Saturday , 1 November 2014


Teal Pumpkins Indicate Food Allergy Awareness This Halloween

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Of all the bizarre things kids and adults might see on Halloween are pumpkins painted the color of teal on people’s stoops. If that’s the case, the little ones expecting candy might be disappointed because it means that home is participating in “The Teal Pumpkin Project,” meaning no sweet treats. The project is described by a group ... Read More »

How to Get College Credit for Wasting Time on the Internet

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iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Wasting time on the Internet is an American obsession. It also happens to be the name of a course at the University of Pittsburgh taught by professor Kenneth Goldsmith. He says that the course is basically a rebuttal to the gloom- and doom-sayers who contend that all the time spent on the Internet doing basically nothing contributes to ... Read More »

Working Moms Have It Tougher than You Think

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many women who care for children while holding down a job are feeling overwhelmed by the stress of trying to balance both important responsibilities. In a survey of 1,000 working moms by, which helps parents find and manage family care, women report working an average of 37 hours a week while spending another 80 hours ... Read More »

Why Some Sports Fans Turn to Vandalism Even After a Win

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Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Winners are generally more aggressive than the losers, according to at least one psychologist, so he was not surprised when celebrations turned violent in San Francisco after the Giants won the World Series Wednesday. “This is not uncommon after many major sporting events,” said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at the Ohio ... Read More »

How an Antifreeze Ingredient Led to a Whiskey Recall in Europe

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Jag_cz/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The overseas recall of a batch of U.S. whiskey imported to three Scandinavian countries has focused new attention on an ingredient that has long been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in foods and beverage. The issue arose after Finland, Sweden, and Norway asked the makers of Fireball whiskey to recall a batch ... Read More »

Nurse Says She Won't Have Officials Violate 'My Civil Rights'

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Handout Photo(FORT KENT, Maine) — As Maine officials said they were preparing to get a court order to enforce a mandatory quarantine, Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox said Wednesday night she is not willing to “stand here and have my civil rights violated.” “You could hug me, you could shake my hand, I would not give you Ebola,” she said outside ... Read More »

No Shortage of Tanning Beds for Students at Top Colleges in US

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iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — College students at top schools in the United States have plenty of tanning beds at their disposable, according to a newly published study. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that nearly half of the top 125 colleges and universities from the U.S. News and World Report had indoor tanning beds either on campus or ... Read More »

See the Birth of Modern Medicine from the Doctor Who Collects the Negatives

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The early days of modern medicine, before penicillin and anesthesia, can seem gruesome by today’s standards. But archivist and collector of medical photography, Dr. Stanley Burns, thinks it’s important to look back at the early days of medicine to understand how far modern medicine has come in just over 100 years. Burns, the founder and archivist of ... Read More »

Most Breastfeeding Friendly Airports Really Aren't

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Are most U.S. airports “breastfeeding friendly” as they claim to be? Not according to Michael Haight and Joan Ortiz, authors of the article, “Airports in the United States. Are They Really Breastfeeding Friendly?” The pair polled 100 airports, 62 of which claimed they were friendly to women who need to feed their children. However, Haight and Ortiz ... Read More »

Laws to Deter Underage Drinking Appear to Work

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iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Social host laws that hold adults responsible when underage drinking is happening on their property may be helping to drive down the number of teens who use alcohol at weekend parties. Mallie Paschall, a senior research scientist at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, California, admits that there’s no direct proof yet of a link between these ... Read More »