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March 3, 2015

Commentary: New Study Shows E-Cigs Are In Need of Some Oversight

In a study reported on March 2 by The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, underage children were able to purchase electronic cigarettes online with an astounding 93.7 percent success rate.

The minors, aged 14 to 17, made supervised attempts at purchasing “e-cigs” at the University of North Carolina, where the study was held. The delivery companies made no attempt to verify age, and 95 percent of the packages were left at the door. None of the companies complied with North Carolina’s age verification law for online cigarette sales.

As the electronic cigarette industry continues to grow without significant regulation – it’s now a $2 billion per year [...]

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March 2, 2015

Activism: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Less Meat Consumption for Americans

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made some strong recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in its latest report.

The committee meets once every five years to provide the latest scientific research and data on diet, health and nutrition to help inform the federal government. The information is provided to assist the government in making science-backed decisions on national nutritional policy, which affects things such as children’s school lunches. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines provided by the HHS and USDA are due later this year.

The work of the committee was based on two [...]

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March 1, 2015

Sleep Awareness Week Is March 2-8 – It’s Time for a Good Night’s Sleep!

It’s 11:30 p.m. and I’m not sleeping. Tonight, there is good reason. Tonight I have a story to finish before I sleep. Other nights, however, the reasons vary from utterly trivial to seemingly unavoidable.

Sometimes I’m angsting about the meaning of some terribly important event from the day, like say, why a neighbor gave me side-eye when I passed his yard walking my barkaholic dog, Banjo. Or maybe it’s my dog’s behavior itself that has my mind wandering (“Why does he bark at flies, for God’s sake – what is wrong with him?!”). Occasionally I’ll miss my “sleep window” because I’ve lost track of time conjugating French verbs in my head, or just as likely, perusing photos of  [...]

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