Author Archives: Sharif Mohr, MPH, PhD

22 Jun
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Daily e-cigarette use shown to have negative impact on male fertility.

Although cigarette smoking has been previously associated with impaired fertility in males, little was known of the effect of e-cigarette use on fertility. A new study recently published in the Journal of Human Reproduction confirms that daily use of e-cigarettes ...

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18 Jun
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Use of marijuana exacerbates PTSD symptoms in vets

In a newly published study by Jane Metrik and colleagues, marijuana use was found to exacerbate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans with cannabis use disorder (CUD). This confirms the results of previous studies in veterans that found ...

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20 May
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Lax oversight and unscrupulous physicians–a perfect recipe for skyrocketing marijuana use among pregnant women in FL

A Dundee, FL physician, Dr. Robinson-Farah, had his certification to recommend medical marijuana rescinded by the FL Department of Health after it was discovered that he recommended increasing amounts of marijuana to a pregnant woman. During her initial visit, the ...

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30 Apr
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Significant withdrawal symptoms associated with regular marijuana use

In a new meta-analysis recently published in JAMA, researchers investigated prevalence of withdrawal syndrome and risk factors for withdrawal syndrome among regular marijuana users. According to the DSM V, cannabis withdrawal syndrome (CWS) was defined as the presence of at ...

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14 Apr
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Smoking marijuana may increase risk of infection and serious complications from coronavirus

The US Centers for Disease Control reported several risk factors for severe complications and mortality from coronavirus infection including a weakened immune system, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and, unsurprisingly, cigarette smoking. It follows then that those with a ...

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06 Apr
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Isolation due to coronavirus coupled with stimulus checks may spell relapse and overdose for many

The covid-19 pandemic is one of the most challenging circumstances ever encountered in the history of the United States. The isolating shelter-in-place orders that are in effect in all but 9 states presents a unique set of difficulties for both ...

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06 Mar
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Canadian provincial government releases scathing report on supervised consumption sites

An independent expert committee appointed by the provincial government of Alberta reviewed the social and economic impacts of current and proposed supervised consumption services (SCS), releasing their final report on March 5, 2020. Not surprisingly, stakeholder feedback on the socioeconomic ...

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03 Feb
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DEA releases 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment

Illicit drugs, and the transnational and domestic criminal organizations that traffic them, continue to represent significant threats to public health, law enforcement, and national security in the United States. The opioid threat (controlled prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, and heroin) continues ...

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28 Jan
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Researchers harness the power of big data analytics and machine learning to confirm that marijuana is a gateway drug.

A new analysis of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence has confirmed the ’gateway drug’ effect of adolescent marijuana use.  In the study, researchers developed a method to ...

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13 Dec
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Large scoping review of hundreds of studies confirms lack of evidence to support marijuana as medicine; harms outweigh benefits.

Since passage of California’s compassionate care act of 1996, intended to allow terminally ill patients to use marijuana for its purported ability to prevent wasting and reduce nausea, many states have passed similar legislation allowing physicians to recommend medical marijuana ...

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