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Binge Drinking Among Women Is Skyrocketing

Sadly, in a little over a decade, binge drinking among childless American women has doubled — suggesting that the ‘wine aunt’ pop culture figure is actually a real thing.     The study comes out of Columbia University and revealed that “More than four in ten (42 percent) of childless 30 to 44-year-olds were having five or more drinks on any ...

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Dangerous Trend? Wedding Bud Bars

Weddings are a time of great joy and celebration, laughter and tears, music and dancing, champaign and – cannabis? With so many states relaxing their laws on marijuana use, couples are including bud bars supervised by skilled budtenders on their special day. Newlyweds who shun alcohol are turning to smoky tokes instead of traditional beverage toasts. Mike Whittaker and Jordan ...

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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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How to Get an Exemption From State Vaccine Requirements

If you are among the many parents nationwide who object to being forced by the government to vaccinate your kids and are finding it more and more difficult to get an “exemption,” here is a way that may help you to more easily get around the mandate. All 50 states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students. Although exemptions vary from state ...

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High Healthcare Costs Mean Hard Choices For Families

America’s healthcare system has always operated on a fee-for-service basis. In an ideal marketplace, fees for medical services would be reasonable enough that patients could afford to pay for a broken leg, strep throat, childbirth, and other fairly routine procedures. Paying for our own services seems like an independent, American thing to do. But, healthcare costs are so high that ...

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Consumers Will Pay For Misguided Berkeley Gas Ban

The new year is quickly approaching, and it is bringing a slew of new laws with it. Starting January 1, Berkeley, California will be the first US city to ban the installation of natural gas hook-ups for stoves and heating systems in new builds. The law applies mostly to multi-family dwellings; exceptions are made for first-floor retail buildings and certain ...

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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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Nevada Banned Pre-Employment Drug Tests

Nevada, home to fast money and loose women, made U.S. history earlier this year by becoming the first state in the Union to prohibit employers from turning down job applicants because of a failed pre-employment drug test for marijuana. The western state is best known for its lavish casinos and legal houses of prostitution is breaking new ground for American ...

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Second Of Three Polio Strains Eradicated

On October 24, 2019, World Polio Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a “historic step” in conquering the childhood crippler polio. A panel of experts certified that the second of three types of virulent disease had been wiped off the face of the earth. The last reported case of type 3 polio occurred in 2012 in Nigeria. A poliovirus ...

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