Quitting cannabis could lead to better memory and cognition

first_imgThe Guardian 30 October 2018Family First Comment: “We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,”#DrugFree2025www.VoteNo.nzUS research shows four weeks’ abstinence improved memory, but not attention skills.Abstaining from cannabis for a month can boost the memory performance of regular users, according to a study of young people who used the drug at least once a week.Researchers found that four weeks without cannabis led to a “modest but reliable” improvement in users’ memory test scores, which could be sufficient to raise students’ grades at school.“We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,” said Randi Schuster at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine in Boston.The scientists recruited 88 participants aged 16 to 25, all of whom used cannabis at least once a week. Each was then randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first continued their drug use as before, while the second agreed to quit for 28 days. All gave regular urine samples to ensure they stuck to the arrangement.Over the next month, the participants took regular computer tests to assess their cognitive skills. While abstaining from cannabis had no measurable impact on attention skills, memory improved markedly, and particularly in the first week when much of the drug washed out of their system. The most notable effect was seen in a verbal memory test which recorded how well people could memorise and later recall a series of 18 words that flashed up on the computer screen.READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/30/quitting-cannabis-can-lead-better-memory-cognition-us-researchlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday:MondayTuesday•Wellington at Collegiate, basketball.Wednesday•Financial aid meeting in auditorium, 6:30 p.m.ThursdayNothing scheduled.Friday•Circle at Wellington, basketball.•Wellington wrestling at Rossville, 5 p.m.Saturday•Wellington wrestling at Rossville tournament, 9 a.m.Monday’s lunch: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread Stick, Chilled Pears, Peas and MilkTuesday lunch: Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, baby carrots, peaches.Today’s News*Attention Stu-co members:  There will be a Stu-co meeting Wednesday morning in Room 107 at 7:15.  Please bring your homecoming ideas.*Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due this Friday, January 9.*Cowley County Community College will be here to enroll students for Spring college classes on Friday, January 9th.*A financial aid representative will be at Wellington High School on January 7th at 6:30 p.m. to provide students and parents with general financial aid information.*Beginning 2nd Semester, double lunch entrees will go from $1.00 to $1.50. Some ala carte items will also increase in price. The Grab N Go has been discontinued.*ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.”*Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.*Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

NFL Draft order 2020: Updated list of picks for every team after Packers, Titans bow out

first_imgMOCK DRAFT 2020:Titans find another WR; Packers go defenseThe first 20 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, of course, were set upon the conclusion of the regular season. The Redskins earned the No. 2 overall pick behind the Bengals, who secured the top pick back in Week 16. Pick Nos. 21-24 were set upon the conclusion of the wild-card playoffs, when the Eagles, Bills, Patriots and Saints cemented their positions. Based on the results of the divisional round, the Vikings got the No. 25 pick, with the Seahawks and Ravens getting No. 27 and No. 28, respectively.Per usual, the loser of the Super Bowl will get the 31st pick in the draft, and the winner will earn No. 32.Below is the official NFL Draft order for the first 30 picks in 2020, now including the teams that lost in the conference championship round of the playoffs.NFL Draft order 2020Pick No.TeamRecord1.Cincinnati Bengals2-142.Washington Redskins3-133.Detroit Lions3-12-14.New York Giants4-125.Miami Dolphins5-116.Los Angeles Chargers5-117.Carolina Panthers5-118.Arizona Cardinals5-10-19.Jacksonville Jaguars6-1010.Cleveland Browns6-1011.New York Jets7-912.Oakland Raiders7-913.Indianapolis Colts7-914.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7-915.Denver Broncos7-916.Atlanta Falcons7-917.Dallas Cowboys8-818.Miami Dolphins(via 8-8 Steelers)19.Oakland Raiders(via 8-8 Bears)20.Jacksonville Jaguars(via 9-7 Rams)21.Philadelphia Eagles9-722.Buffalo Bills10-623.New England Patriots12-424.New Orleans Saints13-325.Minnesota Vikings10-626.Miami Dolphins(via 10-6 Texans)27.Seattle Seahawks11-528.Baltimore Ravens14-229.Tennessee Titans9-730.Green Bay Packers13-3(The teams slotted in Pick Nos. 31-32 are in the Super Bowl.)In Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft for 2020, the Bengals land LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. Welcome to the 2020 NFL Draft order, Titans and Packers. The losers of conference championship weekend in the NFL playoffs are officially in place, locked into Pick Nos. 29 and 30.Tennessee fell into the No. 29 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as soon as it lost to Kansas City on Sunday. The Titans, who finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and barely earned the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs, had the worst record among the teams still alive in the conference championship round. Green Bay clinched the No. 30 overall pick with its loss in San Francisco. “Offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor needs a franchise passer with Andy Dalton fading and Ryan Finley not showing much,” SN’s Vinnie Iyer writes. “Burrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the runaway Heisman Trophy winner and top QB prospect in this class. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery.”At No. 2 overall, the Redskins, now led by a new, defensive-minded coach in Ron Rivera, jump at the chance to land Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young.Because we have Washington sticking with Dwayne Haskins and passing on a QB, and because the other teams in front of Miami likely won’t go for a QB, either, the Dolphins at No. 5 overall should have their choice of the remaining QBs, likely Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert. We have them going with Tua, with Herbert falling to the Chargers.last_img read more

