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With cannabis now legal for medicinal and recreational use in California, scientists and doctors at the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research are investigating its effects and potential in a variety of disease treatments, including autism and anorexia nervosa.


Suramin and Autism
A small, randomized clinical trial showed that a single intravenous dose of the century-old drug suramin transiently improved core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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 Phage Therapy
Scientists and physicians successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages (phages) — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterial infection.


Quantified Surgery
In a unique case, doctors used Big Data, sophisticated computer modeling and 3D imaging to personalize a patient’s procedure before entering the operating room, revealing new possibilities for the future of surgery.

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Cancer Immunotherapy
Doctors and researchers at Moores Cancer Center are working at the leading edge of immunotherapy, a treatment approach that boosts a patient’s own immune system to better fight his or her cancer.