Health Highlights: Sept. 7, 2021

Here are some of HealthDay’s top stories for Tuesday, Sept. 7:

New COVID-19 cases rose 300% over this past Labor Day weekend compared to last year. With millions of Americans traveling, mingling — often unvaccinated and mask-free — cases of infection with the new coronavirus spiked over the past long weekend. Hospitals are overcrowded in many states where vaccination rates are low. Read more

Recent pot use tied to a doubling in odds for heart attack in youth. New research shows that 18- to 44-year-olds who used marijuana over the past month were twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with non-users, whether they smoked, vaped or ate their weed. Read more

Vaping may raise risk for clotting, narrowed arteries. In a small new study involving 22 healthy young men and women, puffing on an e-cigarette led to an immediate rise in the risk for blood clots, as well as a significant narrowing of the body’s small arteries. Nicotine is thought to be the culprit. Read more