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Comment: Re:Call CDC (Score 1) 248

So what your saying is that Canada doing this is somehow the fault of the USA?

[Y]our country, and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world. -- Stephen Harper

Yes.
Our conservatives just aren't smart enough to come up with these schemes on their own. They emulate even the failed policies, without every questioning why.

Comment: Re:Netbeans (Score 1) 140

by Curtman (#46530167) Attached to: Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?
They are both Java IDEs. Android Studio is IntelliJ, not specific to Android any more than the Android plugin is for Eclipse. I don't think the author was saying Eclipse sucks, just that this new product is very good for Android development. I tried it this past weekend, and it was a pleasure to use.

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Comment: Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (Score 4, Insightful) 382

by Curtman (#45928807) Attached to: Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

You do not understand what the person you replied to is saying.

I do. I'm only suggesting that if marijuana use increases 1000% and there is no epidemic of schizophrenia afterward, there doesn't seem to be any reason to assume a causal link, or to fear one..

There may be underlying factors influencing the decrease in schizophrenia, but there is absolutely no evidence that using cannabis will increase your likelihood of being diagnosed with it.

Comment: Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (Score 3, Interesting) 382

by Curtman (#45928343) Attached to: Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

Is schizophrenia on the decline in Canada?
The preliminary comparison showed a 42% decrease in the number of first-admission schizophrenia cases over 20 years. In the main study, the annual inpatient prevalence rates decreased significantly (52%) from 1986 to 1996 with no corresponding change in outpatient rates, regardless of sex. Although total major affective disorders increased, this was due to an increase in major depression, not bipolar disorder.
This is the first Canadian case-register study to support the widely reported falling rates of schizophrenia in other parts of the world over the last 40 years. Since this is a geographically limited prevalence study based on only 10 years of data, further research over longer periods of time in other regions of the country is required to support or refute these findings.

Canadian teens lead developed world in cannabis use: Unicef report
This is the second time in a row that the WHO study has ranked Canadian teenagers as the highest cannabis users, though the percentage of teens itself has dropped. In 2002, the same survey showed that 37.5 per cent of 15-year-olds in Canada had used cannabis in the past year.

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Comment: Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (Score 3, Interesting) 382

by Curtman (#45928103) Attached to: Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode
If the incidence of schizophrenia decreases during the same period as marijuana usage increases, it becomes very difficult to show a causal link. That's the situation this discussion leads to. Incidence of schizophrenia should follow the increase in marijuana use when plotted against time, it doesnt. It's inverse.

Comment: Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (Score 5, Interesting) 382

by Curtman (#45927831) Attached to: Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode
It's been documented in may places.

Decline in the Incidence of Schizophrenia in Finnish Cohorts Born From 1954 to 1965

If there was a causal link between marijuana use and schizophrenia for example, there would be an increase that could be shown in historical data. The evidence instead suggests that maybe some people have been successful at self-medicating.

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