Habitual marijuana use may cause early puberty and stunt growth amongst teenage boys, according to a new study from researchers at the Agriculture University Rawalpindi in Pakistan. For the study the researchers collected health data from 220 non-smoking and 217 cannabis-addicted boys. They found elevated levels of puberty hormones like testosterone and luteinising hormone among the smokers.
Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for depression than those without the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. For the study the researchers examined health records from 860 men between the ages of 35 to 83 with an average age of 60. Over the course of the five-year study the researchers tested each of the men for depression.
The FDA has reportedly confirmed plans to lift their ban on blood donation from gay male donors. The FDA had previously banned blood donation from gay men to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, but now says that this risk is not a concern. "No transmissions of HIV, hepatitis B virus, or hepatitis C virus have been documented through U.S.-licensed plasma derived products in the past two decades."
Following through on a change in policy originally announced last December, the Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance Tuesday that lifts the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men.
Increased sexual activity may not lead to greater overall happiness, according to a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers collected data from 128 married heterosexual couples between the ages of 35 and 65. Despite the thought that more sex leads to greater happiness, those who had the most sex reported a decrease in happiness.
Climate change from the effects of global warming is increasing the spread of Lyme disease as warmer weather is allowing for a wider time frame in which disease-carrying ticks can feed. According to a recent study published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, researchers conducted an emergency analysis using observations of tick life-cycle behaviors.
Asthma could be cured in as few as five years, according to a new study from researchers at Wales' University of Cardiff. For the study the researchers looked specifically at the cells that cause the airway to constrict during the course of an asthma attack. "Our findings are incredibly exciting," said Daniela Riccardi, a professor from Cardiff University School of Biosciences.