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Study reveals bad news for toking teens

first_imgNZ Herald 18 June 2016Family First Comment: The news is not so good when it comes to mental health. The research showed that teens who started smoking marijuana before 18 and who were diagnosed as being addicted to cannabis by 38 experienced a significant drop in IQ in early adulthood. The IQ drop was not seen for users who began smoking after age 18, implying that cannabis consumption can have a permanent negative effect on teenagers’ developing brains.Cannabis is one of the most widely available illicit drugs in New Zealand – but what impact is it having on our wellbeing?Research from the 2015 New Zealand Health Survey shows that 11 per cent of people aged over 15 have used cannabis in the past 12 months, with one third of this group using it at least weekly. The survey shows it is most widely used by people aged 15 to 24, with 23 per cent of this group having used it in the past year – but when it comes to regularity of use, the over-55s are the most prolific users.Although difficult to overdose, cannabis can be physically and psychologically addictive. It can affect road safety – one third of New Zealand cannabis users have admitted to driving under the influence of cannabis, and in the US state of Washington the AAA reports fatal car accidents involving drivers who recently used marijuana has more than doubled since legalisation.The debate around legalisation is a constant feature in our media, and research around the effects of long-term cannabis consumption in New Zealand is an important consideration. This week, data published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry added to a previous PNAS article to give us a better understanding of how cannabis may be affecting our nation.The study looked at 1037 individuals born in Dunedin in 1972-73 and has followed them to age 38 through the famous Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. Controlling for tobacco use, childhood health and childhood socioeconomic status, they tested whether cannabis use from ages 18 to 38 was associated with mental or physical health at age 38, after assessing the frequency of cannabis use and their health at 18, 21, 26, 32, and 38.This remarkable study relies on confidentiality, allowing participants to be honest about their use of illegal drugs without fear of reporting to the authorities. It is therefore probably the most accurate long-term cannabis study in the world.When it came to physical health, the results were surprising, with marijuana consumption having no negative impact on a dozen health factors including lung function, systemic inflammation, BMI, or metabolic health. The only significant adverse impact was on periodontal health with cannabis use being associated with tooth loss. This is very different to results from the tobacco smokers in the same cohort who showed worse lung function, systemic inflammation, and worse metabolic health at age 38. The theory is a heavy smoker can smoke over 20 cigarettes a day, but heavy cannabis users will still only smoke 2-3 joints a day, meaning their overall smoke exposure is much lower.The news is not so good when it comes to mental health. The research showed that teens who started smoking marijuana before 18 and who were diagnosed as being addicted to cannabis by 38 experienced a significant drop in IQ in early adulthood. The IQ drop was not seen for users who began smoking after age 18, implying that cannabis consumption can have a permanent negative effect on teenagers’ developing brains.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=11658536last_img read more

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ATP rankings: Nadal reclaims No 1 spot

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Rafael Nadal is back at the top of the ATP rankings, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since November 2018.The 33-year-old Spaniard has become the second-oldest No. 1 player. Roger Federer led the rankings at the age of 36 last year.Nadal has been No. 1 for 197 weeks through eight different stints at the top. Federer leads the all-time list with 310 weeks.Federer stayed third in the rankings, behind Novak Djokovic and ahead of Daniil Medvedev.Nadal has a 51-6 record and has won four titles this season, including the French Open and the US Open. He also reached the Australian Open final.He is looking to seal the year-end top ranking for the fifth time.Tags: Novak DjokovicRafael Nadallast_img read more

