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Monkeypox by Another Name

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There's a push by scientists in Africa and elsewhere to rename the virus that causes monkeypox because it is stigmatizing and inaccurate. Historically, monkeypox infections have been restricted to West and Central Africa, where the virus is endemic in some animals. But now, more than 30,000 cases have been detected in more than 40 countries where monkeypox viruses (and monkeys) are not typically found.

Researchers want a naming protocol similar to that for SARS-Cov-2 and variants, which uses numbers and letters of the Greek alphabet.

Growing Like Weed

Medical cannabis programs more than quadrupled their enrollment between 2016 and 2022, according to a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine. The top condition treated was chronic pain, followed by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The state with the greatest growth, based on patients per 10,000 total population, was Oklahoma, where legalized medicinal cannabis use is OK. Interestingly, medical cannabis program enrollment decreased in five of seven states with recreational use legislation.

Body of Knowledge


The average person produces enough flatulence daily to fill one party balloon. However, it wouldn't be much of a party. Human-produced gas is lighter than air, but only slightly, since it tends to consist mostly of nitrogen, which is only slightly lighter than air.

Get Me That, Stat!

Despite documented and acknowledged value, only 21% of health agencies surveyed in a national study said they intended to continue wastewater surveillance for pathogens post-pandemic.

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