Remember the Four Food Groups dietary advice peddled * by the federal government for nearly 40 years? And then - whoops, their bad - forget all that and we were advised to embrace the Food Pyramid: eat lots of bread, but not much fat and you will live a long, healthy life. And Americans continued to be shaped like pyramids and as a result continued to be not so terribly healthy.
Next Michelle Obama introduced the nation to - God help us - ChooseMyPlate.gov because the government, 'knows best what's good for you. Trust us this time.' (At least its website works.)
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a decades-long federal research program that attempted to reveal correlations between diet and health in order to inform the epidemiological studies that brought us the Four Food Groups and the Food Pyramid, and will bring us the next ChooseMyPlate. A new study reveals the quality of the NHANES data:
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Which one do you prefer? Give reasons why and don't forget to vote in the poll.
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Two bills are currently pending in Congress to bridge the gap for couples who cannot afford the price of IVF. One would allow couples a tax credit, much like the adoption credit for out-of-pocket costs.
A second bill would require the VA to provide IVF and adoption assistance to those whose wounds have rendered them infertile.
One cycle of IVF, which includes medications and all procedures, including cryo-preservation of embryos, can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $20,000, according to Collura.
Using a donor egg can be as much as $35,000 to $40,000. Surrogacy, which in some states includes compensation for the carrier as well as her health care, can exceed $80,000.
Since the 1980s, 15 states have passed laws that require insurers to either cover or offer coverage for infertility diagnosis and treatment, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.
You think it's a good idea for Congress to promote reproduction via IVF?
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A "Scientific" American writer ponders this important question, and not so reluctantly concludes "yes".
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According to some guy on CNN.com, everything you do on the internet is tracked and google.com knows what type of porn you like. Pervert.
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How do you guys like it? I just installed it on a desktop pc and so far so good.
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Related: some tits.
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Maybe what we need in the White House is someone who is a real politician, a negotiator and dealmaker in the mould of a Clinton or an LBJ. Instead, we have the choice between a manager and a law professor. I'm not optimistic that either of them will be able to do what needs to be done.
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Carbon dioxide emissions in the United States are lower than at any time in the past two decades. More remarkably, CO2 emissions per capita are lower than at any time in the past half-century.
How did this miracle come about?
Is it because the Democrats are giving tax cuts to the well-off to buy electric cars?
Is it because the Democrats squandered billions promoting solar energy?
Is it because President Obama banned oil drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster?
Is it because President Obama wants to raise taxes on "Big Oil"?
No, it is none of those things.
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The American Academy of Pediatricians has tentatively backed the practice of circumcision, saying it leads to an average healthcare savings of $313 over the life of a circumcised man, and circumcised men are significantly more resistant to a number of incurable viral STDs, including herpes, HPV, and HIV/AIDS. The benefits don't just accrue for men - women who have sex only with circumcised partners are less likely to acquire bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. When all is said and done, the Academy found even though there are occasional complications, when looking at the population as a whole the benefits gained more than justified continuing the practice.
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"Dumping iron into the sea can bury carbon dioxide for centuries, potentially helping reduce the impact of climate change, according to a major new study. The work shows for the first time that much of the algae that blooms when iron filings are added dies and falls into the deep ocean."
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