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Month: July 2015

Are Americans Too Obsessed With Having the Perfect Smile?
Lifestyle

Are Americans Too Obsessed With Having the Perfect Smile?

You can see it in the number of people flocking to the grocery store or pharmacy to purchase at-home tooth whitening kits. You can also get a sense for it when observing pretty much any orthodontist, who can often fit dozens of patients with braces before 10 a.m. Even still, you can see it in the number of people researching things like dental veneers and implants. All these signs only indicate one thing: more than ever before in history, society is obsessed with having a perfect, pristine set of teeth. Between 1982 and 2008, the number of orthodontic procedures in the U.S. jumped a shocking 99%. Similar rises in demand can be seen for cosmetic dental procedures -- procedures that are exclusively aesthetic in nature and aren't performed for the sake of the patient's dental health. Second o...
Office Naps Boost Productivity, Says Science
Business

Office Naps Boost Productivity, Says Science

Chances are, if you work in an office, you're probably not as productive as you could possibly be every day. While court reporters needs to type at a rate of 225 words per minute on a stenotype to get certified by the National Court Reporters Association, the average computer typist can only type at a rate of 41 words per minute. And as new research shows, the key to increasing office workers' productivity is simple: let them take a nap. According to a new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, taking a nap can be an effective way to boost tolerance for frustration, and counteract impulsive behavior. In other words, taking naps can help people keep their cool. For the study, researchers at the University of Michigan examined how short naps affected adults...
Drinking Too Much Water Too Fast Can Be Lethal, New Study Says to Drink Only When Thirsty
Lifestyle

Drinking Too Much Water Too Fast Can Be Lethal, New Study Says to Drink Only When Thirsty

A healthy human being is capable of drinking about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day. However, drinking too much water too quickly when doing strenuous exercise can lead to hyponatremia, a potentially fatal condition. Following the deaths of at least 14 deaths of marathon runners, football players, and other athletes, a panel of 17 experts from across the world worked together to publish new guidelines in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine outlining the safest way to consume water without overdoing it. Simply put, they say to drink only when you're thirsty. "Our major goal was to re-educate the public on the hazards of drinking beyond thirst during exercise," Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, the guideline’s lead author, said in a statement. "Every single [exercise-associated hyp...
$72 Billion in Debt and a Dwindling Population: The Current State of Puerto Rico
World

$72 Billion in Debt and a Dwindling Population: The Current State of Puerto Rico

"The debt is not payable. There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math." Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García Padilla, said this to the New York Times in a shocking interview just last week where he revealed that the U.S. territory is so far into debt, it may have to default. The island nation, which has a mere 3.6 million people living within its borders, is over $72 billion in debt at the moment, and it's reliance on municipal bonds (which typically fund public projects like road construction and maintenance) has caused government spending to skyrocket. The real problem is that Puerto Rico isn't bringing in enough revenue to pay back its creditors, who happen to be sitting right on Wall Street. According to a report from Busi...