Good Stuff To Know February 2021

Not just a guys’ club: Resistance training benefits older women just as much as older men

Men and women aged over 50 can reap similar relative benefits from resistance training, a new study shows.

More than half of people using cannabis for pain experience multiple withdrawal symptoms

More than half of people who use medical marijuana products to ease pain also experience clusters of multiple withdrawal symptoms when they’re between uses, a new study finds. And about 10% of the patients taking part in the study experienced worsening changes to their sleep, mood, mental state, energy and appetite over the next two years as they continued to use cannabis.

New evidence of health threat from chemicals in marijuana and tobacco smoke

Scientists have uncovered new evidence of the potential health risks of chemicals in tobacco and marijuana smoke.

No limit to cardiovascular benefits of exercise, study finds

Physical activity is not only associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but there is no threshold for that association, with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease seen for those who are most active, according to a new study.

Low fitness linked to higher psoriasis risk later in life

Scientists have now demonstrated a connection between inferior physical fitness in young adults and elevated risk of the autoimmune disease psoriasis. For the male recruits to compulsory military training who were rated as the least fit, the risk of developing psoriasis later was 35 percent higher than for the fittest.

Protecting lungs from ventilator-induced injury

An unfortunate truth about using mechanical ventilation to save lives is that the pressure can cause further lung damage. Scientists have identified a helpful molecule produced by immune cells during ventilation and are working to boost that natural process to find a therapy that could lower the chances for lung damage in patients on vents.

High-risk periodontal pathogens contribute to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis

Microorganisms cause periodontal disease (PD).  These microbes can enter the general circulation causing bacteremia. The result can be adverse systemic effects, which could promote conditions such as cardiovascular disease. Level A evidence supports that PD is independently associated with arterial disease. PD is a common chronic condition affecting the majority of Americans 30 years of age and older.

Poor gut health connected to severe COVID-19, new review shows

In a new review, researchers examined emerging evidence suggesting that poor gut health adversely affects COVID-19 prognosis.

Scientists discover link between nicotine and breast cancer metastasis

Scientists have found that nicotine promotes the spread of breast cancer cells into the lungs.Pain patients who take opioids can’t get in the door at over half of primary care clinics