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Mar 12
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Lack of Data Collection About Women Endangers Their Lives

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Lack of Data Collection About Women Endangers Their LivesCaroline Criado Perez, author of the new book, "Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men", writes that urban planners have seriously come up short by failing to factor a woman's risk of being sexually assaulted in public spaces.

That passage raised the ire of writer Rachel Thompson, who decided to take a closer look by talking to Criado Perez herself, who told Thompson, "What's interesting is that [councils] often say things like, 'oh but the crime doesn't go up,' without accounting for the fact that women don't go out because we've self-imposed a curfew."

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Mar 11
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Using Stained Glass to Kill Bacteria

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Using Stained Glass to Kill Bacteria

The news that stained glass can get rid of certain kinds of bacteria that cause infections naturally brings to mind questions about whether sitting in church for hours -- in the path of light streaming through stained-glass windows -- would be good for a person.

The recent study about potential health benefits from colored glass doesn't delve into that area, but it does point hopefully toward remedies that could entirely kill deadly hospital-type infections within mere hours.

And that's worth both a Hallelujah and Amen.

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Mar 10
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

The Benefits of Garlic for Type 2 Diabetes

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The Benefits of Garlic for Type 2 Diabetes

If you like a little garlic in every dish, you’re in luck. Multiple studies have found that the popular herb can help with balancing blood sugar levels for those who have Type 2 diabetes. It can also help with common diabetes-related issues like inflammation and LDL cholesterol levels. Garlic has also been linked to improvements in patients with high blood pressure, which can be another problem for Type 2 diabetes sufferers.

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Mar 09
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Dude, There’s, Like, a Tiger in Our Weed Spot

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Dude Theres Like a Tiger in Our Weed Spot

While many have cheered the legalization of marijuana in various U.S. states as welcome and long-overdue, it's important to remember to carefully consider before acting upon such a sea change.

The legal reforms are undoubtedly welcome to those who swear by the drug, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, and it's understandable that people would be happy to learn that the government is less involved in this area of their lives.

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Mar 08
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Best Cure for a Relationship Breakup? Stay Single for a While

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Best Cure for a Relationship Breakup? Stay Single for a While

The fear of being alone forces many people into unhealthy relationship after unhealthy relationship. Yet scientific research has showed there are many benefits to being single, both physical and emotional. Single and divorced people get more exercise, have a lower BMI, are better at keeping friends, and are better with money, according to previous studies.

Despite all of this readily-available information, though, psychologists have found that many patients have difficulty remaining single after a breakup. Being in a toxic relationship is worse for your health than being alone, but the addiction to having companionship can lead many people to the wrong relationships.

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Mar 07
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Nature Really Does Help You Feel Better

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Nature Really Does Help You Feel Better

Not exactly all by itself. We have to want to be in and among nature for its effects to provide our mental health with a boost.

That should come as a relief to anyone with access to nature who might have already tried apps, medication, machines, or other remedies to manage their emotions.

Several studies exist on the subject of nature helping to improve our moods. Overall, scientists seem convinced that being out in "green space" can give a positive charge to mental health by bolstering the immune system, stimulating social interaction and physical activity, and permitting overworked minds to find restoration and calm.

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Mar 06
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

World’s Deadliest Bacteria No Match for Ancient Irish Medicine

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Worlds Deadliest Bacteria No Match for Ancient Irish Medicine

A form of bacteria present in ancient Irish soils has been found to stop the growth of so-called superbugs.

Researchers examining the soil in Ireland had long believed that the dirt held medicinal qualities, and now they appear to have proof.

The new strain of bacteria was discovered by a research team from Swansea University Medical School. The soil they analyzed comes from the Boho Highlands area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is located in an area of alkaline grassland where the dirt is believed to hold healing properties.

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