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4 Your Health: Keeping illness out of the locker room; cancer patients find relief with marijuana

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Tucson- Some advice to help organized sports teams defeat a tough opponent, sickness in the locker room.

According to the American Academy Of Pediatrics, ten to 15 percent of college athletes, who sit out of a game, have some sort of infection that spreads easily, like MRSA, ringworm, measles, and the herpes virus. That's why doctors discourage athletes from sharing water bottles, towels, mouth guards and other personal items.

Experts involved in the study said coaches and trainers should also develop a plan for sanitizing weights, mats and locker rooms.

Marijuana and cancer relief
 
Many cancer patients, living in states with legalized marijuana, use the drug to treat physical and psychological symptoms of the disease.

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Washington State, surveyed more than 900 cancer patients. Two-thirds said they had used marijuana in the past and about a quarter had smoked pot in the last year.

Most users said marijuana helped reduce pain, nausea, stress and depression.

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