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That Vacant House Down the Block Is Harming Your Health

New research from Massachusetts shows people living close to a vacant, foreclosed home tend to have higher blood pressure.

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Joining a Gang Makes People Sick

Seattle’s version of the 7 Up series reveals the long-term damage to adults who were in gangs as kids.

 

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Adventures on the Extreme Edge of Heavy Drinking

We’re quick to want to take action against new threats, even relatively minor ones. But we grow accustomed to the drip-drip-drip threat posed by, say, drinking.

 

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Tribal Communities Explore Creative Alternatives to Incarceration

From elder meetings to equine therapy, programs focusing on healing are found to be cheaper and more effective than jail time.

 

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Solo Rock Stars Die Young

New research links premature deaths of pop stars with childhood traumas, and suggests being part of a band may help protect them against self-destructive behavior.

 

Want Your Teen to Behave? Well, Pass the Potatoes.

From Norman Rockwell to Jon & Kate, American pop culture has celebrated the ritual of the family dinner. New research into adolescent behavior suggests these multigenerational meals are a tradition worth preserving.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

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Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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