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Archive for December, 2009

Chemicals Found In Cannabis May Aid The Treatment Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Compounds found in cannabis may be useful as part of an effective treatment for certain inflammatory bowel diseases, a new study has found. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two of the more prevalent bowel diseases, are caused by genetic and environmental factors such as diet, stress and bacterial imbalance.

Common Pain Reliever May Increase Risk Of Asthma, Researchers Say

As we enter the peak of cold and flu season in the United States, many people have begun to look for alternative remedies to help cope with winter sickness. New research conducted at the University of British Columbia has shown that the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen may lead to an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in both children and adults.

Study By AP Finds U.S. Gun Laws Getting More Lax

In a blow to gun-regulation proponents, a review by the Associated Press (AP) has found that during the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the Southwest, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.

Government Reports Progress On Virtual Border Fence, But Not Everyone Is Happy

Government officials have announced a plan to turn over the first section of the "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico frontier to the Border Patrol in January, but it remains unclear whether the system will ever cover the entire border.

When the People Are Well Informed

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point—150 years ago or more—the American public went to sleep.

While we (I use this as a collective, all-encompassing ‘we’) slept robbers, thieves and liars invaded our House—that is the White House and Congress. They’ve been there ever since.

They stole our money. They stole many of our freedoms. They lied about their motives. They lied about their goals. And still we slept.

If we happened to awaken for a short time and notice the robbers, thieves and liars, we’d squeak and squawk. We’d throw a hissy fit. Occasionally we’d even vote a few of them out of office.

Rare Coins and Precious Metals 101

In the past few years precious metals and rare coins have been very much in focus due to the incredible spending spree in Washington and the publicity of the Central Banks becoming net buyers of gold. As happens with all bull markets, new companies spring up to take advantage of the trend. Read this article to learn how to protect yourself when buying precious metals and rare coins…

First Salvos Fired In High-profile Massachusetts Senate Run

In the first phase of the special election that is bound to have a significant impact on American politics for at least another year, Martha Coakley and Scott Brown won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, to replace Senator Edward Kennedy who died last August.

Drafting Mickey Mouse

We celebrate both the ridiculous and sublime this week—as well as the start of a brand-new year. First, the ridiculous. Twenty-six years ago this week the Selective Service sent a notice to Mr. Mickey Mouse, care of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., ordering him to register for the draft. I kid you not. It really happened. […]

Treasury Admits Obama's Foreclosure Prevention Program Falls Short

In a rare display of self-criticism, officials from the Treasury Department admitted that the government’s mortgage modification program has helped only a small percentage of borrowers facing foreclosures.

Acupuncture May Reduce The Itch Related To Eczema

According to a new study, a session of acupuncture may help relieve the itch associated with the allergic skin condition known as atopic eczema, Reuters reports.

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