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How University Costs Keep Rising Despite Tuition Freezes

Ballooning fees are leaving some students feeling nickel-and-dimed.<p>DAYTON, Ohio—At a time when public anger is laser-focused on tuition charges that are rising three times faster than inflation, something less well understood has actually been largely responsible for pushing up the cost of college: …

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to <i>The Information,</i> authorities in Bentonville issued a …

Navigating Campus Together

First-generation faculty can steer first-generation college students toward success.<p>I knew Sarah was one of them on the first day of class. We made eye contact as I reviewed the lengthy roll of campus resources listed on my syllabus. “Just so you know,” I said, “all of these people are here to help …

Escaping the Disability Trap

What’s the best way to prepare special-needs students for the workforce?<p>Today, more than 1 million students are trapped in an education system that wasn’t built for them. That system wasn’t designed to accommodate their disabilities—the kinds of intellectual, cognitive, communicative, and physical …

The Strange Case of the American Death Penalty

It’s a paradoxical moment in the history of the death penalty in the United States. The number of executions has dwindled to just a few, but the voters, even in the most liberal states, seem to want the punishment to remain on the books. That’s the message of the annual report from the Death …

Florida

Drinking on Antidepressants

“So why did you stop drinking?” my friend Brad asked recently when we were out for dinner. “You never seemed to have a drinking problem.”<p>The question surprised me, coming as it did a full two years after my decision to take a “break” from alcohol. He was scanning the wine list, and I sensed he was …

Depression

Black men in the US are nearly three times as likely to be killed in an encounter with the police as white men

So far this year, 922 people were shot and killed by the police in America. Nearly all of those people were men. Nearly half of those victims were white, while a quarter were black, reports the Washington Post. That sounds good until you account for the fact that, according to the 2015 census, just …

Public Health

Why Amsterdam Is Giving Up on Natural Gas

The city plans to wean its homes off domestic natural gas by 2050, starting now.<p>By 2050, Amsterdam hopes to put its gas-heated days behind it. In a city where natural gas warms 90 percent of all homes and contributes 30 percent of all carbon emissions, removing all those boilers won’t be easy—but …

How Much Is Too Much? New Study Casts Doubts On Sugar Guidelines

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar.<p>Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking more than one sugar-sweetened soda a day can …

Fewer immigrants are entering the U.S. illegally, and that’s changed the border security debate

Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,’’ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her 2002 journey.<p>Three years ago, her uncle tried to cross the border and …

Yearning to breathe free

JOSEPH, an Egyptian Copt who now lives in Chicago, fled for his life when his apartment in Egypt was vandalised and his car set on fire. Three years …

Immigration

How Immigrants Positively Affect the Business Community and the U.S. Economy

Immigrants have always been vital assets to the U.S. economy and contribute greatly to the nation’s total economic output and tax revenue. In 2013, …

Top 10 Free and Affordable Mental Health and Counseling Resources

This week’s roundup isn’t so much a <i>top</i> 10, since this isn’t ranked, and there’s way more than we can cover, but here are ten of our favorite mental …

Mental Health

Cigarettes, Cigars, and All Other Tobacco Products

<b>August 2017 Update</b>: Extended timelines to submit tobacco product review applications for deemed tobacco products that were on the market as of …

Fossil fuels are way more expensive than you think | Dana Nuccitelli

A new study estimates the costs of energy sources including their carbon and other air pollutants<p>A new paper published in <i>Climatic Change</i> estimates that when we account for the pollution costs associated with our energy sources, gasoline costs an extra $3.80 per gallon, diesel an additional $4.80 …

The Hidden Effects of Cheap Oil

From Russia to your local gas station, the consequences of low fuel prices are clear. But the consequences of those consequences are less apparent.<p>What do Russia, Exxon Mobil, and ISIS have in common? Not much, except that they’re all grappling with an inconvenient but incontrovertible truth: a …

4 Reasons More Boomers Are Hooked On Drugs and Alcohol

People in their 50s, 60s and beyond are often not considered likely candidates for drug and alcohol problems. But the combination of chronic pain, the loneliness that can come with retirement and a comfort level with illicit drugs acquired during their teen years can lead older adults into …

Drug Addiction

The new alcoholics: Retired, wealthy and bored

Musician Phil Collins retired a few years back and found he had a lot of time on his hands. He filled it by drinking. According to this story, he's part of a trend. "Retired, wealthy and bored after their children have long left home, many over-fifties can relate to the same curse that afflicted …

The Great Rent Squeeze

America’s renters are paying more and having less money left over to generate the demand required for economic growth.<p>“The rent is too damn high” is more than a political slogan. It reflects the harsh reality of increasingly unaffordable housing in America today. Ever since the economic crisis of …

Here’s Why You Feel Like Crap When You Quit Smoking - Men's Health

Cigarettes could drain your brain as much as your body: Smoking may reduce your levels of dopamine, a brain chemical tied to reward, new research …

Dopamine

7 ways domestic abusers get to keep their guns

At the time, Mitchell was subject to a court order barring contact with Apling, his ex-girlfriend. Mitchell had a rap sheet of at least 12 prior similar convictions, and had been arrested for an alleged domestic violence attack against Aplin just days before her death.<p>This scenario is not unusual. …

Yes, Male Victims of Domestic Violence Exist & It’s Time to Talk About It

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and although we are making important progress in combating this kind of violence—through …

Domestic Violence

Annual report shows domestic violence shelter space limited, police unit strained

Trent Kreslins didn't consider his short stature or a disorder that makes his bones fragile when he tried to help after he saw a man hit a woman in …

Law Enforcement

How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Targeting the gut could create a new class of psychiatric treatments.<p>Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition ― leading …

French court suspends burkini ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, France's highest administrative court ruled Friday.<p>The Council of State's ruling suspends a ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, and could affect cities around the country that have prohibited the full-length swimsuit.<p>More than 30 …

Probiotics can help thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve the thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease, research has found.<p>In a clinical trial involving 52 people, those who drank a daily dose of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria for 12 weeks showed improvements on …

Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem?

Up on stage, Elizabeth Dougherty opened the folded paper, the foil seal flickering in the lights. “And the winner is,” she paused for dramatic …

The US is warming to Sweden’s habit of burning trash for energy

Maybe, in the near future, calling something a “dumpster fire” won’t carry the flavor of a pejorative that it does now.<p>The practice of burning trash to generate energy works well for Sweden, but in the US the idea remains controversial. That might be changing. Officials in seven Idaho counties have …

EPA

Cardio Protects You From Depression, Says Million-Person Study

If you need more motivation for continuing to lace up your running shoes as the weather gets colder, consider this: According to a new meta-analysis …

College & University

Do Parents Invade Children's Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

When Katlyn Burbidge's son was 6 years old, he was performing some silly antic typical of a first-grader. But after she snapped a photo and started using her phone, he asked her a serious question: "Are you going to post that to Facebook?"<p>She laughed and answered, "Yes, I think I will." What he …