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Like nearly all complex machines, your brain runs on electricity. Every time a neuron fires in order to communicate with another neuron, a little burst of electricity courses through the cell to power the message. …
Every week, the Nuance will go beyond the basics, offering a deep and researched look at the latest science and expert insights on a buzzed-about health topic.
In late June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat epileptic seizures. That drug, Epidiolex, gives patients a concentrated dose of cannabidiol (CBD), an organic chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. It’s the first time the FDA has approved a prescription drug that uses an active compound found in marijuana.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of this FDA decision.