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Registration opened for event to raise money for area cancer patients

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

What began in 2003 with just a dozen riders is now an annual event that has seen hundreds of cyclists and now runners and walkers raise funds to support programs benefiting Miami Valley cancer patients.

Registration is now open for the Clemens Cancer Challenge, a bike ride and a 5k run/walk benefit for cancer patients at Miami Valley Hospital.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the memory of those who have fought and continue the fight against cancer, which included Nancy and Richard Clemens, whom the Challenge is named after. 

The event is set to kick off at the Comprehensive Cancer center at Miami Valley Hospital South located at the intersection of Wilmington Pike and Cyclo Road on June 10.

Check-in's for the event will begin at 7 a.m. with the bike ride portion getting underway at 8 a.m. and the 5krun/walk at 8:15 a.m. 

Cyclists will be able to choose from different ride distances ranging from 10- to 62-mile routes. Officials are recommending that only experienced long-duration riders attempt the 30-plus mile routes. 

The registration fee for the cycling is $35 prior to the event and $40 on the day of the ride. For the 5K, preregistration is $20 and $25 the day of. 

All participants in both events will receive free refreshments, lunch and a t-shirt. If you would like to sign up or learn more about either event visit

Study says more pregnant women are smoking marijuana for morning sickness

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

Five Fast Facts: Marijuana

A new study published Tuesday in the weekly Journal of the American Medical Association says that more pregnant women are using marijuana.

The study, which looked at pregnant females in California from 2009 to 2016, found that trends in marijuana use among them increased overall in that time period. KABC reported that the study suggested some women use the drug to alleviate morning sickness and anxiety.

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“Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy, and its use is increasing,” the study said. “From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among U.S. adult pregnant women increased from 2.4 percent to 3.9 percent. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6 percent of U.S. pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.” Data from nearly 280,000 women was used in the study. 

One study from JAMA says pregnant females in California are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The publication said, however, that the data are limited and come from self-reported surveys and “likely underestimate use due to social desirability bias and underreporting.”

The data come from toxicology reports and a combination of self-reports in which pregnant females say they have used marijuana and positive toxicology reports.

The legalization of marijuana may have contributed to the increase in use found by the study, KABC reported.

Despite the trends found in the report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against using marijuana when pregnant, planing to become pregnant and breastfeeding, as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can negatively affect a baby’s development.