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Today’s Pot Is Not Your Grandfather’s; It’s A Higher High

UTRECHT, Netherlands (UPI) — There is some truth to the potent pot myth: Today’s pot is more potent than your grandfather’s and people get higher as a result, Dutch researchers say. Peggy van der Pol, Nienke Liebregts, Tibor Brunt, Jan van Amsterdam and colleagues of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction in Utrecht, […]

90 Million Older U.S. Adults May Be Able Dump Reading Glasses

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) — The 90 million older U.S. adults who have trouble reading books or the computer may be helped by training the brain to compensate, researchers say. Uri Polat of the Eye Institute at Tel Aviv University in Israel and colleagues explained presbyopia causes vision to degrade with age, affecting virtually everyone […]

Meta-Analysis Questions Fatty Acids And Heart Disease Link

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — Researchers in Britain said their meta-analysis involving fatty acids and heart disease found evidence did not support guidelines to restrict saturated fats. An international team led by the University of Cambridge analyzed existing studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake. The meta-analysis, published in the journal Annals […]

Three-Quarters Of People With Influenza Don’t Show Symptoms

LONDON (UPI) — Three-quarters of adults with seasonal and pandemic flu do not exhibit any symptoms, researchers in Britain said. Lead author Dr. Andrew Hayward of the University College London said the Flu Watch study tracked five successive groups of households across England over six influenza seasons from 2006 to 2011. “Reported cases of influenza […]

$1 Billion Worth Of Brain Scans Ordered For Headache Sufferers In U.S. Each Year

Millions of Americans see the doctor each year with worries about a persistent or severe headache or migraine. And according to a new University of Michigan Medical School study, 12 percent of those visits end in a brain scan being ordered for the patient. Those brain scans add up to a total cost of roughly […]

Scientists: Heart Benefits Of Oats Goes Beyond Fiber

DALLAS (UPI) — Eating whole grains is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and U.S. researchers suggest a compound in oats may protect the heart. Shengmin Sang of the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University said there is growing evidence a phenolic compound avenanthramide (AVE) […]

Third-Hand Smoke Clinging To Indoor Surfaces May Pose Risk

DALLAS (UPI) — Cigarette smoke that clings to walls, furniture and fabrics is a smelly nuisance; but U.S. researchers suggest it may damage DNA increasing cancer risk. Bo Hang, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said third-hand smoke could pose a serious threat, especially to young children who put toys and other […]

U.S. Colon Cancer Incidence Dropped, Especially Among Elderly

ATLANTA (UPI) — In the past 10 years, colon cancer incidence rates dropped 30 percent among U.S. adults age 50 and older, especially those age 65 and older, researchers said. Dr. Richard C. Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, said the growing use of colonoscopy was credited with the drop in […]

Gluten-Free Crackers Made Of Hemp Flour, Green Tea Leaves

NOVI SAD, Serbia (UPI) — Food scientists in Serbia and Canada say they developed gluten-free crackers made with hemp flour and decaffeinated green tea leaves. A team of food scientists from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Guelph Food Research Centre in Ontario found hemp flour, a by-product of cold-pressed hemp oil, used […]

Snail Venom Shows Early Promise As Pain Reliever

Venom from one of the world’s slowest species could be used to develop a fast-acting oral pain reliever. Chemists say they’ve created five new experimental substances using a tiny protein extracted from the venom of a cone snail. One of the five substances, scientists hope, could — with some fine-tuning — become a remedy for […]


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