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Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

Health
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Teens who smoke cannabis with joints or bongs, or who use some pot concentrates, are six times more likely to continue using the drug than those who consume it via other methods, a new analysis suggests. In results published Friday by JAMA Network Open, researchers found in a survey of nearly 3,000 teens, the highest percentage -- approximately 6 percent -- reported prior use of "combustible cannabis," while less than 1 percent said they had "vaped" the substance. Teens who said they smoked marijuana in a joint or bong were found to be at higher risk for still smoking six and 12-months later, the authors found. Researchers write in the study that, for cannabis control and efforts to keep it out of the hands of teens, officials should consider targeting pot products that ...

China reports 4 more cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Health
Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in a central Chinese city that has killed two and prompted the United States and others to take precautionary measuresByThe Associated PressJanuary 18, 2020, 8:57 AM2 min readBEIJING -- Four more cases have been identified in a viral pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that has killed two people and prompted countries as far away as the United States to take precautionary measures. The latest cases bring to 45 the number of people who have contracted the illness, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said Saturday. Five are in serious condition, two died and 15 have been discharged. The others are in stable condition. The cause of the pneumonia has been traced to a new type of coronavirus. Health autho...
Want to delay the menopause? Have more sex

Want to delay the menopause? Have more sex

Technology
Women who have sex at least once a week start the menopause later than those who make love less than once a month, according to a new study.Scientists at University College London analysed data from the US Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) - the "largest, most diverse and most representative longitudinal cohort study available to research aspects of the menopause transition" according to UCL. Sexual activity was defined as sexual intercourse, oral sex, sexual touching and caressing or self-stimulation.According to the study's first author, PhD candidate Megan Arnot: "The findings of our study suggest that if a woman is not having sex, and there is no chance of pregnancy, then the body 'chooses' not to invest in ovulation, as it would be pointless."There may be a biological e...
Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

Technology
A volcano near the Philippine capital is spewing lava half a mile high and trembling with earthquakes constantly as tens of thousands of people flee villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ashBy JOEAL CALUPITAN and JIM GOMEZ Associated PressJanuary 14, 2020, 10:05 AM4 min readTAGAYTAY, Philippines -- A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash. Government work was suspended and schools were closed in a number of towns and cities, including Manila, because of the health risks from the ash. Hundreds of flights were canceled of delayed, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. The continuous restivene...
France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

World
Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a summit with leaders of West and Central African nations to send hundreds of more troops to reinforce the region's fight against Islamic terrorism. During a summit meeting Monday in the southwestern French city of Pau, Macron and the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger reaffirmed their commitment to fighting extremism in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt stretching 2,400 miles across the breadth of the continent, they said in a joint statement. Macron also said he agreed to send 220 additional combat troops to reinforce Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas mission to counter terrorism in the region, which has seen an uptick in violence in recent years. On Thursday, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the U...