his mother, he learned that she sleeps 8-9 hours a night, tries not to dwell on negative thoughts, and keeps active throughout the day with walks, water aerobics, and having friends over.

He also has friends over 60 who are constantly moving and challenging their bodies the same way they did when they were in their 30s. As a result, they don’t feel the same stiffness and pain other people their age do.

Gupta said that talking to them paints “a much more optimistic picture” about aging.

2. Have a positive attitude towards aging

Gupta believes we live in a “youth-centric society” where we focus more on anti-aging than embracing old age.

But clinging to youth isn’t just a waste of

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