Medical News Today 9 August 2017Family First Comment: So much for it being a “harmless substance that just makes you feel good and doesn’t harm anyone….”www.saynopetodope.nzPeople who use marijuana may be three times more likely to die from high blood pressure than non-users of the drug, a new study finds.The researchers say that their findings indicate that marijuana use is a greater risk factor for poor cardiovascular health than cigarette smoking.Lead study author Barbara A. Yankey, of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and her team recently reported their results in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.High blood pressure, or hypertension, arises when the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls becomes too high.Around 75 million people in the United States – or 32 percent of the U.S. population – have high blood pressure.High blood pressure can increase the likelihood of stroke and heart disease, and in 2014, the condition was the main or contributing factor in more than 410,000 deaths in the U.S.Cigarette smoking is a well-established risk factor for high blood pressure and poor cardiovascular health, but according to the new study from Yankey and team, marijuana use may be even more harmful.Death from hypertension increased threefoldThe researchers came to their findings by analyzing the data of 1,213 adults aged 20 and older, all of whom had participated in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.As part of the survey, subjects were asked whether they had ever used marijuana, and if so, the age at which they first used the drug. Information on cigarette use was also collected.In order to calculate the duration of marijuana use among participants, the researchers subtracted the age at first marijuana use from subjects’ current age.Using 2011 data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the researchers assessed whether or not marijuana use might influence the risk of death from hypertension, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease.READ MORE: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318854.php
The Los Angeles Kings had a special guest in the broadcast booth when the team hosted the San Jose Sharks.Will Ferrell stopped by ready to perform in his “Anchorman” character, Ron Burgundy. The character stepped out of his local San Diego beat to deliver hilarious commentary alongside Fox Sports broadcasters Alex Faust and Jim Fox during the second period of the game. NHL announces 2019 Global Series schedule “Take, that San Jose!” Burgundy said on the broadcast, per NBC Sports. “Zero Stanley Cups! Zero Stanley Cups for the San Jose Sharks. They wouldn’t even know what the Stanley Cup looked like if it fell on their head.””Take that San Jose! Zero Stanley cups!”#SJSvsLAK #SJSharks #GoKingsGo #LAKings pic.twitter.com/i9NozsbfTn— Eric (@Kingsgifs) March 22, 2019When Faust and Fox joked that Burgundy’s insults toward the Sharks hurt the Kings’ performance, he said: “I don’t believe in superstition. … I don’t believe in that, even though I have worn the same underwear, the same lucky underwear for every broadcast I’ve done.”The Kings ended up defeating the Sharks, 4-2. Related News Burgundy called for the Kings to take a shot, even when they didn’t have the puck. He explained that the game was paused a few times because feral cats ran onto the ice. He even kissed a huge burrito while the kiss cam was watching. And what would Burgundy say if someone makes a goal? “He scores. Put that baby to bed without a diaper.”The sights, sounds and all the glory that is Ron Burgundy.What a night to be in the @LAKings booth. 😂 pic.twitter.com/XMgznFrqTd— NHL (@NHL) March 22, 2019One of the most memorable highlights came when Burgundy tested his hockey knowledge by talking about the Sharks’ lack of Stanley Cups when Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick denied Sharks forward Lukas Radil with a big save.