Science Category

June 8th, 2018
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People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse other prescription drugs

Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana…

June 8th, 2018
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How can medical marijuana benefit older adults?

Managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and psychiatric illness can be challenging as people age. A new review highlights what’s currently known about the indications…

June 8th, 2018
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Scientific guidelines for using cannabis to treat stress, anxiety and depression

In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists examined how peoples’ self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis…

June 8th, 2018
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Non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient could help addicts stay clean

A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to…

June 8th, 2018
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Opioid use may affect treatment for alcohol dependence

New research indicates that opioid misuse and the use of cannabis and other drugs may compromise the effectiveness of treatments for alcohol use disorder.

June 8th, 2018
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Faster test for cannabis quality

Researchers have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids — the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis — that will lead to faster, safer and more…

June 8th, 2018
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Prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights

With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of…

June 8th, 2018
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New app could make cannabis use safer

Researchers have developed a prototype app called ‘Am I Stoned’ that could help cannabis users understand how the drug is affecting them through a series…

June 8th, 2018
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Medical marijuana could reduce opioid use in older adults

A study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers.

June 8th, 2018
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Correlation between secondhand marijuana and tobacco smoke exposure and children ED visits

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US. Secondhand marijuana smoke (SHMS) exposure and its subsequent impact on child health have not…

June 8th, 2018
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Cannabis: It matters how young you start

Researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start…

June 8th, 2018
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Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol

More young people are turning to marijuana as their first substance of choice, rather than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, an expert says. He says…

June 8th, 2018
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Viewing more medical marijuana ads linked to higher pot use among adolescents

As prohibitions on the sale and use of marijuana ease, one result is more advertising about cannabis. A new study suggests that may have consequences…

June 8th, 2018
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Prenatal marijuana use can affect infant size, behavior, study finds

Smoking during pregnancy has well-documented negative effects on birth weight in infants and is linked to several childhood health problems. Now, researchers have found that…

June 8th, 2018
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Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home

Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a new study. Cannabis use was nearly four times more…

June 8th, 2018
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Many oncologists recommend medical marijuana clinically despite not feeling sufficiently knowledgeable to do so

While a wide majority of oncologists do not feel informed enough about medical marijuana’s utility to make clinical recommendations, most do in fact conduct discussions…

June 8th, 2018
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Teen pregnancy and birth rates at an all time low in Minn.

Pregnancy and birth rates continue to decline for 15-19-year-olds in Minnesota, with rates decreasing the most among youth from communities of color. Researchers attribute the…

June 8th, 2018
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Hemp shows potential for treating ovarian cancer

Results from some of the first studies to examine hemp’s ability to fight cancer show that it might one day be useful as plant-based treatment…

June 8th, 2018
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Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' forecasted to exceed the size of Connecticut

Scientists have predicted the dead zone, or area with little to no oxygen in the northern Gulf of Mexico, will become larger than the state…

June 8th, 2018
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Letters of recommendation for women more likely to raise doubts

Letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than letters written…

June 8th, 2018
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Waves move across the human brain to support memory

Engineers have discovered a new fundamental feature of brain oscillations: they actually move rhythmically across the brain, reflecting patterns of neuronal activity that propagate across…

June 8th, 2018
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Widespread uranium contamination found in India's groundwater

A new study has found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater aquifers — a chief source for drinking water and irrigation — in 16 Indian states.…

June 8th, 2018
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Tonsil and adenoid removal associated with respiratory, allergic and infectious disease

Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases, according to researchers who have examined — for the…

June 8th, 2018
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Sleep problems in Parkinson's disease: Can we fix them?

Researchers have uncovered why people with a hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease suffer from sleep disturbances. The molecular mechanisms uncovered in fruit flies and human…

June 8th, 2018
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Threat of malaria left its mark on the immune system in people with African ancestry

Researchers have identified a genetic difference between people with African and European ancestry that affects how the immune system triggers inflammation. They suspect these differences…

June 8th, 2018
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Study identifies cellular 'death code'

Dying cells generally have two options: go quietly, or go out with a bang.

June 8th, 2018
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A nanotech sensor that turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes

A new system can detect and analyze molecules without the need for an infrared spectrometer. The system uses nanostructured metapixels to detect and then translate…