The real age of your liver, how CBD affects driving, coffee may extend your life, and more health news

How old is your liver?

No matter how old you are, your liver is always roughly less than three years old, according to a new study.

That’s because the liver is constantly renewing itself and replaces its cells equally well in young and old people, the German study explained.

The liver clears toxins from our bodies, putting it at risk of regular injury. To overcome this problem, it has a unique ability to regenerate itself after damage. But it was unclear if the liver’s capacity to renew itself diminished with age.

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How CBD may affect your driving

Though it is a cannabis component, very high doses of CBD don’t appear to affect driving, a small Australian study reports.

Researchers from the University of Sydney found that even 1,500 mg, the highest daily medicinal dose of cannabidiol (CBD) tested, did not seem to affect study participants’ thinking skills or driving when tested in a simulated driving situation.

“Though CBD is generally considered ‘non-intoxicating,’ its effects on safety-sensitive tasks are still being established,” said lead author Danielle McCartney, a research associate at the university’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics.

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That morning cup of coffee may extend your life

Folks who take their coffee with a little cream and sugar have reason to rejoice, health-wise.

A new study shows that coffee’s potential health benefits persist, even if you add a bit of sugar to your java.

People who drink any amount of unsweetened coffee are 16% to 21% less likely to die early than those who don’t imbibe, based on data drawn from more than 171,000 British participants without known heart disease or cancer.

And even folks who take their coffee with sugar saw some health benefits, researchers found.

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Suicidal ideation, attempts up in transgender, sexual-minority teens

Transgender and sexual-minority adolescents have an increased risk for suicidal ideation and attempt compared with their cisgender and heterosexual peers, according to a study published online June 6 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

Mila Kingsbury, Ph.D., from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues used data from the 2019 Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth for 6,800 adolescents aged 15 to 17 years.

The researchers report that 16.5 percent of teens indicated some degree of same-gender attraction, 4.3 percent were unsure of their attraction, and 0.6 percent reported a transgender identity.

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