Researchers document self-reported use of new, uncommon synthetic drugs by teens, young adults This is the first study reporting on use of a variety of new drugs in a nationally representative U.S. sample. Researchers are confident that use was severely underreported, as the subjects were not asked about most of these new drugs specifically. The researchers advocate for health surveys to ask about use of new drugs, in addition to traditional drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics.
New drugs could stop growth of drug-resistant childhood tumors New drugs are needed to treat the most common type of childhood brain tumor and could also be effective against skin cancer, scientists report. They tested a drug called Roflumilast in mice with a brain tumor that is resistant to Vismodegib, the drug in current use. Roflumilast is normally used to treat inflammatory lung diseases. It dramatically inhibited tumor growth from the first day of treatment.
Smoke from forest fires aggravates respiratory health of children. Air pollution from forest fires aggravates the respiratory health of children.Researchers conclude that this study provides scientific evidence that wildfires, such as those that devastated a large part of the province of Valencia, Spain in 2012, affect the health of children, especially of those who are more susceptible.
Video game warnings fall far short in rating tobacco content Video games are not adequately rated for tobacco content video gamers are being widely exposed to tobacco imagerySolo grandparents raising grandchildren at greater risk than parents for serious health problems Single grandparents raising grandchildren are more vulnerable to poor physical and mental health than are single parents. These caregivers may be at greater risk for diminished physical capacity and heightened prevalence of depression.