Women may need at least an hour of exercise daily to avoid weight gain

Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Here's a bad news story to post the day after the Easter holiday -- a day when many of us consume more calories that we should. Nevertheless, being committed to always bring you the truth about the medical news you can use, here we go: A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that without making significant changes in their nutritional habits, women need a lot of exercise just to keep their weight stable. The AP reports that investigators found that "at least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting," and overweight women require "even more exercise ... to avoid gaining weight without eating less." The researchers "said it's uncertain whether the results…
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Teen pot use linked to psychosis

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Australian researchers have identified a possible link between long-term marijuana use And psychoses in teens in a study of nearly 4,000 young people. The use of marijuana was associated with an increased risk of hallucinations, delusions and other psychoses. In the study, whose findings were published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Queensland followed 3,801 people born in Brisbane between 1981 and 1984. About 17.7 percent reported using cannabis for three or fewer years, 16.2 percent for four to five years and 14.3 percent for six or more years. Those who had six or more years of use were twice as likely as those who never used cannabis to develop a psychosis, such as schizophrenia, and four times as likely to get high scores in…
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Long-term marijuana use can double risk of psychosis in young people

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Young people who smoke cannabis or marijuana for six years or more are twice as likely to have psychotic episodes, hallucinations or delusions than people who have never used the drug according to recent research. The findings adds weight to previous research which linked psychosis with the drug -- particularly in its most potent form as "skunk" -- and will feed the debate about the level of controls over its use. (BTW, I have an entire chapter analyzing marijuana in my book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook.) Here are some of the details of the research from Reuters Health: Despite laws against it, up to 190 million people around the world use cannabis, according to United Nations estimates, equating to about 4 percent of the adult population. John McGrath of the Queensland Brain Institute…
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