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Cannabis users at drastically higher risk of psychosis and schizophrenia

Cannabis users at drastically higher risk of psychosis and schizophrenia

A new study that analyzed general practice records has found that cannabis users may be at a higher risk of developing common mental illnesses, namely anxiety and depression. As well, the study found that cannabis users are also at a much greater risk than non-cannabis users when it comes to severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and psychosis.

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Ohio children’s hospitals raise alarm over spike in kids with COVID-19

Ohio children’s hospitals raise alarm over spike in kids with COVID-19

Half a dozen children's hospitals in Ohio, including their CEOs and the Ohio Children's Hospitals Association, are raising the alarm over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in children, including some so severe that they require breathing assistance. Details about the issue were published in a recent letter signed by the children's hospitals' CEOs.

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Study finds one intermittent fasting protocol that makes flies live longer

Study finds one intermittent fasting protocol that makes flies live longer

Intermittent fasting, the blanket term that refers to different fasting protocols, has been linked to various potential health benefits, including everything from an increase in neurogenesis to weight loss and improvements in metabolic syndrome. One possible benefit is living a longer life, the topic of a new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

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CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

The CDC has issued a health advisory regarding pregnant people and COVID-19 vaccinations. The new advisory "recommends urgent action" to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among not only those who are currently pregnant, but those who were recently pregnant, including those who are lactating, those who are trying to become pregnant, or those who could become pregnant in the near future. According to the CDC, vaccination among pregnant people is low.

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Trendy microgreens offer nutrition security as climate concerns grow

Trendy microgreens offer nutrition security as climate concerns grow

Microgreens, a trendy 'gourmet' source of nutrients, may play an important role in nutritional security as the climate changes and during emergency situations, according to researchers. These leafy greens are, as the name suggests, tiny in size, but they offer a large number of nutrients without the space, time, and fertilizer demands of full-grown crops.

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Injecting tumors with dead bacteria is a promising way to treat cancer

Injecting tumors with dead bacteria is a promising way to treat cancer

Researchers have developed a unique and very inexpensive method for treating cancerous tumors, and it involves dead bacteria. Though the bacteria isn't harmful to the body, the researchers explain that the patient's immune system mobilizes to attack the substance, targeting the cancer cells at the same time and even metastases throughout the body.

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Study finds high-fat diets help cancer cells ‘hide’ from immune system

Study finds high-fat diets help cancer cells ‘hide’ from immune system

It has been well established by this point that high-fat diets are linked to an increased risk of developing colon cancer, but how the two go together has remained unclear. That changes with a new study from researchers with MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. At least when it comes to mice, a high-fat diet 'hides' cancer cells from the immune system.

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YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube is cracking down on vaccine misinformation, with new guidelines that ban videos misleading on vaccination safety beyond just COVID-19. The changes build on YouTube's existing coronavirus misinformation policies, broadening it to any content which "falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects," among other issues.

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CDC still hunting source of outbreak as salmonella cases hit 29 states

CDC still hunting source of outbreak as salmonella cases hit 29 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still investigating a salmonella outbreak that has spread to 29 states across the US, it revealed in its latest update on the matter. The agency is working with local and state officials to hunt down the source of the outbreak, which has potentially been narrowed down to a set of different herbs and vegetables.

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Experts warn taking common pain reliever during pregnancy is risky

Experts warn taking common pain reliever during pregnancy is risky

A common over-the-counter pain reliever called acetaminophen (paracetamol) is the subject of a new consensus statement from researchers who are concerned about its potential risk when taken during pregnancy. The editorial summarizes existing data on the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and its potential to cause fetal developmental problems.

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Emergency low blood sugar kits recalled over loss of potency

Emergency low blood sugar kits recalled over loss of potency

Eli Lilly and Company has announced the recall of its Glucagon Emergency Kit, which it says may develop loss of potency due to how it was manufactured. The emergency kit is intended for diabetics who may develop serious low blood sugar levels that need to be treated promptly. Reduced potency may leave the user vulnerable to severe health outcomes.

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Researchers call for expanded regulations on chemicals that fuel obesity

Researchers call for expanded regulations on chemicals that fuel obesity

Chemical exposure is fueling obesity problems around the world, and now researchers are calling for governments to expand regulations that target these substances. Called obesogens, the chemicals have hormone-disrupting effects that may play a big role in the development of obesity, as well as making it harder for people to keep the weight off when they lose it.

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