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How does smoking marijuana affect academic performance? Two researchers explain how it can alter more than just moods

In a trend that coincided with the pandemic, marijuana use among college students in 2020 reached levels not seen since the 1980s. That’s according to the latest research from Monitoring the Future—an annual survey that looks at drug and alcohol use among the nation’s young people. Below, Jason R. Kilmer and Christine M. Lee—both University

Neuroscientists explore how people with absolute pitch process sounds

Both light and sound travel as waves, with characteristics that allow people with typical vision and hearing to perceive and categorize them when they reach their eyes and ears: “That’s a small red dog barking,” someone might say. But while people can easily name most colors in different groups—distinguishing the specific frequencies and wavelengths of

Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink to Lose Weight

No one has to to tell you that drinking water is great for you. Proper hydration helps your brain stay alert, your cells function at top rate, and your exercise performance on key. But there’s another benefit to water, too, and it’s not one you might think of: weight loss. “Oftentimes water is pushed to

How sick are children getting, and when will we be able to vaccinate them against COVID?

In July, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 12-15. The Australian Technical Advisory group on Immunization (ATAGI) subsequently recommended kids in this age group with underlying chronic medical conditions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and kids living in remote communities should be prioritized. We’re expecting advice

Here’s Exactly How Much Protein You Need

Despite what bright new food packaging might lead you to believe, humans have known about the power of protein since at least the early 19th century. That’s when a Swedish chemist named the molecules using a word from the Greek, proteios, meaning “holding first place” and therefore most important. Today, if society resurrected that Swede

How a doctor’s presence may alter blood pressure readings

A doctor’s presence during a blood pressure reading triggers a “fight or flight” response that can affect the results, say researchers who studied the effect by measuring nerve activity. “White coat hypertension”—the phenomenon when blood pressure rises in some people who are measured by a medical professional—has been known about for decades. It occurs in

How the human-animal bond complements treatment for veterans

Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend, but for some military veterans, these four-legged accomplices also take on the role of therapist and confidant in the battle against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When combined with traditional, evidence-based interventions, the human-animal bond has proven to be an effective, complementary treatment for PTSD, with positive

How To Arrange Your Bedroom According To Feng Shui

A calm bedroom is a recipe for a calmed mind. By implementing feng shui principles into your decor, you may reap the benefits of the ancient practice that promises to balance out the energy in your space to create harmony for all who live there. Of course, regularly clearing the space with sage or palo

How Long Do The Moderna And Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines Last?

While researchers still have much to learn about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, a new study offers potentially good news for those who’ve been vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna’s versions. The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that these two vaccines produce persistent immunity, meaning those who’ve received them could be protected for years —