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In Defense of Screen Time
2/28/2019 12:38:01 AM

By Siri Fiske   The Silicon Valley engineers who design our tech gadgets won't let their kids anywhere near those devices, according to a shocking New York Times profile. These workers are convinced too much time in front of smartphones and iPads is rotting kids' brains. Technology "is wreaking havoc on our children," warned one former Facebook employee. These parents need to relax. It's true that allowing kids to browse social media until the wee hours of the morning isn't a good idea. But it's also true that smart phones, iPads, and other...

At a Climate Crossroads: Nonviolence or Violence
2/28/2019 12:36:26 AM

By Andrew Moss   Sixty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King declared, "Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Emboldened by the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott two years earlier, King saw nonviolence not only as a powerful strategy for achieving social change; he viewed it as a philosophy and way of life that gave the world its only genuine alternative to the doomsday scenarios posed by the cold war arms race. As he said, "In a day when Sputniks and Explorers dash through outer space and...

We Must Tackle the Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans and Service Members
2/28/2019 12:35:11 AM

By Andrew L. Yarrow We rightfully mourn the approximately 7,000 U.S. members of the armed services who have died in the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, the death toll from more than 17 years of war is slightly less than the yearly total of suicides by active-duty service members and veterans. Twenty veterans and active-duty military commit suicide every day in the United States. They account for one-sixth of the more than 47,000 Americans who died by suicide in 2017. Veteran suicide rates are about 50 percent higher than rates among the general population, Keita...

New Fitness Test Presents Challenges for Army Guard
2/28/2019 12:33:13 AM

By Lolita C. Baldor   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Army National Guard is looking for nearly 5,000 fitness instructors and buying roughly $40 million in workout equipment in the next seven months to help its soldiers meet new physical fitness standards being set by the military service. But even as commanders begin delivering the new 10-pound medicine balls, pull-up bars and hexagon barbells, they also worry whether America's 330,000 citizen soldiers will have the time and the drive to master the new, more grueling Army fitness test. “For those who are already...

American Drug Overdose Death Rates the Highest Among Wealthy Nations, USC Study Finds
2/28/2019 12:26:33 AM

By Staff Reports   In the most comprehensive international comparison of its kind, a USC study found that the United States has the highest drug overdose death rates among a set of high-income countries. Drug overdose mortality has reached unprecedented levels in the United States, more than tripling over the past two decades. But is this a uniquely American epidemic, or are other high-income countries facing a similar crisis? “The United States is experiencing a drug overdose epidemic of unprecedented magnitude, not only judging by its own history but also...

Most and Least Ethnically Diverse U.S. Cities Identified
2/21/2019 9:46:45 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities. To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics: ethno-racial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity. Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic...

‘I Will Never Forget That Day’
2/21/2019 9:45:01 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “I was in my 4th period Holocaust history class. We were presenting our projects on hate groups found on college campuses…As we sat at our desks working on our computers after presenting our projects, we began to hear loud pops…I thought I was going to die. As I laid there, I begged God to please make it fast… “My classmates pulled me behind a filing cabinet where I called my mom and my dad and said what I thought would be my last goodbyes. I told them how much I loved them, and asked that they please tell my brothers the...

I Miss My Good Friend, Tom Foolery
2/21/2019 9:43:55 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were having a conversation. Of course, it was more like a monologue, but you know how that works. We were thinking back over the years of our life together and reminding ourselves of some of the great and wonderful times we have had. The friends we have made. The activities we have enjoyed together. Of course, there were the grandchildren and my wife had a great time talking about the grandchildren and I chuckling along with her. After a moment of quietness, my wife said rather seriously,...

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging
2/21/2019 9:41:27 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline—and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. Yet how depression might harm cognition isn't clear. One possibility: Brain cells communicate by firing messages across connections called synapses. Generally, good cognition is...

Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection
2/21/2019 9:32:05 PM

By Marilynn Marchio Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use special soap and mouthwash for six months after going home, a study found. It's a low-tech approach to a big problem: About 5 percent of patients have MRSA—antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria—lurking on their skin or in their noses, putting them at high risk of developing an infection while recovering from an illness or an operation. These can affect the...