Friends May Be Key to Churchgoers’ Happiness

Mental Health
Regular churchgoers may lead more satisfying lives than stay-at-home folks because they create a network of close friends who provide important support, a new study suggests. Conducted at the University of Wisconsin, the researchers found that 28 percent of people who attend church weekly say they are "extremely satisfied" with life as opposed to only 20 percent who never attend services. But the satisfaction comes from more from participating in a religious congregation along with close friends, rather than a spiritual experience, the study found. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Regular churchgoers who have no close friends in their congregations are no more likely to be very satisfied with their lives than those who never attend church, according to the research. Study co-author Chaeyoon Lim said it's long been recognized…
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Aspirin more effective at preventing cancer deaths than previously thought

Cancer
In the advertisements for aspirin you see every day on TV and in magazines, they have for years called it a wonder drug. Now, more and more of us doctors are finding that is truly the case. In past blogs I've told you, "Low-dose aspirin reduces risk of developing and dying from colon cancer," and "Single Dose of Aspirin Effective in Relieving Migraine Pain." And, millions of people take 81 mg of aspirin every day for heart health. Now, a new study in The Lancet indicates that "aspirin may be much more effective than anyone knew at helping prevent cancer deaths." The stunning finding came while researchers were studying 25,000 people taking daily aspirin to prevent heart disease. It turns out aspirin was doing something else, reducing the death rate from…
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More Transparency at Abortion Clinics May Stop Butchers Like This

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
A Philadelphia-area abortionist is facing eight murder charges today stemming from an investigation that began after the 2009 death of a 41 year-old woman. When authorities initiated their inspection of this "clinic," they discovered a "house of horrors." According to a report from CitizenLink, “A grand jury was convened in May 2010, as the clinic was being investigated for drug-related complaints." The jury’s findings were released two days ago. The Grand Jury report says “The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment—such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood…
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