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Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery

Why More Teen Girls Are Getting Genital Plastic Surgery | Upsetment | Scoop.it
We have ignored porn’s impact on girls’ sexual confidence—and its likely role as a culprit in the alarming increase in surgeries
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This is incredibly sad. Young women should know that they are beautiful and more importantly that they have great value beyond the image of their bodies. We need to encourage the young—male and female—to look at their bodies with knowledge and love and to reject the cartoon thinking of porn, hero movies, and video-games. 
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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but a study of them helps explain why they could not keep all of that weight off.
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Over the years, many people have suggested that I diet, go to the gym, lose weight. There have been periods when for one reason or another I did thin down, and each time was followed not simply by a return to my pre-loss weight but to a heavier me. Now, at least, this study gives some notion of the whys of that unpleasant reality. Do I wish I were thin? Sure. Is that going to happen? Not likely. Which is one reason I hold my wife in such high esteem; she has been able to keep herself at a much lower weight than she once measured, and that struggle seems to be getting harder despite her best efforts. Am I the only one with this problem? I guess not. 
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A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap

A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 Map in red shows areas with rising death rates for white women; blue areas with dealing death rates. A new divide in American death: Statistics show widening urban-rural health gap and the rising death rate among middle-aged white women.

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There are many factors that contribute to changes in life expectancy, morbidity, and mortality. One factor that isn't explored in this excellent article is the differential mobility rates. Those who are capable of survival migrate away from the areas in which survival is more difficult leaving a population that is even less able to take care of itself. This leads to areas with poorer healthcare and self-care. Another is the role of feminism and its contribution to risk behaviors, such as drinking, drug use, and smoking, which are all contributors to deaths. I strongly suggest reading this article for more insights. 
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Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This drug kills more than heroin and painkillers combined, and it's perfectly legal.
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Alcohol can have health benefits but not when you use it to escape. For my part, I share a glass of wine with my wife at least once a month, but once upon a time... Anyway, I have done enough drinking to write a book set in a neighborhood bar. Check out Tales From the Dew Drop Inne and "Enjoys yourself." www.kennethweene.com
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Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds

Costs for Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An Annals of Internal Medicine paper reports that the money needed to treat dementia in a patient’s final five years is greater than for heart disease and cancer.
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The financial, emotional, and even physical costs of caring for those with dementia points out the need not only for physician assisted suicide but for a process by which individuals can establish metrics for their own euthanization. I know that I don't want to live in a state of dementia in which I am no longer able to make rational and meaningful decisions about my own day to day life. Do others feel as I do?

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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The phenomenon reflects our confusion about diet and anything touted as a life-extending elixir.
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We Americans are always buying into one fad or another. Science requires replication and control for alternative explanations. However, when it comes to diet supplements and alternative medicines, the American public is willing to believe any and every one. It would be a good thing if we had a government agency responsible for evaluating scientific research and making sure that excessive claims were not being made. Instead, the government agencies that exist seem to open their own gates to the claims without due and proper evaluation. That something doesn't do harm should, IMHO, not be sufficient. That said, I will fess up, I do take one supplement about which I have no proof other than a friend's recommendation. And I do take a few vitamins, but I don''t take a lot. How about you, my friend?

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10 Weird Health Problems - ODDEE

10 Weird Health Problems - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If you think you've got health problems, be thankful you don't suffer from these strange, debilitating, or just downright scary disorders. Call a doctor!
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All of these conditions are rare, but they are still fascinating.

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The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth

The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Incriminating old documents have surfaced showing the powerful U.S. sugar industry dramatically influenced the government's medical research on dental care—and ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.
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The curse of American government is the unchallenged role of industry in making decision. Be it the gun manufacturers working through the NRA to affect gun control, the arms industry affecting appropriations and worse foreign policy, or yes, the sugar industry (and dairy and cattle, etc) who have pushed their agenda at the expense of American health. One way to limit that influence, limit campaign contributions. 

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk Boasts About Refusing To Vaccinate His Kids

Rep. Barry Loudermilk Boasts About Refusing To Vaccinate His Kids | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At a town hall meeting in his district in Georgia last week, Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk claimed that he and his wife decided against vaccinating their “very healthy” children and sai
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I do not wish these children any harm, but a part of me kind of does. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they went to one of those "Biblical" amusement parks and contracted a serious illness. Seems only fitting. Then they might come in contact with some of their home-schooled friends who are also un-immunized, infect them, and their parents could sue this paragon of self-righteousness. Yep, that would help convince me there is a righteous god.

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10 People Trapped Inside Their Own Bodies - ODDEE

10 People Trapped Inside Their Own Bodies - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Locked-In Syndrome is a horrifying condition where people who are fully conscious appear comatose or unable to control their muscles, except for their eyes. Here are the incredible stories of people caught in this terrible predicament.
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Then there is catalepsy; the psychiatric disorder in which the patient doesn't move. What of the protagonists in "Memoirs From the Asylum" is cataleptic; her's is a compelling story.

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Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’

Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Kentucky Republican says half of the people on disability get payments for back pain and anxiety. We check his math.
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Anecdotal comment: I have two friends on disability. One has been on it for years due to mental health issues. He has finally achieved a reasonable level of medication and reduced his anxiety. One of his first moves was to find a full-time job, which has some of us worried because he might be overdoing, but he so wants to support himself. The second has debilitating arthritis. For years I told him to stop working and go on disability, but he wouldn't think of it. Even know that he no longer can work at all, he talks about maybe someday returning to construction. These two men are far more typical of what I have seen in this world than Mr. Paul's distorted vision of a world of cheaters.

