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Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents Featured Health 

Rich teens, drug abuse and the importance of involved parents

United States (JR) – Teenagers in wealthy American suburbs seem to have it all: a nice home, great opportunities. More often than other adolescents, they also seem to have a taste for drugs and alcohol. Researchers have documented higher levels of drug abuse and binge drinking in white, wealthy suburbs than in other communities. A 2017 survey of over 13,000 American high school students found that attendance at a school with high median family income was associated with more students engaging in this type of risky behavior. “These results highlight the central role of schools and peers in driving social norms and expectations affecting mental and behavioral Read More

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Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote Health 

Texas Senate approves anti-abortion bill in overnight vote

Texas (TexasTribune) – The Senate has approved a measure that prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. The Texas Senate gaveled in around 10 a.m. Tuesday, but it wasn’t until past midnight that lawmakers turned their attention to Senate Bill 4, an anti-abortion measure that was initially approved over objections from Democrats. Passed in a 21-10 vote, the measure prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates. (Update, July 26: The bill received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday evening and now heads to the House.) “Should Read More

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You’re Not Helping Featured Health 

You’re Not Helping

United States (GREED) – It is another morning I must awaken to. I am fatigued, and a year’s worth of sleep would not help. In a few hours, I will suffer headaches, among other disturbing symptoms. Yet, many people claim my daily battles are fake or made up. Mainstream and alternative media has painted mental illness in a disturbing light. The Citizens Commission for Human Rights argue that mental illness is merely a scheme for profit because it isn’t caused by bacteria. According to their website, certain psychiatrists claim that biochemical imbalances do not exist. Psychology Today states mental health diagnoses Read More

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Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again Health 

Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again

World (Sputnik) – Birth is often described as a miracle. However, “superfetation” – an already pregnant mother becoming pregnant again – genuinely stretches the bounds of possibility. The phenomenon is so rare, only 10 cases have ever been documented worldwide. In technical terms, superfetation is the fertilization of an ovum and subsequent development of another embryo, when one fetus is already present in a uterus, the result of fertilization of ova during different menstrual cycles. Usually when someone’s pregnant, ovaries stop releasing eggs into the uterus after hormonal releases signal the body to prepare for growing a baby. However, in superfetation, the body releases another egg at this point. The first fertilized Read More

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Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person” Featured Health 

Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person”

United Kingdom (Mosaic) – After giving birth, Catherine Carver became convinced that her baby had been swapped and that social workers were plotting to kill her. She recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis, and how she found healing in unexpected ways. I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try to tell it. Let’s begin with a memory that is on solid ground: I can pin my finger firmly on the moment I began to wonder if Read More

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WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD. Health 

WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD.

World (Ensia) – Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications. From the muddy bottoms of deep ocean trenches to Komodo dragon blood, scientists have scoured Earth’s remote corners in search of molecules that could yield the world’s next antibiotic. They hope to discover powerful new medicines against which bacteria have not yet evolved defenses. It’s a high-stakes pursuit. Disease-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics more quickly than we’re discovering new ones. That’s a big problem for humans. Infections that throughout the 20th Read More

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The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle Health Human Rights 

The Highs and Lows of One Hectic Day in Northern Ireland’s Abortion Struggle

Ireland (Conversation) – The deal struck by the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Theresa May’s Conservative minority government in London has led to unprecedented interest in the politics of Northern Ireland. This interest intensified on June 29, when several key developments in the debate around access to abortion occurred at once. Northern Ireland has one of the most restrictive and punitive abortion laws in the world. Abortion is prohibited unless pregnancy poses a threat to the woman’s life or a serious permanent or long-term threat to her physical or mental health. Breach of this criminal prohibition could result Read More

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Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function Food Health 

Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function

Italy (Sputnik) – Go on, treat yourself. A recent Italian study has found that eating chocolate not only helps improves memory and cognitive function in the short term – it can even help prevent cognitive decline as we age. The study, published in May in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, focused on cocoa flavanols, the chemical compounds in cocoa beans, and their effect on brain function, both right after ingesting the flavanols and as a result of regular consumption. Researchers Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L’Aquila reviewed the available literature on a variety of studies and found that eating cocoa — which is, of course, the foundation of chocolate — boosts memory performance, Read More

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Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity Featured Health 

Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity

World (Sputnik) – New research from scientists at Coventry and Oxford Universities indicates that people over 50 can boost their brain activity, particularly visual memory and verbal fluency, by having sex regularly. Key processes that help neurological function are activated at the point of orgasm, according to scientists at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, as the brain floods with nutrients, oxygen and blood. Along with mood-enhancing properties, there’s evidence that people who don’t maintain active sex lives live shorter lives than those who do, with cardiovascular advantages for women who have sex regularly and decreased chances of prostate cancer for men. A 10-year study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that sexually active Read More

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Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory Featured Health Politics 

Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory

World (FEE) – Last Thursday, a new bill was introduced that would effectively end the federal prohibition on medical cannabis. While I was certainly happy to see this bipartisan effort created, I was also reminded of how frustrating it is that such a bill needs to be introduced in the first place. Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? It’s absurd, and it’s a direct violation of personal sovereignty. But that doesn’t seem to Read More

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