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To help you stay connected to the latest research findings and breakthroughs in the field of health, the health promotion specialists at Alice! will be posting relevant and timely news stories to this section.  Browse the page to stay current on health developments or click the links to find out more.  Alice! will be sure to keep you posted! Please come back often.

Date: April 21, 2014 Casual marijuana use can harm your brain

It is a common perception that smoking marijuana once in a while does not harm your health. However, a new study has shown that casual marijuana use results in abnormal brain changes. The study compared smokers and non-smokers aged 18-25 from Boston-area colleges and were followed for 90 days and tested using MRIs. The study also showed that the more joints smoked in a week the more abnormalities. These brain changes are particularly concerning in adolescents and young adults under the age of 25 whose brains are still developing. Other studies have shown that young smokers have slower reaction times, lower IQs and higher risk of stroke in later life.