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Torn ACL can heal itself; Living near green spaces could add 2.5 years; Medical Marijuana advertising ban may lift for PA doctors - Morning Medical Update


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Torn ACL can heal itself

A new study shows that torn ACLs may not need surgical intervention. In the study, which involved 80 injured knees, 90% of knees showed signs of healing on scans three months later. The only treatment received was bracing and physical therapy.

Living near green spaces could add 2.5 years

Living near a green space changes humans on a molecular level, which can be detected in the blood. This can lead to an extra 2.5 years of life. “We need to start changing our perspective on green space and really viewing it as an essential piece of infrastructure, just the same as sewer systems and garbage collection,” Peter James, an environmental epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health said in an interview.

Medical Marijuana advertising ban may lift for PA doctors

Physicians in Pennsylvania are currently banned from advertising their ability to approve patients for the state’s medical marijuana program. This may soon change, as a new proposal seeks to eliminate that barrier. The proposal does require that the patient must remain under the physician’s care for the duration of the program. Large, third-party companies that connect physicians to patients are currently free to advertise the state’s program wherever they like.

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