Driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is becoming nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, according to a new report. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an advocacy group that promotes traffic safety, the percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2013.
A new survey shows that college students today are less worried about the risks of substance abuse. For the survey, published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers surveyed a group of more than 2,000 U.S. high school students, starting in 2009 when the students were in 10th grade. They were resurveyed every year through 2012 and 2013.
A new study finds that one in every ten pregnant women in the United States consume alcohol during their pregnancy. The study, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, used data from the CDC's ongoing Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, which revealed that 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States, aged 18 to 44, had imbibed alcohol in the past 30 days.
The timing of taking your blood pressure medicine could have a big impact on whether or not you develop type 2 diabetes, according to new research. In the study, published in the journal Diabetologia, researchers found that taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than waiting until morning may cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.
Despite common misconceptions, having sex shortly after experiencing a heart attack is completely safe, according to a new study from researchers at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Ulm, Germany. For the study the researchers follow 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70.
Stricter gun control laws may decrease the likelihood of teens carrying guns, according to a new study from researchers at Boston University. For the study the researchers polled the strictness of gun control laws in each state rating them from zero to one hundred. They found that for each ten point increase in state's strictness, there was nine percent decreased risk of teen gun possession.
Homophobic people tend to suffer from psychological issues, according to a new study. In the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers asked 551 Italian university students, ranging in age from 18 to 30, to fill out questionnaires on their levels of homophobia as well as their psychopathology, including levels of depression, anxiety and psychoticism.
Two people have reportedly died as a result of a salmonella outbreak linked with cucumbers. The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed a total of 341 cases directly linked with the cucumbers, which were imported from Mexico. The CDC released an official statement on the outbreak. "Seventy ill people have been hospitalized, and two deaths have been reported from California and Texas."
Scientists in the United States have developed an implant in mice that captures cancer cells, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Communication, suggests that capturing CTCs would prevent their spread and help halt disease progression. In experiments, the team of scientists built biodegradable disks about half-a-centimetre (0.2 inches) wide, and implanted two per mouse.
Patients may soon be able to obtain a routine heart check-up directly through a smart phone with the approval of a new digital stethoscope device by the FDA. The device, called an Eko Core, attaches directly to a traditional stethoscope but then amplifies and captures the sound, sending it wirelessly to a smartphone. This could be especially helpful in both record keeping and diagnosis.
Those who display impulsive and agitated behavior may be at an increased risk of committing suicide, according to a new study from researchers at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, in Spain. For the study the researchers examined 2,800 depression patients, 630 of which had attempted suicide. The researchers conducted detailed interviews with each of the patients.
Blood testing could possibly aid in the detection of a relapse in cancer survivors, according to a new study. In the new study, researchers followed 55 women from England who had been diagnosed with an early stage form of breast cancer, then had been treated through surgery as well as chemotherapy. Researchers monitored ctDNA in the blood tests of the women following surgery.
While marijuana doesn't necessarily shrink your brain cells, it does change them, according to a pair of new studies. The studies were both published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Psychiatry. In the first study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brains of marijuana users to non-users.
People with autism might be more creative problem solvers and divergent thinkers, according to a new study. The British study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, involved the analysis of data from 312 people who took part in a series of tests on creativity. Researchers of the study found that those who had autistic traits offered fewer responses to problems.
One-third of young Americans, ages 18-29, say that they are not completely heterosexual, according to new research. The research, conducted by YouGov, asked participants to place themselves on the Kinsey Scale, which plots individuals on a range of sexual dispositions from exclusively heterosexual at 0 through to exclusively homosexual at 6.