The sportsmen who went to war

first_imgMany sportsmen fought in World War IILondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Many sportsmen were forced to put their careers on hold to fight in World War II.The conflict cut short the lives of some, including England Test cricketer Hedley Verity and German Olympic long jumper “Luz” Long, but others survived to forge careers after the conflict ended in 1945.AFP Sport looks at the careers of sportsmen who made an impact in the post-war world as Europe marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.Crash survivorStan Mortensen — the only man to score a FA Cup final hat-trick and England’s first-ever goalscorer at a World Cup — became a giant of the post-war game but only after a lucky escape.Serving as a wireless operator in the Royal Air Force, he survived when his plane crashed into a forest, killing two crew members.Doctors believed Mortensen’s head injuries were too severe for his football career to continue, but he was allowed to return for the RAF team and went on to build an impressive legacy at Blackpool.His crowning achievement came in the 1953 FA Cup final, often referred to as the “Matthews Final” due to the performance of his Blackpool teammate Stanley Matthews.However, Matthews said in his autobiography that it was Mortensen who was the star of the show as he scored a hat-trick in Blackpool’s 4-3 win against Bolton in front of 100,000 people at Wembley.Mortensen was inducted into the English football hall of fame in 2003, 12 years after his death at the age of 69.Prisoner of warBert Trautmann became one of English football’s most unlikely heroes after time spent as a German prisoner of war.When the former paratrooper was released in 1948, he declined repatriation, instead combining working on a farm with playing in goal for St Helen’s Town in England’s northwest.Word of his outstanding ability quickly spread and Manchester City snapped him up in 1949 despite protests at the signing of a former German soldier for a club with a large Jewish following.He is remembered for a remarkable performance in the 1956 FA Cup final when he helped City lift the trophy after a 3-1 win against Birmingham City despite playing for the final 17 minutes with a broken neck.That same year, Trautmann became the first player who was not British or Irish to win the Football Writers’ Association player of the year.In 2004, he was honoured by Britain for his efforts to promote Anglo-German relations through football. He died in 2013 at the age of 89. All-round Australian heroGlamorous Australian all-rounder Keith Miller caught the eye when making 181 runs for Victoria on his first-class cricket debut in 1938.He was a fighter pilot who flew night missions over Nazi Germany in the war.Asked later about the pressure of playing in a Test match, Miller famously replied: “Pressure? There’s no pressure in Test cricket. Real pressure is when you are flying a Mosquito with a Messerschmitt up your arse!”A generation of cricket fans revelled in Miller’s seemingly carefree approach to the game, whether as a dynamic fast bowler or as a dashing batsman.Miller’s new-ball partnership with Ray Lindwall was a central feature of the 1948 Australian “Invincibles” who swept all before them on an Ashes tour of England.Tales of how he would turn up for a match straight from an evening out socialising became the stuff of legend, with Miller’s movie-star good looks and rumours of an affair with Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, providing copy for the gossip columnists.Miller’s statistics for Australia were impressive but his contribution to cricket cannot be measured in figures alone. He died in 2004, aged 84.‘Greatest Living Welshman’Tasker Watkins, who played for Glamorgan Wanderers, was never a famous rugby player and many newcomers to the Principality Stadium may wonder why there is an imposing statue of him outside the ground.Watkins achieved distinction in World War II when he was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour, for leading a bayonet charge against a machine-gun post, which he eventually silenced, in Normandy in 1944.The citation said his “superb leadership not only saved his men, but decisively influenced the course of the battle”.After the war, Watkins started a legal career and rose to become one of the most senior judges in England and Wales.An 11-year stint as president of the Welsh Rugby Union that started in 1993 encompassed rugby union’s transition to professionalism and the move from club to regional rugby in Wales.Shortly before his death in 2007, at the age of 88, Watkins gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph.“Leadership and patriotism are two virtues that translate wonderfully well from the rugby pitch to battle… (so) that top rugby players had an independence of thought and deed that marked them out as leaders.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more