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Frequent cannabis use by young people linked to decline in IQ

A study has found that adolescents who frequently use cannabis may experience a decline in Intelligence Quotient (IQ) over time. The findings of the research provide further insight into the harmful neurological and cognitive effects of frequent cannabis use on young people. The paper, led by researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, […]

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Transportation investments could save hundreds of lives, billions of dollars

Investments in infrastructure to promote bicycling and walking could save as many as 770 lives and $7.6 billion each year across 12 northeastern states and the District of Columbia under the proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), according to a new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public […]

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Mortality rate up for Koreans with rheumatoid arthritis

Korean patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased mortality rates compared with the general population, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Yeon-Kyung Lee, from the Hanyang University Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues examined the causes and risk for death in 2,355 […]

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Some inflammatory diseases linked to stroke-associated pneumonia

For patients discharged after acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the risk for stroke-associated pneumonia (SAP) is reduced for those with psoriasis or other chronic inflammatory diseases, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. Layne Dylla, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in […]

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Five ways ‘bad’ behaviour can benefit you and others

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.” This quote from the television host and comedian Johnny Carson illustrates an uncomfortable truth—that we can’t always be angels. And nor should we be. Research has uncovered a variety of benefits […]

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Post-overdose outreach programs in Massachusetts expanding

Boston Medical Center has released a study that shows post overdose outreach programs in Massachusetts have expanded across the state, as 44 percent of municipalities reported having such programs available—a majority established since 2015—to reduce risks for those who survive an overdose. The results are published online in the February 2021 issue of Drug and […]

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Genetic analysis of symptoms yields new insights into PTSD

Attempts to identify the genetic causes of neuropsychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through large-scale genome-wide analyses have yielded thousands of potential links. The challenge is further complicated by the wide range of symptoms exhibited by those who have PTSD. For instance, does extreme arousal, anger, or irritation experienced by some have the […]