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Mary Kennedy and the History of Addiction of Political Wives

How far have we come in treating addiction in five decades? The most famous political wife in the history of addiction was Betty Ford who, after being First Lady from 1974-1977, entered treatment for addiction to medications (then called “chemical dependency”)...

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Only One Food Has Been Shown to Prevent Dementia

You’re not allowed to know the only food that prevents dementia, sorry. No known agent for preventing dementia, or general cognitive decline, has ever been identified, except for. . . alcohol. Sorry. We’re not allowed to know this — you won’t find it...

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The Costs of War

American soldiers have more disabilities—Why? What are the consequences? News item: Record 45% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets have filed for disability. According to a new report from the Associated Press, a record 45% of the 1.6 million veterans...

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American Heart Association Advisory, “Wine and Your Heart,” Is Not Science-Based

In a letter to Circulation, Stanton takes on the prestigious American Heart Association, which authored an advisory discounting the health benefits of wine. Stanton pointed out that, among the reasons cited for this dismissal of health benefits to drinking, was...

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Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina — who was previously known for his work on fracking — has cast his eye on the politics and economics of the redefinition of addiction currently taking place in the revision of the psychiatric “bible,” the Diagnostic and...

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“Malia and Sasha Have Friends”

People aren’t good at visualizing other experiences. Barack Obama, explaining his newfound support for gay marriage, told America (via ABC’s Robin Roberts) that he had changed his opinion “over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends...

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Maurice Sendak and the Human Condition

Maurice Sendak died alone—or did he? The New York Times obituary of Maurice Sendak (the most e-mailed article in the newspaper) pictured him with his German Shepherd at his home in Connecticut. His death was announced by Michael di Capua, his longtime editor...

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Science, Schmience – This Means YOU, PT Reader

We accept irrational cultural memes as science. Much is being made of the fact that the Republican Party has given itself over entirely to anti-scientific voices. In their book, It’s Even Worse than It Looks, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein...

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Can I get wasted once in a while?

  Further Reading Hey, Stanton. Ok, I haven’t gotten really drunk in a while. But for some reason, the only thing I had on my mind for the last couple of weeks was drinking until I got totally wasted,...

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The Greatest (Saddest?) Love Story Ever Told

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were intimate for 26 years, after meeting on the set of their first film together, Woman of the Year. They starred together in nine films, including Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the last film Tracy made shortly before...

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