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Released: 28-Dec-2021 3:30 PM EST
Ten Medical and Scientific Breakthroughs of 2021 at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Health System

This year the medical and research advancements from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System ranged from COVID-19, to PTSD, to the first ever successful trachea transplant surgery. Our doctors and researchers were not only at the forefront of the pandemic providing expertise and new studies surrounding the virus, its symptoms and effects, but also excelling in revolutionary surgeries and progressive research to continue showcasing Mount Sinai as a top medical institution and medical school in the country. Here are some of Mount Sinai’s breakthrough stories of the year:

17-Dec-2021 6:05 AM EST
Teens and Young Adults are Increasingly Using Alcohol and Cannabis Together, Exacerbating the Risk of Negative Consequences
Research Society on Alcoholism

Teens and young adults who use cannabis in the US are considerably more likely to drink alcohol compared to their peers who don’t use cannabis, a study has found.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 11:10 AM EST
SLU’s School for Professional Studies Launches Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management Certificate Program
Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies (SPS) is launching a new Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management certificate program in January 2022.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 8:05 AM EST
Cannabis use could cause harmful drug interactions
Washington State University

Using cannabis alongside other drugs may come with a significant risk of harmful drug-drug interactions, new research by scientists at Washington State University suggests.

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7-Dec-2021 6:05 AM EST
Kiwis took advantage of COVID freedoms last New Year to party hard
University of South Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the impact of lockdowns and restrictions on designer drug use in 10 different countries over the 2020/21 New Year period, according to a new study led by the University of South Australia.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 6:50 PM EST
Cannabis impacts sperm counts, motility in two generations of mice
Washington State University

An intense but short-term exposure to cannabis vapor lowered sperm counts and slowed sperm movement, or motility, not only in the directly exposed male mice but also in their sons.

29-Nov-2021 6:00 AM EST
Vapor Cannabis Exposure Generationally Affects Male Reproductive Functions in Mice
Society of Toxicology

A new study finds that exposure to cannabis vapor may decrease sperm count and/or motility in male mice across generations.

Released: 1-Dec-2021 3:15 PM EST
Paternal Cannabis Exposure, Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Injury, and More Featured in December 2021 Toxicological Sciences
Society of Toxicology

The December 2021 issue of Toxicological Sciences is now available and contains leading articles in the areas of developmental and reproductive toxicology, environmental toxicology, and more.

Released: 17-Nov-2021 6:10 PM EST
Exercise increases the body’s own ‘cannabis’ which reduces chronic inflammation, says new study
University of Nottingham

Exercise increases the body’s own cannabis-like substances, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and could potentially help treat certain conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

Released: 15-Nov-2021 5:15 PM EST
Budtenders, healthcare providers seek more training as cannabis use rises sharply in perinatal women
Washington State University

In the absence of consistent counseling from healthcare providers, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are getting information on using cannabis from the retail marijuana workers known as budtenders, according to a study led by Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, vice-chancellor for research at Washington State University Health Sciences.

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11-Nov-2021 10:15 AM EST
Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Impacts the Placenta and May Affect Subsequent Child Development
Mount Sinai Health System

Women who use cannabis during pregnancy, potentially to relieve stress and anxiety, may inadvertently predispose their children to stress susceptibility and anxiety, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the City University of New York published Monday, November 15, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).

8-Nov-2021 8:55 AM EST
Situational Motives: Reasons for Forgoing Drinking or Cannabis Use Among College Students
Research Society on Alcoholism

A study has revealed college students’ reasons for abstaining from alcohol or cannabis, including on days when they had initially planned to use one or both substances. The analysis, reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, extends research into the so-called “intention-behavior gap” by being the first study to examine reasons for non-use following an intention to drink or to use cannabis. The findings could inform strategies for alcohol and substance use prevention and intervention on college campuses.

3-Nov-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Study finds alcohol and cannabis sales rose with pandemic
McMaster University

The study used information from Statistics Canada to compare 16 months of alcohol and cannabis sales before and after the pandemic began (November 2018 to February 2020 compared to March 2020 to June 2021). During the pandemic period, Canadians bought 1.86 billion dollars more alcohol than was predicted based on the pre-pandemic trend. Increases in cannabis sales were $811 million higher, nearly a billion dollars above the predicted amount.

5-Oct-2021 4:55 PM EDT
New Case Western Reserve University, National Institute on Drug Abuse study finds people with substance-use disorders may be at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections
Case Western Reserve University

An analysis of electronic health records of nearly 580,000 fully vaccinated people in the United States found that while the risk of SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection among those with substance-use disorders was low overall, it was higher for people who misuse substances such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and opioids.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 10:40 AM EDT
‘The mother of all cannabinoids’: anti-seizure compounds discovered in cannabis
University of Sydney

Research from pharmacologists at the University of Sydney provides new insights into how cannabis extracts may work to treat epilepsy.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Joins NIH Study of Early Childhood Development

Cedars-Sinai is joining a nationwide study to investigate how children's development is impacted by biological and environmental exposures, especially to opioids, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco, before and shortly after birth. The goal is to develop insights that can inform public policy to improve the health of children across the nation.

