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Thank You For Caffeinating

America’s $75 billion love affair with soft drinks has less to do with flavor than a specific, notorious ingredient.

Even with proposed soda taxes and campaigns to rid Americans of our soft drink addiction, in the United States, soft drinks far outpace any other beverages in our diet. The average four-person household drinks nearly 2,000 cans of soda annually.

That’s a lot of sugar consumption, but what most people don’t realize is that caffeine is actually the alluring ingredient that hooks us to this single largest source of calories in the American diet.

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Vermont Kicks the War on Drugs

The state is tackling its heroin epidemic through public health efforts instead of a criminal justice crusade

Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

In an April exposé, Rolling Stone magazine called “bucolic” Vermont “the new face of heroin,” contrasting its wholesome maple-syrup-and-flannel image with a frightening epidemic afflicting small New England towns and snatching the souls of its young people.

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Playstation Thumb: Here's What To Do About Your Unhealthy Gaming Addiction

Like most vices and addictions, obsessive video gaming has proven time and time again that it's bad for you. Obviously, any activity that...


Like most vices and addictions, obsessive video gaming has proven time and time again that it's bad for you. Obviously, any activity that requires you to sit for long bouts of time is likely going to have adverse effects on your body (and probably your social life too)—but it's not just the sedentary nature of gaming that's harmful. Staring at a screen for long periods of time, overuse of certain muscles (and underuse of others), and social isolation are all aspects of obsessive video game culture that can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being.

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Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge, a monthly attempt to live better.

Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook we asked our friends: Are you addicted to the internet?

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America's Food Addiction and the Science of the Munchies

What that late-night craving for fatty foods can tell us about the brain in the gut.

As any stoner who’s polished off an epic portion of late-night mac and cheese will tell you, marijuana can give you the munchies—so much so that pot is prescribed to stimulate the appetites of patients with AIDS-wasting syndrome and terminal cancer. Forget the dispensary: Now, scientists are unraveling the body’s remarkable ability to create its own endocannabinoids.

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