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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Not so dope news
Recent research suggests smoking the dope could have a negative impact on the healing of titanium dental implants.

The study, published in the medical journal Implant Dentistry was conducted by Getulio Nogueira, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. It was conducted on a group of 30 rats with titanium implants placed in their tibias over a 60-day period.

Research concluded the rats exposed to marijuana smoke had a marked reduction in the regrowth of the soft bone surrounding the implants, which would impede the healing process for dental implants.

However, the study is limited by its performance on rats.

“Unfortunately, many people are fearful to disclose their use of marijuana and other drugs, which hinders my research capabilities,” Nogueira said.

Nogueira said the effects of marijuana’s main chemical component, THC, are responsible for the stunted growth in the cells, as the rats not exposed to marijuana exhibited normal regrowth of bone tissue.
" Adam Crozier

Long live Ribfest
Ribfest will be coming back to London despite a decision by London’s Boys and Girls Club to end its 20-year co-ordination of the event following a drop in corporate sponsorship, as well as a sharp decline in volunteers.

After the city looked to local businesses and charities to take over, Family Show Canada announced they would step in.

The festival will now feature less expensive rib cuts in an attempt to make the event more accessible to the entire community.

The festival is planned to run this year from July 31 to Aug. 3.

All proceeds go to Childcan, a London-based charity organization dedicated to supporting families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. In past years the festival has generated approximately $900,000.
" Michael Donovan

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