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Drug Overdose

Posted on 28 February 2018 by Joscelyn Mendoza
Popping pills has become a well known cause of death in the United States. The Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States has reported that "more than 63,600 people died from a drug overdose in 2016." 
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Where do you really come from?

Posted on 01 October 2017 by Joscelyn Mendoza
Want to know how deep your ancestor roots go? You can learn where you are from by taking an Ancestry DNA test. Finding out unknown relatives is one of the most exciting parts of receiving AncestryDNA test results. Among these newly found relatives are longtime Ancestry subscribers with strong family trees. An easier way to find out about your family background. MedLabExams can test your DNA ancestry! 
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Legal marijuana is spreading across the country — but employers aren't changing their ways.

Posted on 28 July 2017 by Lisa Jones
Recent article from the Washington Post highlights issues that arise for employers in the states where recreational marijuana use is legal. The number of failed drug tests increases across the industries. 
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Teen Use of Many Drugs Drops to Record Lows

Posted on 02 January 2017 by Mallory Jordon
Every year since 1975 a survey has been done to see how many high school seniors used legal and illegal drugs and in 2016 the use of illegal drugs had been at its lowest, besides the use of marijuana. Another survey has been done every year since 1991 to see how many eighth and tenth graders used legal and illegal drugs, which was also at its lowest for illegal drugs in 2016, besides the use of marijuana. These surveys included the use of ecstasy, cocaine, alcohol, and tobacco. Could the understanding of drugs and their risks be what is causing this decrease in use?
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Mom’s Smoking Can Alter Fetus’s DNA

Posted on 02 January 2017 by Mallory Jordon
Studies now show that smoking while pregnant can change the DNA of a fetus. According to Staff Writer Miller, “despite years of health warnings, approximately 12 percent of pregnant women in the United States still smoke, the researchers wrote in the study.” To conduct the study, researchers gathered information from 7,000 newborns, collected questionnaires from the mothers and took samples of the blood of the newborns from their umbilical cord.
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A Test That Too Many People Fail

Posted on 19 December 2016 by Mallory Jordon
This article states that more and more employers are finding it harder to hire employees. It’s not that they can’t find someone to fit the job description or whether a person will fit the needs of the position, it’s the fact that more potential employees are not able to pass a pre-employment drug test. Studies have shown that the United States drug usage had begun to decline, however recently started to increase again, with the main problem drug being marijuana. The legalization of marijuana in some states has put a difficult strain on companies. This is bad news for employers as substance abuse could possibly hinder their overall success and costs.
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DNA Testing Reveals Mystery Meat

Posted on 01 October 2016 by Stephanie Cordero Robles
When we eat certain meats, we tend to sometimes question what exactly are we consuming. With the meat industry always under suspicion, DNA testing has reveal crucial information about what is inside our hot dogs. Researchers at the University of Malaya have found a more effective way to detect animal DNA in foods. 
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Your DNA May Reveal Why You Feel Lonely

Posted on 28 September 2016 by Stephanie Cordero Robles
Have you ever found yourself feeling lonely for long periods of time? You may have visited your doctor and specialist for your feeling of being left out. Researchers may have an answer for many people who feel lonely. Researchers conducted an experiment with over 10,000 participants and asked them various questions. They were asked how often they felt they lacked companionship, how often they felt left out, and how often do they feel isolated from others. Researchers also examined the participants' genetic background and found that 14 percent to 27 percent of loneliness are inherited traits.  Researchers believe that some people have a more tendency to feel lonely most of their lives. Their views of social constructs varies from others and their own families. 
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DNA Testing On Cotton-Labeled Products

Posted on 26 September 2016 by Stephanie Cordero Robles
DNA is a very specific piece of information and highly useful in crime scenes and legal situations. When we purchase certain products, we seem to always find importance of where products are made. In the case for Egyptian cotton, it is known to be a very expensive type of cotton. Many companies mislabel their products, and they can be sued. That was the fate for Target, who recalled 750,000 fake Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases. Their products contained a less expensive form of cotton. Consumers are expecting high quality cotton, and companies are being sued for false advertising. 
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LED Lights May Cause Diseases

Posted on 25 September 2016 by Stephanie Cordero Robles
When we get new lightbulbs installed, we sometimes do not think about the future effects of an energy-saver lightbulb. LED lights are whiter in color temperature, and they last between fifteen to twenty years longer than regular yellow lightbulbs. While we are focused on our bedroom and living room lighting, we do not stop and think about the streetlights illuminating our nights. 
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