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Month: September 2015

Drivers in D.C. Waste More Time in Traffic Jams Than Commuters in Any Other City
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Drivers in D.C. Waste More Time in Traffic Jams Than Commuters in Any Other City

New York City and Los Angeles are probably the top two cities that have a reputation for having "the worst traffic ever," but it seems that neither of these metropolitan monsters can win against the nation's capital, Washington D.C., for that coveted title of disdain. A new study was just released by the Texas AandM Transportation Institute and Inrix, a travel data analysis company located in Kirkland, Washington, and the findings show that D.C. tops the list of worst rush hour traffic congestion in major U.S. cities. As USA Today described it, "Rush hour congestion adds 82 hours of suffering each year to the average commute around Washington, D.C." Runners-up for the unofficial Worst Traffic Ever title include L.A., where the average commuter spends 80 hours stuck in traffic, San...
Evidence of Medical Marijuana’s Ability to Combat Diabetes Mounting
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Evidence of Medical Marijuana’s Ability to Combat Diabetes Mounting

Considering the fact that someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds, it's fair to say that it's a pretty big issue. Luckily, there's now more evidence that medical marijuana can help fight the disease. A study published in the journal Obesity found that regular cannabis users had lower body mass indexes, lower fat percentages, and lower fasting insulin. Its findings mirror those of a several other investigations, including a French study from 2011 and a U.S. study from 2012 that concluded "marijuana use was independently associated with a lower prevalence of diabetes mellitus." "Subjects with a history of cannabis use were about 30 percent less likely to have diabetes compared to non-using subjects," researchers noted in the latest study. In this latest study...
Could This Little Plastic Cap Save Children From Drug Overdoses?
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Could This Little Plastic Cap Save Children From Drug Overdoses?

In 2013, investigative journalism outfit ProPublica reported on the crusade of Dr. Daniel Budnitz, who wanted to save children from fatal medication poisoning. Dr. Budnitz is a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he believed a new plastic closure called a flow restrictor could stop kids from accidentally swallowing toxic amounts of medications like acetaminophen. Budnitz isn't just a professional epidemiologist; he's also a father. When he discovered that 74,000 kids like his end up in the emergency room each year from such poisonings, he made it his personal mission to reduce such drug overdoses. Because even more troubling, ProPublica revealed internal documents from Food and Drug Administration scientists who had been advocating behind-the-scenes for the ...