October 23, 2014

Even Heavy Tokers Unaffected

1 Pot Doesn’t Lower Teens’ IQ; Alcohol Does

A small-scale study of 38 adolescents conducted by Duke University researchers in 2012 which suggested that young people who were heavy pot smokers were prone to a decrease in IQ as a result has been seriously called into question by a new report from University College of London. A more elaborate study there which administered IQ tests to 2,612 individuals at age eight and again seven years later reported finding "no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ," even among heavy marijuana users, when contributing factors such as parental education and tobacco use were accounted for. In contrast, researchers specifically noted that the one element "predictive of IQ change" was alcohol use, which in teenagers proved to be "strongly associated with IQ decline."

More at Washingtonpost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Processed Food Can Lower IQ of Kids

Tags: Factors Influencing IQ, Marijuana and IQ, Alcohol and IQ, Raising Teenagers' IQ, Pot Smoking and Intelligence

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Quarantined

2 NYC Doc Tests Positive for Ebola

Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who was working with Ebola patients in the W. African country of Guinea, has tested positive for the virus. He is quarantined in Bellevue Hospital in NYC. The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, said, “We want to state at the outset there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.” Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that authorities are “as ready as one could be for this circumstance.” The NYC health department released a statement that said, in part, "The chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola are extremely slim,” adding that the disease is spread by direct contact with body fluids of an infected person. NY’s Office of Emergency Management was expected to track down anyone who may have had contact with Spencer.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ebola Drug ZMapp Saves Americans

Tags: Ebola Outbreak, Dr. Craig Spencer, Doctors Without Borders, Bellevue Hospital, NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola, Ebola Fear, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo

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