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Study debunks claim that medical marijuana laws increase recreational pot use ...
Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction . For now, there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens use of the drug, said Deborah Hasin, PhD, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia s Mailman Sc ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
GWAS identifies genetic alteration associated with opioid dependence
Philadelphia, Feb. 22, 2018 - A genome-wide association study has identified a new genetic alteration in European-Americans with opioid dependence. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry , included over 3,000 opioid-exposed people. The new findings provide insight into the biological origins of opioid dependence, which has become an epidemic of historical proportions in the US, driven by dangerous use of prescription painkillers and heroin. It s wid ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
New strategy to target transcription factor STAT5 to combat leukaemia
The term 8222 hematopoietic cancer refers to several, in most cases quite severe health conditions in which the process of blood cell production is altered. Cancers of white blood cells are characterized by enhanced proliferation and reduced differentiation and cell death in one myeloid lineage, which can promote the outgrowth of a dominant myeloid cell type. The transformation to AML is the most devastating complication experienced by patients. This type ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
Stroke survivors and caregivers feel abandoned by health services, study finds
A systematic review of studies focused on stroke survivors and carers experiences of primary care and community healthcare services has found that they feel abandoned because they have become marginalised by services and do not have the knowledge or skills to re-engage. The study, by researchers at the University of Cambridge, suggests that primary care and community health care interventions which focus on improving active follow-up and information provis ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
Disease-bearing mosquitoes gain from shrinkage of green spaces
Urbanization and the resulting shrinkage of green spaces in cities can be considered a boon for mosquitoes that transmit diseases, such as Aedes aegypti dengue and Culex quinquefasciatus lymphatic filariasis . More adapted to urban areas, they benefit from the decline in populations of other mosquito species. In Brazil s biggest city, S 227 o Paulo, this relationship is no different, as attested by a study conducted by researchers at University of S 227 o ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
Age and gender matter behind the wheel -- but not how you might expect
A UCLA study explored the relationship between new drivers skills and four factors. Instructors from a Los Angeles driving school rated students driving skills on a scale of 1 to 4, and the researchers analyzed the results based on these variables Age Among males, the older the student, the worse his driving skills score. Male teens scored 36 percent higher on driving skills than men in their 20s. The same pattern did not hold true for women. Gender Studen ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 22
To sleep, perchance to forget
AUSTIN, Texas - The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential Psychiatrists Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi of the Wisconsin Center for Sleep and Consciousness proposed the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis SHY in 2003. This hypothesis holds that sleep is the price we pay for brains that are plastic and able to keep learning new things. A few yea ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 19
What makes circadian clocks tick?
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 18, 2018 -- Circadian clocks are found within microbes and bacteria, plants and insects, animals and humans. These clocks arose as an adaptation to dramatic swings in daylight hours and temperature caused by the Earth s rotation. But we still don t fully understand how these tiny biological clocks work. During the 62nd Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, held Feb. 17-21, in San Francisco, California, Andy LiWang at the University ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 19
Choosing Dogs that can Breathe
A recent campaign from the British Veterinary Association , BreedtoBreathe, highlights the breathing problems that breeds of dog, cat and rabbit with flat faces suffer from. The technical term for this kind of breed is brachycephalic, which means they have a short, squashed face. Unfortunately, many people find this look cute, and Pugs, Bulldogs and French Bulldogs seem to be popular with advertisers at the moment. Hence the campaign to raise awareness of ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Feb 19
5 Relationship Red Flags You Should Never Ignore
I knew that my marriage was floundering but I didn t know how to fix it. Fifteen years in, enough of what we d once had was so eroded that there wasn t any real way of retrieving it. I think both of us were just sick and tired of the arguing, the relationship, and each other.
Psychology Today - Mon. Feb 19
The P-Hack Rap
This is a guest post by Daniel Rosenfeld, an undergraduate psychology major at Cornell University. If you prefer to get right to the rap, there is an actual youtube video of an actual rap, The P-Hack Rap, about 3 4 of the way down. --------------------------------------- I am an undergraduate student. I have a mere two years of experience conducting psychological research. In this short time, however, I have developed an immense appreciation for the wide s ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Feb 19
Personality Pop-Quiz: 7 > 8 and 6 > 5, True or False?
You heard of this thing, the 8-minute Abs says murderous hitchhiker. Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the exercise video. Says Ben Stiller s character, Ted, in Something About Mary 1998 . Hitchhiker response Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this 7 Minute Abs. Is 7-minute abs really that much of an improvement over 8-minute abs I struggle with 2-minute abs, so I will leave that debate to exercise physiologists. Yet, psycholo ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Feb 19
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