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Adventures on the Extreme Edge of Heavy Drinking

We're quick to want to take action against new threats, even relatively minor ones. But we grow accustomed to the drip-drip-drip threat posed by, …

Alcohol

Did the Great Recession Create an (Interpersonal) Bond Crisis?

Our reserves of trust can be affected by economic conditions. So two sociologists looked at how those reserves fared in communities hardest hit by …

Great Recession

Why Can't Fish Oil Supplements Keep Our Brains Sharp?

Lots of people think of fish as brain food. And there's good reason.<p>Many kinds of fish — think salmon, sardines, tuna — contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a class of polyunsaturated fat, which have been shown to fight inflammation and improve the function of our neurons.<p>So, why is it that …

The True Story Of The Great Marijuana Crash Of 2011

Buying marijuana in Denver is a downright pleasant experience.<p>Customers wait in a well-appointed waiting room. There's a variety of reading material — feel free to choose between the gardening magazine and the Cannabible on the coffee table — and plenty of information about the product.<p>When their …

Cannabis

Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter

Millions of Americans have seen the fictional world of meth use and production in AMC's <i>Breaking Bad</i>, but journalist Jonah Engle has spent a lot of time in the real world of meth.<p>In a recent piece in <i>Mother Jones</i>, Engle looks at the explosion in the number of meth addicts who cook their own drugs …