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Early Cannabis Use Linked to Heart Disease
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Early Cannabis Use Linked to Heart Disease

Smoking cannabis when you’re young may increase your risk of developing heart disease later, according to a recent University of Guelph study. In the first study to look at specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users, researchers found subtle but potentially important changes in heart and artery function. Cigarette smoking...

“Look Before You Leap:” Cardiologists Warn About the Risks of Vaping
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“Look Before You Leap:” Cardiologists Warn About the Risks of Vaping

Electronic cigarette (EC) use, or vaping, has both gained incredible popularity and generated tremendous controversy, but although they may be less harmful than tobacco cigarettes (TCs), they have major potential risks that may be underestimated by health authorities, the public, and medical professionals. Two cardiovascular specialists review the latest scientific studies on the cardiovascular effects...

THC and CBD Content on Labels of Medicinal Cannabis Products May Not Be Accurate
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THC and CBD Content on Labels of Medicinal Cannabis Products May Not Be Accurate

Medical cannabis products are not always what they seem, according to a new study led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In fact, the contents of these products can vary considerably from distributors’ claims, according to the study, published in JAMA Network Open. This is particularly important when THC, the metabolite responsible for the...

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Linked with Six Unhealthy Eating Behaviors
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Linked with Six Unhealthy Eating Behaviors

A new probe into the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviors, according to a study by the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. Researchers say the most concerning finding indicates a slight increase or the re-emergence of eating disorders, which kill roughly 10,200 people...

Factors That May Predict Next Pandemic
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Factors That May Predict Next Pandemic

Humans are creating or exacerbating the environmental conditions that could lead to further pandemics, new University of Sydney research finds. Modelling from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science suggests pressure on ecosystems, climate change and economic development are key factors associated with the diversification of pathogens (disease-causing agents, like viruses and bacteria). This has potential...

Fear of COVID-19 Is Killing Patients with Other Serious Diseases
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Fear of COVID-19 Is Killing Patients with Other Serious Diseases

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph S. Alpert, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Medicine, has observed that although non-COVID inpatients suffered from the usual mix of conditions such as heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations, the Internal Medicine inpatient population was distinctly different from what he had seen over the past decades. They were...

In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility Is a ‘Crazy Quilt’ of State Rules
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In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility Is a ‘Crazy Quilt’ of State Rules

In North Carolina, the nation’s leading tobacco producer, any adult who has smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime can now be vaccinated against covid. In Florida, people under 50 with underlying health conditions can get vaccinated only if they have written permission from their doctor. In Mississippi, more than 30,000 covid vaccine appointments...

Lots of Health Insurance Help in Covid Relief Law — But Do Your Homework First
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Lots of Health Insurance Help in Covid Relief Law — But Do Your Homework First

There’s something for everyone with private health insurance in the American Rescue Plan Act, but determining the best way to benefit may be confusing. The $1.9 trillion covid relief law that President Joe Biden signed this month will make coverage significantly more affordable for millions of people who either who have marketplace coverage, are uninsured...

Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.
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Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.

When Democrats pushed through a two-year expansion of the Affordable Care Act in the covid-relief bill this month, many people celebrated the part that will make health insurance more affordable for more Americans. But health care researchers consider this move a short-term fix for a long-term crisis, one that avoids confronting an uncomfortable truth: The...