Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A study led by Toronto researchers suggests recent cannabis use is associated with a higher risk of heart attack in younger adults, with a stronger association among frequent users.
The research team, which had its paper published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, said that while risk of heart attack among young cannabis users is low overall, their findings suggest those younger than 45 were nearly twice as likely to have had a heard attack than non-users.
Researchers looked at data from a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that included more than 33,000 adults aged 18 to 44, with 17 per cent of them reporting cannabis use in the past 30 days.
Heart attack was reported in 1.3 per cent of cannabis users, compared to 0.8 per cent of non-users.The cross-sectional study found the association between cannabis use and heart attacks was consistent across different forms of consumption, including smoking, vaping and eating edibles.
Ladha said that’s still not entirely understood, but previous studies suggested cannabis use increases the heart rate while decreasing the supply of oxygen being delivered to the heart.
Manitoba and Nova Scotia are joining two other jurisdictions in recognizing a new federal statutory holiday to contemplate the history and harmful legacy of residential schools.
Indigenous Reconciliation Minister Alan Lagimodiere announced Friday that Manitoba will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.
Schools will be closed and no classes will be held on Sept. 30. Public servants will also observe the day and non-essential government services and offices will be closed. Flags on all provincial government buildings are to be lowered to half-mast.
The House of Commons unanimously supported legislation in June giving the statutory holiday to all federal employees and workers in federally regulated workplaces.Nova Scotia also said Friday that it will recognize the day. Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated child care will be closed, although businesses will have the choice to remain open.
British Columbia and the Northwest Territories have already indicated they will observe the day.
So far the other provinces and territories have not yet announced plans to make the day a statutory holiday in their jurisdictions.
The Ontario Liberals are calling for the health minister to veto the appointment of the new acting medical officer of health in Haldimand-Norfolk because he is against COVID-19 lockdowns.
But a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says Dr. Matt Strauss’s appointment did not need ministerial approval because he is merely acting medical health officer, and the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health has not sought to bring him on permanently.
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit announced Strauss’s appointment to the role Friday, saying the board of health voted for him unanimously.
Strauss, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Queen’s University, has tweeted repeatedly about his opposition to lockdowns, arguing they’re not effective at preventing COVID-19-related deaths.
He has also described business owners who open in violation of public health orders as “heroes.”
It’s the first day back to school for many Ontario students.
Classes resume today in boards across the Grand Erie District School Board and Six Nation federal schools.
Some other boards — including the Toronto District School Board — will start classes on Thursday.
This will be the third school year in which classes are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario’s Ministry of Education has sent guidelines to schools in a bid to slow the spread of the virus, which include requirements that staff and students self-screen for COVID-19 each day and wear masks indoors.
The ministry has also required that all boards offer a remote learning option for students who don’t feel comfortable in the classroom due to the pandemic.
Researchers say eating walnuts can lower cholesterol levels and have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health.
The American Heart Association says participants in a recent study who ate 1/2 a cup of walnuts every day reduced their LDL and IDL cholesterol levels by 8%.
Those in the study ate a small handful of walnuts or 2 tablespoons of walnut butter daily.
Researchers say that healthy fats in walnuts did not cause participants to gain weight.
According to the Association, walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, the same heart healthy fats found in fish.
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