Cannabis use rises during Australian COVID lockdown, but less meth on the streets

Wastewater samples taken during 2020 show that methamphetamine use plunged in Australia during the first COVID-19 lockdown while cannabis use spiked, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia. Western Australia recorded the largest drop in ice loads, falling more than 50 per cent between April and June 2020, attributed to border closures restricting imports of […]

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Analyzing elderly users’ use of the Internet for community connection

While much of the discussion about internet usage and abusage focuses on young people and in particular the so-called “digital natives”, those people born after the internet and more specifically the world wide web had become commonplace, there is a growing and aging population of frequent and experienced users who benefit considerably from access to online resources just as much […]

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Statin use is linked to reduced risk of cancer among heart failure patients

Statin use among patients with heart failure is associated with a 16% lower risk of developing cancer compared with non-statin users during an average of four years of follow-up, according to new research published today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal. In addition, the study found that statin use was associated with a 26% reduced risk of dying from cancer […]

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New use of imaging technique could allow early detection of aortic aneurysms

Ascending thoracic aortic aneurisms (aTAAs) occur when the walls of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, weaken and begin to bulge. This can result in rupture or dissection (a tear in the aortic wall), leading to life-threatening bleeding and death. Sometimes these complications can occur before any symptoms of the aneurysm appear. However, an international team led […]

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Call for urgent action on energy drinks as new UK research reveals daily use among young people

A consistent number of young people are having energy drinks daily, despite an overall drop in the consumption of sugary beverages over time, new research has found. Academics at Cardiff University analyzed the responses of more than 176,000 secondary school children aged 11 to 16. They found between 2013 to 2017, when their use began to be recorded, the proportion […]

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Colorado halts use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Colorado public health officials will require COVID-19 vaccine providers across the state to suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot after federal regulators on Tuesday reported rare blood clots in six women after being inoculated. As a result, the state has canceled the use of its mobile vaccination buses, which have administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for […]

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Sweden resumes use of AstraZeneca jab for seniors

Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Thursday announced it was resuming use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it was put on pause over blood clot fears, but limited it to seniors. Following other European countries, Sweden suspended vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab in mid-March following reports of severe blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine. Last week the EU drugs regulator […]

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First lab-grown mini-thyroids use patients’ own tissue

Hormones produced by the thyroid gland are essential regulators of organ function. The absence of these hormones either through thyroid dysfunction due to, for example, irradiation, thyroid cancer or autoimmune disease or thyroidectomy leads to symptoms like fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, and weight gain. Hypothyroidism is estimated to affect up to 11% of the global population. Although hypothyroidism can be […]

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