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Word of warning parents (my kids will love this one).  If you’re going to lecture your teenager about the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving, maybe you should look in the mirror first. A new study by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says adults and teens are equally likely to text while driving.  Here are the findings: 27% of adults said they’ve sent or… Read More

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For years, there’s been a saying in the medical community: “Don’t get sick in July.” Why July? That’s when hospitals get their new crops of interns and resident physicians, and many believe a time when we see the most medical mistakes. It’s the so-called “July Effect”. Fact or fiction? A new study checked into it, and it found there’s a lot of truth to it. Researchers from the University of California at… Read More

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Here’s another study that’s sure to give chills to those warming themselves on the tanning bed. A study reported today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that indoor tanning was associated with a 74 percent higher risk of melanoma skin cancer. That’s the deadliest of skin cancers that inflicts nearly 69,000 Americans a year, and kills 7000 of them. The study found the risk of melanoma was much higher for the… Read More

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Uh-oh. Those of you who use Botox may frown at this one. A study finds that Botox erases wrinkles, but may give you new ones. Huh?  The study was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. I saw this story in the New York Daily News: While the toxin injection is effective at smoothing lines and wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles, having some muscles frozen may cause others to work overtime –… Read More

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None of us want to look and seem older than we really are. How many times have you said this about someone? “They’re only (age)? Gee, they look much older.” It could be because of four common bad habits combined, according to new research. Smoking Drinking too much Inactivity Poor diet The 20 year British study should give us another kick in the pants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. An AP story… Read More

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It took a study to learn this?  Just about any parent could have told you that.  Still, it’s an eye-opener.  The study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that teen texting tops phone calls, instant messaging, social networks and even talking face-to-face.  Here are the findings: 54% text messaging 38% call on cell phone 33% talk face-to-face 30% talk on landline phone 25% social network site 24% instant messaging… Read More

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Here’s something to keep in mind as you’re out shopping for groceries. The prices at so-called bargain grocers, like Walmart, aren’t as cheap as you may think. And the prices at the higher-end stores, like Whole Foods, aren’t as expensive as you may think. Walmart has an aggressive marketing campaign touting “rollbacks” (better known as price cuts). But a new study says Walmart’s actually been raising its prices on groceries in 2010…. Read More

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Magicians have nothing on me.  Or at least the money in my wallet.  The cash can disappear as quick as it takes to say, “Dad, I need some money.”   Every time I get 20 or 30 bucks, my kids take it.  Doesn’t matter what it’s for.  It’s gone.  Poof!!  Time for yet another trip to the ATM where money magically appears. Parents know that kids aren’t cheap.  But maybe not as… Read More

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“We interrupt your intimate tryst for this important tweet.”  As if we didn’t know it before, social media has become so big, so addicting that many people don’t care if it interrupts their lives.  Day or night.  During a meeting or meal.  On the john or during sex.  Seriously.  (sort of like the iPhone addiction I wrote about recently) The latest Retrevo study asked social media users questions such as when, where,… Read More

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March Madness begins this week. That means more talk about filling out brackets and lost productivity at the office. Here are some wacky watercooler stats I read in USA Today. The number of ways to fill out a bracket: 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, according to a math professor (try saying that number).  The prof says it would be easier to sit down today and correctly predict the winner of each of the next 12 World… Read More

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The other night I was minding my own business, driving down the Broken Arrow expressway, when another driver cut me off, and nearly sent me crashing into the guardrail.  “Are you crazy?”, I yelled to the disappearing taillights, while flashing my brights and blaring my horn.  Turns out, it probably wasn’t his (or her) fault.  He couldn’t help being a bad driver.  I shouldn’t be mad.  Instead I should feel sorry for… Read More

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