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Evidence slim that CBD makes a difference for anxiety or pain

(THE CONVERSATION) Many people have turned to cannabis and its derivatives as they search for pandemic relief, and one of the most widely available ones is CBD. It is also legal. You can buy oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies, cosmetics and even toilet paper said to contain the molecule. Martha Stewart has a line of CBD products, an ... (full story)


Election polls are more accurate if they ask participants how others will vote

(THE CONVERSATION) Most public opinion polls correctly predicted the winning candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election – but on average, they overestimated the margin by which Democrat Joe Biden would beat Republican incumbent Donald Trump.
Our research into polling methods has found that pollsters' predictions can ... (full story)


Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

(THE CONVERSATION) The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the miracle drug to new patients, the miracle melted away. In each and every patient, the drug only worked only for a while.
It turned out the drug was very good at killing the virus, but the virus was e ... (full story)


No new trial for murder defendant who framed victim

The 7th District Court of Appeals has ruled the convictions of a defendant who claimed he killed a man in an alleged armed break-in at the appellant’s home should stand.
Jeffrey Spring appealed from a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court judgment denying his postconviction petitions.
Case summary indicates that on Jan. ... (full story)


Buying a coronavirus vaccine for everyone on Earth, storing and shipping it, and giving it safely will all be hard and expensive

(THE CONVERSATION) Infectious diseases do not respect borders.
An estimated 3 billion people in low-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America are likely to lack access to a COVID-19 vaccine for years after it becomes available. In poor nations, many communities lack the health care workers needed to administer vacc ... (full story)