Good News About HIV


You don’t hear much about the HIV epidemic any more, despite the fact that an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with the disease, and an estimated 44,000 new cases are reported in this country every year.  The Center for Disease Control says that 36.7 million people around the world have the disease, and 1.1 million died from AIDS-related causes last year.

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Taxes Up (but not so much as you might think…)


If you think taxes are higher than their historical rates, well, it depends on how far back in history you’re comparing them to.  Take a look at the accompanying chart, which shows tax revenue as a percent of total national income for four countries—France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S.—since 1868.  The chart ends in 2008, and is taken from research by tax policy analyst Thomas Piketty.

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Will Your Morning Cup of Coffee Make You Healthier?


If you drink coffee habitually, you’ll like this.  A new study monitored the coffee intake of 208,500 men and women over the course of 30 years, and found that people who drink coffee in moderation (fewer than five cups a day) received a number of significant health benefits.  Among them: lower risk of dying from heart diseases, diabetes, certain brain conditions—and, oddly enough, suicide.

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Bees an endangered species?


You probably know that the bee population in the U.S. has been collapsing for the past several years, due to factors that are only now being partially understood.  Scientists call the phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” but the term “beemageddon” has become popular among laypersons.

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Communicable Stress


By all accounts, stress—and its accompanying emotional mix of frustration, anxiety and fear—is bad for your health.  When you experience stress in your body, you release increased amounts of glucose from our liver into your blood, and your body produces cortisone, which is actually toxic to your system.  Your heart rate goes up, sending more enriched blood to your muscles.  Your immune system kicks into high gear, and you stay in this high-alert state which is only designed to help you combat real threats, depleting you physically.

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