Smoking marijuana could make the lungs more susceptible to COVID-19, experts say as cannabis sales spike

first_imgInsider 8 April 2020Family First Comment: Yet another health hazard of smoking dope“Lung health experts warn that smoking marijuana regularly could increase a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also having more severe symptoms and complications from the disease, given evidence on tobacco and COVID-19, and what we already know about how heavy marijuana-smoking can impact the lungs.”#saynopetodopeIn the days and weeks leading up to stay-in-place orders and lockdowns, legal cannabis sales spiked.Some studies and anecdotal reports suggest marijuana can help people cope with anxiety, which is being felt deeply across the world as the coronavirus pandemic continues.But lung health experts warn that smoking marijuana regularly could increase a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, and also having more severe symptoms and complications from the disease, given evidence on tobacco and COVID-19, and what we already know about how heavy marijuana-smoking can impact the lungs.Most hospitalized coronavirus patients have underlying lung diseaseAlthough there’s no data on marijuana use and COVID-19 patients, marijuana smokers — particularly ones who combine cannabis with tobacco — should be wary of their habits because of existing data on coronavirus patients in Italy and China, according to Dr. Barry J. Make, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health.“From China and Italy, we see people who developed COVID-19 and had underlying lung disease, [they] have more complications and die more often,” Make said. “So this is the perfect time to stop smoking.”Preliminary CDC data found that chronic lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, and emphysema, were common underlying conditions in hospitalized patients in the US.The CDC was able to analyze 7,162 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and found that 656 of them, or 9.2%, reported having a chronic lung condition.READ MORE: read more

Guyana Jaguars midfielder Marsh-Brown quits UK club

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Midfielder Keanu Marsh-Brown, who represented Guyana in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, has had his contract with Welsh club Newport County terminated by mutual consent.London-born Marsh-Brown, who has not been in manager Michael Flynn’s good books for some time, said he needed a “new adventure”.A statement from the club, who play in England’s League Two, having narrowly missed out on promotion last season, said: “On behalf of everyone connected with the club, we would like to wish Keanu all the best in the future and thank him for his efforts whilst at Rodney Parade.”Marsh-Brown joined Newport on a two-year deal after leaving Forest Green Rovers, another League Two side, in the summer of 2018.He scored one goal in 24 appearances for Newport in an injury-plagued first season at the club, netting in a victory at Yeovil Town in March.But, after representing Golden Jaguars in their historic appearance at this summer’s Gold Cup, the 27-year-old has not featured in manager Flynn’s plans at all during this campaign.Marsh-Brown said: “The time has come for me to depart from Newport County.“It was a tough decision but I feel it was the right time for a change.“Thank you to all the boys at the club who made my time there special!“Now it’s time to kick on for my new chapter in football. Nice break for Christmas with the family then back to it. New adventure, new home!”Newport are currently 13th in the table.last_img read more

Could Bam Adebayo be the Heat’s answer to stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo in the playoffs?

first_imgIf Adebayo’s performance against Antetokounmpo is any indicator, he could be Miami’s go-to defensive stopper come playoff time, tasked with stopping skilled bigs and athletic wings like Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Jayson Tatum. Miami also has Derrick Jones Jr. and Andre Iguodala to apply defensive pressure on wings.The Heat have the 3 to go along with the D. They are second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2 percent) and seventh in 3-pointers made (13.4 per game). Eight different players combined to make 18 of 37 triples (48.6 percent) in Monday’s win over the Bucks.If they can get guys like Duncan Robinson (43.8 percent), Jae Crowder (43.5 percent) and Kelly Olynyk (42.0 percent) to continue their hot shooting, and they can get solid contributions from Iguodala, they could potentially make a run to the Eastern Conference Finals — or further. The Heat shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Monday’s 105-89 win over the Bucks, holding the MVP favorite to a season-low 13 points on 6 of 18 shooting from the field just one night after he scored 41 points against the Hornets.How did Miami manage to stop the seemingly most unstoppable team and most unstoppable player in the NBA? Look no further than third-year center Bam Adebayo, who is quickly emerging as one of the league’s best defenders. Time and time again, Adebayo showed the ability to put the clamps on “The Greek Freak” by using his rare combination of size, strength and lateral quickness.Bam Adebayo locking up Giannis 🔒— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 3, 2020What may be most impressive about Adebayo is his motor, as he seems to never give his opponent a moment to rest. With the game easily won, he still went all out to block this layup at the end of the game.Bam Adebayo with the exclamation point on the win vs Bucks#heattwitter— NBA Hustle (@Hustle_NBA) March 3, 2020Pat Riley had high praise for Adebayo in an interview with ESPN’S Zach Lowe last month.”He’s the Zo [Mourning]. He’s the UD [Udonis Haslem]. He’s the Dwyane [Wade],” Riley told Lowe. “They were standard-bearers. Bam is that person. He is the real deal.”MORE: NBA teams feeling the most pressureFans have started to take notice of Adebayo, who’s making a strong case to make the NBA All-Defensive Team this year.*insert Tony Allen meme*Bam Adebayo tonight:4 blocks12 rebounds14 points5 assistsHeld Giannis to 6-18 shooting (33.3%)🔥🔥🔥— ً (@ZoneDefenses) March 3, 2020Adebayo has become more than just a defensive stopper, though. His offensive production has jumped to 16.2 points per game (up from 8.9 points last season) on 57.2 percent shooting. It may not be superstar level scoring yet, but the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge winner is an important — maybe the most important — cog in the machine for a Miami team that could be a giant slayer come playoff time.The Heat currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, well ahead of where many projected them ahead of the season. More impressively, they’ve got winning records against the Bucks (2-0), Raptors (2-0), 76ers (3-1) and Pacers (2-0). And both of their losses to the Celtics came on the second night of a back-to-back (the first was played without coach Erik Spoelstra).last_img read more

The Warm Up with the Two Mikes – Sunday, June 5

first_imgThe Two Mikes took over from Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning to tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img

Donations in excess of 1m for GOCMV tower

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) is set to announce the first round of donations aimed at funding the construction of the community’s new cultural centre. As Neos Kosmos understands the total amount of the donations will exceed $1 million. The official announcement took place during a special event at Philhellene Restaurant organised by the GOCMV. “As we know, the cultural centre project is a significant undertaking for the Greek Community. Critical to its success is support from members of the Community”, President of the GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos. “On Monday night, we will announce financial support from key benefactors, which will ensure the project is financially viable. This monetary support is vital not only from a budgetary perspective, but has importance symbolically about the unity demonstrated by Greek Australians on projects of this kind” he added. As Papastergiadis has said in the past the construction of the GOCMV towerwhich will house the new Cultural Centre- will start in 2012 and is estimated to cost around $12 million The GOCMV has already secured the amount of $2 million from the State Government of Victoria.last_img read more