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The Loh Down on Science is the fun way to get your daily dose of science in less than two minutes. The program explains the world of science with a dash of humor. Hosted by writer/performer and Caltech alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, it's a program for those who love science as well as for those who avoid it!
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Marijuana plant; Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Loh Down On ScienceHey, mothers to be—No more THC!This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying:Turn on, tune in, and leave the pot out.Marijuana has been legalized in 25 states in the U.S., for medical or recreational use. Of those who smoke marijuana, 6 percent are pregnant women. Researchers from the Robinson Research Institute wondered: Does marijuana use cause pregnancy complications?To find out, they obtained data from the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (or SCOPE) study. Its mission? To understand pregnancy complications. Women reported marijuana usage and cigarette smoking before and during pregnancy.Results? Women who used marijuana through 20 weeks’ gestation showed a 5-fold increase in preterm births. This association was independent of cigarette smoking status. The odds for preterm birth were double for marijuana users compared to smokers and non-smokers. The researchers were not able to identify if quitting before 20 weeks resulted in a normal birth. These results suggest that smoking marijuana during pregnancy may result in complications.So ... Bun in the oven? Don’t get baked, moms! Till they're 30. I didn't say that. This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.