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‘The Pill’ May be Killing Women’s Sex Drives

There’s a reason so many libido-challenged Americans are turning to Viagra these days. It’s because so many of the other drugs they’re taking are killing their sex drive. The latest evidence?  The “pill,” the oral contraceptive so many women take to keep from getting pregnant. A just-released study has found that women on the pill suffer a decrease in the ...

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Teen Obesity and Brain Damage

Obese teenagers can’t seem to stop eating, even when they’ve had their fill.  For years, researchers assumed that the problem was largely psychological:  Overeating youth had developed an irrational compulsion as a result of stuffing painful emotions. Recommended treatments have included cognitive therapy, increased exercise and changes in unhealthy dietary habits. But new research points to another possible obesity cause:  ...

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Five of the Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

Xmas is right around the corner!  And what better way to get into the spirit of the yuletide season than to watch a classic Xmas movie.  But which one? There are so many good ones to choose from. And with all that gift shopping, cooking, tree trimming and endless sports-watching, there’s so little time to enjoy all but a few. ...

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Yoga Takes On Fat Shaming – Sort Of

Is it okay to be fat? Americans have disturbingly schizophrenic views on the issue of body weight. In today’s politically correct culture, it’s considered deeply offensive to stigmatize people because of how they “look”, especially based on their weight alone. But tens of millions of women are so obsessed with weight loss that they’ll spend a third or more of ...

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More Americans Getting “Hooked” on Sports Betting

What do Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. all have in common?  They’re sports super-stars, of course. But they’re also something else:  Hard-core gambling addicts. Which means they’ve also lost a ton of money– much of it betting on sporting events. Mayweather, Jr. regularly gambles as much as $400,000 on college football games.  He reportedly once ...

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Kansas City Votes to Remove Martin Luther King, Jr’s Name from a Historic Street

A year ago, African-American civil rights activists in Kansas City, Missouri convinced the city council to rename a major city artery in honor of slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. Many city residents, Black and White, cheered. But under pressure from critics, who say the city council forced the name change through without proper consultation, the city’s been ...

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The Tug of War over Yoga in the Public Schools

Should yoga be taught to children in public schools at tax-payer’s expense?  The issue seems to be dividing Moms across America Some see yoga as a healthy alternative to traditional PE classes.  They feel the practice helps create a sense of calm that helps their naturally excitable kids stay focused on learning. And in many cases those Moms are yoga-philes, ...

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3-D Mammograms Get A Thumbs Up From The Experts

The incidence of breast cancer among women in the United States has declined sharply over the past three decades.  Undoubtedly increased awareness of the pervasiveness of the disease and of the need for early detection has led to dramatic improvements in screening through mammograms. But those screenings are far from fool-proof.  Using two-dimensional imaging techniques, some women’s breast cancer might ...

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Researchers Call for New Focus on Obesity in Young Adults

Obesity is widely recognized as an epidemic in America.  But it’s also thought of as a disease that mainly afflicts people in their middle age. And most obesity intervention resources are still targeted at children, neglecting younger adults. In truth, rates of obesity among men and women in their 20s and 30s are double those for young children (34% to ...

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Does Life Begin At Conception? What Biologists Have To Say

When does life really begin? Supporters and opponents of abortion rights have been debating this question for decades. Now, some 6,000 biologists appear to have provided a stark answer:  Conception. The author of the new study, Steve Jacobs, a newly-minted Ph.D. at the University of Chicago’s School of Comparative Human Development, has begun promoting the idea that the weight of ...

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