Marijuana Users More Likely to Land in Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

Sorry, potheads. We’ve got bad news: Your weed smoking habit might just land you in the emergency room—or at least make you more likely to. In a new study published today in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research, Canadian researchers found weed smokers visited the emergency room or were hospitalized 22 percent more than those … Read more

Marijuana use linked to higher risk of emergencies and hospitalization, study finds

“Cannabis use is not as benign and safe as some might think,” said study author Nicholas Vozoris, assistant professor and clinical investigator in the division of respirology at the department of medicine at the University of Toronto. “Our study demonstrates that the use of this substance is associated with serious negative outcomes, specifically, ED (emergency … Read more

Experts warn that monkeypox is mutating at 12 times the expected rate

Monkeypox is mutating at 12 times the expected rate potentially making it more infectious than previous versions of the virus, experts warn The current strain of the monkeypox virus circulating around the world is mutating at a pace faster than expected. Experts believe it has been in circulation since 2018, and has mutated 12 times … Read more

Flu Vaccine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Says

A bottle of influenza vaccine at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic on September 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida.photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) New research suggests even more benefits for flu vaccination in older people. The study found that adults over 65 who received at least one flu shot were noticeably less likely to be diagnosed … Read more

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall of Roe v. Wade shifted the battleground over abortion to courthouses around the country Monday, as one side sought quickly to enact statewide bans and the other tried to block or at least delay such measures. The US Supreme Court’s decision Friday to end constitutional protection for abortion opened … Read more

WHO panel: Monkeypox not a global emergency ‘at this stage’

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said the escalating monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored but does not warrant being declared a global health emergency. In a statement Saturday, a WHO emergency committee said many aspects of the outbreak were “unusual” and acknowledged that monkeypox — which is endemic … Read more

Did corporate greed fuel inflation? It’s not biggest culprit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Furious about surging prices at the gas station and the supermarket, many consumers feel they know just where to cast blame: On greedy companies that relentlessly jack up prices and pocket the profits. Responding to that sentiment, the Democratic-led House of Representatives last month passed on a party-line vote — most Democrats … Read more

WHO says monkeypox is not an international public health emergency, but it should continue to be monitored

The WHO agreed an emergency committee meeting Thursday to discuss the severity of the monkeypox outbreak. The result of the meeting was announced Saturday. “Overall, in the report, they (the emergency committee) advised me that at this moment the event does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, which is the highest level … Read more