November 20, 2012

More Bad News for the GOP

1 Red State Roads Much Deadlier Than Blues

If, during the upcoming holiday season, you plan on driving in, to, or through a state that voted for Romney, be warned: your chances of dying are far greater than in a state that went for Obama. According to highway safety stats, the 10 states with the highest rates of traffic fatalities were all Red while the 10 lowest-fatality states were all Blue; 18 of the 20 deadliest states were Red, and 19 of the 21 safest states Blue. Differences in state speed limits and safety regulations don't seem to correlate with fatality rates, but widespread driving on rural or open highways does: the 10 most dangerous states are all in the Deep South or big sky country, while California and urban northeastern states are among the safest. The safest holiday driving state of all, of course, is: sober.

More at Openchannel.nbcnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: More Americans Die on Rural Roads Than Urban Ones

Tags: Driving Statistics, Highway Fatalities, Politics and Highway Fatalities, Red State Drivers, Blue State Drivers, Voting and Fatality Statistics

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Muscle Mania

2 1 in 20 American Youths Has Used Steroids

About 5% of American youths has used anabolic steroids, finds a study of 2,800 middle and high school boys and girls that also found that 1/3 of boys and 1/5 of girls have used protein powders or shakes to build muscle. Researchers say a more muscular body, as popularly portrayed in the media, plus pressure to perform well in sports, may be motivators for teen steroid use. Almost all the kids surveyed had engaged in at least one muscle-building activity in the past year with up to 1/3 using “unhealthy” methods including steroids or working out excessively. Researchers say Asian students were 3 to 4 times more likely to have used steroids than white students while student athletes were more likely than non-athletes to use most methods of body-building, including strength training.

More at Chicagotribune.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: A Safe Alternative to Anabolic Steroids

Tags: Anabolic Steroids, Muscle Building, Teens and Steroids, Body Building, Muscles, Student Athletes

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Prescription Not Necessary

3 Groups Say Birth Control Pill Should Be OTC

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and scientists at a non-profit research group recommend that drug regulators make birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC) to increase women’s access and prevent unplanned pregnancies. Researchers say it is justified because 50 percent of pregnancies are unintended and cost taxpayers 11 billion dollars a year. It is been established as a very effective contraceptive and previous research has shown that the women are more likely to use it when it is OTC and that they make good decisions when weighing the small risk of side effects. One major concern is that if it is OTC, it may be expensive and likely be ineligible for 100 percent coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Birth Control a Sound Investment

Tags: Affordable Care Act, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Birth Control Pill, Contraceptives, Hormonal Contraception, Over the Counter Drugs, The Pill, Greater Access to Birth Control

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