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Marijuana Decriminalized In RI : Four Months Later

Marijuana legalization has been a hot topic of debate throughout America in recent years, and it's really been heating up as of late.  The recent statement by NYC comptroller John Liu that he'd like it legalized and taxed adds a whole new level of credibility (and excitement) to the cause. In fact, on top of any medical use for marijuana, financial reasons have been some of the biggest arguments in favor
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Vaccinate Your Child or Risk Losing Them

Every parent wants to protect their child from any possible risk. It's time to inject a dose of reality into these parents. You don't wrap your child in bubble wrap before sending them off to school. You allow them to ride in vehicles. You feed them, despite the risk of choking. In studies from the Center for Disease Control shows the fatality of vaccines is two in one million. You're
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Gene Patents Delays Treatment of Disease

Gene patent holders have the right to prevent anyone from studying, testing or even examining a gene. As a result, scientific research and genetic testing is delayed, limited, or even shut down due to concerns about gene patents, and patients’ options about their medical care are restricted. On May 14, The New York Times published a moving essay by Angelina Jolie where the actor revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy
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Understanding Mental Illness

Mental illness is a disease of the mind. It is the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to need psychiatric intervention. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks, or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social setting. About 1 in
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Misdiagnosis: When Your Doctor Doesn’t Know

It's estimated that 25 million Americans suffer from rare illnesses, many of which go undiagnosed or even worse get misdiagnosed and that person could go years before the correct diagnosis. This is according to statistics compiled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Another study done by the Mayo Clinic found that the true cause of illness had been either missed or weren't treated correctly in roughly 20 percent of patients who had autopsies performed after
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A Walking Disaster: Are You Accident Prone?

At this point in my life I can honestly say that I'm accident prone. If you got the chance to see my medical chart it showcases why that is. Right now I've got two fractures in my left hand and over the past year dislocated two fingers, received seven sets of stitches, a fractured left ankle, six broken toes, four broken fingers, a concussion, multiple burns, bruises and fallen down
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Binge drinking in Your 20’s Can Trigger Heart Disease

Binge drinking, even when young, increases the risk of heart disease according to a recent study done by the University of Illinois at Chicago. When drinking large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis it causes an immediate change in circulation and as a result increases the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of binge drinking is consuming five or more standard sized drinks - such as a pint of
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Dentist’s Patients Test Positive for Hepatitis

Dr. Scott Harrington, a Tulsa oral surgeon is accused of using improper sterilization techniques that may have exposed his patients to blood-borne viruses. Health officials so far have screened 3,122 people who underwent oral surgery procedures at clinics at a Oklahoma oral surgery practice. The practice is now closed due to health concerns. Blood tests conducted on patients show that 57 have Hepatitis C, three have Hepatitis B and as
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Bipolar: Embracing The Highs And Lows

Hi, my name is Ebee and I'm bipolar. Some people call me crazy, but you can call me Ebee. I've soared the highest highs and the lowest lows on this emotional roller coaster known as Bipolar. It's only been in the last few years that I’ve fully understood and accepted my illness for what it is. Bipolar is a psychiatric diagnosis for a mood disorder. Those who suffer from this
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Student Body Vice President Takes On High School Principal

There's no question that the United States needs to overhaul its curriculum when it comes to sex education. Currently  federal government funds abstinence only programs, which are ineffective. What makes it worse is that schools bring in guest speakers as a tool to promote the idea of abstinence. Recently A high school student by the name of Katelyn Campbell who attends George Washington High School in West Virginia refused to attend an assembly in which Pam Stenzel spoke on the subject. Yet, got forced to attend by