Hannah's Headlines- 4/10/2018

Marijuana May Be Key In Fighting Opioid Addiction - A solution to the opioid epidemic could come in the form of marijuana.

Research suggests that in states where there is legalized marijuana, the number of prescriptions for opioids decreases. Despite 115 Americans dying each day from opioid related overdoses, nothing has helped stem the epidemic.

In the first study, done by a father-daughter team, they looked at Medicare Part D prescriptions. In states where pot is legal, the number of opioid prescriptions dropped by 14-percent. The second study looked an Medicaid recipients and found a drop of nearly 6-percent.

The researchers all stress that marijuana will not stop the opioid problem, but it appears to be slowing down the problem. The two papers were published recently in the "Journal of the American Medical Association."Source: The Motley Fool

Strawberry Shortcake Oreos Are Coming

Now that everyone’s had their share of the Peeps-flavored Oreos, it’s time for another flavor for America’s favorite sandwich cookies. And rumor has it, the next one will be based on those Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars from Good Humor.

Candy Hunting’s Instagram account reports that the seasonal Oreo flavor will consist of a golden cookie with strawberry-flavored bits with a whipped strawberry-flavored filling inside. Is your mouth watering yet? No word from Oreo on the official release date, but look for these goodies sometime this summer.

Source: PopSugar

Ankle Sculpting Surgery Is Popular With Women

These days when someone is unhappy with or insecure about a part of their body, it’s easy enough to change it with a little nip and a tuck. From earlobe reductions to armpit liposuction, there’s a plastic surgery procedure to fix any part of the body and one of the popular places people are tweaking right now is their ankles.

Women who have “cankles” - or legs with thick ankles where the calf kind of blends into the ankle without much distinction between the two areas - are turning to liposculpture to thin out their lower legs. The procedure is less invasive than conventional lipo, and in it small horizontal incisions are made in the skin, then the fat is sucked out and when it’s all said and done, the calf and lower leg should look more slender.

“Small amounts of fat removal can change the shape of the ankle dramatically,” explains cosmetic surgeon Dr. Meaghan Heckenberg of Australia. “It is often an area of fat deposition that has been a problem most of the patient’s life, which is resistant to diet and exercise.”

She’s performed over 700 of these liposculpture procedures since 2008 and says removing those hereditary collections of fat can sometimes reduce the circumference of the ankle by half. Of course, slimming down the cankles isn’t cheap, it costs around $5,500 and recovery can take up to a year before you see final results. But to the women who want those narrow ankles they’ve been dreaming of forever, it’s totally worth it.

Source: Whimn


Facebook is Going To Let You Unsend Messages

We’ve all suffered the feeling of sending a drunken message and wanting to take it back, or just flat out regretting something we’ve said the next second. Well, now we’ll be able to take it all back if we want to! At least on Facebook.

Facebook is launching a feature to the Messenger app that allows you to change your mind on a message and delete it after the fact. There hasn’t been an official release date yet, but we’re sure it’ll be great when it comes. Think about all of the rude comments that slip out during group chats that you can now get rid of!

The reason we’re finally getting this feature? It turns out that Mark Zuckerberg and other high-ranking employees of Facebook already HAD the feature this whole time. So now users are demanding that they get it, too. How crazy is that?!

Source: Elite Daily

Study says reading something aloud helps store the information

If you've ever found yourself reading something confusing aloud -- say, furniture-building instructions, or directions you need to memorize -- you're actually helping to better retain the info. 

That's what a new study out of Ontario's University of Waterloo just proved. 

Long story short, both speaking the information and hearing yourself say it essentially helps underline the information, almost like drawing over letters in a word twice to "bold" it.  

Nearly 100 test subjects were asked to retain information in four ways: by reading it quietly, listening to someone else read it, reading aloud in real time, or listening to a recording of oneself reading it.

The authors found reading aloud in real time was the best way to retain the info. 

Study co-author Colin M. MacLeod, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the university said in a release, "This study confirms that learning and memory benefit from active involvement. When we add an active measure or a production element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable."

Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich Divides The Internet

Everyone knows that peanut butter’s lifelong partner is jelly. There are times when the popular nut butter cozies up to bananas and sometimes even bacon, but that’s where a lot of folks draw the line. So on Friday when the “New York Times” tweeted a recipe that was originally published in 2012 for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, it causes some social media outrage.

“Consider this less of a recipe, more of a prod in a direction that you never considered,” the tweet reads. And plenty of Twitter users thought the Times was nuts over this. “Please put this behind a paywall,” one responded and another tweeted, “Some people just want to watch the world burn.”

But then there were those who thought the combo was “no big dill.” Someone tweeted that she’s “Been eating PB & J sandwiches with a pickle for years,” and says they’re delicious. And another user took things one step further with her suggestion, “What about peanut butter and olives. Also good.” But we’re just going to take her word on that one.

Source: Today



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