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Consuming high-potency weed found to increase psychosis risk

Consuming high-potency weed found to increase psychosis risk

A new study has found an association between consuming high-potency cannabis and increased risk of experiencing psychosis. The research builds upon past studies that have found a link between consumption of highly concentrated THC products and negative mental health outcomes. In this latest study, researchers found a link between cities that sell high-potency cannabis products and a large number of new psychosis cases.

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This smart toilet seat has built-in sensors to detect heart failure

This smart toilet seat has built-in sensors to detect heart failure

Imagine if your toilet seat could detect the signs of congestive heart failure -- it's an unusual idea, yes, but one that researchers have turned into reality. Researchers with the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a smart toilet seat able to measure biometrics while the patient is seated, including heart rate, how much blood the heart is pumping, and more.

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It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin set off a firestorm of criticism after revealing that he had deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox as an alternative to getting them vaccinated. Bevin is currently the face of what remains a popular, troubling activity among certain groups: 'chickenpox parties' aimed at infecting healthy children on purpose.

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Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

When antidepressant medication works as intended, the results can be life-changing for patients suffering from depression. For around 30-percent of sufferers, however, the popular class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs simply does not work. Researchers have puzzled over this unexplained failure for years, but a new study may finally have the answer: out of shape neurons.

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Harvard study reveals how lack of sleep increases heart disease risk

Harvard study reveals how lack of sleep increases heart disease risk

A new study out of Harvard University details an association between lack of adequate, restful sleep and increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Though the risk has been known for years, the new Harvard research looks at the chemical changes that pave the way for health problems, pointing toward an increase in white blood cell levels that promote clogged arteries.

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A sweet tooth could fuel cancer cell growth

A sweet tooth could fuel cancer cell growth

Sugar is increasingly recognized for causing damage to your health when consumed in excess and it’s becoming common knowledge that the substance can be addictive. Along with contributing toward obesity, diabetes and chronic inflammation, the research of one doctor and his team at Weill Cornell Medicine suggests that sugar may also fuel the growth of various types of cancer.

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Popular high blood pressure drug linked to sudden cardiac arrest risk

Popular high blood pressure drug linked to sudden cardiac arrest risk

A common calcium-channel blocking heart medication has been tentatively linked to increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest. The research comes from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET), though additional work is needed to determine whether the findings can be replicated. At the heart of the study were medications amlodipine and nifedipine, which are prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain called angina.

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Apple Watch Stanford study show how it can save lives

Apple Watch Stanford study show how it can save lives

While some consumers would complain about its outdated style, the Apple Watch may be winning hearts in the medical field, figuratively and literally. While its rivals may boast of fancy styles, the Apple Watch has repeatedly been cited in stories of how the smartwatch may have saved a life. Those, however, have mostly been anecdotal but now a more scientific study from Stanford has the numbers to back those up.

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Study reveals green tea extract may reduce inflammation and obesity

Study reveals green tea extract may reduce inflammation and obesity

Research out of Ohio State University has found a link between green tea and reduced obesity in mice, according to a newly published study. The work focused on lab mice fed a diet that included 2-percent green tea extract, which was linked to a reduction in inflammatory biomarkers associated with poor health, as well as a decrease in obesity levels. The study found that changes in gut bacteria may contribute to the positive effects.

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Researchers find avocado extract may have anti-inflammatory effects

Researchers find avocado extract may have anti-inflammatory effects

Avocados, the delicious green fruit used to create guacamole, may have anti-inflammatory properties that could aid certain health conditions. The discovery was made as part of a study out of Penn State, where researchers found that avocado seed extract had anti-inflammatory effects on cell culture models, hinting at a potential future use as a pharmaceutical for reducing chronic inflammation.

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Study warns ‘inactive’ ingredients in pills may harm some people

Study warns ‘inactive’ ingredients in pills may harm some people

A new study warns the 'inactive' ingredients often featured in pills and capsules may have a negative effect on some people who consume them. The fillers may include lactose, fructose, and other substances that result in an allergic reaction or symptoms related to an existing condition, such as gluten in supplements impacting people with celiac disease. The lack of information about these fillers makes it difficult for patients and doctors to make informed decisions, however.

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23andMe adds new genetic test for type 2 diabetes predisposition

23andMe adds new genetic test for type 2 diabetes predisposition

Genetics company 23andMe has announced plans to start offering a test that'll help reveal whether the customer is predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes. The test targets one of the most common preventable diseases in the United States, potentially serving as a motivational tool to help spur some customers into making important lifestyle changes. The test looks at a number of potential factors.

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