The Seattle Times (WA) – 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Marriage may be good for your health. Mostly. Many studies have looked at the correlation between marriage and health, and a recent study found that marriage may affect survival after coronary artery bypass surgery. The study was published in the Journal of Health Psychology in August, and found that people who were married when they had heart surgery were 2.5 times more likely to be alive 15 years later than unmarried people. Surprisingly, it appeared that marital status was a better predictor of long-term survival after bypass surgery than other well-known risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and prior heart attacks.







CNN ( – What babies learn before they’re born By Annie Murphy Paul – (Sunday, December 11, 2011) – 


When does learning begin? As I explain in the talk I gave at TED, learning starts much earlier than many of us would have imagined: in the womb.


I was surprised as anyone when I first encountered this notion. I’m a science writer, and my job is to trawl the murky depths of the academic journals, looking for something shiny and new — a sparkling idea that catches my eye in the gloom.


Starting a few years ago, I began noticing a dazzling array of findings clustered around the prenatal period. These discoveries were generating considerable excitement among scientists, even as they overturned settled beliefs about when we start absorbing and responding to information from our environment. As a science reporter — and as a mother — I had to find out more.






National University of Health Sciences (FL) – NUHS Chosen to Host Naturopathic Gathering Event in 2012 – (Thursday, December 8, 2011) – 


National University of Health Sciences was selected to host the next Naturopathic Gathering of 2012. A special event conceived in 2003 by a group of naturopathic students, The Gathering allows ND students from all schools to gather with experienced naturopathic physicians and educational leaders to deepen their understanding of the roots, history and philosophy of the profession. The event will be held at NUHS from November 9-11, 2012.


National University’s Assistant Dean for Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Fraser Smith, says: “As the newest program in the field, our colleagues have demonstrated a great amount of trust in us.  It is a great honor for our school, our ND program, as well as our students and faculty.  The 2012 Gathering will be a great time to share our program’s unique personality with other ND students and physicians.  We will work hard to make this a memorable and inspiring event that our colleagues can take with them on their journey to become naturopathic physicians.”






NY Daily News (NY) – Prescription drug addiction skyrocketed 430% over past decade; Drug rehab for painkiller abuse soars – By Lindsay Goldwert – (Friday, December 9, 2011) 


Federal statistics released Thursday revealed that treatment for prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed 430% over the last decade.


The increase is even more pronounced given that over the same time period the overall rate of substance-abuse-related admissions to rehab facilities has flatlined, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.


The rise occurred in every region of the country, but was highest in Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.