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Climate Change May Translate Into More Fatal Injuries

Climate Change May Translate Into More Fatal InjuriesMONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If climate change continues unabated, the United States should prepare for an increase in deaths from injuries, a new study claims. Looking at data on injury deaths and temperature over 38 years, researchers found a correlation between unusually high temperatures and increased rates of death from a range of causes -- traffic accidents, drownings, assault and suicide. The researchers predict that in an "anomalously warm year" -- 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above the long-term average -- the United States could see an additional 1,600 deaths from injuries. Boys and men between the ages of 15 and 64 would account for most of that increase. The fact that climate change affects human health is not news. But the focus has...

Low Levels of Key Blood Cells Could Signal Higher Death Risk

13 January 2020
Low Levels of Key Blood Cells Could Signal Higher Death RiskMONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A condition called lymphopenia -- low levels of lymphocyte blood cells -- could be an early warning for illness, a new study suggests. Danish researchers linked the condition to a 60% increased risk of death from any cause during the study period. A low lymphocyte count was also associated with a 1.5- to 2.8-fold increased risk of death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, infections and other causes. The findings come from an analysis of data from more than 108,000 people in Denmark, aged 20 to 100, between 2003 and 2015. Older age was associated with falling lymphocyte levels, the study authors said in the report published Jan. 13 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The researchers suggested that the link...

Can Pot Bring on Psychosis in Young Users? It May Be...

13 January 2020
Can Pot Bring on Psychosis in Young Users? It May Be Happening, Experts SayMONDAY, Jan. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The idea of marijuana causing a psychotic breakdown sounds like something out of the camp film classic "Reefer Madness," but many experts argue it's not that far-fetched. As legalization of recreational marijuana spreads across the United States, more people are showing up in ERs with psychotic symptoms after consuming too much pot, said Dr. Itai Danovitch, chairman of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. "If somebody gets too high, they use more than intended, they can have psychotic symptoms. That typically resolves as the drug wears off," Danovitch said. "After it's worn off, there's no subsequent psychosis. That's just a direct effect of over-intoxication." But some unlucky souls with a family history...

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