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As more U.S. state governments consider legalizing marijuana for recreational use -- USA Today recently predicted the next 15 that might take up the issue in one form or another -- concerns continue to be raised about the potential health effects of using the drug.

Advocates have for decades sworn by the drug's benefits, while naysayers point to research underscoring their contentions that marijuana remains harmful to human health.

Now, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides what the organization terms "a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products."

In arriving at their list of almost 100 conclusions, committee participants who conducted the study and composed the report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts. A few highlights from the committee's findings:

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If getting someone in your household away from a favorite video game seems impossible, you aren’t alone. In fact, video game addiction has become so prevalent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to add “gaming disorder” to its list of diseases in 2018.

Mental health professionals have long dealt with patients who exhibit signs of the disorder, an impaired control over gaming that includes an inability to quit. Someone with a gaming disorder likely finds that it interferes with other areas of his or her life, the experts say. Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have been studying the condition for the past six years and join others in the field who believe making it official means it will be easier to diagnose and treat it.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Depression Connected to Early Death Risk

Depression has always been considered an emotional issue, taking a toll on a person’s mental well-being. However, in recent years, medical professionals have begun to recognize its physiological effects on sufferers, as well.

A new Canadian study furthers this thinking, connecting depression to an overall shortened lifespan. After reviewing information on 3,410 adults dating back to 1952, the researchers found a link between depression and an increased risk of early death.

The team noticed that the risk for premature death was greatest in the years immediately following a depressive episode, which they felt demonstrated how treatment could possibly play an important life-saving role.

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