Cannabis Users More Likely To Experience Wheezing

(CNN)The associations between vaping cannabis and respiratory health symptoms haven’t been fully known before — but one new study has revealed a key discovery. The study, which published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that vaping cannabis at any frequency was linked with symptoms of bronchitis and wheezing in young adults around 19 years old.Toward the end of 2019, mysterious cases of lung injury associated … Continue reading Cannabis Users More Likely To Experience Wheezing

Hundreds of Americans Could Have New UK COVID-19 Strain

(CNN)Researchers studying the new UK strain of the coronavirus think it likely arrived in the US in mid-November, and that many people in the United States could already be infected.”If I had to guess, I would say it’s probably in hundreds of people by now,” said Michael Worobey, head of the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. “It’s very possible … Continue reading Hundreds of Americans Could Have New UK COVID-19 Strain

The Drug That Gives ‘Instant Immunity’ To Coronavirus?

A new antibody treatment with the potential to give people instant immunity after being exposed to Covid-19 and prevent illness is being trialled by scientists in the UK.  The drug would offer immediate and long-term protection to patients when it would be too late to offer a vaccine, potentially saving thousands of lives. It could be given as an emergency treatment to hospital inpatients, care home residents … Continue reading The Drug That Gives ‘Instant Immunity’ To Coronavirus?

Vaccination effort will not be complete until July

WASHINGTON — Even as private companies rush to test a coronavirus vaccine and both federal and state governments prepare for a massive distribution effort, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Wednesday that mass vaccination of the American public is still many months away.  “I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get … Continue reading Vaccination effort will not be complete until July

One man’s battle shows why covid-19 and obesity are a toxic mix

At 5-foot-9 and 248 pounds before covid-19 struck, John Place knew he needed to work on his health. In the scramble to run a small business and help raise four children, he ate high-calorie restaurant food every day. He never exercised. He was often fatigued and urinated frequently — warning signs of diabetes that he ignored. When Place, 43, landed in a Florida intensive care … Continue reading One man’s battle shows why covid-19 and obesity are a toxic mix

15% of Big Ten Athletes Had Heart Inflammation After Recovering From COVID-19

New data helps illustrate what Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren might have meant when he described “too much medical uncertainty and too many unknown health risks” as reasons for postponing the Big Ten’s 2020-21 fall sports season. During a State College Area school board of directors meeting on Monday night, Wayne Sebastianelli — Penn State’s director of athletic medicine — made some alarming comments about … Continue reading 15% of Big Ten Athletes Had Heart Inflammation After Recovering From COVID-19

Just How Bad Is Social Media For Your Health?

Some people may be starting to come to grips with the fact that social media isn’t so great for mental health. Others may think that getting on it will give them a boost—but especially depending on how you spend your time on it, you may well feel worse after using. Plenty of studies have found correlations between higher social media use and poorer mental health, including depression, anxiety, feelings of … Continue reading Just How Bad Is Social Media For Your Health?

Are Your Shrooms A Placebo?

New research recently published in Psychopharmacology provides evidence that inert placebo pills can induce psychedelic-like effects, including perceptual alterations. The findings highlight the importance of expectations and context when ingesting psychedelic substances. The study also sheds some light on the mystery of so-called contact highs. “I am interested in placebos generally and in particular in maximizing their effects. When I was reading clinical trials of … Continue reading Are Your Shrooms A Placebo?

Adolescent Birth Control Use Could Lead To Increased Stress Levels

New research provides evidence that oral contraceptive use is related to changes in brain structure and function. The study, published in Hormones and Behavior, indicates that oral contraceptive use during puberty might impact stress reactivity and also increase brain activity when working memory is engaged. “Oral contraceptives have been commercially available for over 60 years and are currently used by 150 million women worldwide. However, … Continue reading Adolescent Birth Control Use Could Lead To Increased Stress Levels

Elon Musk’s Brain Implant Technology To Treat Health Conditions

Elon Musk has revealed that his stealth neurotechnology start-up is poised to begin human clinical trials soon on brain implants. Musk’s Neuralink gave a presentation late Tuesday and released a white paper divulging details of its progress on implants that could eventually enable patients to overcome devastating injuries. The company, which has been pursuing the technology for years with Musk’s financial backing and leadership, touted its … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Brain Implant Technology To Treat Health Conditions