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Steroid inhalers/pills for asthma linked to heightened risk of brittle bones and fractures

Tue, 2020-10-20 17:01
Taking steroid inhalers or tablets to treat asthma or control flare-ups is linked to a heightened risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis) and increased vulnerability to broken bones (fragility fractures), finds new research.
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Cannabis reduces OCD symptoms by half in the short-term

Tue, 2020-10-20 06:17
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) report that the severity of symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis. After smoking cannabis, users with OCD reported it reduced their compulsions by 60%, intrusions, or unwanted thoughts, by 49% and anxiety by 52%. The study also found that higher doses and cannabis with higher concentrations of CBD were associated with larger reductions in compulsions.
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More young adults are abstaining from alcohol

Mon, 2020-10-12 10:00
Fewer college-age Americans drink alcohol, compared to nearly 20 years ago, according to a new study.
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Cannabis ads and store location influence youth marijuana use

Thu, 2020-10-08 12:21
States may want to consider the proximity of cannabis retailers and cannabis advertising to neighborhoods to prevent underage use of the drug, according to new research.
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Cannabis use appears to encourage, not replace, non-medical opioid use

Thu, 2020-10-08 06:38
Contrary to some claims, people in the US may not be substituting cannabis for opioids, New research examined the direction and strength of association between cannabis and opioid use among adults who used non-medical opioids. The findings showed that opioid use was at least as prevalent on days when cannabis was used as on days when it was not. The study is among the first to test opioid substitution directly.
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Older adults using cannabis to treat common health conditions

Wed, 2020-10-07 13:28
Researchers report that older adults are increasingly using cannabis to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression.
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Fighting intestinal infections with the body's own endocannabinoids

Wed, 2020-10-07 10:31
Endocannabinoids, signaling molecules produced in the body that share features with chemicals found in marijuana, can shut down genes needed for some pathogenic intestinal bacteria to colonize, multiply, and cause disease, new research shows.
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Cannabinoids associated with negative respiratory health effects in older adults with COPD

Wed, 2020-09-30 06:52
Cannabinoids, a class of prescription pills that contain synthetically-made chemicals found in marijuana, are associated with a 64 per cent increase in death among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the first published data on the impact of cannabinoids on the respiratory health of individuals with the lung disease.
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Cannabis data lacking, but machine learning could help

Tue, 2020-09-29 10:35
Everyone's heard of THC and CBD. But many other active compounds in cannabis interact to influence its effects. A new study confirms that those compounds are seldom tested for, and strain name is not indicative of potency or chemical makeup. Machine learning techniques could help fill the knowledge gap.
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Pandemic sets off future wave of worsening mental health issues

Mon, 2020-09-28 14:37
Long after a COVID-19 vaccination is developed and years after the coronavirus death toll is tallied, the impact on mental health will linger, continuing to inflict damage if not addressed, according to new research.
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Cocaine addiction: Impact of genetic mutations elucidated

Fri, 2020-09-25 09:36
Cocaine addiction is a chronic disorder with a high rate of relapse for which no effective treatment is currently available. Scientists recently demonstrated that two gene mutations involved in the conformation of nicotinic receptors in the brain appear to play a role in various aspects of cocaine addiction.
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It is time to embrace cannabis for medicinal use, say experts

Mon, 2020-09-21 19:08
Attitudes towards cannabis products for medicinal use need to change with much greater appropriate use of such products to help alleviate patients' pain, suggests new research.
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Children who take steroids at increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots

Thu, 2020-09-17 06:41
Children who take oral steroids to treat asthma or autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots, according to new researchers. The study is the first to quantify these complications of oral steroids in a nationwide population of children.
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Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility

Mon, 2020-09-14 09:59
A recent study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The findings suggest that health care providers should closely monitor patients with SUDs and develop action plans to help shield them from infection and severe outcomes.
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Study of siblings finds moderate cannabis use impacts cognitive functioning

Thu, 2020-09-03 11:30
A new study compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function. This study contrasts with previous studies by finding that moderate adolescent cannabis use may have adverse effects that cannot be explained by the genetic or environmental factors that siblings may have in common.
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Finding cortisone alternatives with fewer side effects

Wed, 2020-09-02 07:51
Researchers are examining the beneficial effects of cortisone in order to lay the groundwork for the development of similar drugs with fewer side effects.
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Look beyond opioids to solve national substance use epidemic

Fri, 2020-08-28 18:49
A new study published reveals that three-quarters of participants in an inpatient addiction intervention program came into the hospital using more than one substance. The findings suggests that a singular focus on opioids may do more harm than good if doctors overlook the complexity of each individual's actual substance use.
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Rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use not associated with vaping-related lung injuries, study finds

Tue, 2020-08-25 10:18
Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds.
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Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals

Mon, 2020-08-03 10:01
Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to researchers. They published information that could help medical professionals make safe prescribing choices for their patients who use prescription, over-the-counter or illicit cannabinoid products.
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Common blood test identifies benefits and risks of steroid treatment in COVID-19 patients

Wed, 2020-07-22 06:38
A new study confirms the findings of the large scale British trial of steroid use for COVID-19 patients and advances the research by answering several key questions: Which patients are most likely to benefit from steroid therapy? Could some of them be harmed? Can other formulations of steroids substitute for the agent studied in the British trial?
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