Study: Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities

General Health
Fox News reports that casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in their brains. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reported effects similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. (more…)
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Some OTC cold meds cause serious adverse effects

General Health
The New York Times reports that according to a correspondence published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “some widely used over-the-counter cold and flu medicines may be exposing patients to unexpectedly high amounts of one ingredient, revealing a lapse in regulations and perhaps raising safety concerns.” (more…)
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FDA panel backs DNA test for colon cancer

General Health
The AP reported that an FDA panel has voted to recommend an experimental “test that uses DNA to detect colon cancer and precancerous growths.” The article noted the panel voted 10-0 “that the benefits of Exact Sciences’ Cologuard test,” which analyzes stool specimens, “outweigh its risks.” (more…)
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Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (April 15 – June 14, 2014)

Family Newsletter
In this prayer letter: PRAYER REQUEST: (1) Walk for Life; and (2) Possible Writing Project EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS and EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS: Morning Glory, Evening Grace Devotional PUBLICATIONS: (1) Health tips for international travel; (2) When Children Die Because They're Overweight; and (3)   The abortifacient effect of the pill THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ BODY BOOK: (1) Great reviews!; (2)  Interviewed on “Chris Fabry Live”; (3) Interviewed on “Connecting Faith”; Featured on "iMOM": (5) Interviewed on “Legacy Out Loud.”   PRAYER REQUEST 1) Walk for Life We absolutely LOVE the ministry of Life Network, a life affirming ministry in Colorado Springs. However, we've never been in town for their major fundraiser, their Walk for Life  This year we're in town and walking and hope that you'll consider sponsoring our…
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Study supports guidelines that recommend strict limits on children’s media use

General Health
The Washington Post reports that last autumn, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages three to 18 and none for children two or younger.” Covered in the guidelines are “Internet and texting, as well as TV, movies and video games.” (more…)
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CDC: US Autism rates increasing

General Health
A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in 68 US children has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The figures represent a 29 percent increase from two years ago. The increase likely means that more cases are being discovered due to heightened awareness. (more…)
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When Children Die Because They’re Overweight

General Health
I have an article in the January issue of Charisma Magazine entitled, "When Children Die Because They're Overweight." You can read the article here. The abstract to the article says, "To develop good health and nutrition practices, children and young people need responsible adult examples." I hope the article will be helpful to you and your family. (more…)
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Easing “the graduation to glory”

General Health
It’s a moment most of us dread—a solemn-faced doctor enters a room, looks you in the eyes, and says you only have a few months to live. As a doctor, I’ve had to deliver that news, and it’s never easy. Yet, there’s something that can make a difference for most terminal patients. (more…)
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Health tips for international travel

General Health
Long-time readers know that I have a bi-monthly column in the Significant Living Magazine. My article for the April-May issue is on "Health Tips for International Travel." The article also has a side bar on "Preventing Travelers Diarrhea." You can read the article here. If you like the digital version, let me encourage you to sign up for a subscription.
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