Health & Spirit

Taking Mental Note

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Private insurance claims for mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, have increased 108% since 2007, according to a new report. Major depressive disorder was the most common reason for a filed claim. Much of the increase was due to more claims by those aged 22 and younger. Among claimants 18 and younger, the most common reason was cannabis abuse.

Note: The data was solely from private insurers and doesn't reflect claims involving public insurance or the uninsured.

Throwing Shade on Homemade Sunscreens

A new study of popular do-it-yourself sunscreens (usually including ingredients such as lavender, shea butter, coconut oil and carrot oil) found that, as tasty as they sound, they don't offer much in the way of sun protection.

Despite claims of up to 50 SPF, the highest level researchers could confirm after evaluating 189 sunscreen recipes was 1 to 7 SPF.

Body of Knowledge


Fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month, just over a tenth of an inch. Nails on the dominant hand tend to grow faster. Toenails grow at about half that rate. Men's nails grow faster than women's, except possibly during pregnancy. Nail biting is called onychophagia.

Doc Talk

Obdormition: A sensation of numbness in one or both legs when standing up after sitting cross-legged for a period of time

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