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Members of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board are backing away from a controversial decision they made to redact a portion of a widely used biology textbook.
Three films into the four-movie franchise and “The Hunger Games” series remains one of cinema’s biggest teases. For two years the series has offered an underlying promise of some grand battle between good and evil loaded with flaming arrows and bodies being tossed about with little regard for the lives of the stunt people.
Who wants to talk birth control? Abortion? Adoption? Childbirth? Those four issues became the latest imbroglio involving the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board.
‘Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future’ is the first anthology from Arizona State University’s Project Hieroglyph, which aims to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for the future through the power of storytelling.
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PHOENIX -- Arizona's chief health officer is proposing to make it more difficult to add new conditions to the list for which doctors can recommend the drug.
The change would require "clear and convincing evidence'' published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, that there is some benefit from the use of marijuana to humans for the specified medical condition. State Health Director Will Humble said that probably means multiple articles.
That's a big change from the current regulations which allow consideration of "a summary of the evidence'' that marijuana will either help treat the condition or at least provide some relief from symptoms. And while the current rules also ask for articles in scientific journals, there is no mandate that the research be "evidence based'' -- or that the conclusions be clear and convincing.
Humble's proposal comes months after he effectively was required, against his own judgment, to allow doctors to make medical marijuana available for post-traumatic stress disorder.
He originally had rejected the application as being based largely on anecdotal evidence. But Humble reversed himself when a state hearing officer pointed out that his agency's own rules specifically require him to consider such evidence.
And Humble said had his proposed rules been in effect at the time, he never would have made marijuana available for PTSD.
The move drew opposition from Jeffrey Kaufman, an attorney whose practice includes representing marijuana dispensaries.
"The governments have constructed a complex and impossible program and maze for anyone to get medical marijuana studies funding,'' he said. "So, obviously, it's going to be impossible for anybody to have any type of peer-reviewed literature or studies.''
That's also the assessment of attorney Ken Sobel who brought the legal challenge that resulted in Humble adding PTSD to the list. And he said a lawsuit is likely if Humble goes ahead with the change.
"It would be really in violation of the voters' intent,'' Sobel said, saying wanted an easy method of adding conditions because of the legal roadblocks to scientific research.
But Humble is defending the new restriction.
"I want everything we do to be based on evidence and data,'' he said.
The 2010 The voter-approved law allows the use of the drug by patients suffering from a list of specific medical conditions, ranging from glaucoma and AIDS to any chronic or debilitating condition that leads to severe and chronic plan. At last count, close to 53,000 people have qualified under that existing list, allowing them to purchase up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.
That 2010 law, however, also requires Humble to consider requests to expand the list of conditions for which marijuana can be legally recommended by a doctor.
Humble had rejected repeated efforts to add PTSD to the list, saying there was a lack of scientific studies.
But in June, a hearing officer said the agency's own rules require Humble to consider the anecdotal testimony of doctors and nurses who said the drug has helped their patients. And Humble backed down after proponents, in what he called "a stroke of luck,'' also came up with a study out of New Meixco that found what he said was "an association between cannabis used and PTSD symptoms in some patients.''
Still, Humble said all that probably would not meet the new standards.
"The rules that we're proposing today make it really clear that it needs to be not just published data but published data that's convincing,'' he said. "And not just one, unless it's a really, really good study.''
He said the single study on PTSD that was presented to him did not meet the standard for "clear and convincing evidence.'' In fact, the study says that further research is necessary.
Headaches affect 57 to 82 percent of teenagers, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. These headaches are caused by multiple factors, including the act of chewing gum. A recent study published by the Pediatric Neurology journal reported, “Excessive daily gum-chewing may be associated with chronic headache and should get more attention in the medical literature.”
Months ago a friend handed me a little book entitled “Have A Little Faith,” written by Mitch Albom. Honestly, it sat on my shelf for a long time gathering dust. It’s not that I was uninterested; I was plowing through some dense reading material and figured that Albom’s book was a little too light for what I had my teeth sunk in at the time.
John Steinbeck was one of America’s most prolific and insightful novelists. Renowned for his prize-winning works that most of us either enjoyed or endured at some point in our education (depending upon our perspective), one of Steinbeck’s lesser known novellas is my personal fa-vorite. It is a penetrating little book called “The Pearl.”
At schools such as Mountain Pointe in Ahwatukee, students take a fitness education class designed to help them become physically literate and meet Arizona Department of Education standards for physical education. One of the standards requires students to “demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities.” Two specific performance outcomes describe student expectations. Specifically students must be able to: (1) “Explain the difference between facts and myths related to physical activity,” and (2) “Identify and describe products that enhance or prohibit levels of physical activity.”
The transition to middle school means more opportunities for creative classes, learning, athletics and growth, but it can also create some of the toughest months for students.
NEW YORK — "You must try harder." David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Chandler Prep Academy announced the appointment of a new girls varsity volleyball coach.
NEW YORK — Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there's the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the golden years, when kids can handle long rides and long walks, when they actually think scavenger hunts are fun, and when they bask in their family's love and attention.
Tomorrow, July 14, Arizona State University’s Project Humanities will attempt to uncover the meaning of privilege and how it impacts society with a free workshop in the East Valley.
I’ve said it before, there’s nothing cooler than apes in comics. Comic book publishers know it, readers know it, and even Hollywood has jumped on the ape bandwagon again (see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.) Since Edgar Rice Burroughs first planted poor baby Greystoke in the middle of the Mangani (great apes) tribe off the coast of Africa, spectacular simians have been a huge part of our pop culture heritage; and at the recent Phoenix Comicon I happened to come across one of the most awesome ape adventures of all.
Regarding Mr. Maruca’s column from June 17: “What higher standards mean for the students in my classroom.” Re: Common Core.
I received a mystery package recently, opened it up, and discovered a popular appetite suppressant inside. Sprinkle this magic powder on your food, the included literature instructed, and allegedly it would cooperate with your sense of smell to curb your cravings. And here it was in my hands — a whole box of the stuff. But I didn’t order it.
Hamilton High School’s Hannah Miao was looking for something to do over the summer. Ideally, it would be something that embraced her creative side.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates the longest day of the year Arizona style with a day dedicated to our state’s venomous nemesis — the scorpion.
Mesa Community College students Bill Alewyn and David Klose received awards at the annual Student Literary Competition hosted by the League of Innovation.