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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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(flickr, SMN)
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Seems My Friends Were “Busy” Around The Holidays

Think back about 9 months... what was going on?

Well, Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc., of course! And also, at least in my circle of friends, a lot of "extracurricular activities"... In the past week, not one, not two, not even three, but six of my friends have given birth! Six! Four little boys and two little girls.

Apparently, this isn't totally uncommon.

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nduran, flickr
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Two Muskegon Schools Ask Parents To Help Them Go ‘Peanut Free’ [VIDEO]

Peanut allergies are on the rise.  That makes lunchtime at school increasingly difficult for both students and staff.

Oakridge Lower Elementary and Oakridge Early Childhood Center, both located in Muskegon, have asked parents to stop sending peanuts or food containing peanuts to school with their children.

The schools have about 700 students.  Seven of them are allergic to peanuts.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Flu Shots Available In Kent County And Recommended For Most

Flu shots are always in demand.  Fortunately, this year supply is expected to exceed demand.  But even though there appears to be more than enough flu shots, it is still recommended that you get your shot now and do not wait until flu season picks up.

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YouTube
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Actors Stand Up 2 Cancer in Funny Send-Up of ‘Star Wars’ [VIDEO]

The celeb-driven Stand Up 2 Cancer initiative may have just gotten the best promo in the galaxy — and in those far, far away.

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Category: Health
Online Dish
Online Dish
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Man Sues White Castle Over Booth Size

Normally a lawsuit involving a fast food chain and a patron has something to do with the food. In the case of Martin Kessman versus White Castle the main complaint by Mr. Kessman is that the restaurant’s booths aren’t big enough. Online Dish explains how his local White Castle repeatedly broke promises to make the booths at his local franchise bigger.

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MSNBC
MSNBC
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NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell Reveals She Has Breast Cancer on Air [VIDEO]

Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and host of ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports,’ revealed that she’s recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mitchell, 64, made the announcement at the end of her show on Wednesday.

According to Mitchell, the disease has not spread and her prognosis is excellent. It was detected, she said, during a routine screening.

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YouTube
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East Coast Earthquake May Have Restored Deaf Man’s Hearing [VIDEO]

Not only was last week’s East Coast earthquake nice enough not to seriously injure anybody, but its rumbling effects may have actually helped a deaf man hear again.

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via flickr user Ed Yourdon
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Is Facebook Bumming You Out?

Paging through the latest issue of Cosmo, an article caught my eye: "Is Facebook Bumming You Out?" Meh... mostly just irritating the crap out of me. Yeah, I've  got some beef with Facebook:  The vaugebooking (Attention seeking status updates like "Wishing things would get better..." that absolutely beg for "What's going on? Are you OK?!" comments); the passive-aggression (Usually combined with vaugebooking, a post might read "Why is it that some people just can't be trusted?" Really? How about you have a real conversation with the untrustworthy jerk rather than fake pondering about it on fb?); the "spiritual quotes" (We get it, you're so deep)-- Oh, I could go on. But, aside from minor irritations, can Facebook really be a downer? According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, yes.

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David McNew, Getty Images
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Michigan Court Rules On Medical Marijuana

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal under Michigan's 2008 medical marijuana law.

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(flickr, Spazzo)
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Michigan Bar Owners May Ban Lawmakers Over Smoking Ban

Bar and restaurant owners who are upset about Michigan's workplace smoking ban have dreamed up a ban of their own to fight back.

An organization called Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan claim  that roughly 500 bars statewide plan to ban state lawmakers from their establishments starting September 1st.

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New Kids’ Book ‘Maggie Goes On A Diet’ Causing Controversy

A new children's book is causing quite a stir.

The book, titled, 'Maggie Goes on a Diet' has sparked controversy among moms and health advocates who claim it sends the wrong message.

The book is about a 14-year old girl who is overweight and bullied relentlessly until she goes on a diet and loses weight.

She then becomes a star soccer player and gains popularity in school.

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