Must Reads

October 2018 Issue

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

Cuts Painkiller Use Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the ... Read More »

‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream

Options Grow for Plant-Based Eating BY MARLAINA DONATO  Plant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going ... Read More »

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge

Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet BY LINDA SECHRIST  Recognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, ... Read More »

SURPRISE The Unexpected Gateway

by William Arntz Surprise! Twenty of your nearest and dearest shout the word as you walk into a restaurant on your birthday. Or maybe your mom unveils the cool red bike you’ve been drooling over for months. Or … maybe your boss hands you your severance notice. Surprises run the gambit from fabulous to horrifying. But no matter what they bring, ... Read More »