ISLAMABAD – Smoking one cannabis cigarette every day for a year increases the chances of developing lung cancer by a similar amount as smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes each day for one year, says a study.

Experts are warning that the public dangerously underestimates the health risks linked to smoking cannabis, if someone smokes cannabis cigarette he/she inhales four times as much tar as from a tobacco cigarette, and five times as much carbon monoxide, reported BBC health.

The British Lung Foundation carried out a survey of 1,000 adults and found a third wrongly believed cannabis did not harm health.

And 88 per cent incorrectly thought tobacco cigarettes were more harmful than cannabis ones, when the risk of lung cancer is actually 20 times higher.

A report from the BLF says there are established scientific links between smoking cannabis and tuberculosis, acute bronchitis and lung cancer.

Part of the reason for this, say the experts, is that people smoking cannabis take deeper puffs and hold them for longer than when smoking tobacco cigarettes. Its survey found that young people are particularly unaware of the risks.

Some studies have also suggested cannabis increases the chances of developing mental health problems such as schizophrenia. Almost 40 per cent of the under-35s surveyed, the age group most likely to have smoked it, thought cannabis was not harmful.

Divorce affects kids’ academic, social skills: Study

Children of divorced parents tend to fall behind in their math and social skills, and may not catch up with their peers, a study shows.

Researchers say these difficulties along with feelings of anxiety, sadness, and low self-esteem become evident once the divorce proceedings officially begin, not before, Khaleej Times Reported.

There may be intense marital conflict between divorcing parents and debates about child custody and children of divorce have to move schools, and may fall behind in math and making friends and not catch up,” says study researcher Hyun Sik Kim, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Of about 3,500 elementary school kids who were followed from kindergarten through fifth grade, children of divorce experienced setbacks in math and social skills and were more prone to feeling anxious, lonely, sad, or tended to have low self-esteem, compared with their peers whose parents remained married.

These problems first surfaced when the divorce proceedings began and did not get better or worse after it was finalised, the study shows.

Divorce did not seem to affect the children’s reading scores or “externalising” behaviours, including how often they argue, fight, or become angry.

Kim says he was surprised that these setbacks were not seen during the initial pre-divorce stage, which is often filled with strife.

But, “not all divorces have marital conflict in the pre-divorce stages and perhaps a couple that is likely to divorce may decide not to divorce because they see their children suffering already and think it would make it worse,” he says.

The new study looked only at elementary school-aged kids and can’t be extrapolated to older or younger children. “Research on divorce suggests that the younger the child is when their parents’ divorce, the greater the impact of the divorce,” Kim says.

That said, children might be affected differently based on their age at the time of their parents’ divorce.

“The most import thing is to have a long conversation with children and closely look at their development,” he says.

The conversation should begin by making sure the children understand that the divorce is not their fault. Coping With Divorce

Robin Friedman, a social worker in Westchester, NY, who specialises in family issues, says that the new finding makes intuitive sense.

“Up until the age of 8, kids can’t really conceptualise things,” she says. “Their parents might not be getting along and they are exposed to fighting and arguing, but that is their norm. It may not be the best norm, but it is what they know.”

A separation may be in the best interest for the child in the long run, but tangible change is difficult for them to process.

Serotonin essential to lead healthy, active life: Research 

The latest research has revealed that Serotonin is an essential item for the body to remain healthy because it regulate daily appetite and control the body temperature According to BBC.      

It also controls the health of mucus membrane found in stomach or intestines and it helps in toning up the blood vessels it controls the perception of pain it deals with depression.

Try taking foods, which helps in increasing serotonin. There are plenty of fruits that boost the nutrient and also help in enhancing the mood chemicals found in the brain.

Such nutrient boosting food includes pineapples, plums, bananas and sour cherries.

Sour cherries help in improving the sleep of an individual hence boosts the chemical level.

Protein rich food that are also serotonin boosting food include the beef, wild fish, eggs and all other animal foods that help in promoting the growth hormones in the body.

Carbohydrates rich food also boosts the nutrient. There are dairy products such as milk, cheese and cheddar cheese. These chemicals improve the mood and have the same effect as of boosting serotonin.

Dark chocolate is the best source of the nutrient in the case of sweet foods as many people like it too. It helps in increasing the level of serotonin in the brain and improves an individual’s mood as well. High levels of sugar in a human’s body will not respond in an energetic way. Instead it will make a person feel sleepy.