Health & Spirit

Make it a Trouble

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A new National Institutes of Health study says visits to the emergency room linked to alcohol use and abuse have risen nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, with the largest increase among females and drinkers who are middle-aged or older.

Roughly 5 million Americans are transported to hospital emergency rooms each year for medical emergencies caused or exacerbated by alcohol, primarily acute alcohol consumption (too much to drink) or the consequences of chronic alcohol consumption (too much to drink over time).

Researchers noted that the number of Americans who drink alcohol and the amount of alcohol consumed nationally has remained stable. The problem is that a percentage of drinkers are consuming too much and too often. Men still account for more alcohol-related visits to the ER, but the number is rising among women, primarily driven by chronic alcohol abuse.

Body of Knowledge

Human taste buds regenerate every seven to 10 days, but not forever. By age 60, most people have permanently lost half of their taste buds.

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Clinical trials are the last and perhaps most important step before a new or experimental drug or therapy is approved for general public use. By law, sponsors of completed clinical trials are supposed to report their findings -- good or bad -- but that has not been the case.

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Number Cruncher

One maple-frosted doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts (70 grams) contains 270 calories, 135 from fat. It has 15 grams of total fat or 23 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.


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