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New Sparks coach Derek Fisher wants a title ‘as soon as possible’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSparks general manager Penny Toler said during a 50-minute question-and-answer session at the Luxe City Center Hotel that she and Fisher have known each other about 20 years, and that he used to attend Sparks games when he played for the Lakers.“What came to mind with Derek,” Toler said, “is here’s a guy who I’ve known and has been with us forever. … From time to time, Derek and I would have conversations to talk about the (Sparks) and I would tease him, ‘Come and coach.’“It’s all about timing,” she added. “When Brian (Agler) wanted to resign, I thought, ‘Here’s a guy who has some experience. Good or bad, it’s still experience.’”The Sparks, winners of three WNBA championships, are among the three surviving franchises from the league’s original eight in 1997. They boast a veteran roster that includes Parker, the 2008 and 2013 WNBA MVP, as well as 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike. Last season, they went 19-15 and placed third in the West before losing in the conference semifinals.Fisher, who played 18 NBA seasons, replaces Agler, a decorated women’s basketball coach who led the Sparks to the 2016 title, the second of his two WNBA championships. LOS ANGELES — Sparks forward Candace Parker wore her 2016 WNBA championship ring to Friday’s introductory news conference, where she sat beside her new head coach, Derek Fisher – a five-time NBA champion for the Lakers.“I want more,” Parker said, referencing her ring, and Fisher said he understood his star player’s mandate.“I’m thankful and I’m grateful and I’m going to do the best job I can possibly do to win a championship as soon as possible,” Fisher said.The Sparks job is Fisher’s second head coaching position, following a short-lived tenure with the New York Knicks, who were 17-65 in Fisher’s first season and started 23-31 in his second before he was let go by then-Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Toler said his resignation “wasn’t a force-out or anything; when he wanted to resign, I accepted the resignation.” She added she didn’t ask why, because Michael Cooper – the former Lakers star and Sparks coach – used to say to “only want people who want to be here.”The Sparks announced Agler’s resignation Nov. 30 and news of Fisher’s hiring broke Wednesday, via a tweet from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.Toler indicated she’d had several discussions with Fisher – who asked “about 2,000 questions” – as well as members of the Sparks’ front office and Parker before she hired the 44-year-old former point guard.“All coaches get hired and fired,” Fisher said with regard to his time in New York. “What Penny said about learning through adversity, evolving and growing – the book is not finished yet. If you open a book and it’s 300 pages long, you can’t assume how it’s going to end on page 57. You’ve got to read the whole book. This is a good opportunity for me to write my coaching book.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He said his stint in New York taught him lessons he’ll employ in L.A., including that he needs to emphasize communication. He also said his playing experience with the Lakers will help lead a team in an increasingly fluid, position-less style of game.“The championship teams I played on here in L.A. in ’09-10, even ’08, we had Lamar Odom at the four and Pau Gasol at center and (Trevor) Ariza and Kobe (Bryant) and myself,” Fisher said. “There was a versatility to the game, five players that all could make good decisions with the basketball, who all could shoot, all could defend. This roster has the framework in a very similar way.”Fisher said he had conversations with representatives of college programs and other professional teams prior to accepting the Sparks’ offer, but he said he doesn’t view his new position as a stepping stone to another NBA coaching job.“I’m here,” said Fisher, adding he and Toler have yet to begin filling out a staff that he hopes will help the team increase its pace of play. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today. I’m the coach of the L.A. Sparks and that’s what it is. And I’m happy about it.”Parker said she was a proponent of Fisher’s hiring because she’s excited about his championship pedigree.“He’s won championships,” she said. “And until I won a championship with L.A., I didn’t realize how much it matters to have that experience and knowledge.”last_img read more

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Warriors trade rumors: Golden State sends Andre Iguodala to Grizzlies, clears cap space for D’Angelo Russell

first_img Knicks address missing out on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving: ‘We continue to be upbeat and confident’ They’ll also send Memphis a 2024 protected first-round pick, which will be unprotected if it’s not conveyed by 2026, the report says.Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019The Warriors needed to clear cap space after they agreed to acquire D’Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade, according to the report. The guard will sign a four-year, $117 million contract with Golden State. Related News Golden State and Brooklyn have agreed on a sign-and-trade, sending D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019Iguodala joined the Warriors in 2013-14 and was an integral member of their rotation during their run of five straight finals appearances. He was named Finals MVP when the team took home its first championship of the era in 2014-15.Iguodala took a step back offensively this season, averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 33.3% from 3-point range. Iguodala, however, was still a solid defender and secondary playmaker. Kevin Durant free agency: Star signing with Nets weeks after potential career-changing injurycenter_img That was unexpected.The Warriors have traded Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. Kevin Durant left the Warriors for the Nets, he announced on his company’s Twitter account. He ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and is expected to miss most of, if not all, of 2019-20.pic.twitter.com/ir4E0dOW9r— The Boardroom (@boardroom) June 30, 2019Klay Thompson also suffered a torn ACL in the Finals and will be out for a good portion of next season. He’s reportedly planning to re-sign with the Warriors.last_img read more

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Taxi driver unlawfully arrested by City Police

first_imgOfficers attached to the Georgetown City Constabulary have been accused of unlawfully assaulting a taxi driver on Thursday along Water Street, as he was awaiting a customer outside National Hardware.Guyana Times was told that Surendra Mohabir parked his vehicle outside of the building located on Water Street, Georgetown, and was standing outside of the car.Photo which shows the car being parked within the demarcated boundariesShortly after, he was approached by three Police officers attached to the City Constabulary, who accused him of obstructing the flow of traffic.Upon questioning the accusations, the man was handcuffed, harassed and walked to the City Constabulary Outpost located on Regent Street.An eyewitness at the scene, who spoke to this publication, revealed that Mohabir was not guilty of the accusations, since his vehicle, bearing registration plate HB 3474, was parked within the demarcated lines.At that time, it was also noted that there was no traffic buildup in the area which could have caused a disturbance in traffic.The matter was brought to the attention of the management of the hardware store. The owner of the hardware store, Edward Boyer, stated, “They harass the people so much that I think that people coming from out of town will be afraid to come to Georgetown to shop. This has got to stop. It is harassment at its highest.“The City Council needs to talk to the City Police. This is not a criminal offence. Do not handcuff people [and] scramble them. This is despicable. What happened here today (Thursday), we need to stop this sort of thing. We live in a democracy and you can’t do it this way,” he added.“I think it’s time we complain [to] the Mayor and City Council. They need to teach the City Police not to do this!” he related.A customer who operates a bus was also harassed by the City Police for the same offence, although his vehicle was parked in the demarcated limits and away from the roadway. However, it was unclear whether he was arrested.Mohabir was ordered to pay $5000 in bail, and is expected to appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on May 11.last_img read more

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