Tomorrow’s Health: Artificial light, white coat hypertension & medical marijuana

Tomorrow's Health for June 11, 2019

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - New research finds a connection between exposure to artificial light at night with increased risk of weight gain in women.

Federal researchers say sleeping with a light or a television on is associated with gaining about 11 pounds compared to sleeping with no artificial light.

White coat hypertension

A new study from Penn Medicine finds people who don't get treatment for their so-called "white coat hypertension" are twice as likely to die from heart disease than people with normal blood pressure.

"White coat hypertension" is a condition in which a patient's blood pressure readings are higher at the doctor's office compared to other settings.

The higher readings used to be attributed to patient anxiety.

Medical marijuana & opioid deaths

Medical marijuana does not reduce opioid deaths, according to a new Stanford study.

The findings contradict research from 2014 that found lower rates of fatal overdoses in states that had legalized pot for medical purposes.

Stanford researchers revisited the issue after many more states had legalized marijuana and found no connection.

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