The Cancer-fighting Properties of Cannabis

Jul 8, 2014

  The boldest frontiers involving medical marijuana are all about getting well, not getting high.  Today’s archival North Bay Report, from July 201, looked at some of the most remarkable possibilities that medical cannabis has to offer.

Len Richmond’s film, “What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?” can be viewed in full here. The trailer for it is posted below.

Greenery is Good For You

Apr 29, 2014

Time spent in the great outdoors is good for us. That’s been confirmed by a recent study out of the University of Wisconsin, that says the benefits of living or spending time near greenery are measurable—and it doesn’t much matter what kind of greenery it is. Bruce Robinson talks with the study’s lead author in today’s Exchange segment.

The Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Apr 10, 2014

  A traumatic childhood often results in an adulthood with health complications and a lowered life expectancy.  But even decades after the fact, there may be a way to diminish those harmful consequences.

   When asked, Dr. Felitti cites the full list of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences incorporated in his research.

While other experiences can certainly be traumatic, he adds, they don't cause the same kind of severity of life-long complications as the ten on his list. The table below shows their comparative frequency.

Medical Marijuana Study Gets Federal Green Light

Mar 25, 2014

In a quiet but significant breakthrough, the US Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to allow the tiny supply of federally grown Marijuana be used in a University of Arizona study to test its efficacy in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in American army veterans. The research project was OK’d by the Food and Drug Administration some time ago, but when it finally cleared the last regulatory hurdle, the decision came as something of a surprise, as we hear from the supporting non-profit that helped make it happen.

Sting Rays on the North Coast

Jan 21, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sting rays can be found in the shallow waters of sandy beaches almost anywhere, including the northern California coast. But they only pose a threat to humans when we accidentally step on them—and there are ways to avoid that.

  Although there are hundreds of kinds of rays populating the world’s oceans, biologist Bob Rubin explains that they all share a common ancestor—a 200 million year old shark.

Getting stung by a ray is excruciating, but rarely fatal. Even in the most publicized recent cases, says Rubin, the deaths attributed to rays were largely accidental.

Understanding Elephant Seals

Nov 7, 2013

They’re huge, prodigious divers, and familiar visitors to parts of the northern California coast. Yet Elephant Seals are also calm and approachable for scientists who are gradually coming to understand the massive mammals.

Elephant seals are so named for the males’ large proboscis, as well as their overall size. And it is the inner workings of that prominent nose, explains Dr. Bob Rubin, that enables the creatures to remain ashore, awaiting their mating season, for up to three months, without eating or even drinking water for that entire time.

Brain Tumors Found in Sick Raccoons

Jan 17, 2013
UC Davis/Photo used with permission

Sick raccoons are nothing new in northern California, where distemper is fairly common among them. But some don’t fit that pattern for raccoon deaths, and new laboratory studies have found out why.


Sometimes, researchers have an idea of what they will find when they begin their investigations. This was not such a case, says Dr. Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In fact, their findings surprised everyone involved.