Health

Normalizing marijuana: Public attitudes are changing

By Tere Siqueira Attitudes toward marijuana seem to be changing. Those attitudes might lead to more countries legalizing marijuana – a change that could affect countries like Mexico. According to the United Nations, 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana. That is more than 3.8 percent of the planet’s population. And more than 94 million people in the United …

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Coronavirus arrives in the U.S.

First case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in the U.S. By Angie Baldelomar A man in Washington state has been diagnosed with the mysterious virus that broke out in December 2019 in China, becoming the first confirmed case in the United States of the illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday (Jan. 21). The pneumonia-like illness, …

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Federal gov’t raises the minimum age to buy tobacco products

By Chara Smokers who are under 21 can no longer buy cigarettes or e-cigarettes from their favorite stores. On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump approved a law setting 21 years old as the minimum age for buying tobacco products. Before the federal government established the law, 19 states and the District of Columbia already had an age limit of 21. …

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Personal makeup might have some bacteria, study shows

By Chara When people apply makeup, they also might be putting some bacteria on themselves. A study conducted by Aston University in England and published in early December found that between 70 and 90 percent of makeup products were contaminated with bacteria, Forbes and other media outlets reported. The study analyzed 467 products, including lipsticks, mascara and beauty blenders. “The …

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Statistics show link between substance abuse and mental illness

By Chara Most people who suffer from a mental illness also struggle with substance abuse, according to data from the National Bureau of Economic Research. People with a mental illness reportedly consume 69 percent of the nation’s alcohol and 84 percent of the country’s cocaine. Current research suggests addiction and depression are symptoms of emotional distress, not causes of it, …

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Heridas emocionales: No se ven, pero matan

En mi canal de YouTube estamos recordando todo —o casi todo— lo que he hecho en mi vida y en la televisión. He disfrutado ver cómo hablaba a los 20 y tantos años, y ver a los compañeros y grandes profesores que marcaron mi vida y mi carrera. Uno de esos videos trataba sobre las heridas emocionales y de su …

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Exercising before breakfast burns more fat, study claims

By Chara A health-related debate continues. Many exercise experts claim that exercising before breakfast burns more fat. Others claim the opposite. A study published Oct. 18 will likely contribute to the debate. The study claims that people who exercise before breakfast burn more fat than those who eat breakfast before they work out. Conducted over six weeks by the universities …

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CDC has breakthrough in investigating vaping-related lung injuries

By Chara Federal health officials have identified vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 29 of the more than 2,000 people sickened in the outbreak of dangerous vaping-related lung injuries, which also has resulted in 39 deaths, National Public Radio and other media outlets recently reported. According to the Washington Post, the findings are the first direct evidence of …

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How to have a “dry January”

By Chara After the excesses of the holiday season, many people are choosing to take the month off from drinking. Data from a recent YouGov poll showed that 14% of respondents will have a “dry January.” The potential benefits for those people are many, including better sleep cycles, better body hydration and a reduction in digestive issues. If you want …

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How to prevent the flu when you travel

Commentary by Chara Flu season, unfortunately, is here. Often, people get the flu when they travel. So if you are traveling and want to avoid getting sick, try the following tips: *Avoid contact with shared items: Flu viruses spread by contact. If you travel, take an antibacterial gel with you to clean your hands, particularly after using the restroom or …

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