Shedding Light on a Dark Subject
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It would not be an exaggeration to state that the suicide rate in the US has reached epidemic proportions. Here are some striking … Eighty percent of successful suicides have given clear warnings of their intentions to others prior to taking their …

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Syrian refugee flood brings many dangers
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Threatwatch is your early warning system for global dangers, from nuclear peril to deadly viral outbreaks. Debora MacKenzie … A measles epidemic swept northern Syria in June, as Médecins sans Frontières struggled to supply vaccine. Such outbreaks …

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America Has Little to Fear From Congress Rejecting Force in Syria
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President Obama's decision to gauge congressional opinion on Syria has inspired proponents of war to issue a series of overwrought warnings in recent days. John McCain says a vote against war would be "catastrophic" for Obama, the institution of the …

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Genetically Modified Crops are Poisoning Us – On Purpose
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In fact, a new variety of Bayer soybean engineered to be more resistant to the herbicide isoxaflutole (IFT) has just received the green light — despite the EPA's warnings that the substance is a probable human carcinogen. IFT not only triggers liver …

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What was in the sky over central Vermont?
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On TV, “Batman” was a campy hit, and cigarette packages first carried health warnings. LSD and the Beatles were fodder for tabloid journalism, and sightings of UFOs had reached epidemic proportions. That spring a series of reports of unidentified …

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Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose
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Drug policy reformers and activists gathered around the world over the weekend to discuss the overdose epidemic. In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 ….. Consequently, "in many cases, suspect aircraft were shot down within two to three …

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Resurgence of Rabies Threatens Asia's Young and Poor
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The ongoing epidemic has killed at least 78 people and prompted the U.S. and Australia to issue travel warnings to the island — though no foreigners are reported to have died. Adding to the panic, Bali experienced a severe shortage of a rabies vaccine …

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Deadly dolphin virus expected to spread farther south
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Warnings that people should not approach dolphin corpses have some bystanders worried that the ocean epidemic poses a risk to humans. But Dr. Jerry Saliki, a pathologist from the University of Georgia, insisted humans can't catch the dolphins' sickness.

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Richard D. Warren's opinion: Substance abuse, overdosing are health, not …
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The various approaches of the past are all marked by one common feature: They relied heavily on the judicial system to address what is a public health problem. If there is anything to be learned from mistakes of the past, it is that the judicial system …

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A long-term IT problem
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Even as hospitals and physician offices continue to push forward with electronic health record installations, nursing homes and other long-term skilled nursing facilities are seemingly stuck in neutral. About three-fourths of physicians are now using …

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