Pot use can affect?remembering words

The longer you smoke pot and the earlier you start smoking it, the more likely you are to have problems recalling words in middle age.

But past exposure to marijuana doesn’t appear to affect other mental skills, such as processing speed and executive function.

So says a recent large study that tracked marijuana use in more than 3,000 people over 25 years.

“Cumulative lifetime exposure to marijuana remained significantly associated with worse verbal memory,” researchers wrote in the online medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study comes at a time when more states are legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Though researchers did not examine the impact of smoking pot on overall memory, they did look at the effect on verbal memory. Notably, they found that when asked to memorize a list of 15 words, half of the people who smoked pot recreationally over time could recall about one word less than nonsmokers.

— Allie Shah

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Hints from Heloise:

Sock with rubber?on it has good grip

Debbie L. in Washington Court House, Ohio, writes: Do you need a good gripper in the kitchen for opening those difficult lids? I use a sock with rubber patches on the sole (like the freebies you get at the hospital). I just slip my hand into the sock and twist. I also find them handy to use with my cookie presses, especially when my hands get greasy from the dough.

— King Features

Study: Female eBay?sellers make less

Women make 20 percent less than men on average when selling the exact same new product on eBay, according to a new study.

For example, a seller listed as JohnSmith might get $300 for selling a brand new iPhone 6, and JaneSmith would get just $240, even if the two listings were identical in every other way.

The study, published in the journal Science Advances, is based on an analysis of more than 1 million eBay transactions conducted from 2009 to 2012. The data found that for every 100 bids a man might receive on an item, a woman received 89 bids on the exact same item.

The authors also discovered that there was less of a price discrepancy based on gender when women and men were selling used items compared with new items.

EBay doesn’t advertise a seller’s gender, but the authors say buyers can often figure it out by looking at the seller’s user name and the other products he or she is selling.

— Deborah Netburn

Los Angeles Times