Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

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Reuters 23 June 2015 Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research. After reviewing 80 randomized trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers found moderate support for using marijuana to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms and involuntary […]

The “Why” of Abortion Decline

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United Families International 24 June 2015 This month the media reported that the rate of abortions in the United States has declined by 12% since 2010.  The latest U.S. abortion rate of 16.9 was the lowest recorded rate since 1973. In some states such as Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, abortions even fell more than […]

Seales’ husband delivers euthanasia petition


NewsTalk ZB 23 June 2015  Lecretia Seales’ widower is hopeful politicians will look into the issue of voluntary euthanasia. Matt Vickers has been among those who’ve presented an over 8000 signature petition to parliament today calling for a formal inquiry in current laws around assisted deaths He’s is confident MPs will heed the petition, and […]

Leo Schep: Ecstasy not a safe party drug

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NZ Herald 23 June 2015 – Dr Leo Schep is a toxicologist at the National Poisons Centre In May 2010, 12 people attending a rave party at a venue called the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, experienced life-threatening complications requiring immediate medical attention; symptoms included seizures and hyperthermia with resultant muscle breakdown and kidney […]

Tackling transphobia in Auckland schools

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Stuff 23 June 2015 Some students are not going to the toilet all day because they don’t feel safe using school bathrooms. RainbowYOUTH education director Aych McArdle says cases like this are a daily occurrence and transphobic bullying is a reality in Kiwi schools. Gender neutral uniforms, unisex toilets, welcoming same-sex partners at school […]

A healthy, 24-year-old woman to be euthanised in Belgium.

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Alex Schadenberg 21 June 2015 The Belgian euthanasia insanity continues with the case of a 24-year-old healthy woman (Laura) who will die by euthanasia this summer for psychological reasons. The June 19 DeMorgen article by Simone Maas explains (google translated): She has good friends, loves good coffee and theater. And she has felt that she […]

Family First to fight deregistration moves


OneNews 22 June 2015 Family First NZ is at the Wellington High Court today to appeal against attempts by the Charities Registration Board to deregister it as a charity. The non-profit organisation receives no government funding and is funded by donations and gifts from New Zealand families. Family First has led a number of public […]

Pregnant after being violently raped at just 12-years-old, she rejected abortion: now, she has no regrets

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Lianna Rebolledo was just 12 years old and out walking near her home in Mexico City when she was suddenly abducted by two men and brutally raped. The attackers left the young girl half dead, her face and neck horribly disfigured. What the attackers did not know is that they also left Lianna with the […]

Greater brain risks from ‘real-world’ ecstasy use

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Stuff 31 March 2011 For a glimpse into real-world drug use, Australian researchers went to parties where people were using a drug known as ecstasy – and discovered that users’ brains were at far more risk from the drug than anyone had suspected. The researchers also found that ecstasy pills often contain a variety […]

John Key unconvinced by emergency doctor’s call to legalise MDMA

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Stuff 18 June 2015 Prime Minister John Key is unconvinced by a doctor’s claim that the pure form of ecstasy is safer than alcohol and should be legalised. Emergency medical specialist and clinical toxicologist Paul Quigley told Fairfax Media there was mounting evidence that MDMA was one of the safest intoxicants around, especially when […]