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While there are other countries that have opioid problems, Americans purchase about 80 percent of the world’s supply of opioids and abuse them more than anyone else. In 2014, an estimated 2 million Americans had an opioid use disorder. This includes using painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, and then another 586,000 people are addicted to…

Millions of people currently subsist on a diet free of meat, and millions more do so on a diet completely free of any animal produce whatsoever. For some reason, what a person chooses (or rather in this case, chooses not) to eat is a weirdly contentious issue online. So we compiled a list of 5…

Pregnancy happens to be a pretty surreal experience for women. This broad term encompasses the mental, emotional as well as physical dishevels, you are always bound to experience during this milestone in your life. Still, this should not in any way come as a shock to you as a little babe is developing within you.…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is known in popular media as that problem that people who are really, really picky and phobic about cleanliness have. Unfortunately, this is not even close to what OCD actually is. Most people have huge misconceptions about OCD, helped by shows like Monk, which have made them think that being perfectionist, anal-retentive,…

The modern world is a stressful place, and sometimes we need to blow off a little steam after a tough day. Here are 10 things you can do once you get in from work, or when the kids are at school, to help you unwind, relax, and vent. 1. Video Games Playing a video game…

The first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming. They’re used to fight bacterial diseases and infections. The problem is that they are overprescribed and often prescribed to fight viruses, like the common cold and influenza, despite the fact that antibiotics aren’t effective against viruses. Due to this overprescribing, and other factors,…

How is it possible that the world population is over seven billion, yet most of what we think we know about pregnancy we either learned from played-out sitcoms or children’s books talking about how every life is a “miracle?” If you didn’t know that the subject was pregnancy and overheard a doctor describing all the…

If you’re like us and enjoy wasting time on the internet, you’re probably well aware of patent medicines. According to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, patent medicines were first produced as special remedies in England in the late 17th century, with “letters patent” granted by the royal crown to give monopolies to the…

What creates a genius? Is it simply a function of having the right brain patterns, or is there a deeper mechanism at work? Just as savants like Daniel Tammet and Alonso Clemons demonstrate superhuman mastery in certain subjects, there have been people throughout history who gained extraordinary abilities from freak accidents. Unfortunately, genius often comes…

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