Released: 28-Sep-2021 10:15 AM EDT
Misuse of stimulants linked to other drug abuse
University of Georgia

College students who misuse stimulant drugs or nootropics like Adderall or Ritalin are also likely to drink heavily and use other drugs, according to new research from the University of Georgia.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 5:20 PM EDT
Passage of recreational cannabis laws leads to some rise in use but not for all demographics
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

The U.S. is seeing an increased use of cannabis resulting from its legalization for recreational purposes, according to a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Smartphone Sensor Data Has Potential to Detect Cannabis Intoxication
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

New report published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence demonstrates how phone sensor data, such as GPS, can be used to detect cannabis intoxication in young adults.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Packaging and health warnings are key in discouraging youths from using cannabis
University of Waterloo

As more countries consider legalizing non-medical cannabis, new research shows that prominent health warnings and less attractive packaging should be mandated to reduce its appeal to children.

Released: 9-Sep-2021 6:35 AM EDT
Medical cannabis may give modest benefits for chronic pain
McMaster University

Data from 32 randomized controlled trials showed that use of non-inhaled medical cannabis versus placebo resulted in small to very small improvements in pain relief, physical functioning, and sleep quality. There was no difference in emotional, social or role functioning.

Newswise: Recent cannabis use linked to heart attack risk in younger adults
Released: 8-Sep-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Recent cannabis use linked to heart attack risk in younger adults
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Adults younger than 45 years who reported recently using cannabis were 2 times more likely to have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction), and this link was stronger in frequent users, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Released: 31-Aug-2021 3:05 AM EDT
Clinical data presented at AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting shows higher complication rates and adverse events when cannabis is used prior to orthopaedic surgeries
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

According to three studies presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), using cannabis before total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) can lead to increased complications, longer hospital stays, higher rates of adverse events, increased readmissions, and higher costs.

Released: 27-Aug-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Why Poison Ingestion Among Children Is Rising—and How to Protect Your Kids
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The pandemic has produced a surge in emergency room visits at Children's Hospital Los Angeles due to the accidental consumption of toxic substances. Our injury prevention expert tells parents what safeguards to put in place.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

19-Aug-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Teens who use cannabis frequently more likely to have premature baby, study suggests
University of Bristol

Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new University of Bristol-led study. The research, published in Scientific Reports, repeatedly assessed 665 participants in a general population cohort on their tobacco and cannabis use between ages 14 to 29 years, before pregnancy.

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Released: 17-Aug-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Cannabis use disorder: another COVID risk factor
Washington University in St. Louis

Findings from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine suggest cannabis use disorder should be added to the list of COVID-19 risk factors.

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Released: 17-Aug-2021 8:45 AM EDT
Cannabis use rises during Australian COVID lockdown but less meth on the streets
University of South Australia

How did Australia's first COVID lockdown in 2020 affect drug use? Methamphetamine use dropped, cannabis use spiked, and several states cut back on their drinking, according to wastewater monitoring covering approximately half the population.

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Released: 11-Aug-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Hopkins Med News Update
Johns Hopkins Medicine

NEWS STORIES IN THIS ISSUE: - COVID-19 NEWS: Johns Hopkins Medicine Study Shows Vaccine Likely Protects People with HIV - Johns Hopkins Medicine Documents Stroke Risk in Cardiac Assist Device - CBD Products May Help People with Epilepsy Better Tolerate Anti-Seizure Medications

Released: 5-Aug-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Marijuana-Like Brain Substance Calms Seizures but Increases After effects, Study Finds
Stanford University School of Medicine

Epileptic seizures trigger the rapid synthesis and release of a substance mimicked by marijuana’s most psychoactive component, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have learned.

Newswise: Hemp Goes ‘Hot’ Due to Genetics, Not Environmental Stress
Released: 28-Jul-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Hemp Goes ‘Hot’ Due to Genetics, Not Environmental Stress
Cornell University

A new Cornell University study debunks misinformation on websites and in news articles that claim that environmental or biological stresses – such as flooding or disease – cause an increase in THC production in hemp plants.

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20-Jul-2021 9:50 AM EDT
‘An Entourage Effect’: New Clues on How Low-Dose CBD Products Work
University of Sydney

Pharmacologists at the University of Sydney have found tantalising clues as to why low-dose CBD products containing a full-spectrum of cannabinoids seem to have therapeutic impacts at relatively low doses.

