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How the game of Monopoly was created 100 years ago to teach about the dangers of capitalism

Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that many still play today.

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Here's Why Women – Including Feminists – Are Attracted to ‘Benevolently Sexist’ Men

If a man offers to help a woman with her heavy suitcase or to parallel park her car, what should she make of the offer?

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Can Marijuana Treat MS Symptoms? It's Hard for Researchers to Find Out

Can marijuana treat MS symptoms? It's hard for researchers to find out

Thorsten Rudroff, Colorado State University

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What Is Chronic Pain and Why Is It Hard to Treat?

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Can You Imagine a World Without Budweiser? We Can

Can you imagine a world without Budweiser? We can

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The Other Opioid Crisis: People in Poor Countries Can't Get the Pain Meds They Need

The other opioid crisis -- people in poor countries can't get the pain medication they need

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Humanizing the Heroin Epidemic: A Photo Essay

Humanizing the heroin epidemic: a photo essay

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How Thinking About Your Own Death Affects Your Beliefs About Politics, Race, Religion and More

If death is the final taboo, it might not be for much longer. There has, in recent years, been increasing effort to promote conversations about death and dying, both in the home and in more public settings. For example, death cafes, first launched in Switzerland in 2004, have spread around the world, enabling people to speak about their fears over cake and coffee.

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From the Clinic to the Street: How the Explosion in Prescription Painkillers Has Created More Heroin Users

In the early years of my clinical practice as a psychologist treating heroin users, I commonly saw adolescents and young adults using heroin as their first drug. A typical client was a male in his mid-teens, perhaps a runaway or living in foster care, or someone who had been in and out of juvenile detention, or dropped out of school and who was court-ordered into treatment. When we saw older heroin users in treatment, it was considered unusual. That’s not the case anymore.

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7 Spectacular Weather Events – and What Causes Them

The weather might seem like it creates weeks of dreary, grey drizzle. But it can also put on a truly sensational – and, often, deadly – show. But what explains these explosive events?

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Vaping As a "Gateway" to Smoking Is Still More Hype Than Hazard

As e-cigarettes become more popular, there has been a push to understand whether they are a “gateway” to regular, combustible cigarettes.

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How to Dramatically Reduce Smoking Without Banning Tobacco Sales

Last November, the Board of Health for Westminster, a town in central Massachusetts, proposed prohibiting all tobacco sales – even e-cigarettes – in the town.

Westminster’s three-person Board of Health said that the proposal was meant to protect the next generation from tobacco and nicotine products. The board expressed frustration at its inability to keep up with the seemingly endless barrage of new tobacco products that appealed to minors. Ending all tobacco sales seemed like a clean and quick fix.

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Why Decriminalization of Marijuana Isn't the Endgame When It Comes to Drug War Oppression

Massachusetts just opened its first marijuana dispensary, with many applauding the move. And as more and more states decriminalize the drug, polls show that most Americans believe that the costs of marijuana prohibition outweigh its benefits.

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If You Want to Help the Environment, First Fix Your Work-Life Balance

When it comes to climate change, do you practice what you preach? While many of us express strong concern about the issue, there tends to be a yawning gap between this concern and many people’s willingness to actually act on it by doing things like using less power or petrol.

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Should You Worry If Your Teen Is Vaping E-Cigarettes?

E-cigarettes and other vaping products are on track to out-sell cigarettes by the end of 2023. And more and more young people are trying e-cigarettes. So what do you need to know about them? Are they less harmful than using cigarettes or other burned tobacco products?

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Why Politicians Keep Calling Marijuana A Gateway Drug

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.

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How Worried Should You Be If Your Teen Is Vaping E-Cigs?

E-cigarettes and other vaping products are on track to out-sell cigarettes by the end of 2023. And more and more young people are trying e-cigarettes. So what do you need to know about them? Are they less harmful than using cigarettes or other burned tobacco products?

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Will Legal Marijuana Lead to More Addicts? Probably Not

At present, cannabis is fully legalized in Colorado and Washington and will soon be fully legalized in Oregon and Alaska. Additionally, medical cannabis is legal in 23 states. The writing is on the wall that more and more states are going to legalize cannabis in various ways and that access will become easier and easier. In the face of this reality, two big questions arise: will cannabis usage skyrocket? Will addiction rates go through the roof?

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