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Smoke screen: new scientific research challenges marijuana’s “safe” reputation

Is smoking marijuana more harmful than most people think?

After nearly a decade of declining popularity, marijuana use among teenagers is on the rise—at a time when use of the drug is becoming more socially acceptable and has an increasingly benign reputation. According to a study released by the Partnership for a Drug Free America, 25 percent of U.S. teens reported smoking marijuana in the last month, up 6 percent from previous years.

Coincidentally, marijuana’s popularity boost is being reported just as science sheds new light on its harmful effects. The British Medical Journal recently released a study showing young people who smoke marijuana regularly double their risk of developing psychotic symptoms as they grow older. It’s one of many studies published in the past few weeks indicating that marijuana may not be as benign a drug as some people think.

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Health headlines: Fitness supplements, ecstasy use and tongue-powered wheelchairs

Other stories we’ve been reading:

Multi Vitamin MadnessMore high school athletes are using fitness supplements with knowledge of their harmful effects. Parents don’t have to be fit in order for their kids to be fit – supporting your kids’ physical activity is what motivates them to be physically fit.

Scheduling recess before lunch is helping students and teacher alike. Menus with calorie listings have parents picking healthier options for their kids but not necessarily for themselves.

Parents who feel burned out at work are more likely to have kids who feel burned out at school. If parents use complementary or alternative therapies, their children are more likely to use them too. [Read our blog post on insurance coverage for alternative therapies.] Did you know that your child is more likely to have a mental disorder if you –as a parent – are bipolar?

cigarettesHigh cholesterol is putting 20 percent of teens at risk for heart disease. Healthy kids are more likely to die from ecstasy use than regular drug users. If your child smokes cigarettes, it’s much more likely that pot is next.

Toilet seat dermatitis is on the rise. Vaccinating babies against rotavirus could save two million lives a year. [Read our blog post on this year’s updated immunization schedule.] Female teachers might pass on math anxiety to girl students.

Teen pregnancies and abortions are on the rise. Parents shouldn’t be concerned if their children hear voices. There’s a new wheelchair that powered by the user’s tongue.

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