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Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't

Here's the Question Your Doctor Should Be Asking You—But Isn't | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Almost half of adults surveyed drank at least one soda a day
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It isn't just the sugar, but I gave up soda (including diet) years ago. Water works quite nicely. Sometimes I add fruit (fresh) and let infuse. Sometimes I'll use sparkling water. But soda—gone like tobacco and most alcohol. Does that make me dull at parties? I hope not. I find coffee and chocolate are good treats.

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Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ

Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The average marijuana user's IQ was five points lower than that of a non-user
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The reasons to not use drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, and of marijuana are clear. They are reasons of health and functioning. But we all know how Prohibition worked out in the U.S.; you can't legislate good judgment. We must educate and motivate our young people to avoid harming themselves. One of the essential ingredients in that is making sure they can see a future that is worth working towards. A sense of depression and helplessness is often the underlying cause for drug use, and that feeling comes from a world in which the young person cannot see a good future.

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Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for addiction?
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This is an excellent call for a science and results driven approach to addiction. Far too much money and far too many lives have been sacrificed to the altar of the abstinence only approach. At the same time, while addiction is chemically driven and biological in nature, it also often reflects a failure of personal coping mechanisms. As with most mental health issues, the final best solution will probably include a mix of medication and interpersonal approaches. 
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The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems

The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A common kind of drug, anticholinergic medication, is linked to poorer cognition in older adults
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A bit late to learn this now. I've relied on Benadryl for years, one of the few allergy meds that worked for me. Oh well, I didn't need a brain anyway, just ask my wife. 
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The ways you’re most likely to die, at every age

The ways you’re most likely to die, at every age | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This is how you will meet your end.
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We all get the final numbers, one birth and one death per person. Still, the data in this story is fascinating, not because it tells you where or how you will die—who wants to know that anyway?—but because it gives a sense of the rich tapestry that is life's end. 

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$160-billion Pfizer-Allergan deal to create world's largest drug maker

$160-billion Pfizer-Allergan deal to create world's largest drug maker | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a $160-billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drug maker, the companies said Monday.
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So many Americans are worrying about the sanctity of their guns and over refugees from other countries, but we should really be worried about the growth of giant businesses. Already we are paying the highest prices for medicines developed here; now we are going to have drug companies that are too big to be disciplined.

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95% of Brains in NFL Study Diseased

95% of Brains in NFL Study Diseased | Upsetment | Scoop.it
New research tightens link to CTE.
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Be sure to join us next Thursday on It Matters Radio when we discuss traumatic brain injury and a new treatment paradigm. http://www.spreecast.com/events/from-music-to-minds (9 PM Eastern US time.)

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This Is Why Pooping Is A Disaster When You Travel

This Is Why Pooping Is A Disaster When You Travel | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pooping? No way! You're on vacation, and so is your butt.
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Well worth reading if you are planning on traveling. One added tip from me: Bring and use antiseptic hand-wipes. That extra care about getting your hands contaminated when using bathrooms is often justified, especially in places lacking in modern cleaning products.

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DNA tests reveal many herbal supplements are fake

DNA tests reveal many herbal supplements are fake | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A third of the pills tested didn't contain the advertised herbs -- and some had been replaced by toxic ingredients
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Of course the U.S. government's attempts to oversee even food and drugs is being hampered by the Republican party and its anti-government stance. But only fools trust businesses to self-regulate. It is time for Americans to realize that proper government oversight of business is essential to a properly functioning society and economy.

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Statins May Seriously Increase Risk of Diabetes

Statins May Seriously Increase Risk of Diabetes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Statins can lower cholesterol and even tamp down inflammation to keep the risk of heart disease down. But these commonly prescribed drugs may increase the risk of diabetes, and by a considerable amount
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Since I have Type II Diabetes and take a statin, this caught my attention. Obviously, there are no easy answers to medicine. But more and more I have come to believe that many medical conditions are about autoimmune reactions and that a holistic approach is crucial.

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Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results

Here's the Minimum Exercise You Need for Maximum Results | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Finally, some good news for fitness minimalists
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The folks at the Dew Drop did play some softball, but I'll let you read about that. For me the best exercise is keyboarding. That I do plenty of. Writers are not usually big on physical exercise unless you count drinking, smoking, and screwing. Since I limit myself to only one of those — you guess which, I must be a health-nut by authorial standards.

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You Asked: Why Am I Cold All the Time?

You Asked: Why Am I Cold All the Time? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The science behind your shivering
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I saw this story, thought of my friends and family still living in the Northeast and just had to share it from nice warm Arizona. Now there's a solution; forget those socks and mittens and head for the beautiful Southwest.

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A Rough Childhood Can Literally Age You

A Rough Childhood Can Literally Age You | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists see a link between early trauma and cellular aging
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Having been more aged fifty, it has been my goal to youthen ever since. I am now about six and quite happy to stay that age for ever and ever more. On a serious note, this is a fascinating piece that suggests our bodies at the cellular level respond in a negative way to the pressures of an adverse childhood. In case you don't know the terms telomeres are the protective caps that exist at the ends of our strands of DNA. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited from our mothers and regulates the mitochondria, small organelles within the cell that generate the power of the cell.

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7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but

7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing
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For my part, I like almond flour because it has so few carbs, but for the rest of these superfood, well I pass. I'll stick with a balanced diet and stay off the carbohydrates.

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