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Preventing reefer madness

Marijuana may now be legal in Colorado, said Jordan Weissmann, but do purchasers really know what they’re buying? New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd highlighted that problem last week by describing what happened when she went to Denver to sample ...
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Death from overwork

Death from overwork – Can it be prevented?

The Japanese are working themselves to death. Labor activists have been trying to draw attention to the problem of karoshi, or death from overwork, for decades. Reliable statistics can’t be found, because it’s hard to prove causation in the case ...
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Depression Speeds Aging

Depression Speeds Aging In The Elderly

Major depression is not only psychologically crippling but can also age a person’s body on a cellular level. That’s the conclusion of a new study that examined blood samples from more than 2,400 people with and without depression. Researchers at ...
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The World’s Richest Individuals

The World’s Richest Individuals

According to a report from Oxfam the world’s eight richest people are worth as much as the 3.6 poorest people in the world.  The total of their worth is $426 billion compared to 50% of the world’s poorest at $409 ...
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New Planet Lurking Beyond Pluto

New Planet Lurking Beyond Pluto

Pluto may have company out there in the Kuiper Belt according to astronomers.  They found that a small icy world called Sedna is out there past the planet of Neptune and may have company.  This possible small planet known as ...
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The toll of loneliness on your health

Loneliness and it’s toll on your health

Too much alone time can kill you. A study conducted by Brigham Young University found that isolation and loneliness are as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic. Researchers examined data from ...
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Massacres, guns, and white men

Why are most mass shootings perpetrated by white males? asked Charlotte Childress and Harriet Childress. In the debate over why America suffers so many killing sprees, race and gender are “the elephant in the room.” At Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Columbine— ...
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Too Many Pain Pills

Over the past decade, more Americans died from overdoses of prescription painkillers than from heroin and cocaine use combined, according to government health officials. Most of the deaths were due to misuse of the medications— not to treat pain but ...
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The Greatest Era In Human History

The Greatest Era In Human History

Recent polls show that the public has fallen into a mood of pessimism and fatalism. While Washington is halted in a gridlock creating a worrisome "leadership crisis", many Americans fear that the country is unraveling. Little do they realize, The ...
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Will You Get Sick If You go to the Beach?

Will You Get Sick If You go to the Beach?

If you go to the beach this summer you may come home with some bacteria from the water.  Studies show that the water may be contaminated with all sorts of unsafe bacteria. Before rainwater can be absorbed by the ground ...
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