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Expert Criticizes Black Friday Coinciding With Thanksgiving

Posted On November 20, 2014

(Undated) -- Black Friday shopping starts on Thanksgiving this year, and one psychology expert has issues with that. Dr. Frieda Birnbaum is a New York-based expert on depression and says there's too much stress involved with the two events happening on the same day.   Dr. Birnbaum calls the growing trend of stores opening on…

Worldwide Drug Spending Tops $1-Trillion

Posted On November 20, 2014

(Undated) -- People around the world are spending more than a trillion dollars on drugs this year. A new study released today says high U.S. prices for hepatitis C treatments and new cancer drugs are driving the increase. The report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics says spending is up seven-percent over 2013 and…

Obesity Costs World Trillions

Posted On November 20, 2014

(Undated) -- A new study says obesity is a problem of global proportions. The study from the McKinsey Global Institute shows obesity is costing the world economy two-trillion dollars a year in health costs and lower productivity. The study says global obesity is far more costly than climate change, air pollution, alcoholism and drug problems.…

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Rises Above 5,400

Posted On November 20, 2014

(Geneva, Switzerland) -- The World Health Organization is reporting the death toll in west Africa from this year's Ebola outbreak now exceeds 54-hundred. However, the UN agency believes the actual death toll may be much higher since the fatality rate from this outbreak is about 70-percent. More than 15-thousand people have become infected with the…

Study: Eating Trans Fats May Impact Your Memory

Posted On November 20, 2014

(Undated) -- There's another important reason to avoid eating trans fats besides the potential for weight gain and heart disease. A new study shows eating large amounts of trans fats which are commonly found in junk food can do damage to your memory. Even after adjusting for factors like age, researchers determined there was still…