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Can You Get Herpes from Kissing? And 14 Other Things to Know

Is it possible? Yes, you can contract oral herpes, aka cold sores, from kissing, but developing genital herpes this way is less likely. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is usually transmitted by kissing, and genital herpes (HSV-2) is most often spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital herpes, but genital herpes is most commonly caused by HSV-2. There’s no need to swear off kissing forever on account of herpes, though. Read on for everything you need to know about herpes from kissing and other contact. How does kissing transmit HSV? Oral herpes is mainly transmitted by skin-to-skin contact with [...]

2020-01-27T20:27:42+00:00January 24th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Review

Why would anyone want to watch a movie about Mr. Rogers? We all like movies that make us feel like a bigger person when it's over. Maybe for that reason, I liked the movie, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  From the movie's quote, "He's a little more complex than I thought," it's going to take some time for me to unpack the lessons in this movie, or in the life of Fred Rogers. I'll be watching it again. Besides, it has some fairly nice drama. The main character of the movie was a writer named Lloyd Vogel rather [...]

2020-01-15T11:04:07+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Alcohol, Fun? But for Increasing Numbers, Lethal

Ads and movies promote it as the essential key to a fun social life, but for some reason leave out its darker aspects. Here are a few facts about alcohol they might not want you to know about.  Alcohol abuse affects more than 20 million Americans; about 90,000 people die of alcohol related causes each year in the US.  Alcohol-related Deaths Doubled in a Decade Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism analyzed the death certificates of Americans ages 16 and up between 1999 and 2017. And while 35,914 deaths were alcohol-related in 1999, that number doubled to [...]

2020-01-15T15:25:42+00:00January 15th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

Why Willpower is Overrated

Research on will power and success shows that those who are successful don’t necessarily have more will power. They tend to avoid distractions and focus on positive goals, identifying doable behaviors to achieve those and learning to enjoy doing those behaviors. To some this all comes naturally, but can this be learned by the rest of us?  What we can learn from people who are good at self-control So who are these people who are rarely tested by temptations? They’re doing something right. Recent research suggests a few lessons we can draw from them. • People who are better at [...]

2020-01-07T11:15:10+00:00January 7th, 2020|News Articles|0 Comments

6 Reasons for Optimism in 2020

We have much to be grateful for and many reasons to be ecstatic about continued human progress. By Tyler Brant Courtesy of Foundation for Economic Education “The 2010s have been the best decade ever. The evidence is overwhelming.” Those are the words of Cato Institute senior fellow Johan Norberg, penned in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Norberg’s words seem hyperbolic at first glance, but he may be right. In many ways, the world is getting better every day, and at an explosive rate. This is contrary to mainstream sentiment, where pundits clamor about democracy falling apart, climate catastrophe [...]

2019-12-30T01:44:09+00:00December 30th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Frequent Pot Smokers Face Twice the Odds for Stroke

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter Courtesy of WebMD MONDAY, Nov. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot doesn't do your heart or your brain any favors, a pair of new studies shows. Frequent pot smokers are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who don't partake, the first study found.They're also more likely to be hospitalized for a dangerously erratic heart rhythm, according to the second study. Both studies are to be presented at an upcoming meeting of the American HeartAssociation (AHA), in Philadelphia, Nov. 16 to 18. Research presented at meetings is typically considered [...]

2019-12-19T05:13:24+00:00December 19th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

How One Drink Killed Hip-Hop

By Evelyn Atieno Courtesy of HUFFPOST Originally posted June 14, 2016 “I don’t care if it was heroin in my cup, it’s in MY cup” said Lil Wayne in a 2009 interview for Behind the Music. Lil Wayne was being confronted about his abusive use of “lean” also known as codeine; to a Lil Wayne fan, it’s apparent that Wayne abuses lean, to others they think it’s what makes him, him. Lean has defined his career from his humble beginnings, in a perplexing way, Wayne doesn’t see lean as poisonous nor dangerous. He has been dependent on it for years, [...]

2019-12-13T17:40:52+00:00December 6th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Girls Using Oral Contraceptives More Depressed

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that 16-year-old girls using oral contraceptives are more depressed than peers not using oral contraceptives. Oral contraceptive users particularly reported more crying, eating problems, and excessive sleeping compared with nonusers. The study warns that use of oral contraceptives by teenage girls may affect their quality of life and put them at risk for not taking the contraceptives regularly, leading to unplanned pregnancies. Courtesy of JAMA Network Association of Use of Oral Contraceptives With Depressive Symptoms Among Adolescents and Young Women Key Points Question  What is the association between oral contraceptive use and concurrent depressive [...]

2019-11-20T11:10:19+00:00November 20th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

WARNING SIGNS of Child Sex Trafficking

In recent years there has been growing awareness of Child Sex Trafficking. Here are WARNING SIGNS to watch for: Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts Unexplained absences from school, truancy Less appropriately dressed than before Sexualized behavior Overly tired or falls asleep in class Withdrawn, depressed, or distracted Brags about making or having lots of money Displays expensive clothes, accessories, or shoes New tattoo (tattoos often used by pimps as a way to brand victims.) Older boyfriend, new friends with a different lifestyle, or gang involvement Disjointed family connections, running away, living with friends, or experiencing [...]

2019-11-20T05:04:54+00:00November 20th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments

Today’s Teens Might Be Better Law-Abiding Citizens Than Any Generation in 60 Years

Courtesy of Good News Network More than a decade of data reveals that American teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, and less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing. Researchers found that the number of substance-use disorders among 12- to 17-year olds had declined by 49% over a 12-year span, along with a simultaneous 34% decline in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting, assault, stealing, selling drugs or carrying a handgun. The decline in substance abuse among teens in the years before 2015 parallels findings in other recent surveys, but, [...]

2019-11-14T18:50:40+00:00November 14th, 2019|News Articles|0 Comments