Study: Marijuana users become brain damaged

General Health
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in PNAS suggests that “compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain’s reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network.” (more…)
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Happy Thanksgiving

General Health
This time of the year, many of us fear the inevitable “watch what you eat during the holidays” speech—especially from doctors. Well, I’m skipping the sermon about the meal, to talk about your mind. (more…)
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Study examines dangers of detergent pods to kids

General Health
The New York Times reports on the dangers posed by “colorful, single-load packets of” detergents introduced on the US market about two years ago. Since the pods’ introduction, “more than 17,000 children under age six ate or inhaled the contents or squirted concentrated liquid from a packet into their eyes, “ according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. (more…)
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Poor dietary habits begin in babyhood

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TIME reported that according to research published in the journal Pediatrics, youngsters, especially those from economically disadvantaged families, “tend to develop poor dietary habits during their first year that stick with them for the rest of their lives.” (more…)
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Report: 30% of shrimp mislabeled in restaurants and stores

General Health
The Washington Post reports that, according to a report released by Oceana, a ocean conservation advocacy organization, “43 of 143 shrimp samples obtained from restaurants and grocery stores” in Washington, DC, New York City, Portland, Oregon, and the Gulf Coast “were misrepresented” on the menu. Nationally, 30% of shrimp were found to be mislabeled. (more…)
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