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Popular Music May Serve As Major Source Of Promotion Of Alcohol Use Among Youth
2013-08-29 04:34:33

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Booze and music are two things that are often tied together, and that isn’t likely to change. However, the amount of references to particular alcohol brands appears to be on the rise in recent years. Four alcohol brands in particular stand out for dominating popular music with mentions in the lyrics. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and...

2009-01-01 11:51:31

U.S. psychiatrists say making an effort to get some sun may help lift spirits if feeling blah and blue this winter. A team of psychiatrists from Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Northwest Hospital suggest when the sun is out it is a good idea to work by a window. Also, on those rare sunny winter days, going outside and taking a brisk walk will reap the mood benefits of exercise as well as sunlight. Making exercise a priority as well as taking a daily vitamin and staying well-hydrated may also...

2005-05-26 07:20:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University researchers found the brains of mice shrink when deprived of sunlight, which they say might provide a clue about why humans get the winter blahs. If humans' brains similarly shrink without sunlight exposure, it could be physical evidence of depression some people complain about when daylight decreases, said Leah Pyter, a doctoral student studying neuroscience at Ohio State University. The study, published in a recent issue of The Journal of...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'