health & medicine
Fort Hope, Ontario, is one of a handful of communities in Canada where addiction to the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin runs rampant. An estimated 80 percent of working-age adults there abuse the prescription drug, and it's stretching the resources of the community and leading the drastic increases in crime.
As the U.S. Supreme Court debates the Affordable Healthcare Act, there's a growing discussion about the level of political heat that may come down, no matter what the decision is.
The Supreme Court is debating not only the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, but also whether they can even take up the case yet, or whether an obscure federal law will keep it out of the court until 2014. Arguments continue Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fluency in just one language in the 21st century is a competitive disadvantage, and it could be holding back your brain. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee wrote that bilingual people outperform single language speakers in cognitive tests of all kinds.
A new report reveals that on most Native American reservations in the United States, access to Plan B emergency contraceptives is incredibly difficult. And that's even though nearly 1 in 3 Native American women will be raped at some point in their life.
In Israel, don't expect to see as many stick-thin models in advertisements in the future. The Israeli government has passed a law banning use of models that are too thin and requiring disclosure if a model's appearance was modified to make her look thinner.
A survey in the United Kingdom recently found that a majority of the nation's police officers are overweight. In response, a proposal has been floated to require fitness testing of all officers. But some police say this is unnecessarily broad.
Graphic anti-smoking ads will take to the airwaves, billboards and newspapers and magazines near you in the weeks ahead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a shocking, $54 million anti-smoking ad campaign.
Birth control is a hot button issue this campaign season. Funding for Planned Parenthood, mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds, and access to contraception are being discussed at every level. Recently, it is a debate that is being fought as much by entertainers as by politicians.
A new report from Harvard University suggests that eating any red meat, even one serving, can increase your risk of dying. The research found that even a single serving increase your percentage risk by 13 percent — with processed meat, like bacon or hot dogs — increasing that risk 20 percent.