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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Health Research: Alcohol combined with cannabis increases levels of THC in blood ♦ Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress ♦ New model for identifying total hip replacement candidates

Any dose of alcohol combined with cannabis significantly increases levels of THC in blood Cannabis plus alcohol is one of the most frequently detected drug combinations in car accidents, yet the interaction of these two compounds is still poorly understood. A study shows that the simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis produces significantly higher blood concentrations of cannabis's main psychoactive constituent, THC,
Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses. While the flood was frightening on the day, the most difficult aspect was the aftermath including clean-up, rebuilding process and dealing with insurance companies.
Are antidepressants more effective than usually assumed? Many have recently questioned the efficacy of the most common antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The conclusion that these drugs are ineffective is however partly based on a misinterpretation of the outcome of the clinical trials once conducted to demonstrate their efficacy.
New model for identifying total hip replacement candidates A new model to help doctors and patients decide whether or not to proceed with total hip replacement surgery has been designed. The researchers have also surveyed patient well being after surgery: patients with high education achieve greater outcome scores, while those with antidepressant prescriptions do not.

Homely men who misbehave can't win for losing: Attractiveness influences online daters, jurors Women tolerate an unattractive man up to a point, but beware if he misbehaves. Then they'll easily shun him, researchers report, after finding that a woman's view of a man is influenced by how handsome and law-abiding he is.

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