People who smoke marijuana weigh less

NEW YORK: People who smoke marijuana or cannabis weigh less as compared to adults who don’t, a new study suggests.

The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies that will ultimately lead to weight gain.

“Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said lead author Omayma Alshaarawy from the Michigan State University.

For the study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the research team looked at the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 33,000 participants, aged 18 and older, then compared the numbers.

While the actual weight difference among users and non-users was modest, around two pounds for a 5-foot-7-inch participant weighing about 200 pounds at the start of the study, the variance was prevalent among the entire sample size.

“An average two-pound difference doesn’t seem like much, but we found it in more than 30,000 people with all different kinds of behaviours and still got this result,” Alshaarawy said.

The researcher cautions that marijuana should not be considered a diet aid.

“There’s too many health concerns around cannabis that far outweigh the potential positive, yet modest, effects it has on weight gain,” Alshaarawy said.

“People shouldn’t consider it as a way to maintain or even lose weight.”-IANS

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal and a big save by David Bingham is enough for Galaxy in win over Dynamo

Goalkeeper David Bingham was the last Galaxy player off the field after the team’s last full training session this week. But he wasn’t the last player to reach the locker room. Zlatan Ibrahimovic remained behind, entertaining a gaggle of reporters.

“That is perfectly fine with me,” Bingham said. “Everyone’s talking about Zlatan and all the goals he’s scoring. He’ll keep doing that. And we’ll keep doing our thing in the back.”

That’s exactly how things worked out Friday with Ibrahimovic scoring a goal and Bingham coming up with a huge save in a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo before an announced crowd of 21,503 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The deciding score came from Diego Polenta, who leaped over former Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza to head in his first MLS goal in the 88th minute.

“It was important. Not as much for me as for the group,” Polenta, who couldn’t remember his last goal, said in Spanish. “It’s a group that’s united. It’s a good group.

It’s also a group that’s on a roll, having won five in a row, the team’s longest winning streak since 2014.

The Galaxy have also won five consecutive games at home for the first time since 2015 to improve to 6-1-0 overall, the team’s best start since 2010.

The loss was the first of the year for Houston (4-1-1), and was a measure of revenge for the Dynamo’s win in Carson last October that knocked the Galaxy out of the playoffs.

For Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, his first-half goal gave him seven on the season and 13 in his last 11 games dating to last season. He has scored in all five games he’s played in this year and in 10 of his last 11 dating to last September.

But Bingham and his defenders have also been important to the team’s early success, a marked change from last season when they allowed 64 goals. Under new coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the back line has been more disciplined and better organized while the addition of Polenta at center back has provided some bite.

Ibrahimovic got the scoring started in the 31st minute after drawing a foul from DeLaGarza. Beaten on the play, DeLaGarza wrapped both arms around Ibrahimovic and brought him to the turf to prevent him from reaching a long cross from Uriel Antuna at the far post.

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Flames left wondering where it went wrong after elimination by Avs –

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CALGARY – From best in the west to finished in five.

The Calgary Flames’ improbable, 50-win season came to a crashing end Friday at the hands of a wild-card Colorado Avalanche club that played infinitely better than the Western Conference champions.

A 5-1 loss to the Avalanche capped the Flames’ second four-game losing skid of the season to bounce them from the playoffs, leaving the club to wonder where it all went wrong.

Mike Smith was solid for the fifth-straight game, holding the fort early against a trio of Avalanche juggernauts who took over the series.

In a series marked by the absence of all the Flames’ top players, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog stole the show once again for the Avalanche. The trio accounted for three goals and seven points in an elimination game that sent a stunned C of Red gathering home shaking their heads in disbelief.

All told, Colorado’s big three had nine goals and 21 points in the series, while Calgary’s top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm had two goals and five points.

On Friday, when needed most, they had none.

Although the Flames played one of their better games in the series, the opportunistic Avs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to Landeskog and Rantanen, who spent the rest of the evening infuriating the desperate opposition.

Gaudreau’s spring of frustration hit new heights in this one as the Avalanche continued to harass Calgary’s leading scorer every time he touched the puck.

Playing his best game of the series, Gaudreau was thwarted on three first period breakaways, which included a penalty shot that saw him dangle in too tight on Philipp Grubauer before a weak shot was stopped.

He took plenty of opportunities to share his displeasure with officials, who later waved off a Flames goal by Gaudreau that was clearly preceded by incidental contact between Sam Bennett and Erik Johnson on Grubauer.

T.J. Brodie, who also played his best game of the series, scored with 5.5 seconds left in the first to give the hosts hope, only to see Colin Wilson shatter dreams of a comeback with consecutive scores.

Rantanan’s second of the game opened the third period, giving fans another 19 minutes to digest the monumental collapse of a team that swept Colorado in their three-game regular season series.

It prompted a fan to throw a jersey onto the ice in disgust.

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