Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find – The Washington Post

English: Close up shot of some high quality ma...

English: Close up shot of some high quality marijuana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Washington Post reports a New Zealand study that chronic marijuana use has little effect on your physical health.

Source: Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find – The Washington Post

Personally, I am seriously uncomfortable with this news article and sense that it might be published on a Monday morning when there’s not too much news.

OK we know about the size of the sample and that it’s a longitudinal study but we have no details on the research methodology and the previous publications of the authors.

Also the article does not summarize the comprehensive literature on this field, especially in the US which does find health issues associated with chronic marijuana use. For a summary of the research literature on chronic marijuana use open this link.

There’s a need for extensive further research before it’s safe to conclude on the long term health impact of chronic marijuana use.

Thoughts?

Oregon public health officials say teen girl has bubonic plague | Fox News

English: This plague patient is displaying a s...

English: This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe. After the incubation period of 2-6 days, symptoms of the plague appear including severe malaise, headache, shaking chills, fever, and pain and swelling, or adenopathy, in the affected regional lymph nodes, also known as buboes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News reports that a teen girl from eastern Oregon has contracted the bubonic plague. It seems that there is circa seven cases of the bubonic plague reported each year in America.

Source: Oregon public health officials say teen girl has bubonic plague | Fox News

Personally, I had thought that the plague was an extinct desease. In the Middle Ages, the plague nearly destroyed London.

These days the plague can be treated effectively with anti-biotics if caught early but there is no vaccine currently available.