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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Programs Take A Big Hit

Medical Marijuana; When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their register patients in just a few years; so according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not; hence got…

Adolescents

Adolescents Are Prevented From Accessing Flavor Tobacco Products

Adolescents; UTSA criminal justice professor Dylan Jackson recently published one of the first studies to explore emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among 8th and 10th grade students across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 4.9 million middle and high school students…

Adolescent Suicides

Adolescent Suicides Among US Youths Rose Significantly

Adolescent suicides; Another study about “13 Reasons Why,” which follows the story of a high school girl who takes her own life, has found that suicides among US youths rose significantly in the months following the popular Netflix show’s release. The latest paper, which was publish in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, estimate a 13% spike…

Prescription

Prescription Stimulants Abuse In Youths Rising Again

After a lull in the rates of prescription stimulant abuse in youth, it looks as though the phenomenon is on the rise again, results of a new survey show. Investigators conducting the Study of Non-Oral Administration of Prescription Stimulants (SNAPS) found that almost 14% of young respondents who used a prescription stimulant had snort, smoke,…

Street Saying That War Against Opioid Addiction

Street Saying That War Against Opioid Addiction

The street saying that it can cure everything from a bad mood to cancer. However, most of these claims are not based on scientific evidence. Animal studies suggest that CBD might be beneficial for some health indications, such as pain, inflammation, arthritisand anxiety. This is one of the first double-blind controll trials, the gold standard for drug research, to…

Injection Sites

Most Opioid Users Will Die Because Of Improper Injection Sites

The Ontario is undoubtedly in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. From January to September 2018, an incredible 1,031 Ontarians died of an overdose. The number of deaths in the province is second only to the 1,155 deaths in British Columbia, dubbed the “ground zero” of the overdose epidemic in North America. Yet with no…

Sexual Harassment

Incidences For Sexual Harassment Rates In California

In the state of California, reported incidences of sexual harassment are 5% higher for women and 10% higher for men than the national average, report the authors of a joint study produced by the Center for Gender Equity and Health at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the nonprofit organization California Coalition…

Firearm Mortality

Firearm Mortality Highest In Young Men

Firearms are a leading contributor to mortality in men aged 15-34 years in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, according to an observational study using national data for 106.3 million deaths, including 2.5 million firearm deaths in these 4 countries, published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Although the number of firearm deaths has report at the…

Opioids

Risk Of Suicide Attempt By Children Doubles If Parent Uses Opioids

The suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. Over the same time period, opioid use and abuse in adults also has increase considerably. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh report on a connection between these two epidemics in a study publish…

Brain Evolution

The Relationship Between Human Self Domestication And Brain Evolution

Emiliano Bruner, a paleoneurologist at the Centro Nacional de Investigacion sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) has just published an opinion paper about self domestication and visuospatial cognition in the humans; which speculates on whether the two traits might have had reciprocal influences or shared mechanisms. Parietal regions of brain On the one hand, the hypothesis…

Human DNA

Chewing Gums Reveal The Oldest Scandinavian Human DNA

There are few human bones of this age, close to 10,000 years old, in Scandinavia, and not all of them have preserve enough DNA for archaeogenetic studies. In fact, the DNA from these newly examine chewing gums is the oldest human DNA sequenced from this area so far. The DNA derive from three individuals, two…

3D Printed Firearms

Tackling The Forensic Unknowns Of 3D Printed Firearms

In the summer of 2016, Transportation Security Administration screeners at Reno Tahoe International Airport in Nevada confiscated an oddity: a 3-D-printed handgun in a man’s carry-on baggage. The plastic gun was inoperable but accompanied by five .22-caliber bullets. The passenger said he had forgotten about the gun and willingly left it at the airport and…