Learn about how marijuana use is on the rise in Ontario in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is insider medicine in 60, from Washington - According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, we may soon be facing a healthcare crisis as 78 million baby boomers begin to turn 65. The report suggests that there are not currently enough geriatric specialists, existing specialists are underpaid, and there is insufficient training available to handle this influx of seniors into the healthcare system. From Toronto - While rates of smoking in Ontario have dropped, marijuana use is on the rise. Between 1996 and 2005, the smoking rate has declined from 28% to 20%, however, between 1977 and 2005, the rate of marijuana use has jumped from 8% to 14%, and the average age of those that smoke pot has increased from 26 to 31. And finally from Norway - New research has shown that those with high blood pressure have a reduced risk for migraines. In a study of over 50,000 people, the researchers found that those with higher systolic blood pressure were up to 40% less likely to have headaches. The researchers conclude that these findings may be attributed to the fact that high blood pressure results in a reduced sensitivity to pain, as nerve endings are less likely to be activated. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.