Released: 15-Jul-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Study Shows Strong Association Between Perceived Risk, Availability and Past-Year Cannabis Use
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Combined perceptions of the risk and availability of cannabis influence the risk of cannabis use more than perceived risk and perceived availability alone, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

1-Jul-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Young Adults’ Alcohol Use and Cannabis Use Rise and Fall Together Rather than Substituting for Each Other
Research Society on Alcoholism

Young adults’ use of cannabis and alcohol tends to rise and fall together, rather than one substance substituting for the other, according to a new study. Understanding the relationship between cannabis use and alcohol use is critical for informing policy and public health strategies. Legalizing recreational cannabis use has raised the possibility that cannabis may substitute for risky drinking or other substance use, potentially with less severe public health consequences.

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Released: 1-Jul-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Prenatal exposure to THC, CBD affects offspring's responsiveness to fluoxetine
Indiana University

Scientists at Indiana University have found that significant amounts of the two main components of cannabis, THC and CBD, enter the embryonic brain of mice in utero and impair the mice's ability as adults to respond to fluoxetine, a drug commonly known by the brand name Prozac.

Newswise: Cooked Crustaceans, Cannabis and a Budder Way
Released: 29-Jun-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Cooked Crustaceans, Cannabis and a Budder Way
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers expose live lobsters to vaporized cannabis and confirm the crustaceans absorb THC. Whether the psychoactive compound affects behavior remains open question.

Newswise: Chula Taps into Medical Cannabis and Expands the Product Line
Released: 27-Jun-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Chula Taps into Medical Cannabis and Expands the Product Line
Chulalongkorn University

“Cannabis” is a high-value cash crop with immense benefits in medicine, health, nutrition, and beauty. As soon as the Thai government had given the green light, Chulalongkorn was ready to join hands with the private sector and concerning government agencies to accelerate the research and development of a vast assortment of cannabis products.

13-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
About the Cannabis and Alcohol Relationship: It’s Complicated
Research Society on Alcoholism

Not only is cannabis the most commonly used illicit – in a number of states – drug among people who drink alcohol, cannabis is also by far the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. overall. New research findings tease out the nuanced relationship between alcohol and cannabis through a survey of regular cannabis users who also report drinking alcohol, as well as heavy drinkers in treatment who also use cannabis. These findings will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021.

Released: 18-Jun-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Does Cannabis Affect Brain Development in Young People with ADHD? Too Soon To Tell, Reports Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

At least so far, the currently limited research base does not establish that cannabis has additional adverse effects on brain development or functioning in adolescents or young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), concludes a review in the July/August issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 1-Jun-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Cannabis Legalization Could Lead to Health Disparities in Women of Reproductive Age
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers expert discusses how the legalization of cannabis could widen gaps in health and social equity for pregnant women, new mothers and their children.

Released: 25-May-2021 12:25 PM EDT
The 280E Tax Code as an Obstacle for Cannabis Firms and the SAFE Banking Act
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

The SAFE Banking Act was a big step toward removing barriers for cannabis businesses. But Maryland Smith accounting expert and CPA Samuel Handwerger says other obstacles loom. Among them, the tax code.

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20-May-2021 6:00 PM EDT
Science Snapshots
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab on forest soils, vaping cannabis risks, reusable PPE, hydrogen fuel generation

Newswise: Older Adults with Functional Impairments Linked to Prescription Drug Use/Misuse
Released: 20-May-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Older Adults with Functional Impairments Linked to Prescription Drug Use/Misuse
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that functional impairments among adults aged 50 and older are associated with a higher risk of medical cannabis use; and prescription opioid and tranquilizer/sedative use and misuse.

Newswise: New High for Migraine Treatment? Trial Looks at Effectiveness of THC, CBD
Released: 19-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
New High for Migraine Treatment? Trial Looks at Effectiveness of THC, CBD
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health is conducting the first known randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial looking at cannabis as a potentially effective treatment for acute migraines.

Released: 17-May-2021 4:20 PM EDT
New study of how US recreational cannabis legalization could change illegal drug markets
Society for the Study of Addiction

A study published in the scientific journal Addiction provides the most comprehensive evidence to date of the association between recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) in US states and responses in the illegal markets for cannabis, heroin, and other drugs in those states.

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Released: 12-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

Released: 11-May-2021 3:40 PM EDT
APS 2021 Virtual Convention News Highlights: Annual ‘Meeting of the Minds’ in Psychological Science
Association for Psychological Science

The latest news and discoveries from the field of psychological science will be featured at the 2021 Virtual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), held May 26-27.

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