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Your Chocolate Pot 'Edible' Could Hold a Hidden Danger

A quirk in quality testing could mean that pot-laced chocolates are more potent than their label indicates, researchers report. Many states that allow the sale of marijuana-infused edibles -- gummy bears, cookies and chocolates -- require package labeling that shows the products' level of THC, the compound that gets you high. But potency testing on...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Risk Factors ID'd for Worse QOL From Knee Osteoarthritis

It may be possible to identify persons at risk for suffering a worsening in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) due to knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study published online July 19 in PLOS ONE. Soili Tormalehto, from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, and colleagues used data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative database to identify...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Wintertime Smog Tied to Rise in Heart Procedures

Breathing in smoggy air, especially in the colder months, may be especially taxing for the heart, new research out of Europe suggests. Polish researchers found that high levels of air pollution were tied to spikes in procedures to open blocked heart arteries. This was especially apparent in winter, when pollution levels were highest, a new study finds. The...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

1 in 8 Teen Girls Has Faced 'Reproductive Coercion'

A staggering number of teen girls are experiencing an insidious form of relationship abuse: reproductive coercion. Researchers report that it affects 1 in 8 adolescent girls who are sexually active. Reproductive coercion is a form of abuse in which a girl or woman is pressured into pregnancy. From a male partner threatening to leave if his female...

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Restless Legs Syndrome Might Raise Risk of Suicide, Self-Harm

People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have nearly three times the risk of suicide and self-harm, which indicates that there may be a link between the physical condition and mental health. In a new study, Penn State researchers analyzed data on more than 24,000 people with RLS and about 145,000 people without the neurological condition. None had...

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Health Highlights: Aug. 23, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Malaria Eradication Not Currently Possible: WHO The eradication of malaria worldwide may eventually be possible but when that might be achieved is unclear, according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency is "unequivocally in...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Cleaning Out Earwax

-- Earwax protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria, says Mayo Clinic. Blockages created by earwax often develop after people try to clean their ears with cotton swabs. This can push the wax deeper into the ear and cause serious damage. Mayo says wax removal is most safely done by a doctor....

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Your Dog May Be Leading You to a Healthier Heart

Your dog might be your heart's best friend, if a new study is any indication. Researchers found that compared with people who had no pets, dog owners tended to have fewer risk factors for heart disease: They got more exercise, and had healthier diets and lower blood sugar levels. Even compared with other pet owners, they were doing better with diet...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

How to Get on Track When Weekend Eating Is Your Downfall

Do you eat healthy during the week, then ease off the brakes on the weekend? You're not alone. But such a five days on-two days off eating regimen can erode diet quality, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Not only did participants take in more calories on weekends than on weekdays, they...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

How to Get Your College Years Off to a Healthy Start

A wellness checklist to help the 20 million new students starting at U.S. colleges this fall is available from Ohio State University experts. Checklist topics include exercise, healthy eating, stress management, organization, and mental and physical health. The checklist also outlines resources students should pinpoint when they arrive on campus, such...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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