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Toxins in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds

Toxins in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds

(CNN)Smoking weed may expose you to the same type of toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke, a new study finds.People who only smoked marijuana had higher blood and urine levels of several smoke-related toxins such as naphthalene, acrylamide and acrylonitrile than nonsmokers, according to the study published Monday in the journal EClinicalMedicine. is associated with anemia, liver and neurological damage, while andhave been associated with cancer and other health issues."Marijuana use is on the rise in the United States with a growing number of states legalizing it for medical and...

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Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says

Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says

(CNN)Men and women who endorse "hegemonic masculinity" -- an idealized form of manhood where White, heterosexual men have power, status and dominance over women, gay men, men with disabilities, racial or religious minorities and other groups -- are more likely to be supporters for US President Donald Trump than those who don't embrace dominant masculinity, according to new research."What this work shows is that masculinity is not just an ideology that men strive to achieve. It's something we value as a culture," said lead author Theresa Vescio, a professor of psychology and women's, gender...

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Over 1 million US children have been diagnosed with Covid-19

Over 1 million US children have been diagnosed with Covid-19

(CNN)Over a million children under 18 have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association said Monday."As of Nov. 12, a total of 1,039,464 children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic. In the one-week period ending Nov. 12, there were 111,946 new cases in children, which is substantially larger than any previous week in the pandemic," the groups said in a joint statement."The increase tracks surges in the virus in communities across the U.S.," they...

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People who have Covid-19 or who have been exposed can vote in person, CDC says

People who have Covid-19 or who have been exposed can vote in person, CDC says

(CNN)Can you vote in person if you are currently recovering from Covid-19 or quarantining from being exposed to the virus? Yes, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in an email to CNN. "CDC's recommendations for isolating someone who has Covid-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with Covid-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote," a CDC spokesperson wrote in an email on Monday."In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC's recommendations for polling location and voters," according to the...

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Americans hate political opponents more than they love their party

Americans hate political opponents more than they love their party

(CNN)Americans now hate people in the opposite political party more than they love their own party, with disrupting implications about behavior, a new study finds."Compared to a few decades ago, Americans today are much more opposed to dating or marrying an opposing partisan; they are also wary of living near or working for one," according to the study published Thursday in the journal ."They tend to discriminate, as when paying an opposing partisan less than a copartisan for identical job performance or recommending that an opposing partisan be denied a scholarship despite being the more...

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Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

Using weed during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviors in children, study finds

If you're one of the growing numbers of women who use weed while pregnant, think twice: A new study found it may increase psychotic-like behaviors in children. The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, analyzed data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, which says it's the "largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States." The children's cognitive and behavior patterns were evaluated in middle childhood, around age 9. Of those children, 655 were exposed to cannabis while in utero,...

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Here's how to help

World Suicide Prevention Day: Here's how to help

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Every 40 seconds, someone in the world takes their own life. That's at least 800,000 people a year, according to the , and the numbers are rising in some parts of the world. In the United States alone, between 1999 and 2018. The calls suicide a "growing public health problem."And that's only part of the grim picture to ponder today, on . For each person who has died by suicide, many more people think about or attempt suicide, . In 2018, over 10 million American adults seriously thought about...

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Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds

Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)When Raquel Minina's 11-year-old son Syrus came home from school in Paulding County, Georgia, last week with a sore throat, runny nodse and diarrhea, she was devastated. A hairdresser by trade, she knew a diagnosis of Covid-19 would put her out of work for a month or more, despite all the careful safety precautions she'd been using to keep her clients safe."If I don't work I don't get paid," Minina said. "And if I'm quarantined at home, I would have to pay for food delivery, or I might be too sick...

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750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys

750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Hide Caption 1 of 6 Hide Caption 2 of 6 Hide Caption 3 of 6 Hide Caption 4 of 6 Hide Caption 5 of 6 Hide Caption 6 of 6 (CNN)A plan to release over 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022 received final approval from local authorities, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups. The proposal had already won state and federal approval."With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the...

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Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)What's the first thing you should worry about when you look at the packaging on your fast food or takeout? No, it's not Covid-19 -- science assures us the risk of catching the novel coronavirus that way is miniscule. Worry instead about the toxic chemicals coating the wrappers of your fast food burger or your molded-fiber container full of salad or veggies, says a new report by environmental advocacy groups and . It's a campaign run by to encourage manufacturers to avoid toxic chemicals in...

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Alzheimer's blood test closer to reality, studies say

Alzheimer's blood test closer to reality, studies say

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer's disease -- on the wish list of many doctors, researchers and patients -- may be closer to becoming a reality, according to the results of studies presented virtually this week during the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2020.In a study presented Tuesday at the conference and , a blood test to detect the tau protein, one of the hallmark signs of Alzheimer's, was as accurate as a spinal tap or a positron emission tomography (PET) scan,...

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Cinnamon linked to blood sugar control in prediabetes, study finds

Cinnamon linked to blood sugar control in prediabetes, study finds

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Hide Caption 1 of 13 Hide Caption 2 of 13 Hide Caption 3 of 13 Hide Caption 4 of 13 Hide Caption 5 of 13 Hide Caption 6 of 13 Hide Caption 7 of 13 Hide Caption 8 of 13 Hide Caption 9 of 13 Hide Caption 10 of 13 Hide Caption 11 of 13 Hide Caption 12 of 13 Hide Caption 13 of 13 (CNN)Cinnamon may improve blood sugar control in people with a condition known as prediabetes and may slow the progression to type 2 diabetes, according to a new pilot study of 51 people with elevated blood sugars."We are looking...

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Genetically engineered mosquitoes get EPA approval for Florida release

Genetically engineered mosquitoes get EPA approval for Florida release

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Hide Caption 1 of 6 Hide Caption 2 of 6 Hide Caption 3 of 6 Hide Caption 4 of 6 Hide Caption 5 of 6 Hide Caption 6 of 6 (CNN)A genetically modified male mosquito named OX5034 has received both state and federal approval to be released into the Florida Keys now through 2022, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups."The administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment, except without the island," said Jaydee...

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Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)If you're smoking weed to ease your stress during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it's time to think twice. Smoking marijuana, even occasionally, can increase your risk for more severe complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus."What happens to your airways when you smoke cannabis is that it causes some degree of inflammation, very similar to bronchitis, very similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause," said pulmonologist Dr. Albert...

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Replace red meat with plant protein or dairy to live longer, two new studies suggests

Replace red meat with plant protein or dairy to live longer, two new studies suggests

Need more reasons to start trying meat-free Mondays? How about going full vegetarian?According to the results of two preliminary studies, eating more protein from plant sources or dairy while reducing how much red meat you consume could help you live longer.Plant proteins include soybeans (edamame), chickpeas, lentils and other legumes, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds and whole grains like quinoa. Some vegetables, like broccoli, also contain higher levels of protein.In the first study, which tracked more than 37,000 Americans with an average age of 50, those who ate the most plant protein were...

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