Approval for cannabis treatment on ‘compassionate grounds’

first_imgOneNews 9 June 2015A Nelson teenager in an induced coma has been granted the one-off use of cannabis treatment to help his condition after the Government approved the drug on “compassionate grounds”.Today, Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne granted the use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD) product from the United States, to be administered by doctors treating Alex Renton in Wellington Hospital.The 19-year-old has been in the hospital’s intensive care unit since April with a condition causing him to suffer repeated seizures.The Capital and Coast District Health Board asked the Ministry of Health to approve the use of medical marijuana after all other treatment options had failed.Mr Dunne said he has “considerable sympathy” for the parents of Mr Renton who face an incredibly difficult situation.“Despite the absence of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of CBD in patients with Mr Renton’s condition status epilepticus, my decision relies on the dire circumstances and extreme severity of Mr Renton’s individual case,” he said.“Understandably they want to do the best for their son, and they believe that this option is worth trying.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/seizure-plagued-teen-in-coma-approved-cannabis-treatment-compassionate-grounds-6334800last_img read more

Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH despite injury

first_imgThis may be surprising to fans in New York because Tanaka missed a month of the season last year after he hurt both of his hamstrings running the bases at a National League ballpark where there is no DH. Tanaka finished the season 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA with 159 strikeouts in 156 innings.Tanaka is a career .038 hitter with one hit in 26 at-bats. He has one sacrifice bunt, one run scored and one walk. Didi Gregorius injury update: Yankees SS (elbow) begins throwing program, big step in rehab MLB is considering the use of a universal DH in upcoming seasons. It has been reported that the possibility is becoming more and more likely. Related Newscenter_img This might come as a surprise to Yankees fans but Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want the designated hitter spot to be universal.”When you look at it I grew up where baseball was played by nine guys, meaning basically the pitcher would hit also, and I really enjoyed that baseball,” Tanaka told reporters through a translator at spring training on Tuesday, via ESPN. Manny Machado rumors: Yankees remain in play; Padres have been ‘very aggressive’ with offerlast_img read more